Frequently Asked Questions
Learning a language is a life-long activity. How long you need to study English all depends on your starting point, your goals and how hard you study. Students who do extra study after class and make an effort to use their new English skills outside of the classroom will learn faster than those who only use their English during class.
Unique New Zealand has a maximum class size of 12 students.
Every year Unique New Zealand has students from a wide variety of countries. We regularly have students from Saudi Arabia, Japan, China/Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, French Polynesia, Chile, Brazil, Colombia, Paraguay, and Russia.
Yes. It is a requirement under the Ministry of Education's Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students that all students studying in New Zealand must have adequate health and travel insurance. You will not be allowed to study at Unique New Zealand if you do not have insurance. Your student advisor will ask to see your insurance certificate on your first day. Unique New Zealand can arrange insurance for you at an extra cost.
All fees can be paid to Unique New Zealand's bank account:
Account Name: Unique New Zealand Education Services
Account Number: 12 3059 0303990 58
SWIFT CODE: ASBBNZ2A
Unique New Zealand believes very strongly in protecting all monies received from students until such time as the students have completed their courses. Accordingly, Unique New Zealand has placed in an independent Trust Account, managed by an Independent Trustee, a sum of all tuition and accommodation paid in advance, by our current and future students, PLUS 10%. In the unlikely event that Unique New Zealand Education Services Ltd would not be able to operate, students should contact the Trustee for all unused portions of monies paid:
Simpson Western, Lawyers,
Private Bag 93533, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
The best place to get this information is your closest New Zealand Embassy or consulate or you can check the most up-to-date visa information with Immigration New Zealand.
On your first day at Unique New Zealand you will have an orientation session with your Student Advisor. They will give you their emergency mobile phone number so if you have an emergency you can phone them for help at any time.
Your homestay will either be in walking distance (approximately 10-30 minutes) or a short bus ride (approximately 5-20 minutes) from Unique New Zealand.
On your first day you should arrive at school at around 8.30am. You will meet your student advisor and then you will have a test. After the test, if you are an adult, you will have a short interview with one of our academic staff. If you are a teenager or junior you won't have an interview. You will then have an orientation session with your student advisor. This is when they will tell you a lot of information about Unique and living in New Zealand. At approximately 10.45am you will be taken to your new class. On your first day, please bring your passport and insurance card/certificate with you to Unique New Zealand as your student advisor will need to photocopy both of these.
Unique New Zealand is a short bus ride from a large shopping mall and cinema complex. In Browns Bay there are many cafes and of course, the beach. Auckland City is approximately a 45 minute bus ride away or 25 minutes by car. If you want to travel to other parts of New Zealand there is a full time Student Services Manager who can give you lots of activities information and help you to book tours. After school there are regular sports and social activities. Check our Activities page