FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

Top Ranking education providers:

~ Christchurch secondary schools achieve the best results in New Zealand.

~ University courses ranked in the top 100 in the world.

Fastest growing economy in New Zealand:

~ $40B city investment and international companies establishing centers of excellence

~ Diverse work opportunities for international students – part-time work and careers

Low ratio of international students

~ Education providers welcome the diversity of international students and visitors

~ Unlimited opportunity to sample the language, culture and way of life

Opportunity to progress study and work options

Christchurch is a top 10 world city (Lonely Planet, 2013)

All the benefits of a big city (2nd biggest in NZ) in a relaxed, safe environment

Innovative, new and vibrant developing city

A unique blend of scenery and lifestyle

Over 250 events, concerts and festivals held every year
Ski fields, surf breaks, swimming beaches and rivers, cycle ways and walking tracks within an hour of the city

Life in Christchurch

Accommodation

Accommodation, depending on the suburb, is very peaceful.


Lifestyle

In Christchurch, people’s lifestyle is extremely simple and peaceful.

People go to work early in the morning so traffic jams do not affect them.

After work, some people go for a run, a walk or bike to enjoy the fresh air, otherwise, they would stay at home watching TV, cooking dinner or spending time with their family.

On the weekend, they might have a cup of coffee with their friends, visit their relatives, go to the beach or mountain biking/hiking.


Weather

Spring starts from September to November, Summer from December to February, Autumn from March to May and Winter from June to August.

Courses in Christchurch normally start in February and finish around November-December. In February, it is the last month of summer so the weather is still warm, slowly giving way for Autumn. In general, the weather is very pleasant.

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Students at all Swiss Education Group schools benefit from a wealth of advantages that make them the ultimate choice when seeking an excellent career in hotel and hospitality management, some of which are listed below:

1.Higher education based on leading Swiss hospitality traditions

2.Unique choice of top quality academic programmes, accredited by universities from the United Kingdom and United States of America

3.Perfect balance between practical and academic studies

4.Tailor-made programmes, designed and delivered in collaboration with world leading industry partners

5.A pool of internationally recognized lecturers offering vast academic experience

6.State-of-the-art educational support thanks to the latest tablet technology

7.Inspiring learning environment set in spectacular alpine and lakeside sceneries or a lively city atmosphere

8.Extensive career and internship opportunities through SEG International Recruitment Forum

9.Exposure to significant partnerships with key business players

10.Global alumni network, uniting over 20,000 graduates worldwide

11.Exceptional Quality of Life, including social and sporting activities, locally and internationally

12.Broad cultural diversity, with an international student body

Please come to see OVEC for further information.

Accommodation in Auckland

Find a place to stay while you study in Auckland.

If you’re studying at one of Auckland’s universities, you can apply for accommodation at a university-managed hall of residence, student village, self-catered apartment or flat.

If you want to rent a house or apartment of your own, or share a place with flatmates (roommates), there are private rental options.

Find out more about housing by contacting Ovec.

With many large-scale projects and new companies springing up throughout Auckland, there’s never been a more exciting time to work here.

Our population, economy and key industry sectors are all growing rapidly, which means more career opportunities than ever before.

We’re big enough to be connected to other global business hubs around the world, but small enough that making connections is easy, and career progression can be significantly faster than larger cities.

5 YEARS of consecutive growth in Auckland’s economy – average rate of 3.3% a year since 2010

36.7% of New Zealand’s GDP was contributed by Auckland in 2015.

1.6 MILLION people – Auckland’s population is forecast to reach 2 million by 2025

1 direct flight away from major cities in Australia, Asia and US west coast

$80 BILLION the Auckland region’s GDP in 2015 (US$58bn, CNY 390bn) (NZD)

5th most innovative city in South East Asia and Oceania
Global Innovation Index 2016

Building relationships and making connections are important when you’re working in Auckland.

For more information, please contact Ovec.

Swiss Education Group is your Swiss alliance of private hospitality management schools. With 5 schools based across 7 campuses throughout Switzerland, each school benefits from their unique strengths and features, providing the perfect fit to best suit your search.

