Code of Practice
PBRS has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students administrated by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority(NZQA). Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the NZQA.
Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website.
Eligibility for Health Services
Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website.
The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website.
Student’s fees(except for short courses) will be deposited in the government owned public trust account administered by NZ Public Trust. The fees will be released on a pro rate basis from this trust account in accordance with an agreed monthly schedule based on tuition delivered and until the completion of the programme.
The cost starts from NZ$ 250 per week and usually include breakfast and dinner and lunch on the weekends. Homestay students live with a host family in a suburb area with their own room where they are treated as part of the family. The host family will provide the student with a safe and friendly environment.
The cost of living will vary depending on where you plan to live-inner city or surrounding suburbs.
Airport Pickup Service
PBRS arranges airport pick-up for new students for a fee charge($100).Students will be greeted by PBRS staff members, and will take them to their home-stay family and help them get settled.
If you are not staying at homestay and intend to go FLATTING/PRIVATE RENTING, a budget is needed expenses such as:
- Bonds/deposits/placement fees – required when living in a hall of residence or going flatting. They are typically charged at around 2-4 weeks rent. Budget for these.
- Phone connection and monthly phone charges (spark.co.nz)
- Internet charges
In a central location for a one-bedroom apartment expect to pay around $300 per week, or for a room in a flat about $ 140-150 per week. There is also a bond (2 weeks rent in advance), often an Agent’s fee (1 week’s rent) and you will normally be asked to pay 2 weeks rent in advance.
On top of this you will need to pay power/gas/phone bills, and be in charge of your own cooking, prepare your own meals, doing your own laundry and the rental agreement (Flat Bond).
Bonds & bills
Bonds are initial payments required for security by companies or landlords offering their services or premises.
Bonds are refundable if accounts are paid in full and premises (flats) are well-maintained
Landlords can request a sum for a bond equivalent to one to four weeks’ rent – often one or two weeks can be negotiated and a credit reference from previous supplier.
For power: Required a $225.00 bond, a guarantor, or a credit reference from previous supplier.
For gas: a $100 bond, a guarantor or a good credit rating from a previous energy provider:
Terms and Conditions for our Students
For International Students, the homestay placement fee ($250), Enrolment fee ($220) and Guardianship placement ($200) will not be refunded under any circumstances where as the homestay accommodation and airport pick up can be refunded under certain cases as described below.
Accommodation Refund Policy:
If a student wishes to withdraw from homestay arranged by the Institute, they must provide at least 2 weeks’ notice in advance (either before they arrive in New Zealand, of before the date on which they wish to leave the homestay accommodation). Failure to provide this notice will result in 2 weeks accommodation fees being forfeited.
If a student has paid for the airport pickup fee, and provides a notice of cancellation at least 1 week before their arrival date, the fee will be refunded in full. In all other cases, the entire fee will be held.
PBRS arranges homestay through its recognized homestay agents but be provided a minimum of 4 weeks notice.
For students between the ages of 14 and 17, it is a requirement of the Code of Practice (and thus a condition of enrolment) that the student stays in suitable accommodation such as:
- Designated caregiver
Online Visa Application
PBRS can provide visa application guidance upon request and process your Student Visa and Job Search Permit/Visa (Work Permit/Visa) at the campus. The student visa approval process may take from 2 to 10 weeks, depending on where you are applying for the visa. The process for getting a student visa is available through the New Zealand Immigration Service and can be viewed on the NZIS website at www.immigration.govt.nz In addition, PBRS’s authorized recruitment agents can, on behalf of their student clients, gather all the required visa information and apply for their student visas.
Medical and Travel Insurance
All international students in New Zealand are required to have comprehensive medical and travel insurance. Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment. We therefore strongly recommend that you have insurance that will cover the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand for the duration of your stay. We also strongly recommend that you obtain insurance to cover your travel to and from New Zealand. PBRS offers a comprehensive insurance policy through Inter Global Insurance, which is automatically included in your fees schedule unless you provide us with details of an alternative policy.