International

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You Need to Know About:

  • Entry Requirements
  • Language Requirements
  • Fees protection
  • Code of practice
  • Immigration
  • Medical insurance

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QUALIFICATION APPROVAL AUTHORITIES

Qualification gained in New Zealand are transportable across the world

  • CHINESE MINISTRY OF EDUCATION- Our schools qualifications are approved by the Chinese Ministry of Education and we are listed on China's Jiaoyu Shewai Jianguan Xinxiwang (JSJ) study abroad website.
  • EUROPEAN UNION- Through the Lisbon Convention, our qualifications are approved in Europe.
  • USA- Graduates from overseas educational institutions must first apply to either the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) or the World Education Services (WES) for a course by course educational transcript evaluation. Foreign credentialing agencies do not “approve” foreign educational institutions but rather determine whether a school is recognized by a foreign governmental agency, such as a Ministry of Health or Ministry of Education.
  • US VETERAN'S AFFAIRS- The VA recognises all our courses and financially supports US veterans in their study of our qualifications in New Zealand.

Intake/Start of Courses

  • Master of Health Science - Chinese Medicine
  • Bachelor of Health Science- Acupuncture
  • Chinese Herbal Medicine
  • Tuina - Chinese Medical Massage
  • Certificate in Acupuncture - Midwifery*
The above courses have a single intake once a year in February.
* The Midwifery Acupuncture training schedule is at varying times throughout the year. Please click here for details

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Entry Requirements

All applicants must be a minimum of 18 years of age at course commencement and are interviewed either in person of by phone as part of the admissions process.

As a supportive and friendly place to learn, the School is a nurturing ground for international students planning to pursue a career in acupuncture and TCM.

We provide high-quality support services to help international students adjust to living and studying in New Zealand. The school has a warm and caring attitude to all students. The teachers are highly motivated to assist your academic success. Additional support is available for learning needs and for issues that may arise from living in a new country.

Language

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate English language proficiency as follows:

  • Level 7 Diploma/Degree, IELTS academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5
  • Level 9 Degree, IELTS academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6.0

Fees Protection

The New Zealand Government requires that all New Zealand Qualifications Authority registered private training establishments (education providers) protect all student fees paid to them in advance. This means that in the unlikely event that the education provider has to close before the completion of the student’s course, the remainder of the student fees will be protected. Full fees are refundable up to 8 days for domestic and 10 working days for international students after the course begins.

Fees protected within a trust account means that the student will have the choice to receive any remaining fees back or have them paid directly to an alternative education provider.

The School arranges fee protection with Public Trust. Fees deposited and protected by Public Trust are held in the Trust's common funds. Details of fee protection with Public Trust are on its website at publictrust.co.nz

Fees Table 2016

Code of Practice

The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of education providers with respect to international students. The Code applies to pastoral care and provision of information only, and not to academic standards.

The School is a signatory to, and has agreed to observe and be bound by, the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of international Students published by the Ministry of Education.

Copies of the Code are available here, on request at the School or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at minedu.govt.nz

Immigration

International students must meet visa requirements while studying in New Zealand. Information on visa application, variation to visa conditions and rights to employment is available on the Immigration New Zealand website at immigration.govt.nz

Medical Insurance

International students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are a resident or citizen of Australia, or a national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand, or the holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years or more. If a student does not belong to one of these categories and receives medical treatment while in New Zealand, the student will be liable for the full costs of that treatment.

The School cannot be held responsible for any sickness, injury, damage or loss incurred by the student within the School or on the School’s activities or tours, or place of accommodation. Insurance is compulsory by law for all international students and must be confirmed during enrolment.

International students are advised to take up travel/medical insurance prior to their arrival in New Zealand. This gives insurance cover for travel to New Zealand and the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand for the duration of study at the School.

Depending on illness, medical history and the policy type, a student may receive refund of all or most of medical costs from the insurance organisation.