My student visa

Most international students require a student visa to study in New Zealand and only full-time programs are approved for meeting the student visa requirements.

How to apply for a student visa

Immigration New Zealand provides detailed information on visa requirements and the visa application process. Visit for full details.

For information on the current visa processing times, please contact your nearest Immigration New Zealand branch. They will also be able to give you further information about how to apply for a student visa, and whether you will be required to undergo health checks or provide chest X-rays.

International students are required to demonstrate and/or declare that they have access to sufficient funds to be granted a Student visa. Applicants may have to demonstrate sufficient funds to cover these expenses for the first one or two years in New Zealand.

Details on the student visa application process are available on the Immigration New Zealand website.