To apply for a student visa to study in New Zealand, you need to provide evidence of the requirements set below.
If you are enrolling in a programme of study for the first time, you need to have an offer of place from an approved New Zealand education provider. The offer must include:
See an example of a detailed offer of place.
If you are returning to the same New Zealand education provider to continue your programme of study (i.e. the second year of a three-year Bachelor degree), you need to have a confirmation of enrolment from your education provider. The confirmation must include:
If you have been awarded a scholarship, the details of your programme of study might be outlined in the letter or notice of the award in which case you need to provide evidence of this.
The health certificate you need depends on what type of student you are and the amount of time you will spend in New Zealand. The table below provides an indication of the certificate you need to provide.
Length of stay in New Zealand
Foreign fee-paying student
Domestic, exchange, PhD and NZAID Programme supported students
Less than 6 months
No health certificates required
6 to 12 months
Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) if you are either from, or have spent more than 3 months visiting, a place that is outside of the list of countries with a low incidence of TB
More than 12 months
In some circumstances however, or depending on your responses to the health questions on the application form, you may be asked to provide a General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) and/or a Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) even if the above table does not say so.
If you are required to provide a General Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) or a Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096), this must be done through one of Immigration New Zealand’s approved panel physicians, unless there is no panel physician in your country. To check whether or not a panel physician is available in your country, view our approved list.
If the panel physician you go to is an eMedical clinic, they will submit your examination results directly to INZ and provide you with an eMedical information sheet which contains your New Zealand eMedical reference (NZER) number. You will be asked to provide your NZER number in your application form or provide a copy of the eMedical information sheet.
For information on what to do if there is no panel physician in your country, or further health information for New Zealand visa applicants, read our health information page.
Student visa holders are generally not eligible for publicly funded health and disability services. For this reason, foreign fee-paying students are required to hold acceptable medical and travel insurance as a condition of their visa.
If you are studying in New Zealand for more than two years, you must provide a police certificate from your country of citizenship and from any country in which you have lived for five or more years since reaching 17 years of age. The certificates must be less than six months old.
Some people who have committed serious crimes will not be allowed into New Zealand at all. See sections 15 or 16 of the Immigration Act 2009.
Some students who are aged between 17 and 20 years who have previously been studying in New Zealand do not need to provide a police certificate. Immigration New Zealand will, however, obtain a New Zealand police certificate directly if the applicant is applying for a student visa for the first time after turning 17 years of age.
For more information, read our how to obtain a police certificate page.
Note: New Zealand police certificates are directly obtained from the New Zealand Police by Immigration New Zealand. Please consider that this could potentially affect the processing time of your application. We recommend that you lodge your application as early as possible to allow for possible delays.
Aside from having sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees, you must be able to show that you will be financially supported throughout your stay in New Zealand. The funds required depend on the length of your programme of study:
For more information, see our financial requirements page.
You must provide evidence of how you will leave New Zealand when you have finished your programme of study. 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 for the purchase of your travel tickets out of New Zealand. This money should be additional to the funds you need for your tuition fees and 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 in New Zealand.
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 need to be accompanied by your parent or legal guardian in New Zealand.
For more information, read about accompanying parents or guardians.
The fastest and easiest way to apply for a student visa is online. If you are unable to apply online, read about your other options.
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