Auckland Institute of Studies
Created learning pathways and support strategies toward maximizing opportunities for students to achieve their career goals.
Established in 1990, Auckland Institute of Studies is one of New Zealand’s largest independent degree-granting institutions. And as a Category 1 school, as assessed by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (or NZQA), Auckland Institute of Studies you can be assured that the programmes being offered are NZQA-approved. These qualifications are recognized within New Zealand as well as internationally.
The programs of AIS include diploma and degree programmes in international business, tourism management, hospitality management, information technology (IT), business administration and English language.
If you are already a graduate of a Bachelor's degree in your own country, you'll be happy to note that AIS' flexible three-semester system and cross credit recognition allows you to fast-track your studies and get a head start on your career.
AIS' Core Values underscore the goals of this Tertiary Education Organization and influence how classes are taught, programmes are implemented.
As a NZQA Category 1 provider, AIS offers you the reassurance of knowing you have enrolled in one of New Zealand's largest and longest-established Tertiary Education Organizations.
Take advantage of a wide range of attractively priced diploma, degree, graduate and postgraduate qualifications, all approved by NZQA. Members of AIS' well respected academic staff are leaders in their fields and committed to providing you with the best possible educational outcome.
You are much more than just another student at AIS. Class sizes are considerably smaller than many other Tertiary Education Organisations, guaranteeing you better access to academic staff when you need it and maximizing your learning opportunities. Fast track programmes, flexible entry dates and cross credit recognition mean you can take advantage of previous studies and achieve your educational goals quickly.
It’s important that you feel confident and comfortable while you are studying – especially if you are a long way from home. The park-like grounds of the St Helens campus add to the peaceful atmosphere of the institute – and are only 10 minutes drive to the centre of Auckland. Live on campus at the student hostel, catch up with your work in the library and unwind at AIS' gymnasium and sports hall – all protected by 24 hour security. AIS' friendly and approachable Student Services and Marketing team are always available to give the best pastoral support possible – in your own language.
AIS understands that you are studying because you need options in the future- options for further study, for employment or even for immigration. Industry – focused programmes are carefully designed to provide the training you will need to succeed. You may want to take advantage of and gain relevant NZ work experience on the AIS MBA Internship Pathway or the AIS Graduate Placement Service. And with students from over 30 countries on campus, as an AIS alumnus you will build an international network of contacts and life-long friends.
AIS attaches great importance to the welfare of students on campus. Our multi-lingual Student Services Officers are experienced in dealing with problems faced by New Zealand and international students, and are always available to provide support during their studies.
Assistance to students on all employment issues
This includes conducting workshops on CV preparation and interview techniques, and finding appropriate employment opportunities. The Student Careers Centre also contacts potential employers and makes interview arrangements.
To provide international students with a warm, welcoming experience when they arrive in New Zealand, AIS offers airport pick-up for all first-time arrivals.
A free shuttle bus service runs between the St Helens Campus and the city centre on week days. Both the St Helens and Asquith Campuses are conveniently located close to bus routes. The Western Line rail network passes close to our campuses, enabling students to find affordable accommodation in West Auckland.
Study Skills Advisor
AIS’ Study Skills Advisor assists students to improve their academic performance, with a particular focus on students who need extra academic support. Assistance includes one-on-one consultations, a “Study Buddies” programme and hosting regular workshops on essay writing, study skills, referencing and exam preparation.
Immigration and Visas
AIS offers students an online visa service in partnership with Immigration New Zealand. International students can apply for their visas on campus, and graduates can also apply for a one-year Post-Study Work Visa (Open). The AIS St Helens Campus-based Online Visa Officer provides support and assistance with student and work visa issues.
New Zealand’s immigration policy supports settlement of international students who have the skills and talent the country needs. All AIS qualifications at Level 6 and above qualify for points under the Skilled Migrant Category, and qualifications on the skills shortage list (the Bachelor of Information Technology and Bachelor of International Business (Accounting) degrees) provide bonus points.
