New Zealand

Pacific Ocean, Auckland

New Zealand Currency


Sovereign              :     Queen Elizabeth II (1952)
Governor-General  :    Patsy Reddy (2016)
Prime Minister        :    Jecinda Ardern (2017)
Land area              :     103,734 
Population             :      4,252,277 
Capital                  :     Wellington
Largest cities         :     Auckland
Monetary unit        :     New Zealand dollar

New Zealand, about 1,250 mi (2,012 km) southeast of Australia, consists of two main islands and a number of smaller outlying islands so scattered that they range from the tropical to the antarctic. The country is the size of Colorado. New Zealand's two main components are the North Island and the South Island, separated by Cook Strait. The North Island (44,281 sq mi; 115,777 sq km) is 515 mi (829 km) long and volcanic in its south-central part. This area contains many hot springs and beautiful geysers. South Island (58,093 sq mi; 151,215 sq km) has the Southern Alps along its west coast, with Mount Cook (12,316 ft; 3754 m) the highest point. Other inhabited islands include Stewart Island, the Chatham Islands, and Great Barrier Island. The largest of the uninhabited outlying islands are the Auckland Islands (234 sq mi; 606 sq km), Campbell Island (44 sq mi; 114 sq km), the Antipodes Islands (24 sq mi; 62 sq km), and the Kermadec Islands (13 sq mi; 34 sq km).


New Zealand has an international reputation as a provider of quality education. It has a progressive education system with many state of the art facilities. It offers a safe learning environment with excellent study opportunities and support services for international students. 

Courses are available for academic, professional and vocational studies at New-Zealand institutions - universities, polytechnics and institutes of technology, colleges of education, secondary schools and private training establishments.

You will find a wide range of options when you consider New Zealand as a study destination.

There are eight government-funded universities providing undergraduate and postgraduate degree programs. Some also offer foundation programs. Whilst all offer a broad range of degree subjects, each university has its own specialized courses.

The quality of a New Zealand university education is well recognized internationally. Many New Zealand graduates have gone on to achieve international recognition in their field. Many of the international students from developing Asian nations, who have studies at New Zealand universities, have since served as senior administrators, including cabinet ministers in their own countries.

Polytechnics and Institutes of Technology A popular option is to study at one of the 25 government-funded polytechnics and institutes of technology. They offer a wide variety of programs which can be both academically and vocationally focused. You may choose from a short course teaching a specific skill, or from a wide range of courses resulting in a certificate, a diploma or a degree. Some institutions offer Year 1 of a degree program, with subsequent years being completed at a university.

Teacher Training New Zealand is internationally recognized for its excellent education standards and as a provider of quality teachers. There are six government-funded specialist education institutions, two operating from within universities, and the others offering their programs in collaboration with their local university.

They offer training for teachers from early childhood to primary, secondary, special and tertiary (higher education) level.

Private Tertiary and Training Establishments

There are a growing number of private tertiary and training providers offering an alternative study option. They offer a range of programs including professional certificates, diplomas and degrees in a diverse range of subjects including art, the hospitality industry, computer studies, secretarial studies, quality management, Eco-tourism and others.

English Language Training

The choices are endless. Private English language schools offer a variety of courses for all ages including adventure, business and academic programs  Adventure courses provide a balance of English language tuition and a stimulating activity of your choice. There are courses in English for business purposes and English to prepare you for academic study with TOEFL or IELTS testing.

Most tertiary institutions also provide English language preparation for further study or foundation courses.

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Applying for a student visa

The application process below is for people who want to apply for a student visa. This may include people who want to travel to New Zealand to study, people who want to stay temporarily in New Zealand to study, and people already here on other types of temporary entry class visas who want to study in New Zealand full time.

The application steps

Complete the form

Print and complete the form Student Visa Application (INZ 1012) PDF. Also available is theStudent Visa Guide (INZ 1013) PDF, which will assist you in applying. If you cannot print the form and guide, they are available from your nearest Immigration New Zealandbranch.

Make sure you submit everything we require, including the fee Along with your completed (and signed) application form you will also need to provide all the information listed at the back of the application form and the correct fee. If you do not submit the required information with your application we cannot accept it for processing.

Make sure you meet our health requirements

What you have to provide us with depends on how long you will be staying in New Zealand.

Studying in New Zealand for between six months and one year?

You may also need to provide a completed Temporary Entry X-ray Certificate (INZ 1096) PDF to show you have been screened for tuberculosis (TB). 

Studying in New Zealand for more than one year?

You will need to complete a medical examination and a medical and x-ray certificate.

Pregnant women and children under the age of 11 years are not required to submit x-ray certificates unless a special report is required.

For full details on our health requirements, see the Health Requirements Leaflet (INZ 1121) PDF.

Make sure your meet our character requirements

If you are studying in New Zealand for more than two years you will also have to provide a police certificate, less than six months old, from your country of citizenship and from any country in which you have lived for five or more years since reaching 17 years of age.

Lodge your application

If you are applying from outside of New Zealand, your application must be made and approved before you are able to travel to New Zealand. Find out where to send your application.

A New Zealand scholarship can help you achieve great things in your chosen field.


Funded by the New Zealand Government, The New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships (NZIDRS) select candidates based on academic merit, and provide full tuition fees and up to $20,500 living expenses per annum. To qualify you need to show evidence that academic supervision in your chosen field of expertise is available.

New Zealand Aid

This program provides scholarships to citizens of some developing countries to undertake vocational training or tertiary level study in, New Zealand or in some cases the Pacific region

University Scholarships

These Scholarships are different from one university to another. The student has to choose from the scholarship department.


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