New Zealand Study Visa


Applying for a new student visa in New Zealand

The information on this page only applies to students submitting a student visa application in New Zealand. Please note that if your main purpose for coming to New Zealand is to study then Immigration New Zealand expects you to enter the country on a student visa (not a visitor visa), therefore you should apply for a student visa before leaving your home country.

To obtain a student visa you must be enrolled in at least 45 points per semester (usually three courses of 15 points each). This excludes Exchange and Study Abroad students who should take 60 points (usually four courses of 15 points each). If you are enrolled in less points than the above, please discuss your situation with staff at the International Student Information Centre, as restrictions apply.