Making sure that international students are well-supported while they live and study in New Zealand is important to the government. Regulating the care and support of international students is necessary because of their vulnerability due to their age, different cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and distance from their normal family and social networks while temporarily in our care.
The government’s Code of Practice and Dispute Resolution Scheme are designed to ensure that international students who come to study in New Zealand have the right expectations, are well-informed, safe, and properly cared for, and have an appropriate mechanism to resolve financial and contractual disputes.
Government agencies have also been working since 2016 on a new ‘International Student Wellbeing Strategy’ to drive positive outcomes for international students and ensure that they are welcome, safe and well in New Zealand. There are four priority areas to ensure that international students have the best possible experience in New Zealand: economic wellbeing, quality education, health and safety, and inclusion.
This session will explore the different contributions from a range of central and local government agencies to international student wellbeing and consider how to better integrate the ‘student voice’ into policies and initiatives.