How to Enrol

SPCNM has one intake per year for the Bachelor of Natural Medicine (commencing February) and NZ Certificate in Study & Career Preparation L4 (commencing in July).

The closing date for international enrolments for Campus study is end of November.

The first two years of the programme may be studied by distance from overseas and international students studying on-line from their home country can choose to study full time or part time.

The College is a signatory to the New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

We welcome international students, who must be 18 years or older with competency in English to a minimum of IELTS Academic Level 6.5 (with no individual band with a score less than 6.0).

Academic Entry Requirements

Applicants must provide evidence of proficiency in Chemistry.

Student Visa

Next step is for you to apply to the New Zealand Immigration Service (NZIS) to obtain a student visa. This is your responsibility. See the NZ Immigration Service ‘Study & Work’ website for details of visa requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and other useful information.

Once the application has been approved in principle, you should pay the full first year tuition fee to SPCNM who will issue a receipt which Immigration NZ will need to finalise approval of your visa.

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. Before being accepted into the Bachelor of Natural Medicine programme, you must have insurance that will cover the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand while you are studying. You are also strongly recommended to take out insurance to cover your travel to and from New Zealand.

Some approved insurance companies are noted in the Guidelines for International Students along with more information about insurance requirements.

Commencing Students

Before you commence studies you must have:

  • Completed all enrolment documentation
  • Paid the full tuition fees for a year of study (fees are inclusive of GST)
  • Provided proof to the College of a student visa from the New Zealand Immigration Service
  • Provided proof to the College of current medical and travel insurance.


International students must attend all classes, to maintain eligibility for student visa. Exception may be made where there is just cause (e.g. illness).

Progress Through Programme

Onsite students must be full-time to be eligible for a student visa. After the first year, there are some prerequisites for study. For instance, both first year anatomy and physiology courses must be passed in order to progress to second year pathophysiology classes.

Failure of some courses may affect the ability to be enrolled full time in second and third year of study. The International Student Advisor will give notice if this becomes a problem.

Enrolment Process

Prospective international students wishing to apply to study at SPCNM must submit the following documentation:

  • Completed enrolment form
  • Proof of English language competency
  • Proof of Chemistry proficiency
  • Any other information that may be material to the assessment of this application.

In order to be accepted for study at South Pacific College of Natural Medicine, you must provide all the information listed above and meet the entry requirements for your chosen programme of study as given in the Guidelines for International Students.

Failure to meet SPCNM entry requirements or provide any of the information required will result in the application being declined.

Offer of Place

Successful applicants will be sent an Offer of Place by email (PDF) or post, which will include information about the fees, information about methods of payment and due date.

To accept the Offer of Place, you should complete the acceptance form and return. An invoice for the first year’s tuition fee will be sent.  The tuition fee does not have to be paid until the application for student visa has been approved in principle.