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Each year, about 3,000 international students from around the world make Manawatu their home. From primary and intermediate through to secondary and tertiary level education, our region is a vibrant hub for international education.

Offering a relaxed lifestyle and endless opportunities to  explore and travel, this is a place where students thrive.

Find out what the top 5 reasons students choose to study here.

Check out what our international students have to say about studying here at the 2018 Mayoral Welcome in Palmerston North.

For more information on what it’s like to study here,  download our complete guide to studying in Palmerston North below.

Study Here Guide – English and English video

Study Here Guide – Chinese and Chinese video

Or download Manawatu’s You’re Welcome Here flyers in EnglishChinese/English or Japanese/English

Frequently Asked Questions

Excited about the idea of moving here to start your study journey? Here are a few of the frequently asked questions about studying in Palmerston North.

Do I need a visa to study in New Zealand?

If you are coming from overseas to study in New Zealand you will need to meet certain requirements including obtaining a Student Visa. Check out Immigration New Zealand for more info.

Can I work while studying?

If you’re a student with a Student Visa and are enrolled in a full-time programme, you may be able to work up to 20 hours per week during the year and full-time during scheduled breaks in your study. Learn more about studying and working in New Zealand.

Can I work in New Zealand after studying?

If your long-term plan is to become a New Zealand Resident one day then you’ll need to know about working after study and your visa options to stay here. Depending on your area of study, you may be able to stay and work in New Zealand for up to four years after finishing your studies, and possibly gain residence. However, you will need the appropriate visa to do this.

How do I find accommodation in Palmerston North and Manawatu?

Many students stay at student halls of residences or home stays in their first year. Flatting is also a popular option. Read more here.

What opportunities are there for me in Palmerston North city and Manawatu?

There is a wide range of key industry sectors in the Region. Recruitment Agencies can assist you in finding a job, and you may also want to check the skill shortage areas in New Zealand.

How far away is Palmerston North from Auckland?

Palmerston North is a one hour direct flight, or less than seven hours drive. Take a look at other options for you to get here.