New Zealand

New Zealand has a reputation for offering a high standard of education. Its a welcoming and safe country, making it a popular choice for international students: more than 26,000 international students are studying there. The country is the same size as the UK but only 4.6 million people live there, making most of the towns and cities less crowded and easier to get around.

New Zealand has a Pastoral Care Code of Practice for international students to ensure their safety and well-being. Students wanting to study in New Zealand are attracted there for several reasons. For most, New Zealand is a somewhat exotic destination due to its far-flung location. It is also a country with a unique culture and a stunning natural environment with endless possibilities within adventure and sports. Finally, students wanting to study in New Zealand will benefit from a very high quality education system, recognized all over the world.

Studying in New Zealand means being part of an education system that is currently ranked as number 7 in the world far better than many OECD countries. As a former British colony, The New Zealand education system is strongly based on the European system, with some minor differences. Students can pursue their bachelor's, postgraduate studies or research. Further education also includes higher and vocational degree’s. Universities requires a tuition fee payment per year for those who want to study in New Zealand. For undergraduate study, can cost about NZ$18,000$25,000 per year, depending on your course and postgraduate courses can cost up to $40,000 per year.

VISA Process

As an international full time student studying in New Zealand (NZ) you need one of the three types of study visa:

  • Fee paying student visa: for students studying full time up to four years
  • Foreign government supported student visa: for students who are receiving a scholarship or loan from a foreign government in order to fund studies
  • Pathway student visa: for students who will be studying more than one program consecutively

The most common visa international students require for NZ is the fee paying student visa; it costs NZ$295 to apply online from outside of NZ. It may be cheaper for you to apply for your visa via post depending on your nationality.

Fee Paying Student Visa

If youre from overseas, you can apply for a visa to study full-time in New Zealand. Youll need to pay the full cost of your courses and enrol with an approved education provider. While youre here, you can enjoy New Zealands high-quality teaching standards and gain internationally recognised qualifications.



With this visa you can
Study full-time at the course stated on your visa this includes schools, tertiary (study after secondary school) and English language study.
Work part-time up to 20 hours a week while studying or full-time in the holidays, depending on your visa conditions. Live by yourself above a certain age, otherwise youll need to come with your parent or legal guardian.

Things to note
If you want to bring your partner or children with you, they can apply for visas based on their relationship to you. Your Student Visa is normally for the same length of time as the study youve paid for. You can apply for this visa if you’re a distance learning or correspondence student who is studying outside New Zealand and you need to visit New Zealand for more than 3 months to attend your education provider, eg. to do practical study or sit exams.
For further information please get in touch with Team VISAS CONNECT.

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