New Zealand offers world-class education in a safe and innovative study environment.

The Ministry of Education (external link) website contains information about the New Zealand education system (external link), and New Zealand’s Code of Practice (external link) for the care of international students.

New Zealand Educated (external link) website provides international students with information and resources including links to institutions and courses (external link) and scholarships (external link) and a guide to living and studying in New Zealand (external link).

New Zealand Aid programme scholarships

Through the New Zealand Aid Programme, the New Zealand Government offers scholarships to citizens of some countries. See the scholarships section of the New Zealand Aid Programme for details.

Student visas

Visa stamps
Visa stamps

Immigration New Zealand has information about how to apply for a student visa (external link).

If the length of the course you are planning to study is designed to last for longer than 3 months, you must apply for a student visa, regardless of how long you plan to study in New Zealand.


School exchange programmes

Many young people take advantage of the opportunity to spend a school year abroad. This is also possible in New Zealand and most private and some public schools accept paying overseas students in return for the tuition fees. The Visa Officer at the New Zealand High Commission in Pretoria can advise residents of African countries on the possibility of studying at a New Zealand school.

To receive written information and visa application forms please send your request with a stamped, self addressed A4 envelope to:

New Zealand High Commission

125 Middel Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk 0181
Private Bag X27
Brooklyn Square
Pretoria 0075
Telephone: (+ 27 12) 435 9000
Facsimile: (+ 27 12) 435 9001