International students wanting to travel to New Zealand

In October 2020 and January 2021, the New Zealand government announced a border exception to allow some international students to return to New Zealand to study. Those students were contacted directly by AUT.

AUT looks forward to welcoming back more students to study here when possible.

When you can travel to New Zealand

If the NZ government makes another announcement to allow more students to travel to New Zealand, we will update you on how the process will work. In the meantime, if you are a current student studying offshore we ask that you continue to work with your teaching and administration staff online.

New Zealand's borders are closed to almost all travellers and the border exceptions made so far have allowed a limited number of current students to return to study at AUT. So far, new students wanting to study at AUT have not been eligible for the exception.

For the remainder of 2021 the NZ government is continuing their elimination strategy to stamp out the virus, ensuring high rates of vaccination in the New Zealand population, strengthening our health and contact tracing systems and public health tools to reduce the need for lockdowns and looking at a phased approach to opening our borders in 2022.

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Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to enter New Zealand as part of the border exception announced in January 2021, you must:

  • Be currently studying a bachelor’s degree or postgraduate qualification
  • Hold, or have held, a student visa to study in New Zealand that was valid in 2020
  • Have studied in NZ in 2019 or 2020 and intended to resume your study in NZ in 2020 but were unable to because of the border closure; and you left NZ on or before 31 May 2020
  • Be able to meet Immigration New Zealand’s study visa requirements including evidence you have access to at least NZD $20,000 annually to pay your living costs
  • Be able to pay for your flights and stay in managed isolation and quarantine upon arrival in New Zealand

If you think you fit the criteria and haven’t been contacted by AUT, email us:

Not all eligible students can return

The last government announcement allowed for 1,000 students to return to New Zealand – 155 places were allocated to AUT. This meant we were not able to offer all eligible students a place. We will contact eligible students directly.

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