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If you want to study and migrate to New Zealand the Fee Paying Student Visa allows you to get an internationally recognised education while having the time of your life. If you’re from overseas, you can apply for offshore student visa to study full-time in New Zealand. You’ll need to pay the full cost of your courses and enrol with an approved education provider.

While on an international student work visa, you study full-time at the course stated on your visa – this includes schools, tertiary (study after secondary school) and English language study. You can also work part-time up to 20 hours a week while studying or full-time in the holidays, depending on your visa conditions.

You can contact us to get a customised student visa checklist. If you want to bring your partner or children with you, they can apply for partnership-based visa based on their relationship with you. Your Student Visa is normally for the same length of time as the study you’ve paid for.

You can also apply for a Pathway student visa which will allow you to study 3 consecutive programmes with approved education providers on a single visa.

If you want to stay in New Zealand to get some practical work experience after you’ve completed your qualification, you may be able to apply for a post-study work visa of up to three years.

Contact Immigration New Zealand Experts for Help

This visa category is for you if you are outside New Zealand (offshore) and want to successfully apply for Student Visa to study in New Zealand. Learn more about this visa category – its policies, requirements, and other details. Connect with Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd. We are an Education New Zealand Recognized Agency in addition to being the leading Auckland-based immigration advisory services provider, playing a favorite to hundreds of students. Our team of licensed immigration advisers provide personalized solution to students with their Offshore Student Visa application. Contact us now to get complete assistance that assures you of 100 percent satisfaction. Contact us today.

To find out how to apply for a visa to study at a school, English language school, university or tertiary institution in New Zealand – please call us today on +64 9 379 0219 or email [email protected]


Yes you can. Many universities in New Zealand offer the PhD course in different subjects.
Entry requirements-

  • To be accepted to study for a PhD, you will have to show that your academic qualifications prove you have sufficient knowledge of your chosen subject area. Academic requirements (eg. a Master’s degree requirement) differ depending on the subject.
  • You will have to demonstrate that you have the skills and ability to carry out independent research.

PhD tuition fees range from $6500 to $9000 per year for most subjects.

Studying for a PhD-
You will work under supervision to carry out your work.
The research for a PhD usually takes three or four years of fulltime study. Your thesis will be marked by a panel of external examiners, and there may also be an oral examination to test your knowledge of your subject area.

Benefits of doing a PhD in New Zealand-

  • A PhD gained in New Zealand is recognized worldwide.
  • International students pay the same fees as New Zealand domestic students and do not have to pay extra.
  • PhD students usually have unlimited work rights and so working full time is possible
  • The student’s family can join him/her in New Zealand. Partners/spouse can apply for an open work visa for the duration of the PhD student’s studies.
  • Your children can enroll as domestic students in New Zealand’s free state schools
  • You can apply for a three year post study work visa after completion of your studies

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New Zealand has many high-quality educational institutions in every region, that offer a wide range of courses in different fields, so you will have lots of places to choose from.

Some of the post popular courses are-

  • Science
  • Technology
  • Business & Management
  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Agriculture
  • Digital Design
  • Fashion & Design
  • Food & Hospitality

The providers could be a University, Institute of Technology or Polytechnic (ITP) and Private Training Establishment (PTE). You can select an institute and place of study as per your budget.

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For any further assistance please contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd at [email protected]  or call on +64 09 3790219. Our student counsellors and licensed immigration advisers will be happy to guide you.

You can work while studying in New Zealand depending on certain criteria like age (16 or over), type of institute, course level etc.

Working while studying can be a good way to gain New Zealand work experience and help support you while you’re studying abroad.

Hours of work -
Students are usually allowed to work 20 hours in a week during term time and full-time 40 hours during the Christmas-New Year vacation (summer vacation) period . This applies to both secondary school and tertiary students. Some scholarships set limits on the number of hours you can work.

If you are a Masters by research or a PhD student you may work full time 40 hours a week during term time and during scheduled holidays (eg. summer vacation)

Wage rate-
The minimum wage rate is NZD $21.20 per hour

You will pay tax on what you earn. The current tax rate is 10.5% if you earn less than NZ$14,000 a year. Before you start working you need to get an IRD number from New Zealand’s tax department, Inland Revenue.

teamwork, timekeeping, interpersonal skills and workplace-relevant English language skills.

