If you plan to study at SIT as an international student, you will need to ensure you are on the appropriate visa. There are a range of visas that allow you to study in New Zealand. You can read more on the Immigration New Zealand website.
A student visa from Immigration New Zealand means you can study with SIT in New Zealand for a set time period as a full-time student. You can find out more about student visas, advice on rights to employment while studying and reporting requirements from Immigration New Zealand.
It is important to apply for your student visa as soon as possible, as in some cases the application process may take a number of weeks.
- For offshore applicants / outside of New Zealand: 90% of applications are currently completed within the timeframe given on the Immigration New Zealand website. Timeframes are in weekdays. This category has only recently reopened, and times may change as Immigration New Zealand receive and process more applications.
- For onshore applicants / already in New Zealand: Please process your student visa application as soon as you can. As an onshore student visa applicant, please remember to submit your international fee receipt with your student application to Immigration New Zealand.
How to apply
Go to the Immigration New Zealand website and follow all their instructions to apply for your Student Visa online:
You can find some helpful checklists there too to guide you in preparing your supporting documents:
Your responsibilities on a student visa
It is important you meet the conditions of your student visa. While in New Zealand it is your responsibility to keep this visa valid. If your visa expires, you could be asked to leave the country.
You must not start a course other than that stated on your visa without the permission of your institution and Immigration NZ. You must also advise Immigration NZ if you change your address or course of study, or if there is any other change in your circumstances.
Post-study Work Visa
If you are a SIT international student and have completed the qualification indicated on your student visa, you can apply for a Post-study work visa, provided the qualification meets the Immigration New Zealand requirements.
Go to the Immigration New Zealand website and follow all their instructions to apply for your Post Study work visa online:
Your travel and medical insurance is automatically covered when you enrol in a mainstream programme with SIT. Simply pay your fees, tell us when you will arrive, and we will book your insurance for you. If you are studying English language, you can pay a little extra for the same cover. Easy!
When you attend one of our international orientations, we will give you information on your insurance policy, including information on coverage, insurance policy number and how to claim.