Study PHD in New Zealand 2024
Basic monthly living cost
Rent in a shared flat584
Share of utilities42
Sample lifestyle cost
Fast food combo8
Pint of local beer6
Student Visa (for studies that are longer than three months)
If your course is three months or less, you don’t need a student visa, just a visitor visa.
What type of Visa do you need?
Student Visa; Visitor Visa
Price and currency
Application fees vary depending on your country of origin and can be around $250.
You can check the costs of a New Zealand student visa here:
Who can apply for the visa?
A student visa is required for all people coming to New Zealand to study for more than three months. The study must be the main purpose of your visit. If your course is up to 3 months, you may be able to study on a visitor visa or work 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.
Where can you make the application?
Online / New Zealand consulate or embassy
To make an application for a New Zealand student visa, you can apply online or in person before traveling.
To apply in person within your home country, you will need to contact your local New Zealand consulate or embassy to get an application form and/or appointment. Alternatively, you can apply online by visiting the official website www.immigration.govt.nz and creating an account.
How to make the application?
For your visa application, you will need:
- Acceptance letter from an approved education provider in New Zealand.
- Evidence of sufficient funds - You will need to show that you have sufficient funds to pay your tuition fees (this can include evidence of loan coverage, scholarship or other funds) and proof of funds to cover your living costs while you study in New Zealand (via a sponsor, a loan, a scholarship, government support or sufficient bank balance). You need to prove you have at least NZD$15,000 (~US$10,870) for each year if your course is longer than nine months.
- Proof of onward travel - This can be evidence of already paid-for onward tickets, proof of further funds, or agreement from a sponsor to pay for onward travel. The point is to show that you intend and can afford, to leave the country once you complete your studies.
- Travel insurance.
- Medical certificates - If you are planning to study in New Zealand for more than 12 months you will need to provide a general medical certificate, a chest x-ray certificate and possibly undertake a tuberculosis screening.
- If you are under 18 you will also need to provide proof of arranged accommodation, and if you are 17 or older, a police certificate of “good character”.
- Two-color passport photos.
- A passport valid for at least three months after the date you plan to leave New Zealand.
- Proof that you have paid the visa application fee.
When should you apply?
You should apply at least six weeks before you plan to travel to New Zealand. Student visas applied for online usually take 20 days to process, while student visas applied for via the paper form take 25 days to process.
Your Student Visa is normally for the same length of time as the study you’ve paid for, and its duration can be up to 4 years.
International full-time students with a student visa are legally allowed to work in New Zealand for up to 20 hours per week during term time, and may work full-time during all scheduled holiday periods such as Christmas, Easter and summer holidays. The specifics depend on your visa conditions. Work experience required in your studies doesn’t count towards the 20-hour limit. International students can’t be self-employed.
Masters by research and Ph.D. students can work as many hours as they wish.
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Why do you need this type of visa?
Some of the reasons why a New Zealand student visa may be rejected are:
- If you have a record of imprisonment in the last 10 years and or been convicted and sentenced to imprisonment.
- If you have a record of deportation, and or if you are a subject of a period of prohibition to enter into New Zealand.
- If there is a misrepresentation of the information you have provided, on which the immigration officer believes that the information declared in your application is not genuine.
- If you submitted an application that is not completed
- If the health and character requirements are not met
- If you are unable to demonstrate to cover the tuition fee cost, living and travel cost in New Zealand
- If there is no clear pathway for the course you intend to study in New Zealand
- If the immigration officer sees that you are not a genuine student from the documents and information you have provided, and as after the telephonic interview, you can’t even answered some information regarding the course information, institution’s information, among others
- If the funds are not legit, or it cannot be verified
- Victoria University of Wellington
- International Culinary Studio
- The Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki
- Newton College of Business and Technology
- Wellington Institute of Technology
- Campbell Institute
- Wintec Waikato Institute of Technology
- University of Canterbury International College
- Universal College Of Learning
- Southern Institute of Technology