Studying in New Zealand

Have you ever wondered about continuing your studies in New Zealand? Find out about the visa requirements, work options and other information that will give you a headstart in making your dreams of studying in New Zealand come true!

Covered in vast open landscapes and beautiful beaches, New Zealand offers a one-of-a-kind living and study experience in a relaxed and carefree setting. New Zealand's temperate climate and relatively small population (4.693 million as of 2016), makes it an ideal place for reflection, recreation and study.

The country prides itself on its unique culture - a mix of Maori, European (Pakeha), Asian, Middle Eastern and Pasifika communities - and stable economic and political environment.

Visa Requirements

International students, who intend to study in New Zealand for more than three months, must apply for a student visa or permit.

Essential documents include:

  • A valid passport
  • Enrolment in a New Zealand institution of higher education that is approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA)
  • Complete information on course duration, mode of study and fee structure
  • Evidence of adequate funds to cover all expenses for the duration of the study
  • Fulfil health and character requirements (inclusive of medical insurance and medical examinations)
  • Proof that you plan to leave New Zealand after completing your studies (travel tickets, funds etc.)

To find out more, click here.

Language of Instruction

English. Applicants must provide proof of English proficiency in the form of IELTS, TOEFL, SPM or any other recognised English proficiency tests.

Work Options

You may need to change the conditions of your permit to work. Full-time students are allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Tuition Fees

Fees for undergraduate studies start at RM50,110 for arts and social sciences, RM62,650 for science and engineering and RM187,899 for dentistry and medicine degree per year.

Living in New Zealand

You should be able to get by with RM22,200 to RM27,800 per year. The sum would cover your accommodation, transport and entertainment. Walking to campus is the norm but to get to other places, you can take shuttle buses or public buses to get to town, the rail or commuter trains in cities like Auckland and Wellington.

Halls of residence or student hostels are usually offered to international students and are arranged prior to their arrival. They will be located close to campus, and have a communal hall for meals, computer labs as well as recreation rooms. In some institutions, there are also self-catering accommodations where between 6 and 8 students get rooms of their own but share a kitchen and one common living room. Other alternatives include private renting or 'flatting' with other students, or staying with a host family.


You can purchase return tickets starting at RM4,000 for a trip between Kuala Lumpur and Auckland.

Health Insurance

All international students must have medical insurance when they are in New Zealand. For more information, visit International Student Insurance website.


New Zealand Development Scholarships provide funding for international students to study undergraduate programmes in New Zealand. Click here for more details on how you can be eligible for financial assistance.

Local Contact

New Zealand High Commission
8, Jalan Sultan Ismail, Kuala Lumpur, 50250 Kuala Lumpur