How to apply to study in Wellington

Choosing to study abroad can seem overwhelming, but we want you to have the easiest transition possible to studying in Wellington

Victoria Uni students

Applying to study abroad is a big task. There are number of decisions to make, forms to fill out and boxes to check, and we want to make sure you’ve done what you need to move to the capital with ease.

Choose your school or subject

Start with what you want to study and where. Wellington’s education providers are world-class, so you’ll be spoilt for choice. We have highly ranked secondary schools (for students aged 13 to 19) and all our universities are ranked in the top 3% in the world.

If you’re heading to a tertiary institution, you’ll choose an area of study first and then look at what school may specialise in that topic. Each university is ranked in the top 100 in the world for one or more of its specialist areas – Massey University is ranked 51 in art and design; Otago University is ranked 66 in Life Sciences and Medicine and Victoria University is ranked 46 in Law.

Massey University new building
Otago University science lab student teacher
Victoria University of Wellington Kelburn campus

Apply for your student visa

When you’ve made your choice, you’ll need to apply and be offered a place by the education provider. Once you’ve accepted your offer of study, you can begin your student visa application.

If you’re studying in New Zealand for more than three months, you can apply for one of two visas. A student visa allows you to study in New Zealand for up to four years and usually lasts as long as the course you’ve applied for. A pathway student visa allows you to study up to three consecutive courses over the period of five years.

Check if you’re eligible for scholarships or financial aid

Once your visa has been approved you can look at making the move to Wellington. We know that it’s a big investment to do that so there are scholarships available for international students for a range of subject areas, schools and financial and family situations. Each university has a range of scholarships international students can apply for.

We can’t wait to meet you and welcome you to Wellington!

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