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Working while studying

Students with a Student Visa enrolled in a full-time programme may be able to work part-time, up to 20 hours per week, during the year and full-time during scheduled breaks in their study. New Zealand Immigration has more information eligibility, and the requirements for working while studying.

Work is a good way to improve confidence in speaking English as well as providing an income, and valuable work experience, particularly if it relates to the student’s study. Tertiary students are advised to seek advice from their International Office, Careers Advisor or Work Ready for more information.

Finding a job in Dunedin

There are several websites and organisations in Dunedin to help students find casual work during the year, or in the summer break; ask your international office to guide you. Student Job Search is a free service to tertiary students and employers that connects tertiary students seeking one off, casual and part-time work.

Work Ready Programme

The Work Ready Programme is an initiative supported by the University of Otago, Otago Polytechnic and the Dunedin City Council. The two-month-long programme is for international tertiary students in Dunedin seeking employment in New Zealand after graduation, and aims to build the knowledge, confidence and experience students need for a successful job search. Students are advised to talk to Work Ready advisors well before they consider looking for a job, to assist with building their CV and relevant experience.


International tertiary students may also gain work experience in Dunedin.

The Dunedin Business Internship Programme gives tertiary students the opportunity to gain paid work experience with innovative Dunedin businesses.

Some of the University of Otago divisions offer internship programmes, which give students the opportunity for valuable work experience in their area of study. An internship usually takes place during holiday periods, or during semester-time alongside studies. It is a fixed term, structured work experience programme, which can be paid or unpaid. The following is some information from the Divisions:

The Otago Polytechnic Research and Enterprise helps New Zealand organisations develop a proposal required to secure an internship of an undergraduate or postgraduate student.


Volunteering for work in a business or organisation is another opportunity for international students to gain work experience. Seek advice from an International Student Advisor, or visit the University Volunteer Centre to look at options.

Working after you graduate

International students may be able to work in New Zealand for up to four years after they have finished study, and after that, apply to work or live here longer term.

There are two types of Visa to allow students to work in New Zealand after completing tertiary study. The Post-study Work Visa - Open gives up to 12 months to find a job related to their studies. The Post-study Work Visa - Employer Assisted lets students work in a specific job related to their studies for two more years. New Zealand Immigration has more information on graduate work options.

The chances of getting further work are greatly improved if students have the skills that New Zealand urgently needs, identified by New Zealand Immigration skills shortages.

Helpful advice

Take advantage of career planning services within the education institutes to chart a career course, and also seek career advice from local experts as you progress through your studies. Consider an internship to find out all you can about your chosen career path.

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