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Welcome to life in New Zealand

UP Education offers help and practical support to all international students from the moment they step off the plane.

Getting started

Transport and practical support

When a student arrives in New Zealand, they are greeted by a representative holding a sign with their name on it, ready to take them to where they need to go safely and in comfort.

On their first day, support staff will help them organise banking, insurance, bus tickets and anything else they might need assistance with. If they’re booked into a homestay, the host family will show your child how to get to the campus and help them buy tickets for public transport. If the student is moving into a city apartment, staff will show them how to walk to the campus.


  • Orientation day

    There are orientation days held at all of our schools, pathways and vocational colleges. During orientation, students receive a tour of the campus, a student handbook with relevant information about all aspects of student life, and meet other students starting at the same time.

  • Pathways & foundation studies orientation

    At the university pathways orientation day, students are welcomed by our friendly deans, programme managers and teachers. They will choose their subjects, meet their teachers and be given an iPad.

    The iPad gives access to course materials, an email account, announcements and news bulletins. It also provides a platform for sharing ideas and working off-campus using Blackboard – the UP Education Learning Management System.