Study in New Zealand

Health & Safety

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New Zealand is a friendly, politically stable and culturally diverse country. Being the second most peaceful country in the world, our crime rates are lower than in many other countries. By being one of the least corrupt countries in the world, and one that believes in fair play, students can be assured that New Zealand is a safe country and are sure to receive a warm welcome upon their arrival here.

Open-mindedness, freedom of expression, reliable police force (who don’t carry personal firearms) and no seriously dangerous wildlife all encompass a lifestyle that New Zealanders are accustomed to. Whether it’s going out to ride your bike, going to the playground, exploring the bushes, or going out at night to explore the cities, there’s nothing stopping you in New Zealand. Wherever you’re from, you’ll be welcomed here with open arms.

Emergency Services

There are four main emergency services in New Zealand - Fire and Emergency, Police, Ambulance and Civil Defence (who help people get through natural or man-made disasters, like storms, floods and earthquakes). If you need to reach any of them in an emergency, dial 111. The call is free and the call can be made from any mobile phone (even if you have no credit left). After dialing, let the operator know which of the four services you need to speak to. An ambulance at any time ‑ 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, but there may be a cost for some ambulances.

If the situation is not an emergency, you can dial 105 and alert the police.

If it’s a medical issue and you’re seeking advice, call Healthline on 0800 611 116.

Public Health Services

An approved medical insurance will be needed to cover the cost of any health services as most international students aren’t entitled to publicly funded health services during their stay in New Zealand. Your education provider can help you to arrange medical insurance and see the medical facilities that are available at your university, but you must do so before applying for a student visa.

Immigration New Zealand has more information that you can read about our healthcare system.

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