Find out about the Immigration New Zealand (INZ) requirements you need to meet when you apply for a visa, including an offer of place on an approved programme of study.
As well as completing an application form – by applying online or using the paper form – you need to meet the following requirements.
When you apply for a student visa, you must pay a fee. Use our Office and fees finder to find out what you need to pay.
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) and be offered by an education provider that has been approved by NZQA or the Ministry of Education.
Two types of primary and secondary schools in New Zealand can offer places to international students.
Tertiary education providers can offer a programme of study to international students if they meet certain conditions.
If you are returning to the same New Zealand education provider to continue a programme of study, such as 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. This must include:
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 the intention of your stay in New Zealand is genuine.
You don’t need to provide a medical certificate unless the Student Visa Application Form (INZ 1012) or Student Visa Guide (INZ 1013) indicates that you should. You may need to provide a Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) if you will be in New Zealand for more than six months to show you have been screened for tuberculosis (TB).
You are required to hold appropriate and current medical and travel insurance as a condition of your visa regardless of the length of your stay in New Zealand.
If you are studying in New Zealand for between six months and one year you may need to provide a completed Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) to show you have been screened for TB.
If you are studying in New Zealand for more than one year you must provide a Medical Certificate (INZ 1007) and a Chest X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096).
If you are applying for a student visa through Immigration ONLINE you may be required to upload a medical or chest X-ray certificate. If your medical or chest X-ray certificate was completed at an eMedical clinic your examination results will be directly submitted to INZ and you should instead upload a copy of the eMedical information sheet you receive from the clinic. Applicants in New Zealand may also have their examination undertaken at an NZimed clinic currently. If your examination is completed at an NZimed clinic, your examination results will be directly submitted to INZ and you should upload a copy of the receipt you receive from the clinic instead.
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 and 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. See who is required to provide a police certificate for more information.
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.
You must show that you will be financially supported throughout your stay in New Zealand. See our Financial Requirements for more information
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 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.