To get a visa to study in New Zealand you and the programme of study you intend to study must meet our requirements.
If you are enrolling in a programme of study for the first time, you need to have an offer of place from a New Zealand education provider.
An offer must include:
See the detailed offer of place requirements of international students.
Your programme of study must be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).
If you are returning to the same New Zealand education provider to continue a programme of study (eg the second year of a three year Bachelor degree) you may provide a confirmation of enrolment from the education provider instead of an offer of a place, which includes:
Two main kinds of primary and secondary schools in New Zealand can offer places to international students. The main difference between the two is the way they are funded, which affects their ability to offer programme of study to international students.
Tertiary education providers can offer programme of study to international students if they meet certain conditions.
You may have to be accompanied by a guardian (your parent or legal guardian), who will come to New Zealand with you. You need a guardian if you are enrolled in years 1 to 8 of a school, or a student aged 13 or under and enrolled in a private training establishment.
You have to meet our health and character requirements and prove to us that your intent is genuine.
Some people who have committed serious crimes will not be allowed into New Zealand at all. See sections 15 and 16 of the Immigration Act 2009.
To gain a student visa we want to see that you are able to meet your living costs during your stay.
Evidence may include:
If the programme of study you intend to study lasts less than nine months, you will need to show us you have access to:
If the programme of study you intend to study lasts more than nine months you’ll need to show us you have access to:
Evidence of funds may be in the form of cash, travellers' cheques, bank drafts, or a recognised credit card with enough credit.
So that we are sure that you will leave New Zealand when you have finished your programme of study, we will need evidence of how you will leave New Zealand. For example, we may want to see travel tickets out of New Zealand to a country you are allowed to enter, or evidence of enough money held in New Zealand, additional to the funds you’ll need for your living expenses.
For full details, see U3.25 of our Operational Manual.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least three months past the end of your intended stay.
Once you have a student visa, you must meet certain conditions during your stay.
If you breach any of these conditions you may liable for deportation.