Student Visa to Study in New Zealand
New Zealand visa guidance
If you want to study a course in New Zealand that lasts more than three months you’ll need to apply for a student visa.
There are a range of visas available to study in New Zealand.
Types of New Zealand student visa
The most common student visas for full-time study in New Zealand are as follows:
Fee Paying Student Visa - you must apply to an approved education provider on a full-time course that lasts more than 3 months.
Exchange Student Visa - you’re taking part in an approved exchange-student scheme to study full-time in New Zealand.
Foreign Government Supported Student Visa - if you have a loan or scholarship from your foreign government, this visa is the one for you.
Pathway Student Visa - for studying up to 3 consecutive courses with an approved Pathway education provider.
Find out which visa is right for you on the New Zealand immigration website.
New Zealand student visa requirements
You can apply for your study permit online from the Citizenship and Immigration New Zealand (CIC) website. An offline option is also available, but will take twice as long to process as an online application.
Some evidence you will need to provide includes:
- Proof of your acceptance onto an approved course in New Zealand
- Evidence of NZ$15,000 to cover your living expenses for the first year
- Evidence of funding from your foreign government if applicable
Visa processing times can vary so you should apply in plenty of time. It can take up to 3 months to process your application, but you can check up to date estimates here.
New Zealand visa fees
The current charge for a Fee Paying Student Visa is NZ$275, you can check up to date charges on the immigration website here.