International Student


Support for International Students

Your First Point of Call

At Ardmore Flying school we encourage an environment of open and honest communication, which applies not only to aviation. Given the demanding nature of pilot training, it is normal to feel under pressure and even overwhelmed at times. Each student being assigned a personal instructor provides a simple and familiar first point of call. Our instructors are experienced and knowledgeable so as to perform the role of coach and mentor, helping the student to operate the aircraft safely and furthermore navigate the stresses of the course.


Tips for non-native English Speaker

  • Watch TV, listen to podcasts and read books. The English language is full of nuances which can be difficult to understand. The more you immerse yourself in the language, the quicker and easier it will be to learn.
  • Practice freewriting
  • Reduce your speaking speed

Living and Studying in Auckland

This section lists approximate values for what you can expect to pay for basic items in Auckland. This information can help you plan your budget.

How much money will you need?

Basic costs

In addition to your fees for study, you will need between $20,000 and $25,000 per year ($380 – $480 per week) for:

  • Accommodation
  • Food
  • Transport
  • Phone
  • Internet
  • Entertainment
Other costs

You may have further expenses during your study, including:

  • Textbooks and stationery
  • Medical and dental appointments
  • Bank account fees
  • Insurance
  • Clothing
  • Holidays and trips
  • Housing costs
Cost of living in Auckland

The following table lists prices of common goods and services to give an idea of the cost of living in New Zealand.

Rent (per week) $200 - $300
Gym membership (per year) $600 - $700
Entertainment (per week) $50 - $100
Lunches/takeaways (per week) $10 - $100
Takeaway pizza $5
Takeaway pie $8
Milk (per litre) $4.50
Ferry ride: Return ticket Auckland to Devonport $15
Monthly bus pass – travel within Auckland Student discount also available $100 - $200
Visit to doctor $20
Visit to dentist $150 - $200

Immigration New Zealand requirement is $20,000 per year plus return airfare or additional $2,000.

Driving in New Zealand

There are certain things you need to know when driving in New Zealand:

  • We drive on the left side of the road
  • It’s easy to underestimate travelling times here
  • Our roads are narrower, more winding and sometimes steeper than you might expect
  • Our roads are mostly two-way, with one lane going in each direction
  • We have few motorways

For more information please visit Driving in New Zealand

Transport in New Zealand

There are lots of choices when it comes to travelling around New Zealand. Make the most of your time here and plan how you want to get from point A to B and everywhere in between with our guide to transport options.

For more info please visit Travelling Around New Zealand


Student Visa

There are many different visas that a student can study on. Some allow longer study durations than others.

To apply for a student visa to study full-time in New Zealand, you will need to pay the full cost of your courses and enrol with an approved education provider. This Visa enables you to:

  • Study full time
  • Work part time up to 20 hours

For more information please visit the links below:

Fee Paying Student Visa

Student Visa Application Checklist

Medical System

As soon as you settle in Auckland, you will need to prioritise your health and wellbeing. A combination of healthy dietary and lifestyle habits, as well as regular check-ups with a general practitioner and dentist, can help keep you in great shape and allow you to work to your full potential.

There are many aspects to proper healthcare, from insurance to emergency services and finding that perfect gym. Below are some useful links to information about healthcare and leisure centres.


Useful Links

Auckland Healthcare Services

Auckland Council Pools & Leisure

International Student Health Insurance

CAA Medicals

To be able to learn to fly, you will need to obtain either a class 1 or class 2 medical by an approved CAA Aviation Medical Examiner.

Class 1 is required to hold a CPL. Class 2 is required to hold a PPL.


Leisure in Auckland and Beyond

With two unique islands, fourteen national parks and dozens of diverse cities, there are plenty of New Zealand attractions and activities to choose from.

Below are some useful links to information about local leisure centres and things to do in New Zealand.

Things to do in Auckland

Auckland Council Pools and Leisure

Things to do in New Zealand

Peer Assistance Network (PAN)

Aviation can be a demanding industry. The pursuit of licences and ratings is as challenging and stressful as it is rewarding. However, the camaraderie and friendships built in the process means no one need ever go it alone.

If you feel like you need a helping hand, whether it be in the classroom, in the flight deck or just getting through the day, a confidential talk with a peer can make all the difference. PAN (Peer Assistance Network) is here to provide that support. Simply call 0800 NZALPA and ask for member assistance.

Peer Assistance Network