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).
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.
Visa waiver agreement for French passport holders
Under the visa waiver agreement, French passport holders are able to undertake one course of study in New Zealand without a visa for up to three months, provided they have return air tickets, a valid passport and proof of sufficient funds. To study in New Zealand for a period longer than three months, you will need to obtain a student visa.