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Studying abroad in New Zealand was a life changing experience. It not only opened my eyes to the many opportunities the world has to offer, but it also helped me gain a better understanding of myself as an individual. I would do it all over again if I could!

Rachel Reynolds
California State University, Chico

Participant in Auckland / Palmerston North / Wellington, New Zealand

 

New Zealand Passport and Visa Information

Passport

To study abroad, you must have a signed, valid passport from your country of citizenship that will not expire for a minimum of 6 months after your planned return date. If you do not have a passport, or it's about to expire, make sure you apply or renew as soon as possible! US Citizens can refer to the US Department of State's website for more information regarding passports.

Visa

A student visa is official permission by a foreign government to live and study in that country. All US passport holders studying in New Zealand for more than 90 days must obtain a student visa prior to entering New Zealand. However, you will not be able to apply until you have received final acceptance from the host university.

Further information will be posted to your Gateway account in the Visa Guide, which you will receive four months prior to the program start. Program Advisors in the Central Office are also available to answer any visa questions you may have.

All costs related to obtaining a visa, including travel, are your responsibility.

Non-US Citizens

Check with your home country consulate, as well as the embassy of the country in which you plan to study, regarding visa requirements. Permanent Residents of the US should check with US Immigration as leaving the country for more than one year may jeopardize permanent resident status. Tax clearance and re-entry forms may also be necessary in these cases.

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