When you need an NZ student visa
You'll need a student visa if you want to study full time in New Zealand for more than 3 months.
When you need a student visa
Before you apply for a student visa, you must be accepted into a course with an approved educational provider.
Students who don't need a visa
You don't need a student visa to study full time if:
- you're an NZ citizen or resident
- you're an Australian citizen
- you have a permanent residence visa or a resident return visa for Australia — without conditions.
Full-time study is:
- for most tertiary institutions, at least 3 papers or equivalent, per semester
- attending primary or secondary school.
Full-time study at Private Training Establishments (PTEs)
Full-time study at a PTE is:
- a course that requires you to attend for at least 20 hours each week, or
- if the course is Level 7 or above on the New Zealand Qualification Framework, studying at least 3 papers, or equivalent, each semester.
You can't study part-time on a student visa.
Studying on other visas
If your course is up to 3 months, you may be able to study on a visitor visa or work visa.
What you can study
You can only study programmes that NZQA has approved for international students.