Visas and immigration

If you are coming to New Zealand to study for more than three months, you will need a student visa.

When to get a visa

UC recommends that you obtain a student visa with Immigration New Zealand before you travel to New Zealand. Please be aware that if you travel to New Zealand with the intention of studying without a student visa, you may be refused a tourist or visitor visa at the border.

Eligibility for a student visa

To qualify for a student visa, you must enrol on a full-time course. Once your visa has been approved, you cannot change to a part-time course. The University is obliged to notify Immigration New Zealand if you change to part-time study or discontinue your course.

For more information about the Student Visa including eligibility and your rights while you study in New Zealand, please visit the Immigration New Zealand website.

Applying for a student visa outside of New Zealand

If you are new to UC and in New Zealand and you have a current (expiring) student visa with a different education provider (such as a NZ secondary or high school), you may be able to apply for your new student visa through UC during your Enrolment in Person session.  

If you hold a work or visitor visa you will need to apply for a student visa directly with INZ

Coming to UC from a NZ school, UCIC, or CCEL

If you have studied at a NZ secondary or high school or at UCIC or CCEL with a student visa you will need to check your attendance levels at the end of the academic year.

If your attendance is 90% or above, you are able to apply for your new student visa with UC as part of your Enrolment in Person session.

If your attendance is below 90% you will need to apply directly with INZ and will need to provide a letter explaining why your attendance is below 90%.

If you are coming to UC from a NZ school you will need to provide proof of your attendance levels at your Enrolment in Person session. If you are coming to UC to study in Semester One you are advised to obtain this proof from your school at the end of the school year prior to starting at UC (November/December) while you still have access to your school portal and your school office is still open.