Information for Intending Students:
Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students: The NZ Government has adopted a set of legally binding regulations that applies to educational institutions enrolling students from overseas countries. This “Code of Practice”” ensures students receive proper care and attention covering their safety and welfare during the time they are in New Zealand. Selwyn College is a signatory to the “Code of Practice for the Pastoral care of International Students”. Information about the “Code of Practice” can be found on the NZ Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz
Medical Insurance: Students from overseas do not receive health care paid for by the NZ Government. If students receive medical treatment (other than for accidents) while they are in NZ they may be required to pay the full cost of that care. It is a legal requirement that international students hold comprehensive travel and medical insurance for the period of time they spend in NZ. Insurance cover (which must be approved by the College) can be arranged by the College or by an agent acting on your behalf. The College recommends cover with either of two NZ insurance firms that specialise in handling international students, “Unicare” or Southern Cross”. You can read details about their insurance cover on these websites, www.uni-care.org or at www.internationalstudent.co.nz
Immigration: Students from overseas studying in NZ must hold a current Student Visa (called a “Student Permit” after a student arrives in NZ). An application lodged with the NZ Immigration Service for a Student Visa must be accompanied by a receipt showing all fees have been paid to the College and the “Offer of Place” advising the NZ Immigration Service that your application has been accepted, and that the College guarantees to provide accommodation. You may read full details of conditions under which the NZ Immigration Service issues a Student Visa by consulting the website www.immigration.govt.nz.
Level of English Language: Students enrolling at Selwyn College are expected to have a level of English that allows them to join mainstream classes. When you first arrive at Selwyn College you will be assessed to establish your level of English. This is not an examination. The English language assessment lets the College know which level you would be best suited for. You will then be offered a programme of study that matches your level of English, which may include special English classes with an ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) teacher.
Accident Insurance Cover: In NZ citizens and residents and temporary visitors to NZ are covered for costs of medical treatment in the event of suffering an accident by the Accident Compensation Corporation (“ACC”). However you still may need to pay some costs of treatment associated with an accident. You can find out more specific information by going to the website, www.acc.co.nz These costs can normally be claimed against your insurance policy for reimbursement.