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International Students


New Zealand has international students enrolled in Universities, Polytechnics, Private Training Establishments and schools. International education has, in the past, contributed around NZD5.1 billion to our economy and is our fourth most important export after our dairy products, meat products, tourism and forestry. 


International fee-paying students need to have an offer of place from a recognised education establishment (whether a school, a private training establishment or a University or Polytechnic).   International student fees are approximately 3 times the rates of domestic fees except for PHDs which are the same, whether you are from overseas or New Zealand.


Most students come to NZ wanting to forge a pathway to residence.  What many are not sufficiently well advised of is that to get residence will require a skilled job offer and that can be a tough challenge when competing against other New Zealand graduates.  


A key ingredient to the success of any study-to-residence plan is STRATEGY.  Making sure you choose a course with strong employment outcomes is a must.  Making sure you also have the level of English language communication and work experience an employer is likely to be looking for are other important considerations.


Unlike some education agents who do not hold licenses to provide immigration advice, at Into NZ we can give you full strategic and independent advice, not just about your student visa but also what lies beyond.  Clearly, with the borders currently closed due to Covid-19 any student wishing to come here needs to consider mid-2022- early 2023 admissions.  Many students are now taking up online studies to kickstart their academic journey and if this interests you, we can help.  We are agents of institutions in New Zealand and are able to also work with institutions where we are not agents to get get you enrolled and with the correct visa strategy.


When New Zealand returns to accepting students, we also know that there will some changes to the rules around funding and post-study rights. This will help ensure that students are coming into New Zealand with the right expectations and funds to support them through and we see that as a positive for all concerned.


Complete an Into NZ Visa Check to start your inquiry into international studies in New Zealand for the exciting re-opening of our borders.