International Students

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Toi Whakaari has a diversity of cultures, which we greatly value, including an international student community. We welcome applications from students from all over the world. Toi Whakaari currently has students from Canada, the USA, Japan, and Germany.

Wellington is a fantastic place to study. It is clean, beautiful, compact and extremely liveable. The city has a thriving arts community and is the centre of a large film and post-production industry. There are also many associated industries including IT, special effects and design. Being the capital, Wellington is also the headquarters of many government departments. 

The city is green, highly liveable and has a (mostly!) temperate climate. Wellington has an efficient public transport system, a growing bicycle and e-bike infrastructure and good rental accommodation available. Toi Whaakari is situated close to inexpensive cafes, shops, restaurants and supermarkets as well as sports grounds (artificial and grass) and green spaces ideal for walking and hiking.

For more information about how living in Wellington and studying at Toi Whakaari, check out out our Guide for International Students 2024/25

How To Apply

The information on this website is relevant to all students. However, the information below is particularly important to international students.

International Students need to complete and submit the forms mentioned on the course pages, and tick ‘International Student’ where appropriate. 

NOTE: Australian citizens and permanent residents are classed as DOMESTIC students in New Zealand.

Our courses have been approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provision of the Education Act of 1989.

If you would like to chat about any of our courses, or are looking for more information about being an international student at Toi Whakaari, please contact us at

Application process and fees

If you are an international student and wish to apply to study at Toi Whakaari, please refer to the course pages to find out information about the application process and course fees. They all contain requirements, fees and closing dates for applications for international students.

Please note: All applicants who are overseas should submit their Personal Statement responses in the form of a link to a video.

Acting only: your monologues must be submitted in the form of a link to a video, your own choice monologue may be delivered in your native language if you prefer.

Exchange Students: We sometimes accept exchange students from overseas tertiary providers. Please contact the Registrar for more information.