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New Zealand launches pathways amid growth

New Zealand has increased the number of international student visas issued and the government has recently launched a pathways visa to make way for even more students.

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In 2015, New Zealand experienced strong growth in international student numbers. The government launched a new pathways visa that allows international students to study for three consecutive programmes over a five-year period.


ENZ’s full-year Student Visa Dashboard for 2015 has shown that the country saw a 13% year-on-year increase in total student visa approvals in 2015, or 10,407 more visas than in 2014. The introduction of this new visa which allow allows students to work while studying, is set to make the country even more attractive.


It is part of an 18-month trial which allows students to pursue a pathway of language and academic programmes at pilot-eligible education institutions.


The ENZ data corresponds with our Hotcourses Insights data on international student searches. Hotcourses Director of Insights, Aaron Porter, noted that the company's figures suggest interest in New Zealand is growing.


Mr Porter said: “In a basket with the USA, UK and Australia, New Zealand has managed to increase its share of prospective international students from 6% to 6.6% when you compare a 19 week period in 2014-15 to the same period in 2015-16.


“Growth from prospective students in Indonesia and Saudi Arabia looking at New Zealand in particular has been strong, reaching 9.1% and 7.8% of the market share respectively.”



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