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International Students

NZIS is proud to welcome international students from all over the world with an affinity for New Zealand and career aspirations in the Sport, Fitness and Recreation industry.

With staff hailing from New Zealand, the Pacific Islands, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States, we value the contributions of each and celebrate our cultural diversity.

Why choose NZIS?

The NZIS is the leading and largest education provider in Sport, Fitness and Recreation in New Zealand with locations in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. Our students have access to highly qualified tutors in all our qualification areas, and experts in sport teaching and coaching through our various high performance academies.

NZIS qualifications are internationally recognised through NZ Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) which has a portability agreement in place with International Confederation of Registers for Exercise Professionals (ICREPs). This means your qualification will be recognised in over 30 countries. REPs also has a partnership with the Asian Academy of Sport and Fitness Professionals (AASFP) in Asia. 

What can I study?

NZIS offers qualifications to prepare students from all over the world for careers in Sport, Fitness and Recreation. International students meeting our enrolment criteria are eligible to participate in NZIS tertiary education and industry training programmes. We have the following three programmes for international students:

Study the Level 6 Diploma in these locations: Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch

How to Apply?

You can manage the entire enrolment process online by visiting Enroller, our online application portal.

International Student Levy 

The New Zealand Government has imposed an international student levy on tuition and course related fees. From 1 January 2019 the levy will be 0.89% of the compulsory tuition fees. 

Code of Practice 

NZIS has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website.

Translations are available in Chinese (simplified), Chinese (traditional), Thai, Japanese, Korean, Indonesian, Russian and Spanish.

Visit the Immigration New Zealand website for more information. 

International Payments


Flywire is a safe and convenient way to make international payments. Depending on your location, payment options can include local bank transfer (telegraphic transfer), credit card, e-payments, e-wallets, and more. Receive email/SMS text alerts updating you on the status of your payment, or track the progress of your payment online or in Flywire’s app. If you need help to complete your payment, contact flywire.com/support

To make a payment, go to http://upcolleges.flywire.com/, enter your payment amount and country of origin. Then select your payment method.

Student Life

In addition to enjoying the option of a New Zealand homestay, International students participate in the full programme of activities for their chosen programme, including sporting competitions, camps and work experience.

Sonder Student Safety app


We have partnered with Sonder, a 24/7 personal safety and wellbeing service, to support all our international students. The Sonder app is for personal devices and has a number of features, like “Track My Journey” and “Check On Me”, that will help students live and study in New Zealand with confidence - if you are walking alone at night, going on a first date, or meeting up with a stranger to buy or sell goods, for example.

Additionally, if you are feeling stressed, anxious, lonely, or simply don't know who to turn to, you can speak to Sonder’s multilingual support team anytime via live chat or phone, and they can even send in-person assistance if you need it.

You will receive an activation email or text shortly before orientation. If you don't get your email or text, you will be given a code to use at orientation.

International Student Policy 

Download our International Student Policy here.