The New Zealand College of Chinese Medicine (NZCCM) has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. You can download a copy of the Code from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority at

Copies of the Code are also available from Reception at NZCCM.

Translated versions of the Code in the following languages are also available: Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Hindi, Portuguese, Spanish and Vietnamese.


NZCCM is registered by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority as a Private Training Establishment under the provisions of the Education Act 1989 and its subsequent amendments.  We are a Category 2 provider and our External Evaluation Report has a ‘Confident’ rating in both – Educational Performance and Self-Assessment. 


NZCCM is a member of The World Federation of Chinese Medicine Societies, the Independent Tertiary Education New Zealand (ITENZ), New Zealand Association of Medical Herbalists (NZAMH) and an Associate Member of Massage New Zealand.

Our Bachelor of Health Science Degree in Acupuncture is endorsed by the New Zealand Acupuncture Standards Authority (NZASA)


Full details of visa requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand and can be viewed on their website at

Medical and Travel Insurance

International Students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. 

Eligibility for Health Services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly-funded health services while in New Zealand.  If you receive medical treatment during your stay in New Zealand, 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 and can be viewed on their website at

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.  Further information can be viewed on their website at


International Students enrolled in our Diploma and Degree Programmes may work up to 20 hours per week and full time during summer holiday recess, providing they have an endorsement on their student visa.  Diploma and Degree students also qualify for a 12-month Post Study Work Visa (Open) after graduation, followed by a two-year work visa once relevant employment is secured.  In some cases, English language students may also qualify for work rights.

Fees Protection

All student fees are credited to our Public Trust Account and hence protected. Details of our Public Trust Account are mentioned on student invoices. Fees are released to us periodically in arrears on a pro-rata basis in relation to tuition delivered.

Refund Policy

For international students in programmes over three months, all payments exceeding 15% of the fees paid will be refunded if the student withdraws within the first 10 working days of the programme.  Thereafter, fees paid are non-refundable.  The refund policy is in accordance with the Education Act 1989 and can be accessed at

Orientation Day

New student enrolled in NZCCM diploma and degree programmes must be present for Orientation Day as it includes significant information about student rules and requirements.  Absence on orientation day can negatively impact on a student’s ability to settle into campus and academic life at NZCCM.

Enrolment Restrictions

Students who fail to make satisfactory progress may be subject to enrolment restrictions for further studies.