Tauranga has the second largest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand! The area is often called the ‘sunny Bay of Plenty’. Find out more about our current weather, overall climate, temperature range and so on at https://www.metservice.com/
If you have a complaint relating to a BTI course, please refer to the general student policy: Student Concerns & Complaints
If you have gone through BTI’s complaints process and your complaint is not resolved, you can contact NZQA. For information about making a complaint: www.nzqa.govt.nz/assets/Providers-and-partners/Code-of-Practice/int-students-make-a-complaint-updated.pdf
or visit the NZQA website at: www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/make-a-complaint/make-a-complaint-about-a-provider/#heading2-3
If your complaint relates to contractual and financial disputes, please refer to www.istudent.org.nz/ which is the appointed operator of the International Student Contract Dispute Resolution Scheme (DRS).
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For information about DRS: http://www.legislation.govt.nz/regulation/public/2016/0042/latest/DLM6748715.html?src=qs
Community Facilities and Events in Tauranga
For community services: https://www.tauranga.govt.nz/community/community-services
For events in Tauranga & surrounds. https://www.mytauranga.co.nz/
How much work will I be expected to do?
Each course will require students to complete a mix of in-class time and your own study, often including some online activities.
Most programmes will require workload equivalent to a full-time job – 40 –50 hours per week. There may well be requirements outside regular hours – such as practicums, marae visits etc.
Fifteen credit courses carry an expectation of approximately 150 hours. Many students for whom English is an additional language will need to allow more time than this however, if they are slower at reading and writing in English.
Lecturers expect that students will be self-directed in their learning and attend lectures and do the reading required as the semester progresses.
When you study abroad, your daily routine, culture, and the attitudes of people around you are no longer familiar. The process of recognizing, understanding, and adapting to these changes is called culture shock.
Much of our behaviour, like gestures, tone of voice, how we wait in lines (or don’t wait), and interact, rely on collectively understood cultural cues. However, we don’t actively pay attention to these — they’re our unspoken norm. In a new country, we become more aware of these cultural differences because they are different from our norm. This act of feeling disoriented and processing new ways of life, attitudes, and cultural norms is by definition “culture shock”.
See https://naumainz.studyinnewzealand.govt.nz for tips and stories from students around the country.