Finding a part-time job-
Your education provider may be able to help you find work – talk to student support services.

You can also find work through Student Job Search, a national organisation that helps students find part-time work throughout New Zealand.

Many part-time jobs are also advertised on the job-vacancy websites Trade Me and Seek.

International students do all kinds of part-time jobs, from babysitting to working in their education provider’s library.

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New Zealand’s flexible education system has study options to suit every budget. The cost of living is similar to other developed countries, and is combined with an excellent work/life balance and a high quality of life.

Tuition fees for international students vary depending on the type of course, where you study and how long you study for.

This link here provides approx. fees for courses)

As part of your student visa application, you must provide evidence that you can cover your living expenses while studying in New Zealand. If you’re studying in New Zealand on a scholarship or a sponsor/family member has agreed to accept financial responsibility for you while you’re here, you may not be required to show proof of funds.

If you will be studying in New Zealand for more than one year, you will need to show you have at least $20,000 to support yourself for the first year. If you’re studying for less than a year, you must have at least $1667 for each month of study to contribute to your living expenses.

Living costs will depend on your lifestyle and which part of the country you live in. Some costs vary by region. For example, you may need to travel more in the main centres, and transport costs may be more expensive than in your home country.

As an example of how much to budget for, Victoria University recommends that students allow between $18,000-$27,000 each year, the University of Auckland recommends $20,000-$25,000, the University of Otago recommends $15,000-$17,000 and Massey University recommends $15,000-$18,000.

You may be able to offset some of your costs by working. Most student visas enable you to work up to 20 hours per week, or full-time during the holidays.

The typical living costs include accommodation, food, transport, utility bills -power, phone & internet, entertainment.

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Tuition fees for international students vary depending on the type of course, where you study and how long you study for.

School Fee-
Annual fees for state schools start at about $11,000 for primary schools and $13,000 for secondary schools. Annual fees for private primary and secondary schools start at about $25,000.

It depends on the course selected. For example, a two-year New Zealand Diploma in Engineering is $18,500 or a one-term Certificate in Computing is  $12,425.

Bachelor’s degree-
Fees range from about $22,000 to $32,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science. Many bachelor’s degrees can be completed in three years.

Postgraduate degree-
Fees range from about $26,000 to $37,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science.

International PhD students pay the same as New Zealand PhD students, which is about $6,500 to $9,000 per year for most subjects.

English language courses-
Select a course as per your budget. For example, a general English course is $350 per week, or a Cambridge English exam course is $5,100 for 12 weeks.

Typical costs include course fees, living expenses – location of accommodation (on/off campus), food, transport, power, telephone & internet.

If you will be studying in New Zealand for more than one year, you will need to show you have at least $20,000 to support yourself for the first year. If you’re studying for less than a year, you must have at least $1667 for each month of study to contribute to your living expenses.

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Yes you can. A scholarship is a great way to help pay your study and living expenses

Gaining a scholarship - whether undergraduate or postgraduate - may mean you don’t have to find part-time work, giving you more time to focus on your education.

Many scholarships for international students - including PhD scholarships and scholarships for Masters’ degrees - are offered by the New Zealand Government, other governments, educational institutions and philanthropists.

Applying for a scholarship-
Gaining a scholarship requires good advance planning.

Following these simple tips –

  • Check eligibility

Most scholarships have non-negotiable criteria and requirements. Don’t apply for a scholarship unless you fit all the criteria and can meet all the requirements.

If you aren’t sure whether you meet all the criteria for a scholarship, contact the organization that manages the scholarship to discuss your circumstances.

  • Apply for multiple scholarships concurrently

If you wish to apply for more than one scholarship, apply for them all concurrently. Complete a separate application for each scholarship and make sure you use the correct application form for each.

  • Apply early

Scholarships are highly competitive, so you should start looking for funding opportunities as soon as you decide to study in New Zealand.

Gathering together all the documentation required to apply for a scholarship can be time-consuming. Start planning well ahead of the advertised due date, particularly if you require other people to supply you with references or documentation.

  • Supply all the required information

You may be asked to provide lots of details in your scholarship application. This may include information about your study plans, academic performance, financial circumstances, field of study and referees.