1.César Ritz Colleges Switzerland – Based on the philosophy of César Ritz, founder of the famous Ritz-Paris hotel, the programmes of César Ritz Colleges focus on luxury, excellence, service, care and innovation.

The experienced faculty of our hotel management school provides education that will help you to succeed and become a leader in a competitive world. Awarded with an impressive list of accreditations César Ritz Colleges provides world-class quality in hotel and tourism management courses.

2.Culinary Arts Academy Switzerland – Located in the center of Europe the Culinary Arts Academy introduces you to culinary philosophies and modern trends.

As an international institute for culinary education it focuses on practical kitchen skills and theoretical management classes.

With tailored practical classes and paid internships in some of the most renowned Michelin-starred restaurants Culinary Arts Academy shows you the best ways how to become a top chef.

You are given the opportunity to demonstrate your innovative ideas and develop your own business plan as a master in restaurant and culinary management.

3.Hotel Institute Montreux – As the birthplace of hospitality, Switzerland presents the best conditions in the world to study hospitality management.

The international reputation of the school and a supportive learning environment contributes to the potential success of students when they enter the professional field.
The hospitality management courses at Hotel Institute Montreux, that combine Swiss hospitality practices and contemporary American management expertise, prepare students for top management jobs around the world.

4.IHTTI School of Hotel Management – The inspiring programme at IHTTI School of Hotel Management emphasizes leadership and personal development.

The combination of studies in hospitality management with the principles of branding, luxury and hotel design allows you to become a leader in hotel and design management.

The staff at IHTTI School of Hotel Management will prepare you for a career in the luxury and design industry as part of the next generation of hospitality managers.

5.Swiss Hotel Management School – The Swiss Hotel Management School is known as one of Switzerland’s leading hotel management schools. It offers a wide range of renowned programmes such as a Master in Hospitality Management or a Master of International Business with focus on spa and resort management.

By introducing you to key components of event planning during the events management courses allows you to enhance your career opportunities and master the complexity of high-end events.

6.Swiss Education Academy – Swiss Language Club, member of SEG, has 30 years of experience in organizing summer language camps in Switzerland combining an excellent language education with a wide range of leisure, sports and sightseeing activities.

Please come to see OVEC for further information.

World’s 18th best student city
London-based Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) ranked Auckland 18th in the world in its 2015/16 Best Student Cities survey. It looks at education quality, student mix and quality of living.

High academic standards
New Zealand’s carefully designed education pathways and internationally recognised academic qualifications provide graduates with the skills to compete and succeed anywhere in the world.

Lots of courses to choose from
Our international students can choose from many high quality institutions offering a wide range of subjects, courses and superb career opportunities.

We’re the world’s 3rd most liveable city
Auckland is rated the third most liveable city in the world in the 2017 Mercer Quality of Living Survey. We consistently rank as one of the best places to live, for our cleanliness, infrastructure, people and climate, and our huge variety of activities.

Exciting career opportunities
With 1.5 million people and counting, and home to a third of the country’s population, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest city and one of our fastest growing. As New Zealand’s financial and economic powerhouse, we need skilled people to help us grow and there are opportunities in many sectors.

An outstanding lifestyle
Discover an excellent balance between work, study and play in Auckland. As an international student you can work up to 20 hours per week, so earn while you study and take advantage of Auckland’s superb shopping, dining and outdoor lifestyle in your free time.

So many things to see and do
Where else can you go sailing, horse riding, hiking, surfing, paddle boarding or mountain biking all within an hour of the city centre? Dive into our calendar of events year round, including cultural festivals, sports events, concerts and theatre.

A city rich with culture
We have more than 200 different cultural groups from around the world living here, giving our city a rich cultural mix that’s reflected in our restaurants, meeting places, events, music and art.

For more details, please contact Ovec.

There are a number of different things that you can do while attending university in New Zealand.

International students are encouraged to interact with others in the community and to enjoy their educational experience.

Here are some ideas as to the adventures that you can have during your university career.

