Mainland Aviation College has New Zealand's best international programme, just ask:


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Hi guys my name is Amith Suresh, one of the first international student who came to Mainland for CPL. It was a wonderful experience at Mainland: learnt a lot, enjoyed my flying. Atmosphere was really good and Mainland staff are very co-operative. Presently I work as a First Officer for Air India .


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I was at a different school before but here the instructors are really good and experienced. Here the quality of training is much better than in other countries. I have an advantage if I’m coming from New Zealand and other guys coming from a different country, because of the weather but also because of the subjects.


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New Zealand is a special country; you can expect anything at any point of time. It’s completely different. Right now you can see that it’s a pretty bright sunny day and next hour you cannot imagine there’d be heavy showers on us. We have seen all sorts of weather and it has made me a great pilot.

Welcome to Mainland Aviation College

​​Mainland Aviation College (MAC) offers International Students a full range of courses and is registered as a Private Training Establishment by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. MAC is also registered for The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

Put simply, we'll look after you!

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Mainland students lined up in front of the hangar

You'll never want to leave!

New Zealand is a fantastic place to study, offering friendly residents, affordable living and a good reputation in delivering tertiary education of high quality.

Your new home, Dunedin, is a diverse and vibrant city to live in. Over 20% of the population is tertiary students.

Where you'll be staying

The Burns Lodge is located in Dunedin's largest suburb: Mosgiel. Basically a small town in its own right; you are only a couple minutes drive from two supermarkets and 10 minutes from the Mainland Air Hangar.

Graphic showing where the Burn's Lodge is in relation to Dunedin and Mainland Air. The Burn's lodge is where international students stay when training at Mainland Air.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will my course take?

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Minimum of 12 months

What immigration documents do I need?

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New Zealand Immigration Student Visa.

What to do when you get here?

Most of our international students do a Diploma

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A Diploma is what you need to work for big airlines

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Our Diploma Course takes about 18 months

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From no experience to being ready for the Aviation Industry!

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