FAQs: New Zealand Student Visa21 June 2022
Update as of 7 February 2023:
Are you thinking of studying in New Zealand? Now is the best time to consider your study options and start the visa process.
In this article, we are going to answer some commonly-asked questions about the Student Visa process and its requirements.
How long is the student visa issued for?
As a rule of thumb, the student visa is issued for the same length as the study period you’ve paid the tuition fees for.
How much funds do students require as living expenses?
It’s NZD$20,000 per year from July 31, 2022, tertiary student visa applicants and NZD$17,000 for prospective international school students.
Do you have to show funds for a bachelor’s program for all three years?
No, but a payment plan is required. If a student is planning to study a course for over a year, then a payment plan explaining how the student will fund their future years of study along with evidence of support is required.
What is needed to complete admission with an Education provider in NZ?
The requirements may vary but are likely to include an application form, a copy of passport, a certified copy of academic transcripts, and acceptable English language assessment test results (IELTS, PTE, TOEFL etc.), and an interview (if required by the institute).
What are English Language requirements to study in NZ?
They are different and depend on the specialization and level of the selected course. The requirements of the English language are set by NZQA, which must be followed by all education providers in NZ, unless exceptional circumstances. As an example, in cases where students want to pursue a course that leads to registration, such as teaching or nursing, then the English language requirements will be set by the specific council in NZ.
Can you get an offer of a place if you do not meet English Language requirements?
Yes. Some institutes also offer 12 or 16-week foundation courses to improve English before starting the desired degree or diploma program.
Do you have to be on a student visa to study?
No. Short courses for up to 6 months are available for Working Holiday visa holders and those from visa-waiver countries or on visitor visas are allowed to study courses for up to 3 months.
Can you work while studying?
You may be able to work up to 20 hours a week and full time during scheduled vacations, depending on your visa conditions.
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