STEP 1. Get to know the International Education Industry in New Zealand

According to Education New Zealand International education contributes $5.1 billion to New Zealand’s economy and is New Zealand’s fourth largest export earner, supporting 47,490 jobs. International education contributes to tourism, regional growth and long-term trade, investment and diplomacy. (ENZ, 2019)

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is the government entity responsible for International Education in the country.

Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016

Education providers wishing to enrol international students must become signatories to the Code of Practice.

Under the Code of Practice:

  • signatories are required to achieve 10 outcomes, following prescribed processes.
  • As the Code Administrator, the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA), has the power to take action against signatories who are found to be in breach of the code.

Agents play an key role for recruitment of international students and the growth in the industry and it is the provider’s responsibility to effectively managing and monitoring the agents as outlined in Outcome 2 of the Education Code of Practise (2016).

An agent is defined in the Code as a person, body, or organisation acting on behalf of the provider or signatory, and includes subcontracted agents.

Download a copy of The Code here

Agents’ legal obligations

Under the London Statement of Principles, agents are required to:

  • practice responsible business ethics
  • provide current, accurate and honest information in an ethical manner
  • develop transparent business relationships with students and signatories through the use of written agreements
  • protect the interests of minors
  • provide up-to-date information that enables international students to make informed choices when selecting which agent or consultant to employ
  • act professionally.

Under the Immigration Advisers Licensing Act 2017 (the Act):

  • People who give New Zealand immigration advice must be licensed, unless exempt. Immigration advice does not include providing information from a publicly available source or clerical work.
  • Education agents are exempt to advise on student visas, but only when offshore. They are not exempt to advise on any other immigration matter. Onshore education agents must be licensed to provide any immigration advice, including on student visas.

As an education agent you are exempt of license only if:

  • You are outside New Zealand and you advise on student visas only.

As an education agent you are not exempt if:

  • You are in New Zealand, even if you only advise on student visas.
  • You advise on work, visitor, residence, or any other immigration matters, in or outside New Zealand.

Read more about what to do when your client needs immigration advice here

For more tools and help in promoting New Zealand as a study destination, Education New Zealand has launched an online space especially for education agents called AgentLab, we encourage you to register as well as The Brand Lab to download marketing collateral for use in your promotions.

International education links 

New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) 
International Education Strategy 2018-2030
Ministry of Education (MOE) 
Education New Zealand (ENZ)
Immigration New Zealand (INZ) 
New Zealand Educated 

STEP 2. About Aspiring Language Institute

Aspiring Language Institute is a small private training establishment, offering English tuition to international students coming from different places in the world to New Zealand to improve their English communication skills and also for those ones on a holiday or working and seek studying English in the meantime.

The institute started operations in the city of Christchurch in the South Island back in 1989; however, by the end of the year 2011 after 22 years successfully running by the same ownership the company was acquired by a new proprietor and placed in Auckland.

Aspiring Language Institute has been in the market for over 25 years and has managed to adapt to the different situations it has come across with.

For more information about who we are please click here

STEP 3. Fill out the new agency application form

In order to become an Aspiring’s authorised agent, It is essential that you complete our new agent application form. 

To avoid delays, please make sure you fill in all fields and provide us with TWO references from two different EDUCATION PROVIDERS preferably from New Zealand 

Download our new agent application form here

It’s very important that you email us this form on timely manner, without it, we will not be able to process the application and therefore, you cannot act on our behalf to promote our courses. 

If you have any question regarding this form or on how to complete it, please get in touch with us so we can assist you further (here

To avoid inconveniences, we advise you to let your references know that we will contact them via email;
otherwise this may delay the process considerably 

STEP 4. Review and sign the agreement and declaration

Once we have processed and verified the information in the application form we will send you a draft of the written agreement; this will contain all guidelines regarding the cooperation. 

Please read through them and make sure you understand each and every single clause. 

At this point you will also receive the agent manual containing very important information such as:

  1. Information about Aspiring (history, programmes, timetable, orientation, etc),
  2. enrolment process divided into pre-enrolment, enrolment procedure and Fee Protection Rules 2013,
  3. ALL school policies,
  4. the role of the education agency and their legal obligations according to Outcome 2 
  5. the Code of Practise with emphasis on Outcome 2,
  6. commission payments and their obligation to the Inland Revenue Department,
  7. students’ changing agencies,
  8. insurance requirements according to Outcome 3 from the Code,
  9. termination of the agreement,
  10. Immigration matters, and
  11. a declaration stating that you have read an understood the content.
STEP 5. Get your access code


After receiving the signed agreement and declaration, you will be issued an access code so you can enter into our agent portal containing important information and help you to promote Aspiring Language Institute  

To access please click here

¹ Te Reo Maori phrase that means welcome and an invitation to come forward and be part of something special.