Scholars can bring their family with them when they study with a New Zealand Scholarship.

You can bring immediate family to New Zealand

You can bring immediate family members with you when you study on government scholarship in New Zealand.

Immediate family means:

  • your current spouse
  • your current de facto partner (a person you share an intimate relationship with and share a home with for the last 12 months or longer)
  • your legal children under 19 years of age, who attend high school
  • your adopted children, if you can prove you are their legal guardian for the last two years or longer.

You have to pay for all their costs

You have to cover the full cost of bringing immediate family to New Zealand. This means paying for their travel to and from New Zealand, their visas, their insurance, and their accommodation and living costs in New Zealand.

Scholars do not get enough money from us to pay for the living costs of other family members. Scholars must have enough of their own money to support all immediate family members who come to New Zealand. This is a condition of your scholarship.

Each family member needs a valid visa

Your family members will need to apply for the right type of New Zealand visa. You will have to pay for their visas.

Extra information for dependants who need a visa [PDF, 378 KB]

Apply for a visa for your partner or spouse on the New Zealand immigration website (external link) 

Visa rules for children coming with scholars (external link) 

Your family can get public healthcare

Like New Zealanders, your immediate family can access public healthcare while they are in New Zealand:

If you and your family want private health insurance in New Zealand, you must pay for it.

Your spouse or partner may work

Your spouse or de factor partner can work on a visitor’s visa in New Zealand, while you study in New Zealand on scholarship. Note that a job for your spouse or partner may be difficult to find.

Apply for a visa for your partner or spouse on the New Zealand immigration website (external link) 

School is available for your children

Like New Zealanders, your children can go to a state primary school or state high school in the area where you live in New Zealand. You will have to pay an annual school fee, which is $100-$500 per child.

Education website for the New Zealand Government (external link)

We help Pacific university scholars with some family living costs

Scholars, who study on a New Zealand Scholarship at a university in Fiji, Papua New Guinea or Vanuatu, may get a small financial allowance from us if one or more eligible family members join them.

Who is eligible for this financial allowance?

This financial allowance or stipend is only available:

  • to scholars who study in the Pacific for more than one year, and
  • if family arrives before a scholar has less than one year of study remaining.

Which family members does it cover?

Eligible family members include:

  • your current spouse
  • your current de facto partner (a person you share an intimate relationship with and share a home with for the last 12 months or longer)
  • your legal children under 19 years of age
  • your adopted children, if you can prove you are their legal guardian for the last two years or longer.

This financial allowance or stipend is only available if your family member is not a citizen or permanent resident of New Zealand or Australia.

Exception for Niue citizens: New Zealand passport holders from Niue are eligible.

How much will I get?

This financial allowance or stipend will help with some of the living costs of your family. It will not be enough money to cover all the living costs of your family.

Note: We may pay less financial support if your spouse or partner is also a scholarship student or gets a job in the study country.