Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

The AGI’s Chancery campus is centrally located in the heart of Auckland with easy access to trains and buses for a hassle free commute to and from student residences.

Auckland Transport is responsible for Auckland's public-transport services including buses, ferries, trains, roads, cycling and parking. Information about transport timetables are available at the AT Website.

Auckland Transport provides discounts to tertiary students for travelling. Students are advised to get an AT HOP card for travelling.

The nearest train station to AGI’s Chancery Campus is Britomart.

Winter in Auckland usually lasts from June to August. Auckland rarely witnesses frost or snow; however wet winter days are something to look-out for.

With harsh winds, an umbrella might be hard to manage. But you may always choose to wear a light t-shirt, thermal top or blouse under a warm woolen-jersey or rainproof sweatshirt. You may also choose to wear a singlet under your t-shirt or blouse, a jacket or a puffer jacket hat, a cap or beanie or a scarf and some warm gloves. Jeans are not warm enough for winter, but you may choose to get some 'moleskins' as they are quite trendy and keep warm. Girls may choose to wear tights under their jeans for warmth. A warm pair of boots while travelling to college and some rain-friendly footwear for the day would be ideal.

Remember, temperatures inside the college are maintained for warmth and comfort whereas outside temperatures can be cold, so it is advised to dress accordingly.

In high summer, sunshine can be severe and strong. Your skin may burn more easily in New Zealand than most parts of the world. Liberal application of sunscreen is advised.

You may choose to wear light cotton or linen t-shirts, light cotton blouses. Sweatshirts or cardigans can be tagged with a light cotton outfit; in-case it gets colder. Light cotton jeans, light cotton skirts or trousers can also be worn. You may choose to wear a pair of sandals, 'slip-on's, jandals or light flat shoes.

As always, remember to carry an umbrella - Auckland is known for erratic, unpredictable showers.

Students needs to show their passport and proof of address in New Zealand to the Auckland City Library staff to avail a membership card. Members may use the Wi-Fi and computers at the library for recreational and study purposes.

For more info, refer to the Auckland City Library Website.

Students needs to show their passport and proof of address in New Zealand to the Auckland City Library staff to avail a membership card. Members may use the Wi-Fi and computers at the library for recreational and study purposes.

Cost of living will depend upon each student's lifestyle.

  • Rent: $150 to $250 a week
  • Groceries: $70 to $100 a week
  • Transportation: $60 a week
  • Mobile plans: $20 to $30 a month
  • Recreational activities: $225 to $300 a year
  • Miscellaneous: $50 a week


It would approximately be around NZD $15,000 per annum. For more details, refer to the New Zealand Now website

Working in New Zealand

Students are usually presented with an option of working 20 hours with their work visa. But it is always advised to refer to the details of your student visa before finding part-time work.

You may register with Student Job Search online and may look on www.seek.co.nz , www.trademe.co.nz or similar websites to seek and apply for part-time positions listed.

Prospective employment can also found by increasing networking and building relationships in the industry.
Clinical placements are an important aspect of AGI’s Healthcare programmes.

These placements help develop the skills and attributes needed in becoming good healthcare professionals. They also help graduates meet the needs of patients in aged care, disability and community care settings.

For more information, refer to our Clinical Placement Policy.

English Language Requirements

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) has made changes to the English language requirements for international students that are set out in Rule 18 of the NZQF Programme Approval and Accreditation Rules.

Details on NZQA’s English language requirements, its effects on visa applications and proficiency requirements, refer to the NZQA English Language FAQs Link.

Studying at AGI Education

AGI is committed to the support and well-being of students. From the beginning of your time at AGI, our staff will give you an overview of the amenities that we offer. Our sociable staff are experts in their field of knowledge and are accessible for support and guidance.

We recognize that living in a new country and culture can need change and team AGI is always close at hand to support. AGI has support staff available 24×7 to help and assist students.

Information about external support services may be found in Code of Practice Policy, AGI Programme Learner Handbook and the AGI Website. Internal support services are listed in Holistic Learner Support Policy and Health and Safety Policy.
AGI’s orientation programme provides students with all the information needed for settling in at AGI and in New Zealand over your initial days in the country. As a new student, it can be daunting to meet new friends, learn about AGI’s campus and services or even finding timetables or help. The orientation programme helps solve these mundane student queries.

For more information, refer to the Learner Orientation Policy.
In an emergency (fire, crime or accident), phone the NZ emergency services free number 111 (including mobile phones).

You may contact our student welfare officer for emergencies that occur on-campus. The following AGI staff are dedicated to support and assist you through emergencies after-hours:
               
NoAGI PersonEmail Availability
1 Ms. Janene Wells 09-379 6628
0223526122
janene@agi.ac.nz 24×7
2. Mr. Ankush Anand 09-2803972
02102425371
ankush@agi.ac.nz 24×7
3. Ms. Swahani Chandra 09-2803973
02102738202
swahani@agi.ac.nz 24×7
4. Ms. Bhavana Mehta 09-2803995
02102925607
bhavana@agi.ac.nz 24×7
AGI has listed clear guidelines for assessment in the “Learner Assessment Policy” and the “Cheating and Plagiarism Policy"
(we will give a link here for the Learner Assessment Policy and Cheating and Plagiarism Policy.
AGI has robust processes and procedures to address instances of bullying and misconduct. The Institute is committed to promoting diversity in all of its practices and activities. This is reflected in our multi-cultural student body and staff. The Institute aims to establish an inclusive culture which welcomes applicants from all walks of life. Therefore, there is zero tolerance to instances of bullying and misconduct.

For detailed information, refer to the Learner Discipline Policy.
AGI’s withdrawal and refund policy complies with the Education Act (1989).

For detailed information on conditions, procedures of withdrawal and refund, refer to the Learner Withdrawal and Refund Policy.
AGI’s complaint and grievances policy complies with The Education Code of Practice 2016.

For detailed information on conditions, procedures for complaint and grievances, refer to the Learner Complaint and Grievances Policy.
Some situations may become tricky when not “extreme” enough to pass to an agency, but is still a major issue for you to manage. In such cases, please refer to the following links for better clarify and help: www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/worried-about-someone ; https://www.mentalhealth.org.nz/get-help/in-crisis/helplines
For detailed information on insurance requirements, insurance covers, insurance companies and policies, refer to the following links

Southern Cross Insurance
Orbit Protect Insurance

For more questions and answers on Insurance, refer to The Education (Pastoral Care for International students) Code of Practice (Page 13-14)

Visas and Immigration

Full details of immigration requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at:

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas
New Zealand Embassies and High Commissions

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