SUPPORT FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

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Business College is dedicated to providing high quality and full support to international students to ensure they have a pleasant study experience in New Zealand. There are also various sources of useful information where students may find helpful to plan their study in New Zealand.

New Zealand government has created a website called NauMai to provide trusted information and help for international students studying or about to study in New Zealand. https://naumainz.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz/.Students are recommended to go to Naumai website to look for

useful information regarding studying in New Zealand.

Legal Rights and Obligations

While studying in New Zealand, students need to be aware that the laws of New Zealand apply to them. The Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) https://www.cab.org.nz/ highly useful information that help people know what their rights are and how to access services they need in New Zealand. Publications of New Zealand legislation can be found on https://www.legislation.govt.nz/.

Receiving Immigration Advice*

Students should only be receiving advice from licensed immigration advisers. As suggested by Immigration Advisers Authority (https://www.iaa.govt.nz/for-migrants/the-risks-of-relying-on-illegal-advice/), receiving illegal immigration advice or services can have many risks such as:

• Students’ visa applications will be returned by Immigration New Zealand (INZ) as INZ does not accept

applications from unlicensed people acting illegally.

• Unlicensed people may not be honest with students or INZ. Lying on a visa application is a criminal

offence and dishonesty may affect students’ future visas or jobs.

• Students’ application may be declined because the unlicensed person has no immigration knowledge

or skills.

Immigration Advisers Authority also suggest that students should stay away from anyone who:

• Refuses to put their name on the students’ visa application.

• Claims to have personal contacts at INZ.

• Asks students to sign a visa application before it has been filled out. Students should never sign a

document they don’t understand.

Additional information regarding licensed immigration advice can be found on Immigration Advisers Authority’s

website: https://www.iaa.govt.nz/for-migrants/guides-and-resources/.

* The information in this section is taken from Immigration Advisers Authority website under the Crown copyright protection.

https://www.iaa.govt.nz/for-migrants/the-risks-of-relying-on-illegal-advice/.

How to Effectively Interact with People from Different Cultural Backgrounds

New Zealand is a culturally diverse country, a quarter of New Zealand’s population was born overseas. Therefore, it is important for students to know how to communicate effectively with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Building Friendship*

When students are new in a country, it is often easier to stick with their own culture and make most of their friends among people who are like them - from their own countries or ethnic groups.

Other Useful Resources

Office of Ethnic Communities has an excellent and free Intercultural Capability eLearning programme that can help students increase their cultural understanding so they can better interact or communicate with people from different cultural backgrounds.

Cultural Support*

Find out Where to Practice Students Religion

At Business College, we support a diverse learning environment. We want to make our students feel welcome and comfortable expressing their religions at the College. Students are always welcome to contact the College’s support team if they have any religion-related requirements and we will try out best to cater to them.