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COVID-19 Updates from Top Universities in New Zealand

December 2020

If you are looking for the perfect combination of education, lifestyle, employment opportunities, universities in New Zealand are the perfect destination for you. These universities not only offer immaculate education but do so at economical rates.

One of the first countries to successfully battle the COVID-19, they have made yet another mark on the world. If study in New Zealand is a prospect looming in your mind, here are the latest COVID-19 Updates from top universities in New Zealand.

The University of Auckland

  • The University has made the decision to move all remaining Semester Two examinations online.
  • Changes have been made to relax visa restrictions for some visa holders to work at a supermarket to support New Zealand's response to COVID-19 when a region is in Alert Level 3 or 4, from 20 August 2020 to 31 July 2021.
  • If you are employed by a supermarket on the day immediately prior to the region entering Alert Level 3 or 4, you will be able to work for more than 20 hours.
  • If you are not in New Zealand and want to defer your study to later in the year or early 2021, your visa will remain valid over this period and your visa travel conditions will still apply.
  • You are not required to hold a student visa while you are studying overseas. However, if you do have a student visa and you are overseas there is no requirement for you to be enrolled full-time (i.e. at least 3 courses or 45 points per semester). If you are only enrolled in 1 or 2 courses this semester it will not impact your visa status or future visa applications.

The University of Waikato

  • The university is offering their most popular programmes online this November 2020 and March 2021 while they wait for the New Zealand border restrictions to ease.
  • Students will transfer to face-to-face classes in New Zealand once they are able to enter the country.
  • Start online in November or March and enjoy a 20% bursary during your online study. This bursary is applicable to the papers studied online and will be applied directly to your tuition fees. This bursary is available to students studying online outside of New Zealand.
  • Transition to face-to-face classes when you can and receive a one-off travel grant of NZ$2,000
  • Part-time and full-time online study options available

The University of Canterbury

  • Immigration New Zealand requires a minimum of three courses to qualify for a student visa. At this stage, Immigration has not changed this requirement for student visa holders.
  • Holders of work, student, visitor, limited or interim visa with an expiry date of 2 April to 9 July 2020 inclusive who were in New Zealand on 2 April 2020 will have their visas automatically extended to 25 September 2020. Confirmation of extensions will be emailed from INZ to all visa holders.
  • If you are applying for a new student visa from overseas, Immigration NZ has temporarily suspended student visa applications.
  • Current students that need to extend their visas and are residing in Christchurch may apply through UC.

Thus, with the above updates, it is evident that this is the perfect time to get your application in. Thus, when the opportunity strikes to study in New Zealand in person, you are ready.

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Also read: Visa Updates for Study in UK

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