International students

New Zealand is situated in the South West Pacific and provides a peaceful and safe environment for studying. Known for its stunning scenery and beautiful surroundings, New Zealand is a diverse and interesting environment to live in. With a population of four million, New Zealand is filled with people from all different walks of life, and is a melting pot of cultures coming together. New Zealand is a natural playground full of opportunities and unique experiences.

Whitecliffe has campuses in Symonds Street (Auckland City), Manukau, Wellington, and Christchurch.

Our Cities

Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city. As New Zealand’s financial and economic powerhouse, this city needs skilled people to help it grow and there are opportunities in many sectors

Auckland is rated the third most liveable city in the world in the 2019 Mercer Quality of Living Survey. It is also the fourth most diverse city in the world, with 40% of the population having been born overseas. All Whitecliffe courses are provided in Auckland.

Nestled at bottom of the North Island in New Zealand, Wellington has a diverse range of landscapes, sitting quietly between the sea and acres of regional parks, forests and mountains.

There’s a reason Wellington often ranks highly as one of the most liveable cities in the world. It offers a relaxed, easy-going lifestyle with short commutes, low levels of pollution, and people here take work-life balance very seriously. It’s also home to Peter Jackson’s companies that created the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films. Whitecliffe Fashion Tech and I.T. / Tech courses are provided in Wellington.

Christchurch is the largest city in the South Island and is considered a gateway to the adventure and tourism locations of surrounding regions.

The city is on an exciting journey to build the world’s newest city. Out of the damage of the earthquakes that hit Canterbury in 2010 and 2011 there has come an extraordinary opportunity to boldly redesign the city with a focus on the future.

This unique environment has created business and employment opportunities in Christchurch that cannot be matched in other parts of the country, especially in the IT sector. Whitecliffe Information Technology courses are provided in Christchurch.

Here is some more information to help with your decision to travel to New Zealand to study at Whitecliffe.

Before Arriving in New Zealand

Application Process

You can begin the process by clicking on the Apply Now part of this website.

Study Visa

Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website

English Language Requirements

Students are required to have proof that they have the required level of English language proficiency for the level at which they intend to study.

Internationally recognised proficiency tests

Programme Level and required outcome

Level 3

Level 4

Level 5

Level 6
and Level 7

Level 8
and Level 9

IELTS test

General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5

General or Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5

Academic score of 5.5 with no band score lower than 5

Academic score of 6 with no band score lower than 5.5

Academic score of 6.5 with no band score lower than 6

Entry Requirements

Details on requirements you must have before travelling to New Zealand are detailed on the Education New Zealand website and include proof of funds and valid medical and travel insurance. Details can be found here

Admissions Information

Specific entry requirements for admission to study Whitecliffe programmes.

If you require any assistance with entry requirements or your application to enrol:

Our International Business Consultant:

Jeffrey Yap

Email: or call us on 0800 800 300

Mobile phone:+64 21 389 686

Landline+64 9 601 8949

Our China Market Manager in partnership with LENZ:

Alex Cui 崔泓睿

China Market Manager 中国市场经理

Mobile phone:+86 16510331888

Landline+86 0532 81763999

Based Qingdao, China 中国青岛

While Studying


International students, as a condition of their Study Visa, are required to study full time. This means study that involves either at least 20 hours a week study on campus, or if enrolled in a Degree or higher qualification enrolling for at least three subjects each semester.

Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021

Whitecliffe is a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 which sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that international students can expect. The Code also provides a procedure for students to follow if there are any concerns about the treatment received from Whitecliffe or a Whitecliffe registered agent.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) website provides more information about the Code

A copy of the Code is available on each campus

The Pastoral Care Team:

Griselle Cardozo - Pastoral Care Consultant Auckland


Sea Torres - Pastoral Care Consultant Wellington


Ashyn Winchester – Pastoral Care Consultant Christchurch


Career Development Manager:

Gareth Brown


After Studying

Post Study Work Visa

Students may apply for a Post Study Work Visa if they have met the following criteria:

  • student has studied in New Zealand, and
  • student qualification must be Level 4 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework.

Is a Whitecliffe qualification acceptable?

Your qualification at level 7 or higher (Degrees and up) is acceptable if your course lasted 30 weeks or more.

Your Level 4, 5 or 6 qualification is acceptable if you:

  • completed it after study of 60 weeks or more, or
  • gained 2 qualifications that:
  • each involved 30 weeks' study, and
  • the level of your last qualification was higher than the first.

Enrolment in the second diploma of a two year programme of study is granted upon successful completion of the first diploma and demonstration of the required English language competency for higher level study.

Length of Post Study Work Visa

This table indicates the current length . Students should check with the Immigration NZ website and with their agent for the latest information:

Level 7 and Higher

Certificate and Diplomas level 4-6 outside Auckland

Certificate and Diplomas level 4-6 in Auckland

Post study Work Visa length

3 Years

2 Years

1 Year after 31 December 2021

1 Year

You can only apply for this visa once, unless you complete a second higher qualification at bachelor’s degree level or higher.

Detailed information is available here

Talk to our team

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