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This information is for international applicants. If you are an applicant from New Zealand or if you have a current permanent residency visa, please go to the domestic student application and enrolment process page.


At SAE you can search for your course by career outcome, qualification level, area of study or by course name. Once you find the course you would like to study make sure you meet the course eligibility criteria.

If you are unsure what you should study, or if you meet the course eligibility criteria, our team at SAE can help you.

There are more applications than spaces available for SAE Auckland courses. As a result, from February 2020 onwards, SAE Auckland will be applying a selection criteria.

Academic Criteria

i. Academic Record: Copy of the highest academic achievement at the time of application for review.

ii. English Language Proficiency: International applicants must meet standard NZQA minimum English Proficiency Outcomes e.g IELTS (academic score of 6.0 with no band less than 5.5) or equivalent score through TOEFLCambridge English ExaminationsPearson Test of EnglishIESOL or Language Cert.

iii. Adult Entry: International applicants aged 20 years or above who have not met the General Admission or entry requirements for a programme but whose skills, education or work experience indicate that they have a reasonable chance of success may be eligible for Special Admission. Special admission will be granted at the discretion of the Academic Manager or designated nominee. Such applicants may be required to successfully complete a foundation, bridging or tertiary introduction programme as a condition of entry into higher level programmes.

Creative Work
Applicants must submit an example of their creative work, e.g. links to a SoundCloud, Spotify etc or video links to YouTube, Vimeo etc.

Why this is the right course for you!
Applicants must submit evidence of why they believe the SAE Auckland course they wish to undertake is the right one for them. This evidence can be in any of the following formats:

  • Video file – uploaded during the application process
  • Audio file – uploaded during the application process
  • Written letter – uploaded during the application process

SAE’s Enquire Now form is quick and easy and will take you less than 10 minutes to complete. Once we receive your application, you will be scheduled for an interview to discuss your suitability for the programme and answer any questions you might have. It is compulsory to attend the interview. Interviews may occur in person on campus, or via video call.

If successful, you’ll be sent a Letter of Offer from our Recruitment and Admissions team to your email address. To accept your offer, you are required to provide SAE with the following documents:

A copy of your current passport.
A copy of your Academic Transcript/Documents (or highest educational qualification).

* PLEASE NOTE: At any time, you should be willing and able to provide original documents or original certified copies of supporting documentation. Once you have returned the above documents in full, you will receive a Confirmation of Enrolment via email. This means we are officially holding your place in the course of your choice at SAE.

Immigration New Zealand provides detailed information on visa requirements and the visa application process. Visit for full details.

For information on the current visa processing times, please contact your nearest Immigration New Zealand branch. They will also be able to give you further information about how to apply for a student visa, and whether you will be required to undergo health checks or provide chest X-rays.

International students are required to demonstrate and/or declare that they have access to sufficient funds to be granted a Student visa. Applicants may have to demonstrate sufficient funds to cover these expenses for the first one or two years in New Zealand.

Details on the student visa application process are available on the Immigration New Zealand website.

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