Work while you study

New Zealand is a value-for-money destination that allows you to offset your costs by working while you study. Work related to the course undertaken can also enhance your learning experience.  An international student on a valid student visa enrolled in a full-time programme may be able to work part-time for up to 20 hours a week and full-time during all scheduled holidays and/or during the Christmas and New Year holiday period.

Provision for tertiary students

Tertiary students will be allowed to work part time for 20 hours a week and full time depending upon the nature of their course. They will allowed to work full time during scheduled breaks in study if they are studying full-time for at least 1 academic year and the course is worth more than 120 credits and during the Christmas and New Year holiday period, if they are studying full-time and their course is worth less than 120 credits.

Provision for English language students

English language students can work, only part-time, for up to 20 hours a week while having a valid Student Visa.

Important information
However, the restrictions on number of work-hours do not apply to students enrolled in Masters by research or doctoral degree programme awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution.

If you work when you’re not allowed to, you’ll be in breach of your visa conditions. If this happens you may have to leave New Zealand. 

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