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QRC & International Students

QRC is a premier provider of Tourism and Hospitality education and as such, our student body is diverse and passionate about their chosen industry. Around 30% of our student body is international.

We aim to provide our international students with not only a high quality education but a safe, supportive and culturally enriching experience whilst studying with us in Queenstown.

Our international students have come from over 20 countries including Malaysia, Australia, United Kingdom, Russia, India, Vietnam, China and Indonesia. During their time with us, we ensure our international students are immersed in the ‘kiwi’ culture and way of life and in return, we highly value the cultural contribution our international students bring to the QRC student experience.

QRC’s friendly Student Relations, Faculty, Admissions, Marketing and Accommodation teams are here to assist you with immigration matters, insurance, accommodation and life in New Zealand.

In this section of our website you can find the essential information about studying at QRC as an international student.

Entry Requirements

Age Requirements

All students must be 18 years or older upon commencement of either programme.

Academic Requirements

Level 6 Diplomas

Both of QRC’s diplomas are accredited by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) as Level 6 qualifications.

To gain entry into these programmes, you must satisfy the following criteria:

If studying in NZ students need to attain

  • 48 credits over four level 2 subjects including 4 reading and writing English credits.
  • 10 level 1 (or higher) credits in Numeracy.

International Baccalaureate (IB) Students: At least 3 passes in SL subjects including Mathematics and English

Cambridge/CIE Students: CIE (Cambridge International Exam) candidates must attain at least 60 UCAS points (from the UCAS Tariff) over two or more subjects and have IGCSE Mathematics Grade D or better and AS English Language or AS English Literature with Grade E or better.

Students studying out side of NZ must have successfully passed 12 years of schooling equivalent to the above NZ requirements. A full list of equivalencies can be found here.

Level 7 Graduate Diploma

Applicants must have completed the equivalent of a New Zealand, 3 year Bachelor’s Degree, preferably in a Commerce, Business or Management.

Students with a Bachelor’s Degree in Tourism or Hospitality Management may be accepted if it is considered that the programme can add extra dimensions to their previous study.

All applicants are interviewed as part of the admissions process. No Recognition of Prior Learning, cross credit or credit transfer is available for this programme.

QRC’s Terms and Conditions of Enrolment can be found here.

English Language Requirements

Students enrolling in either the Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management, the Diploma of Hospitality Management or the Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management need to achieve the following:

  • IELTS (academic) score of 6.0 with no less than 6.0 in speaking and 5.5 in any other band or equivalent
  • Pearsons Test (PTE): Overall score of 50 with no communicative skill score below 42
  • If studying in NZ evidence that the student has achieved NCEA Level 3 and has met the New Zealand university entrance requirements.

Further forms of acceptable evidence of English language proficiency can be found on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website.

English Language Pathways

QRC is a registered Pathway Education Provider.

ABC College of English is owned by QRC and English language students can pathway into their diploma programs once academic requirements are met.

ABC College of English

Email: english@abc.ac.nz
Website: www.abc.ac.nz

Under the visa pathway scheme your visa will allow you to:

  • stay for up to 5 years
  • study up to 3 courses, one after the other on a single student visa
  • work part time for up to 20 hours a week while you are studying and full time in the holidays.

Students enrolling in either the Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management, the Diploma of Hospitality Management or the Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management need to have an IELTS (academic) score or accepted equivalent of 6.0 with no less than 6.0 in speaking and 5.5 in any other band or equivalent.

QRC currently can offer a single pathway visa between QRC and the following institutions.


Southern Lakes English College

Email: info@slec.co.nz
Website: www.slec.co.nz

Language Schools NZ

Email: queenstown@languageschool.co.nz
Web: www.languageschool.co.nz


Languages International

Email: info@languages.ac.nz
Website: www.languages.ac.nz



Email: admissions@acg.ac.nz
Website: www.acgedu.com

New Zealand Language Centres

Email : info@akldlang.co.nz
Website : www.learnenglish.co.nz

Languages International

Email: info@languages.ac.nz
Website: www.languages.ac.nz

Kaplan International College

Tel: + 64 9 307 6507
Website: www.kaplanaspect.com


University of Otago

Email: international@otago.ac.nz 
Website: www.otago.ac.nz



Below are the fees for our International Students.

For a more detailed breakdown of Diploma fees, please refer to the Dates and Fees page.

