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 and 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
“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."Anwar Rahiman, Malaysia
We have excellent schools right throughout the country. There are also eight universities, 18 polytechnics and institutes of technology, and 600 private training establishments in the main centres and leading provincial cities.
Teenagers in New Zealand perform at some of the highest levels in the world for reading maths and science, according the UN Human Development Report 2013. All eight of our Universities are in the 2013/2014 QS World Top 500.
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.
You’ll need a student visa if the course you’re considering will involve full time study for more 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.
Register your interest
Take the first step to a new life by registering with Immigration New Zealand. We’ll send you personalised emails about job opportunities in your profession, life in New Zealand and choosing the right visa.It’s free and there’s no obligation.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in New Zealand
Rolf Sigaard: I think people come to New Zealand for number of reasons. I was offered opportunity to move the family out in an environment I thought was really good for kids.
Simon Shaw: One of the reasons we as a family love it in New Zealand is just the lifestyle, the quality of life. The people are friendly. To be honest with you, at first, we thought something was up - why were these people being so friendly to us when we first arrived. And it's just people's nature.
Bob Stimson: We found that there's a real sense of community that we just haven't seen in the U.S. People stop and talk to you when you're out walking about, so that was very refreshing.
Adrian Matthews: We're looking forward to enjoying the school system and the smaller class sizes. We're really keen to get the kids into the system. That's a big reason for coming.
Simon Shaw: Something we've been pleased with is the quality of the schools. We fill the schools here try and produce a more well-rounded child.
Adrian Matthews: As a family we're really enjoying the ability to get out in the hills and take the kids out into the environment and have a good look around. It's absolutely stunning up there.
Simon Shaw: We feel safe here as a family. It's not uncommon for people to go out and not lock their doors.
Gisele Abrianos: I'm thinking about growing our family here, we think it is better here, because we have the work life balance.
John Evangelista: We spend a lot of time with our friends, and on the weekends we go outside, and we do camping as well with all of our other friends. And barbeques.
Simon Shaw: Personally, we did it for the children and for their future, and we definitely think we've made the right decision.
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.