Make sure you have obtained all the required information. Before sending your application, double-check to ensure you haven’t forgotten to include anything.

  • Provide certified copies

Some scholarships request “certified copies” of academic information or other documents.

Certified copies must be stamped or endorsed as true copies of the original by someone authorized by law to take statutory declarations in your country.

In New Zealand, people authorized to certify copies of documents include lawyers and Justices of the Peace.

  • Proofread your application

Ask a friend or family member to proofread your application to ensure it makes sense, reads well and doesn’t contain any spelling or grammatical errors.

  • Be patient

You may have to wait for a while to hear whether your application has been successful. If you’re still waiting to hear, chances are that the selection process isn’t yet complete.

Gaining a scholarship marks you out as an exceptional high-achiever and can make you a more attractive job candidate after you graduate. University scholarships and scholarships from other types of institutions give you a unique selling-point on your CV that can help you stand out from the crowd.

Scholarships are highly competitive but not all are based on academic achievement - some consider factors such as country of origin, area of study or leadership potential.

Scholarships are highly competitive but not all are based on academic achievement - some consider factors such as country of origin, area of study or leadership potential.
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You are not required by Immigration New Zealand to have an agent or representative to apply for any visa as all applicants are treated equally and they do not provide preferential service to applicants with an Adviser.

An education agency can help you choose where to study, help with your student application and visa process.

The New Zealand Government maintains an agency partnership programme called Education New Zealand Recognized Agencies. Recognized Agencies have committed to following a code of conduct that puts student needs and wellbeing as the first priority. They have access to training, resources and support that help them to deliver a better service for students interested in studying in New Zealand.

If you’re not sure whether you should study a master’s degree or a postgraduate diploma, or if you need advice about which subject area you should study to reach your career goals, a Recognized Agency can help.

Recognized Agencies often host information events and education fairs where you can have the opportunity to meet and talk to representatives from New Zealand education providers.

When you’re ready to submit an application for enrolment at an education provider, or your application for a student visa with Immigration New Zealand, your Recognized Agency can help you understand the process, prepare all the right documentation, and even submit the application on your behalf.

However, we advise you to apply through a recognized agency as immigration instructions, though may seem simple at first glance, are actually quite complex in nature and Licensed Immigration Advisers have in depth knowledge and experience to guide you correctly.

We are an Education New Zealand (ENZ) recognized agency. For any assistance, please contact Immigration Advisers New Zealand Ltd at [email protected]  or call on +64 09 3790219. Our experienced student counsellors and licensed immigration advisers will be happy to guide you.

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Student visa requirements-

You will usually need to provide the following documents with your student visa application:

  • An offer of place from an approved education provider
  • Evidence that you have enough money to pay your tuition fees
  • Passport and a passport size photo
  • Proof of funds -NZ$ 15,000 per year to cover living expenses
  • Evidence of funds to show you can buy an air ticket home
  • An accommodation guarantee if you are under 18
  • Visa application fee
  • You may also be required to provide a medical certificate & chest x-ray and a police certificate

Follow these steps to apply to study at a primarysecondary or English language school-

This is a general guide only – some schools may have different procedures.

  1. Once you have chosen your school, collect the required documents. These may include a copy of your passport, a medical certificate, school reports and exam results
  2. Pay an application fee, if required, and submit application form
  3. Attend an interview, if required. Your school may be able to interview you via Skype, WeChat or another messaging app
  4. Take an English language assessment, if required
  5. Submit your application
  6. Pay your deposit or full fees once you have received a conditional offer of place

Once you have received a confirmed offer of place and, if you’re under 18, a written guarantee of accommodation, you are ready to apply for your student visa.

Documents you’ll be asked to supply include your offer of place, your accommodation guarantee, evidence you have enough money to live on while you study, and medical and travel insurance details.

Follow these steps to apply to study at a university, institute of technology , or vocational training institution

This is a general guide only – some tertiary institutions may have different steps.

  1. Choose your institution and programme.
  2. Check the fees and entry requirements. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the English language requirements for university students or other tertiary students.
  3. Collect documents. These may include a copy of your passport, academic transcripts and English language test results. Documents may need to be in English or translated into English, and you may be asked to provide certified copies
  4. Submit application
  5. Receive an offer of place
  6. Pay fees

You’re now ready to apply for your student visa.

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