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Get ready to study

Before you arrive in Wellington, there are some things you need to organise. Plan your next steps so you can arrive on time and be well-prepared.

Get ready at a glance

3–4 months before start

Pay your fees, apply for a visa, organise accommodation

1–2 months before start

Complete enrolment, check your health needs, review your insurance

1–2 weeks before start

Register for a buddy, prepare for Orientation, prepare to study

Student visa

Apply for a student visa at least 90 days before you start your study, or if you have a visa for a different institution.

Apply for a visa

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You need to enrol in your courses online before your programme starts.

Find out about enrolling


Finding a good place to live will help you have a great international study experience. Research your options and organise your accommodation early.

Find out more

International Orientation

You must attend International Orientation. This is your introduction to life at the University.

Come to Orientation

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Living in Wellington

Welcome to your new life in Wellington. You’ll soon discover that Wellington is an easy place to live in and provides a great student lifestyle.

Living in Wellington

Duty of care

You can rely on us to provide outstanding support. We follow the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021, which ensures our international students are well-informed, safe, and looked after.

Code of Practice