Part-time enrolment as an international student
Visa information for international students studying part-time
What is considered part-time?
To be eligible for a student visa you must be enrolled in at least 3 courses, or a minimum of 45 points, per semester. This is what Immigration New Zealand (INZ) considers a full-time enrolment.
If you are enrolled in less points or courses than this, then you will generally not meet eligibility requirements for a student visa.
The only exception to this rule is if you are in your final semester and only have one or two courses left to complete your programme.
What to do if you are enrolled part-time
If you are in your final semester and only have one or two courses left to complete your programme, you will be eligible for a student visa but this exception to the rule is permitted only once.
If this is your situation, you can apply for a student visa but you will need to submit the Confirmation of part-time study by an international student form.
If you are enrolled in fewer than 3 courses or 45 points per semester for other reasons, such as a timetable clash, you will need to check with INZ which visa to apply for and submit the Confirmation of part-time study by an international student form.
This is so we can confirm your enrolment and provide you with evidence to give to INZ as part of your visa application process.
We recommend submitting this form as soon as possible to ensure you have allowed plenty of time for your visa application to be processed.
What to expect
Once you have submitted the Confirmation of part-time study by an international student form, it is then passed on to our Student Hubs to confirm your enrolment.
Once the form has been signed off by an authorised staff member, you will receive an email confirming your part-time status which you can submit to INZ with the rest of your visa application documentation.
For general information about the visa process, visit Frequently Asked Questions.