Find out how to apply for a visa to study at a school,
English language school or tertiary institution in
New Zealand has a range of visas that allow you to go to school, take a course or do other training. For full details, go to Immigration New Zealand.
If you want to study a full-time course in New Zealand that’s longer than three months in total duration, you’ll need a student visa.
Depending on your visa conditions, you may be able to work up to 20 hours a week during the term and full-time over the holidays.
If you want to take a short course of study while you’re in New Zealand, a visitor visa may be the best choice of visa for you.
A visitor visa allows you to take one or more courses lasting up to three months in total. While you’re here, you can enjoy New Zealand’s stunning scenery, vibrant cities and friendly people.
If you plan to study more than one course in New Zealand, the pathway student visa may be the only visa you need.
The pathway student visa allows you to study up to three consecutive courses for up to five years with one or more qualifying education providers. For example, you could take an English language course, followed by foundation studies, then a degree programme – all on the one visa.
If you want to stay in New Zealand to get some practical work experience after you’ve completed your qualification, you can apply for a post-study work visa.
You can work for any employer for up to one year on a post-study work visa (open).
You can apply for a two year post-study work visa (employer assisted), if you have an offer of full-time work in the same area as your qualification.
You can see a full list of student visa requirements and apply for your visa online at the Immigration New Zealand website. As a guide, you’ll usually need to provide the following documents with your student visa application:
Most visitor, student and work visas take 20-25 working days to process, but can take longer if more information is needed.
See the range of visa options that could allow your family to join you while you study in New Zealand.
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