Faith Bible College welcomes international students. In the past 50 years, FBC has seen many international students study at our beautiful Tauranga campus.

You are an international student if you do not fall in any of the categories below:

  • New Zealand citizens, including students from Tokelau, the Cook Islands and Niue.
  • Holders of New Zealand residence permits.
  • Australian citizens.

If you are interested in enrolling as an international student, please read the information below:

Code of Practice

Caring for International Students – The Code of Practice

When you come to New Zealand to study as an international student, education providers have a responsibility to ensure that you are well informed, safe and properly cared for. In New Zealand we call this ‘pastoral care’. You are entitled to be treated well, at all ages and at all levels of education.

 To support this, the New Zealand government has developed the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016. 

The purpose of the Code

The Code describes the minimum standards of advice and care that you can expect as an international student. It provides a complaints procedure that you can follow if you have concerns about the pastoral treatment you have received from an education provider or from the agent of a provider. The Code does not apply to concerns about academic standards.

Faith Bible College has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. For more information about the code:

Read It All & Ready to Enrol?

Download a copy of the International Students Enrolment Process here for a check-list on all the extra things you may need to do as an International Student, and click the ENROL NOW button below to enrol!


Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at

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 visit, 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, and can be viewed on their website at

Accident Insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation 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. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students (including group students) must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.

The College is able to arrange this with a reputable insurance company upon request.

This and other important information on language requirements and accommodation is available here as a PDF.

Graduate Pathways

Faith Bible College is committed to ensuring that students easily transition from the classroom into the work-place.  Graduates will have the necessary theoretical knowledge and practical skills to obtain employment. 

Graduates of the NZ Certificate in Christian Ministry programme (Internship Strand) will be able to engage with and support their faith communities as guides, mentors and leaders in a local church or workplace. This strand combines theory and practical experience and will benefit graduates by enabling them to experience a real-life practical context.  Graduates who would like to study further can apply for the NZ Diploma in Christian Studies programme. 

The NZ Diploma in Christian Studies (Leadership Strand) programme allows people to focus on the principles of biblical theological education that underpin their ability to assist people, lead small community groups, and assist church leaders in the planning, organisation and delivery of a variety of pastoral ministry roles. Graduates of the programme will be ready for positions of leadership. 

Should the graduate wish to study further, they will be able to enrol in Level 6 programmes offered at other bible colleges. 

The International Student Contract Dispute Resolution Scheme (DRS)

The DRS provides a free, faster and more effective process for students to resolve contractual and financial disputes with education providers. FairWay Resolution Limited administers the DRS.

You should raise the issue with your provider first and give them an opportunity to resolve it. Once you and your provider have reached the end of the provider’s complaint process and you are not happy with the outcome, iStudent Complaints may be able to help. Before making a complaint, check that it’s something iStudent Complaints can help you with. If you are not sure, contact NZQA first for advice.

International students who would like to resolve complaints with their education provider can go to the iStudent Complaints website at