Definition of a domestic student in New Zealand

The definition of domestic student is clarified as below for schools and further education institutions.

Section 10 of the Education and Training Act 2020 defines a domestic student as an individual who is:

  • a New Zealand citizen; or
  • the holder of a residence class visa granted under the Immigration Act 2009 who satisfies the criteria (if any) prescribed by regulations made under subsection (2); or
  • a person of a class or description of persons required by the Minister, by notice in the Gazette, to be treated as if they are not international students.

Definition for schools

The classes of persons enrolled with schools who are required to be treated as if they are not international students are detailed in the Gazette notices below.

Education (Domestic Students) Amendment Notice 2020(external link)

To enquire about eligibility to enrol in New Zealand schools as a domestic student, phone +64 4 463 8000 and ask to speak to someone about this, or email

enquiries.national@education.govt.nz

Definition of domestic tertiary student

The classes of persons enrolled with a tertiary institution or registered establishment who are required to be treated as if they are not international students are detailed in the Gazette notice below.

The Domestic Students (Tertiary Education) Notice 2019(external link)

For any enquiries email:

international.division@education.govt.nz.

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