Work and study options

Work and study options

There are several options and possibilities for students to work while they are studying English in New Zealand.


Since 2015 New Zealand has allowed any student on a student visa (studying 14 weeks or more, 20 hours a week minimum course and at an NZQA Category 1 School) the right to work 20 hours part time per week.

Please read our FAQ’s.

1. If a language student is enrolled in a course for exactly 14 weeks can they work? Or this is valid just for courses over 6 months?

They can work if they hold a student visa for any length (14 weeks or more).

2. Can they be enrolled in a part time course or any language school?

An English language student must be enrolled in a full time course (20 hours or more per week) of study at an NZQA category 1 school (Worldwide School of English is a Category 1 school). For a list of NZQA schools to find if a school is a Category 1 please go here: