Studying at Film School
Code of Practice
The New Zealand Film and Television School are serious about student welfare and has agreed to observe
and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students
published by the Minister of Education. Copies of
the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New
Zealand Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/international
Conditions of Acceptance
In addition to the conditions listed here, all
conditions that are part of the contract with the student, the fees
refund policy and other school policies also apply.
Students must accept and abide by rules regarding behaviour and conduct
that apply to all students. Unacceptable behaviour may result in the
termination of tuition.
Students must observe the laws of New Zealand.
Students must observe the conditions of their Visa and Student Permit.
If a student breaks the terms of the visa/permit, the school will report
the fact to the New Zealand Immigration Service, which may result in
the student having to leave New Zealand.
The student will attend the school on all occasions when it is open unless prevented by illness or other urgent cause.
Tuition may be terminated if the student fails to comply with the school rules or breaches the conditions of their visa.
Tuition fees will be paid in full before enrolment.
The conditions of the Fee Refund Policy will be accepted
All students are required to have travel and medical insurance for the
duration of their period of enrolment. The student must make their own
arrangements and proof must be provided that the insurance purchased is
All disputes will be dealt with in New Zealand law.
The school's complaints procedure for international students will be used to deal with grievances.
Student must inform the school of their address, telephone number, fax
number and e-mail address (whichever applies). The student will advise
the school of any change in the contact details of the student.
The student will provide academic, medical and other information that is
relevant to the wellbeing and course placement of the student.
English Language Proficiency
International students are required to
have a level of English language proficiency appropriate to the nature
of the course. The film industry uses a lot of specialised language, and
academic language skills are less important than an ability to learn
new words and communicate clearly and effectively. All international
students will have a minimum of 5.5 IELTS English ability. Every
applicant is interviewed, either in person or by telephone. The
appropriateness of this proficiency will be further evaluated in the
interview process through an informal discussion with the staff. The
interview is an opportunity for the staff to get to know the applicant
and for the applicant to gain a better understanding of the school.
All students are expected to have a good standard of health and
fitness to enable them to carry out the physical demands of the course.
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 at www.moh.govt.nz
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 at www.immigration.govt.nz
ACCIDENT INSURANCE: The Accident Compensation Corporation
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 at www.acc.co.nz
MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE: International students must have
appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in
New Zealand. The Film School will accept insurance policies from
overseas, provided a copy is provided in English. Evidence of medical
and travel insurance must be provided at enrolment.
Working in New Zealand
International students should check with the New Zealand Immigration Department as to whether they may work whilst studying. After graduation you may apply for a work visa in the Study to Work category.