New Zealand Pathway Student Visa- Pursue three programmes for one visa
Updated on Aug 4, 2016 - 11:56 a.m. IST by Bedasree Das #New Zealand
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New Zealand Pathway Student Visa
- Over 50,000 international students currently enrolled in New Zealand’s numerous institutes reflect that the Kiwi nation is fast emerging as a study hub for students in the lookout for education abroad. According to Education New Zealand, international students study a range of courses like management, commerce, engineering, agriculture, environmental studies and even health, hospitality and design. Interestingly, the country also has a very liberal immigration system, which allows international students to not only opt from its diverse selection of visa gateways but also explore employment opportunities through post study work permits. “New Zealand primarily caters to students who are looking at employment in the country post their graduation and a Permanent Resident status in the long run,” says Adarsh Khandelwal, Co-founder of Collegify.

Here we bring you one of the unique student visa gateways in New Zealand- Pathway Visa- for international students who are planning to pursue their education in more than one institution in the country.

Know all about the New Zealand Pathway Student Visa here:

What is the Pathway visa?

New Zealand Pathway Student Visa is a student visa programme in New Zealand which allows international students to pursue up to three consecutive programmes of study on a single visa that is valid for up to five years. The visa can be offered by a single education provider or by multiple institutions. According to Education New Zealand, the pathway visas are applicable to more than 500 eligible primary, secondary and tertiary institutes. The New Zealand Pathway Student Visa is currently running on a pilot of 18 months.

What’s in Pathway Student Visa for international students?

For starters, the New Zealand Pathway Student Visa allows international students to take up three consecutive terms of study in New Zealand on a single visa. The visa is valid up to three years, hence, you can take up three years of study within that period only. Besides, a bonus point of the Pathway visa is that, depending on their programme, it allows international students to work part-time up to 20 hours a week while studying and full-time in the holidays. According to Education New Zealand authorities, work rights will be granted for the visa duration if the first programme of study qualifies for work rights under existing immigration instructions.


What are the eligibility criteria for the New Zealand Pathway Student Visa?

Before rushing to apply for the New Zealand Pathway Student Visa, make sure that you meet the eligibility criteria required by the New Zealand immigration authorities. Here are some of the eligibility criteria students need to fulfill before applying for the New Zealand Pathway Student Visa:

  • Offer to study: You must have an offer to study from a Pathway education provider. Currently, there are 500 education providers eligible to offer programmes under the Pathway Visa.

  • Course details: You must provide a letter explaining the courses you will study along with the start and finish dates of the courses, in case, you are enrolling with more than one education provider.

  • Tuition fee: You have to pay the full cost of your first course or first year of study, whichever is shorter. Besides, international students should also be able to pay the tuition fees for any second or third courses.

  • Course eligibility: Along with the first course, international students have to meet the eligibility criteria of the second and third course also.

Who offers the New Zealand Pathway Student Visa?

The first step is to get a letter detailing your study pathway in New Zealand. Besides, you would have to show acceptance letter from the institute you have applied to. One major condition in the Pathway visa scheme is that your institute has to be listed among the Pathway education providers. There are 5 New Zealand Polytecnics, over 50 private training establishments, 10 universities and 74 colleges in the list of New Zealand Pathway Visa providers.

Top New Zealand Pathway Student Visa providers (Universities):

  • Auckland University of Technology

  • Lincoln University

  • Massey University

  • University of Auckland

  • University of Auckland- English Language Academy

  • University of Canterbury

  • University of Otago

  • University of Waikato

  • Victoria University of Wellington

Click here to get the complete list of Pathway Visa providers in New Zealand


How to apply?

You can apply for the New Zealand Pathway Student Visa online. You have to first create an account through Realme. Realme is an online ID that allows you to login to a wide range of New Zealand Government services using a single username and password.

Documents required for the New Zealand’s Pathway Visa:

  1. Two recent passport-sized photos

  2. A passport or certificate of identity

  3. A chest x-ray and/or a medical examination as proof of your good health

  4. Police certificates

  5. List of courses to be taken up along with their start and end dates

  6. Acceptance letter from the university

  7. Proof of having paid the first-year tuition fee

  8. Proof that you have NZ $15,000 for your first year of study or NZ $1,250 per month if your study is shorter than that

  9. A travel ticket to New Zealand

  10.  Proof of having insurance cover

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why choose new Zealand for study?

dheeraj reddy 15th Feb, 2020
Well, Studying in NZ is cheaper than US and several European countries. Also a lot of scholarship opportunities are available to fund your study. University of Auckland is among the top 100 universities in the world.
NZ has some most livable cities in the world: Auckland, Wellington to name a few. Also one of the safest country to live.
Part-time job opportunities are plenty for international students through which you could recover the cost of your living expenses.
NZ is easier country to immigrate if your plan is to settle abroad. Add beautiful landscapes as another reason to ;)
As far as job opportunities are considered, NZ is a small country and offer limited work opportunities for internationals. Even though few employers might prefer locals ,as there is a lack of skilled professionals they are open to all, it would be upon you to sell yourself well.

Further research about work opportunities according to your field of interest and chose the best country accordingly. Goodluck !

Does GRE ,TOFEL &IELTS are mandatory for postgraduate courses or any one of the above?

Apoorva Student Expert 25th Sep, 2019

Hello dear student,

As it seems like you want to take admission in New Zealand. so dear student it depends in which university you want to take admission in , so different universities asks for the different exam .They all have  their own criteria to take students for MS in their university. So maximum universities asks for GRE marks while few asks for the other test scores.  GRE though not too popular, GRE is required for admission to masters courses in some of the universities in New Zealand.  GMAT: While NZ, just like Australia puts more emphasis on work experience, GMAT is still accepted for admission to management courses in its business schools.

i hope it was helpful.

Best wishes

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