It is a requirement of the NZ Government that all year one fees are to be paid in advance before the issuing of a Student Visa. No deferred payment schemes are available. QRC’s Refund Policy can be found here.

All fees are in NZ$ and are subject to change.

Course Start Dates 2023 Tuition ($NZ) Year 1 Tuition ($NZ) Year 2
Diploma of Hospitality Management January 9th
April 3rd
July 3rd
October 2nd
Tuition Fee $20,340*
Enrolment Fee $200.00
Course-related costs: $2,500.00
Insurance (1 year): $510
TOTAL $23,350
Tuition Fee $20,340*
Course-related costs: $1,200.00
Insurance (6 months): $435
TOTAL $21,975
Diploma of Adventure Tourism Management January 9th
April 3rd
July 3rd
October 2nd
Tuition Fee $20,340*
Enrolment Fee $200.00
Course-related costs: $3,100.00
Insurance (1 year): $510
TOTAL $23,950
Tuition Fee $20,340*
Course-related costs: $1,500.00
Insurance (6 months): $435
TOTAL $22,275
Graduate Diploma in Tourism and Hospitality Management April 3rd Tuition Fee $23,391**
Enrolment Fee $200
Course related costs $1,200
Insurance $510 ( for 12 months)

TOTAL $25,101
Machine Learning Certifacte TBC 10 Week Course: $6,000 5 Month Course: $9,000

* A $2500 Study Grant (per year) may apply. All fees include GST and are subject to change. Data and printing limits apply per student.

** A $3000 Study Grant may apply.

The above fees include a non-refundable placement fee of NZ$500 which is payable immediately to secure enrolment.

General Fees

Some courses and services accrue additional costs. All charges relating to your chosen course will be itemised on your Invoice. If you have any questions regarding General Fee charges, please email info@qrc.ac.nz.


  • Accommodation placement fee: NZ$200.00
  • Travel and medical insurance for international students =  $272 per 6 months or $510 per year
  • Optional transfer service (welcome on arrival and transfer to Accommodation): NZ$50


Medical and Travel Insurance

Eligibility for Health Services

Most international students studying abroad are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health.

International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying abroad in New Zealand. Queenstown Resort College will organise these insurances for you upon application.

Accident Insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs.

Student Visas

When you enrol with QRC from overseas, you must apply for a Student Visa from Immigration New Zealand. Once you have your letter of offer from QRC, you can begin your visa application. Be mindful when choosing your programme intake that you have allowed enough time for the processing of your visa.

You can find out the application steps as well as permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements at this Immigration New Zealand site. Read their Student Visa Guide here. QRC can help you apply for a student visa or alternatively your education agent can assist with this process. See our handy guide to the visa process here.

When applying for your visa, Immigration New Zealand requires you to show evidence of $15,000 to cover the cost of living in New Zealand for one year.

Student Services

The Student Services team at QRC is responsible for admissions, accommodation, student support library services and pastoral care.

We are here to help you and are based on Level 2 of QRC House.

We can help you with general college information, accommodation and payments, academic and study matters, career planning, library services and personal and social issues.

For international students, we also assist with visa extensions and renewals, travel and insurance and Code of Practice issues.

Counselling and Support Services for International Students

If you have a personal concern or problem, please speak to our Student Services Manager who can be contacted via Reception, a tutor or student support person. There are many ways we can assist you and you will be referred to someone with the skills and sensitivity to address an issue with you. We have confidence in these people and invite them to be with you when needed.


Getting to Queenstown is easy and for international students, the best way is by domestic or international flights. Queenstown is accessible from a number of Australian airports as well as Auckland and Christchurch airports.

Our airport is around 10 minutes by shuttle or car to the QRC campus.

Upon arrival, QRC can organise airport transfers for you to be transferred between the airport and your accommodation. Just let us know your details before you arrive and we can arrange this.

Queenstown students have several transport options. The town itself is relatively compact, in fact the distance between QRC Lodge and our campus is around 2.4 kilometres. This can be walked in around 34 minutes or alternatively, QRC students have the option of purchasing a bus pass. Biking is hugely popular in Queenstown and great if you are looking for an affordable mode of transport.


