Additional Information for Placing Students into Education in NZ.

  • One parent or guardian can accompany students to study in NZ Primary and Secondary Schools.
  • The student must be 17 years or younger attending from Year 1 to Year 13.
  • The student obtains a student visa.
  • The Parent can obtain a visitors visa and be granted a visitors permit for the purpose of living with and caring for, a foreign fee paying student – (Guardian Visit Visa)
  • They must meet health and character requirements for temporary entry.
  • The parent/guardian will be issued a multiple entry visitor’s visa allowing a stay in NZ for 12 months or less if the student is staying for less than 12 months. If the student is staying for more than 12 months the parent can apply for an extension.
  • The parent must show they have $1000 NZ per month and return air tickets.
  • The parent can apply for a variation to the visa in New Zealand if the parent wants to study part time or wishes to work between the hours of 9.30am and 2.30pm. The parent does not need a job offer.
  • Students from 13 to 18 years attending secondary schools do not have to have a parent or guardian accompanying them and the schools will provide safe homestay facilities. This costs approximately $220 - $240 per week for a single room and three meals a day.

    • The School Terms for 2012 are
    • Term 1: 30 January – 5 April
    • Term 2: 23 April – 29 June
    • Term 3: 16 July – 28 Sept
    • Term 4: 15 October – 20 December (NCEA exams for years 11 – 13 start Nov/Dec

    FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

    • Q: Do students have to start at the beginning of the school year or school term?
    • A: Students can start part way through the term and do not have to attend a full year.

    • Q: Can parents come and accompany their children just to settle them into a new country?
    • A: Yes - parents can accompany their children for a short time and the schools can arrange the homestay for the students once the parents have left New Zealand. We assist with rental accommodation and the schools arrange homestay facilities.

    • Q: What happens if both parents want to come to NZ and stay with their child?
    • A: One parent can apply for the guardian visit visa which allows the parent to accompany their child. If they wish to work or study part time they can get a variation of conditions to the visit visa once they are in New Zealand.
    • The other parent can come on a visitors visa and will have to meet the criteria of that visa.

    • Q: Can my child do extra studies in the school holidays to improve English language skills?
    • A: Yes we can arrange for students to attend English language holiday programmes often with out door pursuits and other activities.

    • Q: Does my child have to sit NCEA exams?
    • A: No – it is possible that in those exam times from mid November – mid December students can attend an English Language programme.

    • Q: What does an English language holiday programme cost?
    • A: Because the secondary school tuition fees are for 40 weeks of the year (4 terms @ 10 weeks) the extra weeks can be spent at English Language Schools. It costs approximately $350 per week for tuition and $230 per week for homestay.
    • Contact us – we can arrange this

    • Q: Does my child need IELTS to study in New Zealand?
    • A: For students attending primary and secondary schools NO IELTS is required because schools offer ESOL classes.
    • For students attending tertiary education – a minimum of 5.5 IELTS is required for most courses.

    • Q: My child’s English is very poor – can he attend an English Language school first then go to a secondary school?
    • A: Yes – this is a very good option and one we recommend – English language schools also offer secondary school preparation courses which assists the child with schools systems and gives the child confidence for starting in a new school. We arrange this with the secondary school the child will be attending.

    • Q: Can I choose which part of New Zealand my child attends school?
    • A: Yes - we have agency agreements with schools offering a variety of different options throughout New Zealand and we recommend schools based on the individual needs of the parents and students.