New Zealand Embassy Seoul, South Korea

New policy extends work opportunities for Korean students in New Zealand

The New Zealand government announced on 10 October 2013 that more international students will be allowed to work while they study in New Zealand. This will create new opportunities for the six thousand Korean students studying at New Zealand Universities and other tertiary institutes.

The New Zealand Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills and Employment, Steven Joyce, and Immigration Minister, Michael Woodhouse, announced that:

  •  All international students enrolled in an English language course of at least 14 weeks duration at a high-quality provider will be eligible to work up to 20 hours a week.
  •  All tertiary-level international students enrolled in a course of at least one academic year will now be able to work full-time during each scheduled semester break.
  •  International PhD and Masters by research students will have unlimited work rights.


The changes announced on 10 October 2013 will come into effect from January 2014.

New Zealand offers Korean students more than just an excellent place to come and learn English.  Korean students studying in New Zealand acquire invaluable skills – such as creative and innovative thinking, critical analysis and the necessary practical and theoretical knowledge to develop their problem solving skills.

People who have studied in New Zealand appreciate the high standard of the education they receive and the usefulness of the qualifications they gain that is recognised globally.


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