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International Enrolment Procedure

For courses of 12 weeks or more. An international student is not a New Zealand or Australian citizen or permanent resident.


If you are applying for a SHORT COURSE, for example Barista or WSET part time, please enrol directly on the course page using our online enrolment system. You are able to study these courses on a visitor visa. 

Please complete this Enrolment Form for programmes that are 12 weeks or more in length along with the list of documents below.

  • Copy of your passport personal details page
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Verified copy of your English language level (IELTS or Pearsons are the most popular, if available)
  • $200 Registration fee

Send your completed enrolment form with your supporting documents to us. Please view our contact page for other contact methods. 



You (or your agent) will be contacted by NZSFW to discuss your application and schedule a telephone interview.

The registration fee is $200.

Once this fee is paid and interview completed, you will be notified with a Letter of offer for your acceptance into the programme. You will receive an invoice for your course fees which must be paid into our Trust account in order to apply for a visa. 

When your fees are paid you will receive an official receipt from the Public Trust, our Trustee.

You can now apply for your student visa. Please look at Immigration New Zealand.


All NZQA courses require a minimum of IELTS 5.5 (academic) and needs to be dated within two years of your New Zealand visa application.

You will be required to submit proof of your English competence as part of your New Zealand visa application. 

Although IELTS is our preferred assessment method there are other recognised programmes such as Pearsons, TOEFL, University of Cambridge and NZCEL.


In some cases there will be additional course fees that relate to the special requirements of your programme. Please read these enrolment Terms & Conditions very carefully before signing your enrolment form. There is some very important information here for you that describe fee payments, fee protection policies, refund of fees, conduct and complaints procedures.  

Please view our Complaints procedure here.

The New Zealand School of Food & Wine is registered and accredited with the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA). It holds NZQA Category One rating. Please find NZQA's full External Evaluation and Review Report here


In some cases there will be additional course fees that relate to the special requirements of your programme. Please refer to specific programme information for these costs. Examples include chef uniforms, knives. These will be included on your invoice or purchased during the first week of class.


In order for you to apply for a student visa you must pay your fees in advance and supply evidence of this payment with your application. NZSFW will provide a receipt for these purposes.

Programme fees must be paid in full to the NZSFW Trust Account. The bank details will be included on the Course Fees Invoice. 


Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand during your studies. These are available from the New Zealand Immigration's website. 


A student visa is required for courses over 12 weeks duration and is subject to conditions and your Student visa enables you to work 20 hours per week.

We recommend you visit the Immigration New Zealand website for full visa information and click here to find out more about working in Auckland. 

Visa conditions include, but are not limited to:

  • Having sufficient funds for living while in New Zealand - approximately $NZ1250 - $NZ1500 per month.
  • Attending the programme at all times unless there are genuine reasons for any absences, and making satisfactory academic progress
  • Studying at the place of study specified on the student visa
  • Having acceptable insurance for the duration of the student visa

Click here for more information on Online Systems of Immigration NZ.


Working holiday visas are available to young people, usually aged 18 to 30, but 18 to 35 in a select few countries. They let you travel and work in New Zealand for up to 12 months or 23 months if you are from the UK or Canada. This visa also allows you to study or train up to 6 months. 

To know more about the available schemes and eligibility please look at the New Zealand immigration page here.


All international students including those on work permits and working holiday visas need to have appropriate insurance while studying in New Zealand.

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand, so may be liable for the full costs of any treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health – go to

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents, and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but international students may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. For more information, go to

You can purchase your insurance through us or independently. We will require a copy of your insurance policy details in English when you start studying.

Here are two examples of providers:


The New Zealand School of Food and Wine abides by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students (2016) which sets out minimum standards of advice and care that you can expect and provides a procedure that you can follow if you have concerns about the treatment you receive from us or an NZSFW registered agent. The New Zealand Qualifications Authority [NZQA] administers the Code. An abridged version of the Code of Practice is available here.

Click here to view the regulations to support international students while studying in New Zealand.


Before you arrive you'll want to learn as much as you can about New Zealand. For information about New Zealand, visit the official Tourism New Zealand website.

View information about studying in New Zealand from the New Zealand Government.

View the International Student page from Auckland City Council.

Get regular updates for what's on in Auckland.


For tips on finding a place to live, view our accomodation page. 

More information on Living in New Zealand.


For more information, see our FAQ section. 

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