Athletics

If you are someone that has enjoyed athletics throughout your life, then athletics is a possibility for you to pursue.

You can enjoy exercise, you can join a club or team on your university campus or you can join community sports.

Kiwis love sports, so we’ve dedicated a whole section of the site to helping you understand the sports that are played in New Zealand.

You can also take the time to exercise. Your health is a very important part of your university career, and you won’t do your best unless you take care of all parts of yourself, including your physical health. Take advantage of exercise

Social clubs and special interest organizations

Many universities in New Zealand have a number of different clubs and organizations that you can join.

Whether you like board games, are interested in a particular genre of movie, or want to get involved with student government, you have the ability to do so.

You can find religious groups, groups related to the degree program that you are studying, or even groups that can help you to learn a new skill or take up a new hobby.

Residence life

If you live in campus-based housing (halls of residence, etc), take advantage of the activities that your wardens are doing.

They may take trips, play games, enjoy sports, or even splurge on pizza or make you a homemade meal, depending on the size of your dorm.

Interact with the other people in your dorm, and you will not regret it.

You are in that close space for up to four years; you may as well advantage of it and make friends with both native Kiwis and those who are studying abroad, just like you.


Arts and culture

There are literally dozens of ways for you to enjoy arts and culture, right on your college campus.

Many universities have musical groups, dancing groups, social events, cultural events, and a number of other activities that are going on.

As an international student, this could really help you to round out your experience and learn more about the world that you are staying in.

Enjoy the arts and culture experiences that are available both on and off campus, and you will feel like your time has been well-spent.

Travel and explore

There are a number of places that you can travel while you are studying in New Zealand.

If you have weekends or a holiday free, make sure that you take the time to go look at all the sites.

Nowhere else in the world can you drive two hours and find a totally different geography than where you started.

If you love the mountains, drive to the North Island and check out the beautiful mountains.

If you like the beach, drive to the Southern part of the South Island and see what there is to see.

There are usually a number of different discounts and such for students, if you know how to utilize your resources.

You may also be able to take trips with the university; many universities offer trips throughout the year.


Get a Job

You are allowed to work up to 20 hours a week on a student visa, so take advantage of it.

There are plenty of jobs both on and off campus, and you may meet a lot of interesting people while working too.

Try and find a job related to what you are studying, too; it can give you invaluable experience that you couldn’t get any other way.

Want to learn more about working in New Zealand? Check out our section on working while studying.

For more details, please contact Ovec.

International students can take up part-time work for up to 15 hours a week during the semester and they can work full-time during holidays, but only after they have been living in Switzerland for at least six months and as long as it doesn’t affect the progress of your studies.

The hiring company/employer will get a work permit for you.

After graduation, foreign students can stay in Switzerland for six months to look for work under the same conditions as Swiss graduates.

For further information, please contact OVEC.

Documents required for the student visa in Switzerland

1.Three forms of “Application for long stay visa (visa D)” filled and signed

2.Four passport-size photographs

3.Passport (valid three months beyond the planned stay)

4.Letter of acceptance issued by a Swiss university

5.Proof of payment of the registration and tuition fees –original and copy Proof of sufficient financial means for coverage of living costs in Switzerland for the duration of schooling (provide evidence of having 21,000 CHF or 19,200 EUR at the beginning of each year of your studies)

6.Letter of institution in case all expenses for the study will be covered by scholarship or loan

7.CV

8.Letter of motivation

9.Commitment to leave Switzerland on completion of studies

For further information on the visa application, please come to see OVEC.

Accommodation costs in Montreux

Students can find on and off campus accommodation.

Housing is offered by universities in shared campus dormitories, at accessible prices.

You may share a private rental two-bedrooms apartment at costs of around 400 EUR/month.

There is also the possibility to rent a one-bedroom apartment and pay around 1,568 EUR/month.

Living costs in Montreux

Montreux, the city of Swiss francs, has a quality of life that follows its requirements. Living costs usually add up to 750 – 850 EUR/month.

Please contact OVEC for further information.