Information for new students

Pre-arrival information and essential tasks to help you prepare for your Auckland Foundation Year.

Student information before you arrive

Moving to a new country is an exciting time. We know how you feel and our friendly team are here to support you. Before you arrive, you need to complete some essential tasks, like applying for your student visa and preparing your documents.

Use our pre-arrival checklist and packing tips to help you:

Essential documents

  • A valid passport with student visa.
  • Your letter of offer from Taylors College Auckland.
  • A copy of your electronic Confirmation of Enrolment form.
  • A certified true copy of your birth certificate, passport and visa.

What is a ‘certified true copy’?

If you do not want to bring an original copy of certain documents (like your birth certificate) you can bring a certified photocopy instead. This is an exact copy of your document that has been stamped and signed by your Principal, a Justice of the Peace or your agent.

Clothing and personal items

You can buy anything you need in Auckland, so you do not need to pack a huge bag. On campus, most students dress casually in jeans, t-shirts and trainers. It is easier to buy larger items like bedding, towels, cooking utensils and other household items when you arrive.

Summer clothing

Summer days in Auckland can be warm (around 25°C) – bring sandals, shorts/skirts, t-shirts and long-sleeved shirts to protect from the sun, as well as sunglasses and a sun hat. Evenings are cooler, so bring trousers, a cardigan and light jumpers.

Winter clothing

Temperatures can drop below 10°C in winter. You will need warm clothing, including a coat, hat and scarf.

Personal items

  • iPad/laptop
  • Mobile phone
  • Cosmetics/toiletries
  • Bilingual dictionary
  • Home country driver's licence/international driver's licence
  • Spectacle/contact lens prescription (if you wear glasses/contact lenses)
  • Credit card
  • Adapters: New Zealand uses 240 watts for electricity appliances, so you may need to bring an adapter.

Passenger Card

On the airplane to New Zealand, you will be given an Incoming Passenger Card by the Flight Attendants. The Passenger Card is a declaration that explains what you are bringing into New Zealand. It is important that you answer all the questions truthfully. If you do not, you may face serious penalties and your goods may be confiscated.


New Zealand Customs are very strict about food being brought into the country. On arrival, you must declare any food to Customs, or put it in the rubbish bins in the Arrival Hall.

New Zealand has a large multicultural population, including a range of Asian supermarkets. Most foodstuffs from your home country can be bought in New Zealand.

For a list of what you are not allowed to bring into New Zealand, visit the New Zealand Customs Service website.

  • Apply for and obtain your student visa
  • Book your flight to New Zealand
  • Arrange to be met on arrival / arrange arrival transport
  • Confirm your accommodation details
  • Have a dental check-up
  • Have your eyes tested
  • Receive any immunizations required
  • Obtain 3 certified copies of your academic results
  • Obtain copies of your passport and visa
  • Buy any clothing or personal items you need
  • Prepare a cash budget for the first 2 months (at least)
  • Arrange for money to be available to pay your tuition fees.

Before you arrive in Auckland you might also like to research the campus and surrounding area. Our friendly staff will be available when you arrive at Taylors College Auckland to ensure you settle into student life easily.

Key information

It’s a good idea to keep a record of all the key information you will need on arrival.

This includes your:

  • Passport number
  • Student visa number and expiry date
  • Flight details: flight number; departure date and time; arrival date and time
  • Contact details for your airport pick-up
  • Accommodation address in Auckland
  • A list of any immunisations you’ve had.

We will provide a comprehensive orientation programme, to make sure you have everything you need. It's very important that you arrive at Taylors College Auckland in time for orientation, as many useful and important topics are covered, including:

  • Registration: Passport, Visa, and medical insurance check and Health Information Forms
  • IT information
  • General school information
  • Student Welfare information
  • Morning tea
  • Welcome from our principal, Lindsay Spedding
  • Introduction to Auckland Foundation Year programme
  • Explanations of the subjects, the university courses/careers these might lead on to. This is also a chance to meet your teachers
  • Students meet with Mentor Teachers and receive timetable and tour of college


Airport pickup

We can arrange for you to be met at the airport by a driver, who will take you directly to your accommodation.

We will send you a sign and information to help you locate your driver in the airport. To use this service, you need to book in advance and tell us the details of your flight.

Taylors College Auckland Foundation Year Orientation Programme

Friday 16 August 2019, Taylors College, 75 Karangahape Road
Time Activities Staff Venue
08.30 - 09.00 Students arrive at Taylors College and be taken to Room 2.08/9 Reception staff Taylors College Reception
08.30 - 09.00 Registration:
Passport, Visa and Insurance check

Registration forms, contact details, health and other information and ID photo
Bakhrom Majidov – Student Services Manager
Coco Lu – Student Advisor

Haruyo Kobayashi – Student Welfare and Attendance Officer
Angela Zhao – Accommodation Coordinator
Room 2.08/9
09.15 General school information Dr Lawrence Xu-Nan – Compliance and Business Services Manager
09.30 IT information Fraser Dixon – IT manager
09.45 Student Welfare information Margaret Chen – Student Welfare Manager
10.00 Break/refreshments Students mingle with available staff
10.15 Welcome from the Principal Lindsay Spedding
10.30 Introduction to AFY programme Dr Miriam Bissett – Academic Director
Ian Mcleod – Director of Teaching and Learning
11.00 Meeting teachers – Explanations of the subjects and the university courses and careers these might lead on to August AFY Teachers
11.30 - 12.00 Students meet with mentor teachers and receive timetable and tour of the college  

Students will return on Monday 19th August to class according to their timetable. Teachers will assist you to:

  • Purchase course books
  • Hire lockers (Not compulsory) – $30 for the year (padlock included) and $15 refundable at the end of the course