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International Students - Overview

Cut Above Academy has been an integral part of New Zealand’s fashion history for more than forty years and it continues to play an important role in producing future hairdressers and makeup artists. We strive to maintain our position as a pre-eminent and respected provider of training and education by our continuing commitment to excellence and progressive education.

Our aim is to produce graduates for the workforce who are qualified to national standards, who understand the industry and who are motivated towards the ongoing pursuit of excellence in their chosen vocation.

"The Cut Above graduate has the knowledge, the real-world skills and the professional and personal qualities to make a difference" - our Graduate Promise.

Minimum statutory requirements (may vary depending on programme)

  • 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 date of enrolment)

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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. 

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.


Sonder Student Safety app

Stacked_Logo_BlueLarge.jpgWe 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.

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