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Moving from Malaysia

Studying in New Zealand will give you more than an internationally recognised qualification.

You’ll broaden your horizons in a western-style culture, meet new people from around the world, and see and do amazing things.

Find out more about migrating to New Zealand from Malaysia and what you need to do to get a visa to join us.

Studying in New Zealand

Students from around the world are welcomed at every level of New Zealand’s world-class educational system. Nearly 2,000 of them, like you, come from Malaysia.

Get a globally recognised qualification

New Zealand has a wide range of educational options to choose - great secondary schools, world-ranked universities and respected technical and language institutes.

Students here are encouraged to be flexible, creative, questioning, and to be independent self-starters when it comes to finding answers. It’s great preparation for further education or for the real world of employment in New Zealand, back home in Malaysia or even further afield.

Study in New Zealand

Migrant stories

“It's really peaceful when you want to study, and if you want to go have fun and party you can do that as well. It's kind of a balance."

We have excellent schools and tertiary education providers throughout the country. 

Along with high academic standards, New Zealand offers students from Malaysia something more - the chance to enjoy and explore a unique culture and some of the world’s most spectacular scenery.

Choose a plan for your studies | Education New Zealand

Education & schooling in New Zealand

Tertiary study in New Zealand

Global Human Capital Report 2017 | The World Economic Forum

QS World University Rankings | Top Universities

All eight of our Universities are in the 2018 QS World Top 500 .

 QS World University Rankings 2018

Student visas

You’ll need a student visa if the course you’re considering is for longer than three months. 

Various conditions apply - mainly, you’ll need the offer of a place at an approved educational institution.

A student visa may let you work for up to 20 hours a week during term time, and full time in the breaks.

If your course is shorter than 3 months, you just need a visitor visa.

Visas to study in New Zealand

Working on a student visa | Immigration New Zealand

Job opportunities in New Zealand

Once you gain a New Zealand qualification, there is a pathway that can let graduates from Malaysia get work experience or even a long-term job here.

There are some good job opportunities in New Zealand, particularly in certain fields like IT. The job market is also strong in certain parts of the country. For example workers with construction-based skills are needed in Christchurch to help with the rebuild after the earthquakes.

Your chances of getting work will be much better if your skills are among those we’re short of. Check out the Government’s skill shortages lists.

Once you’ve found a position, you may be able to apply for a work visa or possibly even one that leads to residence.

New Zealand job market & key industries

Visas to work in New Zealand

Skill shortage list check | Immigration New Zealand

Living in New Zealand

New Zealand is a well developed, English speaking country with western ways and unique Maori/Pacific Island influences.

While we have fewer people overall than Malaysia, our cities are only a little smaller than yours - Auckland’s population is about 1.4 million (comparable to KL), and Wellington’s is about 400,000. And while you live in a tropical country, we’re much further from the equator and so temperatures are easier to live with.

As a matter of interest, people of Asian origin account for 10% of New Zealand’s population. They’re predicted to be the fastest growing group in the years till 2026.

Family walking across the top of a hill in New Zealand

New Zealand offers different and diverse scenery

Life in New Zealand

We’re a country that welcomes diversity. The two main communities, European and Maori, work and mix together closely, and women have important roles right through society. Corruption is almost non-existent, and while obviously we have crime, people generally feel safe to come and go as they like.

We’re also a very outdoors kind of country. Who wouldn’t be, when we have so many great beaches, lakes, forests and mountains on our doorstep. So we make sure we keep the sort of balance between work and living that lets us enjoy life away from our work and study.

Safe & secure place to live 

New Zealand's balanced lifestyle

Natural beauty, temperate climate

While Malaysia is a beautiful country itself, New Zealand offers different and more diverse scenery. Along with our share of great beaches, look forward to dramatic snow-capped mountains (with great skiing!), great lakes, fjords and cool native forests.

With a much smaller population in a country twice the area of peninsular West Malaysia, there is less pressure on the environment which makes it easier to keep things clean and green.

Compared to your tropical country, we enjoy a temperate climate that makes everyday living and getting around easy, all year. We have four distinct seasons a year, and enjoy generally warm, dry summers and cooler, wet winters.

Clean & beautiful environment

Family friendly

If you have family, you’ll have lots to think about before making a move. But when it comes to New Zealand, you can be confident there’ll be something for everyone.

Family Friendly
Family strolling in park

Excellent education and healthcare

New Zealand offers an educational system that is first class right from pre-school to postgraduate levels.

Our healthcare is just as well developed. There are family doctors (‘general practitioners’) in practically every town and suburb (Universities usually have their own Student Health services). There are also modern, well equipped hospitals in every city around the country.

Accident and emergency treatment at hospitals is free, and most care for injuries from accidents is covered under New Zealand’s unique Accident Compensation scheme.

Education & schooling in New Zealand

Healthcare in New Zealand

Interested in coming to New Zealand?

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