1. How do I apply for admission at Abacus? Is there any charge to get an offer letter (offer for Admission)?
To apply for admission at Abacus, you need to send us, all your educational documents (scanned copies) and passport details, along with the proof of English proficiency. English language proficiency requirements for each course are summarized at the following table on NZQA website:
NZQA website Click here
There is no charge from our side to issue an offer letter (offer for admission) to the eligible candidate.
2. Can I pay my fee in instalments?
No please, as per the New Zealand Immigration Convention, one has to pay a full year's tuition fee that needs to be deposited into Public Trust account.
Do visit Public Trust website to know more about them and how do they work for protecting your interest.
3. Is it possible to enrol after the course has started?
You may get a maximum extension of a week to enrol into an ongoing course.
4. What level of English do I need to have to study at Abacus? What should I do to meet the English language requirements?
For admission English language Rule 18 of NZQA determines the level of English required to study. E.g for qualifications at Level 5 of NZQF students need an IELTS (Academic) score of 5.5 Bands (5 Bands in each module).
However full details for other English language tests are available at the following link on NZQA website
Abacus is a Category 1 Education provider. We can administer our own internal test, however we are not conducting this test with offshore international students. So offshore international students need to provide evidence of English language proficiency as per the the table given at above link.
Accomodation Related Frequently Asked Questions
1. How would you hire an accomodation for me?
Abacus Institute of Studies uses an accommodation agent to provide the necessary accommodation services for students requiring them. Please feel free to contact us if you need assistance with finding accommodation. We will be glad to help and provide you quotes.
2. Will I be given different accomodation options to choose from?
Students will have a choice of staying in a home stay accommodation or renting an apartment unit or sharing a flat with other students.
Job Related Frequently Asked Questions
1. Am I allowed to work while I am studying in New Zealand?
Yes, you may work for a maximum of 20 hours in a week while you are studying here at New Zealand.
1. How safe is New Zealand for the international students?
New Zealand is largely a safe country. The crime rate is much lower than most of the countries of the world and its human rights record is one of the best. International students are treated very well, with least or no signs of racial biases.
Do visit the New Zealand Government Website New Zealand Now, for a more detailed info on the law & order situation in New Zealand.
General Frequently Asked Questions
1. On which side do the New Zealanders drive?
New Zealanders drive on the left side of the road.
2. Can I drive in New Zealand with a driving license issued in another country?
Yes, you are allowed to drive in New Zealand with a driving license issued in another country, provided your tenure of stay here, is of less than a year. For those who would be staying here for over 1 year or more, should procure a New Zealand Driving License. Do visit the NZ Transport Agency website for a more detailed info on Driving In New Zealand.
3. What is the parking rules in New Zealand in general and Christchurch in particular?
In New Zealand, you can park your vehicle only in the direction of the traffic moving on your side of the road that is on the left side, unless it is one-way path. You will be penalised for parallel parking on the wrong side of the street. Parking rules are same all across the country and it is no different in Christchurch.
4. How is the library facility at the institute?
The institute library holds a wide collection academic resources, which plays a vital role in the academic development of our students by meeting their informational needs.