Depending on your program and academic background, AIS can offer a number of credits to students who have completed New Zealand diplomas or other qualifications, enabling students to “top-up” to degree level. If you have completed prior studies at our international partner institutes and other international institutions, you might also be eligible to apply for credits.
Applications for credits are made after arrival for the start of a programme. Approvals are given by our Academic Board, based on level, credit value and content mapping with AIS courses.
In addition to the recognition of prior learning, AIS has a flexible three-semester system (January/ February, May and September each year) for undergraduate and graduate qualifications that allows you to fast-track your studies. Committed students can complete their programmes in a shorter time than at traditional institutions, which reduces costs and allows faster entry into employment.
AIS’ postgraduate qualifications (PGDBA and MBA) are offered six intakes per year, usually early February, late March, late May, mid-July, mid-September and early November. The English Language Centre on the other hand, has an intake every Monday.
You wouldn’t think that land in Auckland City is at a premium once you’ve seen the St. Helens Campus of AIS. The park-like grounds of the St Helens Campus are complemented by indoor recreational facilities, including a gymnasium and sports hall, at our Asquith Campus, which add to the learning atmosphere of the institute. Plenty of free student parking is also offered.
Although unpaid, internships increase your future employment prospects by helping you build a network of connections and adding an understanding of the commercial environment and workplace practice, whatever the industry you have trained for. Internships allow you to accumulate a wealth of knowledge and experience that is essential for furthering your career. If your internship is part of the course requirements, this is NOT considered work by Immigration New Zealand. You will therefore still be eligible to take paid employment for up to 20 hours per week on your student visa.
You'll be happy to note that Auckland Institute of Studies has teamed up with a specialist intern company to provide AIS students with customized internships and placements in New Zealand. Many students who have completed the Intern NZ programme have managed to find full-time employment as a result of the contacts they have made during their internship.
AIS two main internship programmes are:
Some of the requirements needed to enroll in the AIS Graduate Placement Services are: You have completed your AIS qualification (at Level 7 or above) You have the pertinent New Zealand visa that will allow you to work full-time post-completion of your programme English language score of IELTS 6.5 or AIS TEP 56 (or above).
AIS offers many on-campus facilities for its students such as:
The AIS Library is located at the St. Helens Campus. In addition to having a wide range of books, journals, magazines, newspapers, multimedia and electronic resources, you may have access as well to on-line journals, databases, specialized software and internet. You have a choice of studying individually or in groups because the library has separate reading and study areas.
The library is open in the afternoon during weekends and from 9:00am to 6:30pm during weekdays. It is closed during public holidays and reduced hours apply over the summer break, from December to February.
Sports, Recreation Hall and Gym
AIS’ Sports Department plays an important role in ensuring that students who study at AIS have every opportunity to balance their studies with regular exercise. Students are encouraged to utilize the facilities provided and to attend specific-interest sports such as indoor soccer, table tennis, basketball, boxing and badminton that are offered.
The gymnasium and sports hall are located at the Asquith Campus, just five minutes’ walk from the St Helens Campus where tennis courts are located. There is no membership fee for students using the fitness and recreational facilities; however a valid student ID card must be carried as checks are regularly undertaken.
The Fitness Gymnasium is open 45 hours each week from 10:00am to 7:00pm weekdays, except on public holidays. Reduced hours apply over the December-January period.
If you’d like to get into a regular fitness program, you’d be happy to note that the Fitness Gymnasium is well-equipped with a treadmill, an exercycle, a rowing machine, a multi-purpose exercise machine, cross-trainers, dumbbells, barbells and free-weights. You’ll need to wear appropriate clothing and footwear when using the gym for your own health and safety, and bring your own drinking water bottles and towels. Showering facilities are provided in the men’s and women’s changing rooms.
Sports Hall and Equipment
Do you need sports equipment in the pursuit of your sport? The Sports Hall is general available from 10.00am to 7.00pm Monday to Friday (except on public holidays and during semester examination periods). Sports equipment is available for basketball, table tennis, volleyball, badminton, indoor soccer and indoor cricket.
