Formerly known as the Whitireia Community Polytechnic, Whitireia is a leading institute for tertiary education in New Zealand. It is owned and funded by the government. The institution was established as a community college in Porirua Harbour in the year 1986.
Student visa requirements for New Zealand
The New Zealand Government provides an opportunity to all students to study in the country but as a prerequisite, you’ll have to obtain a student visa first. The visa you need will depend on the type of study you want to pursue, and how long you intend to stay in New Zealand.
If you are over 18 years and plan to study in New Zealand for more than six months, here’s an overview of the types of student visa available for you:
|S. No.||Types of student visa||Description|
|1||Fee Paying Student Visa||Study full-time for up to four years and be able to work part-time|
|2||Exchange Student Visa||Study full-time for up to four years for an approved student exchange program|
|3||Foreign Government Supported Student Visa||Study full-time for up to four years on a foreign government loan or scholarship|
|4||Pathway Student Visa||Study up to five years for 3 consecutive courses on a single student visa and be able to work part-time|
*For detailed information, please visit the New Zealand Government’s Immigration website
While studying in New Zealand, it’s important to maintain your Fee Paying student status. This status relates to the purpose, or reason why you came to New Zealand.
Documentation required for New Zealand’s Fee Paying student visa
To apply for a visa to New Zealand, you will generally need:
- Your passport, which must be valid for at least three months after your period of stay in New Zealand
- A letter of acceptance from a New Zealand education provider, which states the minimum course duration, total tuition fee and whether the tuition fee is in domestic and foreign currency. The course must be approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
- An offer of place from an educational institution approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority
- A written guarantee from an institution or person that suitable accommodation is available to you in New Zealand (if you’re under 18 years)
- A return air ticket to your country, or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one
As an applicant from India, your immigration cost and receiving centre fee will depend on the kind of submission you make – online or paper.
|Type of submission||Application cost||Receiving centre fee|
|Online||NZD 530 (approx. INR 23,330)||INR 722|
|Paper||INR 24,500||INR 1,087|
English language requirements
To gain your New Zealand student visa, you’ll have to provide evidence of proficiency in the English language. This usually means passing a secure English language test to be able to prove your communication and correspondence skills.
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is the world’s most popular high-stakes English language proficiency test for study, work and migration, with more than three million tests taken in the past year. The IELTS results are recognised by more than 10,000 organisations, including educational institutions, employers, professional associations and governments, in 140 countries around the world.
The minimum IELTS score required for your New Zealand student visa is 5.5 band in each module.
You can always contact us for a free counselling session and we can guide you on how to go about the entire visa application process.