Student Visa

Over few decades, studying overseas has become a popular trend from all over the globe.

Tertiary education providers offer internationally recognized qualifications and quality academic programs, and our major universities rank high on the world’s list of top universities.

Recent changes to the Student Visa Category have led to the introduction of a more regulated education system internationally (particularly within the export education industry) and a higher level of quality assurance systems that protect international students from sub-standard education providers.

To protect overseas students, Immigration Authorities will not issue a visa if the course chosen by the student is not approved by relevant authorities.

To qualify for a Student Visa you must meet the following requirements along with the requirements specified by the authorities.

  • an offer of place from approved educational institution
  • evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying.
  • a return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one.

The conditions may vary from country to country and type of study chosen by the student. Every student visa application is unique and different, therefore the outcomes may vary even in the case of similar profiles.


If you plan to study a full-time course in New Zealand which is longer than three months in total duration, a student visa will be required to take up the course. Depending on your visa conditions, you may be able to work up to 20 hours per week during the term or study and subsequently work full-time over the holidays.
An offer of a place from an educational institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority A written guarantee from an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand (if you're under 18 years). Evidence of sufficient funds to live on while you are studying.
Police certificates must be less than 6 months old when you lodge your visa application with Immigration New Zealand.
There is a qualification for everyone from postgraduate degrees to short-term English language courses. Tuition fees for international students vary depending on: the type of course, where the student wishes to study, and for how long. Students studying in New Zealand for more than one year need to have at least NZ$15,000 to support their stay in New Zealand for the first year. If the student is studying for less than a year, then the student must have at least NZ$1250 for each month of study to contribute towards living expenses.
You will need to provide evidence that you've been offered a place on another approved course which ideally should be at or above the level of your current course. An explanation will be required for the reason the student wishes to change either course and/or the education provider. If Immigration New Zealand approves the request, the student can move to the prospective course / college as per their request.