International Leaners' (Students')

Fact Sheet


Nau Mai and Welcome 

MMEF is a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Learners (students) therefore, we welcome international learners seeking to study for the AMI 3-6 Diploma as well as our shorter AMI Orientation Certificates and workshops.

If you are an international learner and considering studying with MMEF, the following guidelines and procedures have been prepared to assist you.

We recommend that you first read the relevant information regarding studying in New Zealand at the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) website here.


Studying for the AMI 3-6 Diploma

Please read the requirements for application here, these are applicable for both domestic and international leaners.

Complete and submit as PDFS, the MMEF application form with all required enclosures.

Please note:

- references must be signed by the referees.

- copies of tertiary qualification transcripts and certification must be signed by someone authorised to confirm the original nature of the document.

A copy of a police check from your country must also be submitted as part of your application.


English Language Requirements

International learners whose first language is not English must also produce evidence of having met the English language entry requirements of 7.0 Academic overall band score in IELTS or another recognised English language test at the equivalent level. See here for equivalent test scores.  The results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate to commence study with MMEF.

Once all of the information above is received an interview will be arranged with MMEF.

Following the interview, references are contacted. Please ensure contact numbers for referees are included on the application form.  

If the applicant is successful, an Enrolment Agreement & Learner Contract will be sent to the learner, along with an invoice for the Enrolment Fee, currently $500 + GST (goods and service tax) = $575.00.


Applying for a Student Visa

International learners, who are not citizens and do not have Permanent Residency in New Zealand will require a student visa to study with MMEF.

Following the successful application process, as detailed above, as well as the Enrolment Agreement & Learner Agreement, learners will also receive an Offer of a Place with the information required by Immigration, New Zealand.

Payment of Course Fees is not required until Immigration N.Z. have ‘Approved in Principal’ the student visa application. At this time, INZ will request receipt of course fees by a due date. MMEF will provide the receipt and the required INZ information, once course fee payment is received.

All international learners must have medical and travel insurance to study in New Zealand. The length of the policy must extend for the entire period of study.

Evidence of the learner’s student visa and relevant medical & travel insurance policy details must be sighted by MMEF once the learner has the necessary documentation. This must be no later than the commencement of the course.


To find out more about the Code of Practice click here.


Find out more about studying and living in New Zealand here.


Whāia te mātauranga hei oranga mō koutou/ Seek knowledge for the sake of your well-being.


[1] In The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021, students are now referred to as leaners. Student visas remain the same.

[2] GST is a tax added to the price of most goods and services, including imports. It is a tax for people who buy and sell goods and services. Training is a service therefore; GST must be added to learner’s fees.