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.

https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/study/working-during-after-your-study 

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