Study in New Zealand
New Zealand Career Workrights info.
Gaining work experience while studying in New Zealand can be a direct way to evolve a student’s knowledge and develop skills such as communication, teamwork, timekeeping, interpersonal skills. If it is about a student visa then the student may be allowed 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. If the student is into Masters by research or a PhD student, he/she may work full-time during term-time and full-time during all scheduled holidays.
To understand it better, here is a brief on how you can fit ideally to the career work rights in New Zealand:
Part-time work (tertiary students)
The student will be able to work up to 20 hours a week if studying full-time for any of the following:
- for at least 2 years
- for a qualification that achieves points under the Skilled Migrant Category
- for a foundation programme for at least 1 academic year at level 4 or higher on the New Zealand Qualification Framework at an education provider in Canterbury.
Full-time work (tertiary students)
The student may be able to work full-time:
- all through scheduled breaks in study, if he/she attends academic course full-time for at least 1 academic year which is worth more than 120 credits.
- at the time of holiday period like Christmas and New Year, if selected course is full-time and is worth less than 120 credits.
PhD and Masters by research students
If the student is enrolled in Masters by research or doctoral degree programme awarded by a New Zealand tertiary institution, there are no restrictions on the hours you can work.
Find out the New Zealand Work Rights Information for PhD and Masters students below:
Part-time work (English language students)
Working for up to 20 hours a week is suitable to any student having a valid Student Visa on the basis of certain conditions:
Courses 6 months or longer
The student can have the part-time work liberty if the following conditions apply:
- the study is full-time
- the programme of study is for 6 months or longer
- the student has IELTS (International English Language Testing System) certificate with an overall band score of 5.0 that too not more than 2 years old.
Courses 14 weeks and longer
You can work part-time if all of the following apply:
- study is full-time
- study is for at least 14 consecutive weeks
- studying English language
- study is with a university, or a high quality education provider.
If the student works when he/she is not allowed to, it will be considered as breach of the visa conditions. If this happens the student may have to leave New Zealand.