Visas for New Zealand Universities
You will need a New Zealand Student Visa to study for your degree, which allows you to attend a particular institution as a full-time student.
Requirements for a student visa in New Zealand
Before you apply, ensure that you understand the requirements that you need to meet, and the requirements that your course must meet.
The first essential is to have an offer of a place from a New Zealand education provider. The offer must include:
Your course must be approved by the NZQA.
You have to meet health and character requirements and prove to the immigration service that your intent is genuine.
Evidence of funds to support yourself
To gain your student visa or permit, you must prove that you can meet your living costs during your stay. Suitable evidence for this may include:
Proof that you plan to leave
So that the immigration service can be sure you will leave New Zealand when you have finished your course of study, you will need to show how you will leave New Zealand.
For example, you might hold travel tickets out of New Zealand to a country you are allowed to enter, or evidence of enough money held in New Zealand, additional to the funds you’ll need for your living expenses.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least three months past the end of your intended stay.
Permit requirements during your stay
Once you have your student visa, you must meet certain conditions during your stay:
You must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while you’re studying in New Zealand.
Student permit holders are generally not eligible for publicly funded health and disability services.
When you apply for a student visa, you will need to pay a fee. This is currently £80 if you are applying from the UK.