International Students - Overview
At Cut Above Academy we welcome international students to our campuses. The decision to study at a new institution in a new country can feel rather daunting. When students from other countries come to study at Cut Above it is important that those students are well informed, safe, and properly cared for.
We provides facilities, services, support and advice to help you adjust and to provide you with a positive and successful learning experience. Our supportive and friendly staff and tutors are ready to assist you.
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"The Cut Above graduate has the knowledge, the real-world skills and the professional and personal qualities to make a difference" - our Graduate Promise.
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Minimum statutory requirements (may vary depending on
- Applicants must be 18 years or over and are required to attend a personal interview.
- International students must have a minimum of IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5. in writing (within the last two years). This may vary, please see your programme requirements.
- (Please note the language tests are not allowed to be any older than 2 years from
For more information on international enrolments, please send us an enquiry below.
Code of Practice
Cut Above Academy 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 the NZQA 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.
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.
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.
Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while
Eligibility for Health Services
Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visits, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health.
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs.
Medical and Travel Insurance
International students (including group students) must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.
Please contact our international team via email on email@example.com, for more information about the options we provide through our partner Southern Cross.
International Student Policy
Download our International Student Policy here.