International students currently in New Zealand

Find out about the support (and free COVID-19 tests) you can get as an international student, and how you can renew your visa at the current setting.

This page was last updated on 29 April 2022.

The COVID-19 Protection Framework is in effect – all of Aotearoa New Zealand is currently at orange. Public health measures apply.

If you are unwell: stay at home, study remotely where possible, and contact your faculty office if you are concerned about any impact on your academic programme.

You must wear a mask at all times while indoors on campus, including during teaching and learning activities. Spare masks are available if needed.

Key information

  • The International Support Team is available to help you. Email international-support@vuw.ac.nz to speak with an International Student Advisor.
  • COVID-19 tests for all international students are free, and all treatment related to COVID-19 will be covered by student insurance.
  • From 17 December 2021, new and returning international students must apply for student visas through Immigration Online. For more information, contact Immigration New Zealand (INZ).
  • For assistance with your visa application, email student-visa@vuw.ac.nz or visit our office located at Level 2, Easterfield building, Kelburn Parade, Wellington.
  • If you're a prospective or enrolled international student outside of New Zealand, you can find answers to your questions on Wellington University International's COVID-19 page.

International Support Team

International students can contact the International Support Team at international-support@vuw.ac.nz for

  • information and advice
  • guidance on visas and insurance
  • referrals
  • specialist scholarship support (such as the New Zealand Scholarships Programme)
  • other wellbeing and support needs.
  • One-on-one appointments by phone or by Zoom can be requested through email.

If you're currently outside New Zealand we can still help you. Find out more on the Wellington University International website.

My Vaccine Pass

Under the COVID-19 protection framework, you may need to have a ‘My Vaccine Pass’ to enter different events and venues. Vaccine passes are no longer a legal requirement, and are being phased out in New Zealand. Vaccine passes are not required on campus. To find out more, read about proof of vaccination.

Email international-support@vuw.ac.nz for further support if needed.

Paying your fees

If you are facing difficulties paying your tuition fees on time, contact the Student Fees Advisors through student-finance@vuw.ac.nz. However, to be eligible for the Fee Paying Student Visa, Immigration New Zealand requires:

  • proof that you have paid your tuition fees or proof that you have a scholarship or loan that is paying on your behalf, and
  • proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while you are studying in New Zealand, and
  • proof of how you will return home when your studies are complete (such as copies of airline tickets or proof of funds to buy them).

Student who are approved a payment plan with Student Finance have the option to pay their tuition fees in full for one trimester. The visa granted will be for this duration and will require you to renew your visa.

It is not possible to apply for a student visa if you have not paid in full for at least your next trimester of study. You must also supply evidence that you have sufficient funds to support yourself, and proof of how you will return home when your studies are complete.

If you are concerned about meeting the requirements for your visa, contact our International Student Advisor—Visa at Wellington University International, student-visa@vuw.ac.nz as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Find more information on renewing your visa as an enrolled student.

International student advisers

International student advisers are here to provide support, information, advice, and guidance to you during your time in New Zealand while studying at the University. The team can also provide information about visas and insurance.

We understand that living and studying in a foreign country can be challenging and talking about it can help. This is particularly important now, when you may be anxious about your family overseas and what is happening in your home country.

Visa information

Immigration NZ is processing Full Fee-paying student visas for applicants who are already in New Zealand. You can find your visa expiry date in your eVisa letter.

For assistance with your visa application, email student-visa@vuw.ac.nz or visit our office located at level 2, Easterfield building, Kelburn Parade, Wellington.

You can find more information for Student Visa holders on Immigration New Zealand's website.

Studentsafe University insurance and COVID-19

If you contract COVID-19 in New Zealand, and you are insured with Studentsafe University insurance, the medical cost of treatment will be covered. But if you have other types of insurance, you need to contact your insurance company to find out whether they will cover it.

More information about Studentsafe University insurance.