Requirements to Study in New Zealand

Everyone who comes to study in New Zealand from overseas must meet certain rules and requirements. If you are coming to New Zealand to study for more than three months, you will need a student visa. To apply for a student visa, you must meet student policy requirements. You should assess yourself against this policy, before making an application.

If you are in New Zealand please apply 4 weeks before the course that you wish to study, begins. Your application must include certain information or it may be returned to you. If you are already in NZ on a student visa, and you wish to extend it, you may be able to do this online, as long as your educational institute is certified with Students online.

If you’re from overseas, you can apply for a visa to study full-time in New Zealand. You’ll need to pay the full cost of your courses and enroll with an approved education provider. While you’re here, you can enjoy New Zealand’s high-quality teaching standards and gain internationally recognized qualifications.

Basic Requirements:

You must be able to show that you are
Genuine Student
Going to follow a recognized full-time course
Be able to pay for your course and support yourself
Be able to intend to follow your chosen course and
Intend to leave the country at the end of the period authorized for your stay

English Language Requirements:

All students must be fluent in English language if they are to succeed at a university in New Zealand. There are many courses available at public and private institutions in New Zealand and elsewhere to assist international students reach the required level of English language competence. We can recommend a waiver of IELTS/TOEFL/PTE wherever possible. A band of 6.0/6.5 for undergraduate & 6.5 / 7.5 for postgraduate courses is desirable.


Documents needed for making an application are: resume, statement of purpose, mark sheets & certificates of X, XII, till Graduation or relevant degree transcripts in specific cases, Certificates of extra curricular activities and passport copy, birth certificate & 2 reference letters from colleges & employers.

Tuition Fees:

New Zealand provides high quality courses with high standard of living at lower cost than Australia, UK, and USA. The costs below will give you an idea of how much spending money you will need in New Zealand as it can vary from city to city. Tuition fees vary from programme to programme.

Under Graduate Programmes Tuition Fees: 20,000 - 24,000 NZ$ (per year approx.)
Post Graduate Programmes Tuition fees: 24,000 - 35,000 NZ$ (per year approx.)

Living Expenses:

Students can choose from Halls of Residence, Students Hostels, Dormitories, Homestay private apartments and flats. NZ$ 15,000 - 18,000 Per annum. This includes food, clothing, transport, entertainment and accommodation. Visa authorities expect a provision of NZ$ 15,000 towards living expenses.


Most educational institutions in New Zealand will assist you in finding accommodation while studying in New Zealand. There are various types of accommodation which are available to international students. These are like Halls of residence / Students Hostel, Homestay, Apartments / Flats. All students on finalizing institution, should refer to its website for accommodation arrangements.

Health Insurance:

It is strongly recommended that all international students obtain medical insurance cover because most temporary students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. A condition of your student visa is that you must have an adequate allowance and this should include coverage of medical costs. It is costing generally between NZ$ 500 - NZ$ 600.

Visa Process :

Step 1 : Gather your documents
Step 2 : Submit your Application online
Step 3 : Wait for a visa decision

Paper Submission

Step 1 : Gather your documents
Step 2 : Submit your Application
Step 3 : Wait for a visa decision

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