Step 1 – Consult with experienced and well-acquainted counsellor
We provide accurate information on institutions and courses for you to search for the best fitted for your current circumstances and needs. We help you decide on your preferred course and institution through consultations with our professionally trained consultants.
Step 2 – Apply for the course
Once you have decided on a course and an institution, you will need to prepare supporting documentation to send with your application. The documents vary depending on the course, institution and qualification you are studying for.
The most important documents include :
- Certificates that verify your previous study, including qualifications you already have.
- Evidence of your English language proficiency.
- Certificates or documents which verify previous study or work experience if you are seeking course credits.
- All documents must be translated into English.
*Few institutions may charge application fee, and it is not refundable.
Once the education provider receives your application it will be assessed and you will be notified of the result. It may take a few weeks (longer for postgraduate applications) before your application is processed.
Step 3 – Receiving your Offer of Place
If your application is accepted, you will receive an ‘Offer of Place’ and an acceptance form. To confirm your offer you must respond to this letter by signing and sending an acceptance of offer back to the institution.
- Read the Offer of Place carefully before you accept it.
- Make sure that you understand all your rights, including the refund arrangements.
- Do not accept the Offer of Place if you have any inquiries on the Letter of Offer. Ask first and then accept.
- Keep a copy of the Offer of Place. You will need this copy so that you aware of your rights and if you have to make a claim against the institution.
The Offer of Place must contain
- Provider details
- Name of education provider
- Phone, fax number, and email address
- Student details
- Full name of student (with the family name underlined)
- Current student address
- Course/Program details
- Length of program of study (if longer than one year, state the minimum completion time)
- Date the program starts
- Year of study, e.g. ‘year 5’ for primary and secondary schools or ‘first year’ for tertiary
- Type of tertiary study: Full-time or Part-time
- Fee payment details
- Type of fee
- Fee amount for the complete program of study (if applicable): $_______
* Conditional Offer of Place
If you have received a Conditional Offer of Place, this means you have been granted a place to study at institution if you meet the conditions stated in your Offer of Place.
You must meet these conditions, and provide evidence to institution that you have done so, before you can accept your offer.
If you are unable to provide this information, institution cannot process your acceptance form.
Step 4 – Pay your Tuition Fee
If you receive an Offer of Place or meet the conditions stated in your Conditional Offer of Place, you will also be required to pay tuition fees. Sign on your acceptance form and pay your tuition fee. Once you paid your tuition fee, you will receive a ‘Confirmation Letter’ from institution. Please keep your original Tuition Fee receipt. You need it when you apply for a visa.
Step 5 – Apply for Visa
There are 3 types of visa you can study in New Zealand.
If you want to study a full-time course in New Zealand that’s longer than three months in total duration, you will need a Fee Paying Student visa.
If you plan to study more than one course in New Zealand, the Pathway Student Visa may be the only visa you need.
If you want to take a short course of study while you are in New Zealand, a Visitor Visa may be the best choice of visa for you.
Student Visa requirements
The student visa you need depends on your chosen course of study. As a guide, the typical key requirements you will need to meet are :
- An Offer of Place
- Valid passport and acceptable passport-style photo(s)
- Sufficient funds for airfares, courses fees and living costs
- Visa application fee
- Meet health and character requirements
* Make sure that you meet requirements for a student visa before you accept an offer and pay any tuition fees.
Step 6 – Plan your Departure
Once you have been accepted to study at an institution and have received confirmation of your student visa, the next step is to start planning for your arrival.
Here is a checklist to help you plan your departure :
- Passport and Visa – Check that your passport is valid for at least 6 months prior to your entry arrival in New Zealand, and that you have all your visa documentation. It is also a good idea to make copies of your passport in case you lose your passport.
- Student enrolment and orientation documents – You will need your Offer of Place and student information pack, which you will have received from your institution.
- Travel Insurance – You should also consider travel insurance, which covers such as cancelled flights, lost documents, dental or optical care, etc.
- Airfares – Make sure you are aware of the date and time of your flight. Keep your flight details in a safe and secure place, with your passport and visa.
- Contact details – You may want to have a list of emergency contact details for family, as well as your embassy, accommodation and institution details.
- New Zealand currency – There are money exchange places available at airports and in cities, but it is recommended to have some New Zealand currency on you prior to leaving your home country.
- Transport from the airport – Whether you are taking public transport, a taxi, or you are being picked up from the airport, it is important that you have all the details including the time, the route. If you need a map to assist you in getting to your accommodation from the airport, they will be available at the airport, or you can print one prior to leaving.
- Accommodation details – Make sure you have the address of where you will be staying as well as their phone number and payment confirmation (if you have already paid for your accommodation).
Step 7 – Arrival in New Zealand
When you arrive at airport, you will first need to go through immigration and customs clearance. After that, collect your luggage and get your new accommodation by public transport, taxi, Uber, or person who picks you up at airport.