Students planning to study in Whanganui full time for more than three months need a student visa.

Student visa requirements include:

  • An offer of place from an educational institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
  • A written guarantee from an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to the student in New Zealand (if you’re under 18 years)
  • Evidence of sufficient funds to live on while studying here
  • A return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one.

If the student is spending six months or more in New Zealand they may need to be screened for tuberculosis.

For students over 17 years of age and intending to be in New Zealand for over two years, a police certificate will be required to show they are of good character.

Students don’t need a student visa, if their course is for 3 months or less, just a visitor visa.

Students that are offered a place in an approved exchange scheme can apply for a student visa for the duration of their exchange provided they meet Immigration NZ’s health and character requirements and are a genuine exchange participant.

If coming on a working holiday scheme students can do one or more courses of study as long as their total duration doesn’t exceed six months.

This is just a summary. For full details and to apply online visit Immigration New Zealand.

An excellent mix of secondary schools and tertiary providers who are excited about preparing international students for their future in the global workforce.

International Immigration

If you need more information about migrating to New Zealand for study then you're in the right place.

New Zealand Education System

This is an overview of the New Zealand Education System.  Visit the New Zealand Education ThinkNew website for more.

Code of Practice

This code of practice provides a framework for the pastoral care of international students.


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