Only people who successfully get a New Zealand Scholarship need to apply for a student visa. But all applicants should check if they are likely to meet the student visa requirements before applying.

Check visa requirements before you apply for a scholarship

You only need to apply for a student visa, if we offer you a New Zealand Scholarship and you accept that offer. But before you apply for a New Zealand Scholarship, we strongly recommend that you check the student visa requirements on the relevant immigration website, listed below. This is because you can only study abroad on scholarship, if you successfully get a student visa.

When and how to apply for a student visa

As soon as a scholar accepts a New Zealand Scholarship, they must apply for a student visa on the relevant immigration website below. We recommend you start your visa application as soon as possible. The visa application process can take two to three months and it involves medical tests.

If a scholarship recipient does not get a student visa, we will have to withdraw the scholarship.

Student visa requirements and visa applications for study in New Zealand

If your scholarship application is for study in New Zealand, then you must meet these visa requirements:

Student visa requirements and application form for New Zealand (external link)

Scholars can bring their family to New Zealand, but we do not cover the costs. Each family member will need to apply for the relevant New Zealand visa:

Bringing family with you to New Zealand

Student visa requirements and visa applications for study at a Pacific university

Eligible citizens from Kiribati, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu can apply for a scholarship to study at one of four universities in Fiji, Papua New Guinea or Vanuatu.

In most cases, it is unlikely you will need a visa to study in the Pacific. But we recommend you check the visa requirements on the immigration website of your preferred destination.

Scholars can bring their family to their study location in the Pacific. We do help with some costs for family members:

Bringing family with you to the Pacific

We reimburse some visa and medical costs

Most scholars have to pay for the cost of a visa application and any medical tests before they come to New Zealand. When you arrive in New Zealand, your chosen university or education institution will pay you back for the cost of a visa and any medical tests. Please keep all payment receipts, as you will need to show these to your university or education institution to get your money back.

Exception for some Pacific countries:

In some Pacific countries, your local New Zealand High Commission will pay for the cost of your visa application and any medical tests. The High Commission will contact preferred candidates about payment.

Visa costs we will reimburse (if you show your payment receipts)

CostPaid by High Commission or reimbursed by institution in New Zealand 
Visa application fee and immigration levy Yes
Immigration medical check fee (maximum of one) Yes
Travel to location where medical check occurs No
Travel to location where visa interview occurs No
Police clearance fee No
Courier fee for visa application No
Passport application fee No
Passport renewal fee No
Costs of fees for dependent’s visas No