Cafeteria facilities at both campuses offer a range of local and international cuisine, snacks and drinks at reasonable prices. Vending machines and microwave ovens are also available. Because the facility at the Asquith Campus is a student training café run by AIS Hospitality students, its opening hours can vary.
For those who wish to make AIS their home in Auckland, the AIS Dormitory, a three-level building located right on the grounds of St Helens Campus, provides accommodation for 120 residents in single, twin and multi-share rooms. The rooms are fully furnished, each with its own study area. Security staff members oversee the dormitory after hours and during weekends and public holidays. A kitchen for the preparation of meals, and a dining room area, are available, and mini fridges for rooms can also be hired.
If you don’t want to move out into flats or apartments yet and don’t feel that homestay accommodation is for you, you may like to live in the dormitory to help you settle into life in Auckland. The feeling of contribution gained from group living is a key feature of life in a dormitory, particularly on an international campus such as AIS. There are opportunities for fun and companionship, for working, talking, relaxing and growing in a community of people of similar age and similar interests. There may be irritations and distractions too, but learning to deal with these, to understand different points of view, and to become tolerant of some aspects of human nature, is of considerable value.
Experience the New Zealand lifestyle while studying at AIS with homestay accommodation. AIS has an extensive list of carefully selected and approved homestay families to choose from and can arrange placement for students who wish to live in a family environment. Homestay students also benefit from the opportunity to practice their English.
Homestays however, must be organized prior to arrival in New Zealand, although some students chose another form of accommodation when they first arrive, such as the AIS dormitory, and later decide to move into a homestay. In either instance, two weeks’ notice is required to arrange homestay accommodation.
Homestay rates cover accommodation and two meals (breakfast and dinner) per weekday, and three meals during weekends and on public holidays. A member of the homestay family is required to escort their student to and from AIS on their first day of study.
NZQA-approved degree, diploma and language qualifications all attractively priced are what you will find at Auckland Institute of Studies.
The St Helens Campus is located in spacious, park-like grounds in Mt Albert, Auckland, and is adjacent to the popular Chamberlain Park Golf Course.
The campus bears the name paying homage to the property’s previous incarnation as St Helen’s Hospital. The St Helen's Hospital was originally founded and named in 1968 by New Zealand Prime Minister, Rt Hon Richard J Seddon who was born in the English town of St Helen's.
Travelling to and from the campus is easy as it is located close to Auckland’s North Western motorway and the Baldwin Avenue train station, and bus services travelling along nearby New North and Great North Roads are frequent.
Courses in the following programmes are held at the Campus:
Campus facilities include a library, computer labs, Wi-Fi, cafeteria, dormitory, devotional room, tennis courts and free parking.
The AIS Asquith Campus is located just over five minutes’ walk from the St Helens Campus. Courses in the following programmes are held at the Asquith Campus:
The Asquith Campus has computer labs, Wi-Fi, a study room with access to library resources, a student training cafeteria, a fully-equipped gymnasium, a sports hall, a whanau room and free parking.
The academic programs and courses are classified according to areas of study as follows:
Hospitality, Tourism, Culinary Arts, Nutrition, Food Science
The starting-out wage. Applies to starting-out workers. Starting-out workers are:
The Starting-out minimum wage is NZ$12.60 per hour which is:
The training minimum wage applies to employees aged 20 years or over who are doing recognised industry training involving at least 60 credits a year as part of their employment agreement, in order to become qualified.
Employers and employees may agree to any wage rate as long as it is not less than the applicable minimum wage rate. Starting-out workers must be paid at least the minimum starting-out wage rate, and trainees over 20 years of age must be paid at least the training minimum wage rate.
A small number of people hold an exemption from the minimum wage.
The minimum rates that apply to starting-out workers, and employees on the training minimum wage (before tax), are:
The information above was taken from https://www.employment.govt.nz/, last accessed on November 4, 2017
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