Education in New Zealand

Work Options

International students enrolled in a study program are eligible to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year. Students can work full time (40 hrs) only during the summer holidays. The average wage for part time jobs is between NZ$10 - NZ$12 per hour.

Spouse of the students going for Post graduate courses or for courses listed in immediate or long term skill shortage can accompany the student on a work permit.
After completion of studies students can apply for a 1 year graduate job search visa if they do not have an immediate job in hand or a 2 to 3 year work visa if they have a employment relevant to the field of study provided they have completed either advanced diploma or PG diploma in 1 year or diploma for 2 years.
International students who have graduated from a course in New Zealand would gain points under the Skilled Migrant Category if their course covers any area mentioned in the list. They are also eligible (on a case to case basis) for waiver of 2 years past work experience for longer term work visas.

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