QRC Halls of Residence

We recommend our International students reside at the QRC Halls of Residence during their first two terms. It helps you become familiar with your fellow students, gets you involved in social activities and provides safe, homely environment with the support of an on-site manager who is available 24/7. Find out more information about the Halls of Residence here.

If you wish to live at QRC Halls of Residence, you can nominate to do this during the application process. The cost of living at the Halls of Residence can be found here.

Renting in Queenstown

During internship times, students can either find accommodation by renting in Queenstown (or wherever you are located for internship) or alternatively, QRC has a second accommodation option, Shotover Lodge, in Arthurs Point.

It is cheaper to rent in Queenstown Central than Auckland. On average you could pay around $122 less per week for a single room apartment in Queenstown than Auckland. You can find more information on rental prices at Tenancy Services.

*Based 01 Sep 2015 - 29 Feb 2016 statistics listed on the Tenancy Services website.
Dwelling Median weekly rent Money Saved
Auckland - Ponsonby Queenstown - Central
1 bedroom apartment $477 $355 $122
2 bedroom apartment $700 $450 $250
3 bedroom apartment $720 $690 $30
1 bedroom flat $415 $250 $165
2 bedroom flat $450 $335 $115
3 bedroom house $800 $575 $225
4 bedroom house $1000 $735 $265
Room $260 $200 $60

Opening Hours and Public Holidays

Queenstown Resort College closes for the Christmas period.

Where tuition is affected by QRC observance of New Zealand public holidays, a minimum of three days shall constitute a week for tuition and fee purposes. Please refer to the QRC Year Calendars available in the downloads section.

The Education (for tertiary and international learners) code of practice

When students from other countries come to study in New Zealand, it is important that those students are well informed, safe and properly cared for.

New Zealand educational providers have an important responsibility for international students’ welfare under the Code of Practice for International Students.

The Code is a document which provides a framework for service delivery by educational providers and their agents to international students. The Code sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of educational providers with respect to international students.

The Code applies to all educational providers in New Zealand with students enrolled on international study permits. The Code is mandatory to these providers and must be signed by them.

Queenstown Resort College has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice a copy of which   is available online from the Ministry of Education website.

Queenstown Resort College is a Category 1 Education Provider. According to the 2017 NZQA review,

  • “NZQA is Highly Confident in the educational performance of Queenstown Resort College (QRC). The key reasons for this level of confidence are outlined below.
  • QRC has maintained very high achievement rates consistently over a number of years, with over 90 per cent completing programmes, and over 70 per cent of cohorts achieving a qualification in 2015, and similar calculated for 2016.
  • Industry highly regard the quality of the QRC graduates because they show the skills and aptitudes required to work in the hospitality and adventure tourism sectors. This is supported with a very strong graduate employment rate of 93 per cent employed within three months of completion of the programme.
  • QRC qualifications provide relevant career pathways for graduates. Programmes are strongly aligned to industry needs as a result of engaging with industry and responding to feedback.
  • Programme activities are interactive and designed to ensure students are able to transfer knowledge and theory into practice. Activities include group activities, as well as individual assessment, which are peer moderated to ensure results are valid and students are assessed consistently.
  • Success is underlined by the excellent support systems in place for both domestic and international students, from enrolment through to work placements, internship and graduation. This is through provision of accommodation, work-readiness support, academic support and regular individual monitoring of progress towards goals.
  • QRC has strong leadership which provides clear direction. Staff are valued and support the organisation’s mission and values

Overall, the organisation is innovative and balances changes within the industry and educational contexts with continuity of quality educational outcomes.”

Read the full Report of External Evaluation and Review.

QRC also adheres to the International Students Contract Dispute Resolution Scheme, which can be found in detail here.

Useful links


QRC has agents around the world to help you apply to QRC.

Our relationship with our appointed agents is very important to us and we welcome interest from agencies from around the world. However, QRC will generally only appoint agents with prior experience in enrolling students into New Zealand.

QRC does not accept unsolicited student applications through non-registered agents, therefore, an agent must have a formal agreement for representation from QRC before the application will be assessed.

How to become an agent

QRC is very selective in its choice of agents and the number of appointments is strictly limited. To apply to become a QRC-appointed agent, you can download the Application Form and fill it out before faxing or returning it to the College. All other enquiries should be directed to International Recruitment Manager, Duncan Sadleir on duncan.sadleir@qrc.ac.nz

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