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If you are coming to New Zealand to study for more than three months, you need a student visa. We've pulled together a handy list of the requirements and where to apply.
There are two main types of visas - a student visa and a pathway student visa.
A student visa allows you to study in New Zealand and last up to four years. Your student visa is usually for the same length of time as the study you have paid for.
A pathway student visa allows you to study up to 3 consecutive courses within a 5 year period.
You don't need a student visa if your course is three months or less – for example, if you are doing a six week English language course as well as holidaying in New Zealand. As long as you're studying three months or less, you only need a visitor visa.
You need to meet certain requirements before applying for a student visa. The key things are to have been accepted by a school or educational institution and to prove you have enough money to live on while in New Zealand.
Student visa requirements include:
You must also study full-time and make satisfactory progress with your studies.
Pathway student visa requirements include:
With a student visa, you may be able to work up to 20 hours a week while studying or work full-time in the holidays, depending on your visa conditions.
Find out more about working in Wellington while you study.