Frequently Asked Questions
How long will it take me to learn English?
Can I get a part time job while I'm studying English at Unique New Zealand?
Do I need to have Insurance?
What kind of visa do I need to study at Unique New Zealand?
How do I get to school from my homestay every day?
Does Unique accept young learners?
Unique NZ WILL accept 10 and 11 years old Junior students, with conditions:
- Students aged 10 and 11 years old can only enrol and study at Unique New Zealand for the EnglishPlus Activities programme.
- Students aged 10 and 11 years old must be living with their parents or be travelling as part of anescorted group tour.
- Parents need to be enroled in a part-time programme at Unique New Zealand and must join theActivity in the afternoon.
Where do the other Unique New Zealand students come from?
How can I pay my fees?
- All students enrolling at Unique New Zealand will be sent a Public Trust Student Fee Trust Account Application Form which must be signed by the student (or student’s parent/legal guardian if the student is under 18 years) and returned to Unique New Zealand.
- If a signed Public Trust Application Form is not received and a student is Under 18 years old then by signing the enrolment form the student’s parent/legal guardian agrees to appoint Unique as their agent to sign the Public Trust Application Form on their behalf.
What happens if I have an accident or other kind of emergency while I am studying at Unique New Zealand?
What can I do at the weekends or after school?
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 Recruitment and Admissions Team 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
Your first day
What should I do when I get to the airport?
- After you have cleared Immigration and Customs you will walk out into the arrivals hall.
- In the arrivals hall look for a person holding a sign with your name on it. This will be your driver.
- Your driver will take you and your luggage to your homestay or Unique New Zealand
If you can’t find your driver:
- Stay in the Arrivals Hall (near McDonald’s)
- Phone your emergency Unique contact (you should make sure you have this number before you leave your home)
If you haven’t booked a Unique transfer
- When you arrive in the arrivals hall, go outside to find the taxis, shuttles or bus services.
- Please Note: Unique New Zealand and our homestays are approximately 45 minutes by car from Auckland Airport. If you choose to take a taxi, it may cost over NZ$100
What will happen on my first day at school?
- Your homestay will show you how to get to Unique NZ on your first day
- Please come to reception in Campus 1: 1 Clyde Road, Browns Bay
- Please arrive between 8.30am and 9am
- A member of the Student Services team will take a copy of your passport, visa and insurance card/certificate
- They will then take you to do orientation
- After the orientation presentation, you will do a placement test and have an interview with the Academic Director or Senior Teacher
- A member of the Student Services team will give you an orientation pack and complete orientation with you.
- During orientation, we will tell you about:
- Life in New Zealand – information about NZ, NZ culture and lifestyle and living in a homestay
- Life at Unique New Zealand – class times, extra activities, rules & regulations, refund policy, discipline policy, complaints policy and fee protection policy
- Introduce you to other staff members at Unique New Zealand
- Show you around the Unique New Zealand building and Browns Bay
- Give you an opportunity to ask questions about anything you want to know or are worried about.
At 12pm, you can have your lunch. If you are studying full-time, you can come back to reception in Campus 1 just before 1pm so that a member of the Student Services team can take you to your afternoon class. If you are studying part-time, you can come back to reception in Campus 1 the next morning just before 9am so that a member of the Student Services team can take you to your morning class.
What should I bring on my first day?
- Your original passport and a copy of your visa (for online visas)
- Your insurance card/certificate (unless you have insurance organised by Unique New Zealand)
- A pen and a notebook
What will the weather be like?
- Summer: December-February (average daily temperature: 23 degrees Celsius)
- Autumn: March-May
- Winter: June-August (average daily temperature: 14 degrees Celsius)
- Spring September-November
You can check the weather forecast for when you arrive at the Metservice website