New Zealand’s border has been reopened for eligible travellers to enter the country. This means international students can apply for their visas to study in New Zealand.

Information for prospective international students 

The government agency Education New Zealand provides a variety of useful information for prospective international students who want to study with New Zealand. The site also has a database of courses and scholarships available. 

Study with New Zealand(external link)

We recommend international students sign up to NauMaiNZ, the information portal run by Education New Zealand. This is a good way to stay up to date with general information about studying and living in New Zealand. 

NauMaiNZ – Study in New Zealand(external link)

Education providers will have relevant information for prospective students. In the first instance, we recommend you visit the websites of the education providers you are interested in studying with to check their entry requirements and determine if you are eligible to study there. 

Regulations to support international students 

The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International Learners) Code of Practice 2021 supports the wellbeing of tertiary and international learners enrolled with New Zealand education providers.

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) is the Code of Practice Administrator. This means that they are responsible for monitoring and supporting providers to give effect to the Code. You can read more about the Code of Practice.

Tertiary and International Learners Code of Practice – NZQA(external link)

The International Student Contract Dispute Resolution Scheme (DRS) resolves contractual and financial disputes between international students and education providers. You can read more information. 

Regulations to better support international students

Useful resources for international students and visitors 

For the definition of a Domestic Student in New Zealand, refer to: 

Definition of a domestic student in New Zealand

To learn more about the New Zealand education system, check out:

Education in New Zealand

For information about exchanges in New Zealand see: 

International student visitors

For information about Eligibility to Enrol refer to:

Circular 2020/08: Eligibility to enrol in New Zealand schools

For guidance on delivery of education offshore refer to: 

Guidelines to the Offshore Delivery Programme Rules – NZQA(external link)

General information about scholarships for international students is available at: 

New Zealand scholarships – Study with New Zealand(external link)

For visa and immigration queries, refer to:

Immigration New Zealand website(external link)

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