Studying in New Zealand

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We enrol international students from primary school age right through to PhD and other postgraduate study.

New Zealand represents a popular choice for discerning Chinese students seeking future success and the nurturing of skills and abilities. We have been world-leading in our adoption of mechanisms for the care and protection of international students.

Study in New Zealand(external link) for:

New Zealand Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o Te Mātauranga(external link)is the government's lead advisor on the New Zealand education system

New Zealand Ministry of Education > Code of practice to support international students(external link)

Student visas

Immigration New Zealand > Study in New Zealand(external link) about how to apply for a student visa.

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

New Zealand Alumni Network in China

The prime minister of New Zealand, Rt Hon Helen Clark, launched the New Zealand Alumni Network in China in May 2005, at a lunch held at the New Zealand Embassy in Beijing.

What is the purpose of the network?

The network is to help alumni from New Zealand higher education institutions keep in contact with their schools, with New Zealand, and with each other.

The network is not designed to be a formal association as such. We have no plans to set up an administrative body and will not maintain a database of members at the embassy. We also have no plans to commercialise the network in any way.

Many New Zealand higher education institutions keep in touch with their Chinese alumni. They will continue to do so. The New Zealand Alumni Network in China will make use of these existing channels from time to time, sending information and invitations to connect alumni at a national level.

The network will provide you with the latest information and updates on New Zealand, and the New Zealand-China relationship.

We will arrange networking events for alumni in Beijing and Shanghai, and we hope in other Chinese cities. We will also work to arrange opportunities for alumni to meet visiting New Zealand government and private sector leaders when they are in China.

How to keep in contact?

Participating New Zealand higher education institutions will send New Zealand Alumni Network newsletters and invitations to their alumni in China.

We encourage all alumni to contact their institutions, to check they are on email or postal distribution lists for these communications. Your university or polytechnic would be pleased to hear from you.

Contacts for institutions participating in the New Zealand Alumni Network in China are:

AIS-St Helens

Auckland University of Technology

Lincoln University

Manukau Institute of Technology

Massey University

Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

Northland Polytechnic

Open Polytechnic of New Zealand


Universal College of Learning (UCOL)

University of Auckland

University of Canterbury

University of Otago

University of Waikato

Victoria University of Wellington (VUW)

Waiariki Institute of Technology

Whitireia Polytechnic

Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec)

If your institution is not on the list, email and we will encourage your institution to join the initiative in future.

It is your network!

We would be pleased to receive alumni’s ideas and suggestions for how to make the network more effective, useful, and relevant. We know that you will support the network only if it meets your needs.

We welcome contact with alumni at any time. Email if you have ideas you would like to share with us.

Thank you for your support for and interest in the New Zealand Alumni Network in China. We look forward to keeping in touch with you.


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