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Opus Paid Work and Study by Kaplan International Colleges New Zealand

Opus Paid Work and Study by Kaplan International Colleges New Zealand

Intensive Academic Year + Opus in Auckland, NZ$ 11,100

Start dates Every Monday 32 weeks English + job placement assistance (3 interviews)*
Visa requirement Student Visa

Opus Working Holiday in Auckland, NZ$ 5,160
Start dates: Every Monday 12 weeks English + job placement assistance (3 interviews)*
Visa requirement: Working Holiday Visa

* Please note interviews can take the form of trials or casual meetings.


Minimum English level Intermediate - IELTS 5.0 (IELTS may be obtained after arrival, additional fees apply)

Recommended ages: 18-30

Improve your English skills during a 6 or 9 month course and combine your studies with a part-time paid work placement. Our OPUS Paid Work and Study combines a Kaplan English language course with job placement assistance. Our dedicated OPUS Coordinators will pre-screen students, test their English language level and assess their approach to work to ensure that students are ready and well-suited for work in their chosen location. 

Students accepted onto the programme will benefit from group coaching and individual meeting preparation, application support and assistance with the official requirements to start work.

This service can help you if:


  • You want to live and work and have the opportunity to improve your language skills in an English-speaking country 
  • You would like to enhance your CV and gain work experience 
  • You would like to earn some money while in Australia or New Zealand 
  • You want to make new friends and immerse yourself in a different culture 
  • You do not want to pay a job placement fee! Our services are included in your tuition fees. 
  • You want to get training and tips from a local expert

Eligibility to Work 
OPUS students should have a valid student visa, a student visa with work right, or a working holiday visa prior to starting their job placement in New Zealand

Note: Students on OPUS Working Holiday must be prepared to travel to alternative locations for their job interviews/placements.

Job Placement Assistance
Our dedicated OPUS Coordinators will provide you with guidance and support throughout your programme. Together you will aim to find a maximum of 3 job interviews*, although it will be your responsibility to secure the job. In addition to supporting you with interview preparation and job applications, your OPUS Coordinator will assist you in applying for a tax number, required for all workers in Australia and New Zealand. 

In New Zealand, your OPUS Coordinator will help you with your application to New Zealand Immigration to obtain ‘work right’ on your visa.

The paid work placements available are based on the demand of the current job market and are entry level positions with base pay. OPUS students must be prepared to work in any job and in some cases to move to another city.

How to apply for OPUS Paid Work and Study:

  1. Request and complete an application form from your Kaplan representative
  2. You will then be sent a free English test to let you know your current level of English
  3. Send us an electronic version of your CV (in English) along with a covering letter and 2 references from previous Employers
  4. We will then arrange a telephone interview to test your spoken English
  5. Once we have received payment of the programme and any accommodation, we will send you a booking confirmation and Letter of Acceptance so that you can apply for a student visa if necessary

* Interviews can take the form of trials or casual meetings.

Your Responsibilities
So that we can help you succeed in your goals we ask that all OPUS students fulfil the following commitments:


  • Maintain 80% attendance in all English classes
  • Work alongside your OPUS Coordinator to achieve maximum job placement success
  • Attend all job training sessions and all arranged meetings
  • Accept jobs where a position is available
  • Be willing to work odd hours and in labour intensive jobs
  • Comply with employer’s specific employment conditions

Example Jobs


  • Waiters/Waitresses
  • Café and Restaurant kitchen hands
  • Hotel Staff
  • Office/Hotel cleaning 
  • Fruit picking/Farm work 

Previous experience maybe required for some roles