International Students

We welcome international students in our school.

We welcome:

  • students from overseas who have NZ residency
  • students from overseas who are visitors
  • students from overseas who hold a student visa or permit
  • a limited number of short term students from overseas. These students need to book in advance for a place in our school. The number of short-term students accepted for enrolment varies from year to year.

A student from overseas who wishes to attend our school may be able to enter our school as a domestic student if

  • Parent has a current work visa (or a current interim visa that extends such a visa)
  • Parent is a NZ citizen or resident and student has applied for residence visa
  • Refugee – parent or student has made a claim to be recognised as a refugee
  • Parent has a scholarship funded by the NZ Aid Programme administered by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Parent has a military visa
  • Parent is doing a PhD at a NZ University
  • Parent is a diplomat
  • International adoption
  • Parent is a NZ citizen or resident
  • Parent is on an exchange programme

You will need to pay a fee for your child if you do not meet the above criteria.

All international students must be living with a parent or legal guardian and have a student permit to study in a New Zealand school. This includes students on a visitors’ visa. Permits may be issued on a term-by-term basis.

A student permit should not be confused with a student visa. A student visa is usually issued off-shore and is approval to travel to New Zealand for the purpose of study. A student permit is issued on-shore and is approval to be in New Zealand to study. In most instances the visa or permit will state the school the student will attend.

Fee paying students:

  • need to pay a fee. The annual fee is $10,000.00 including GST. The minimum fee is $1,500.00 including GST (for a six week duration). This is payable at the School Office or by direct credit into the School’s bank account. All school related expenses are covered within this fee (including books, school camps, class trips etc).
  • need to hold comprehensive medical insurance. The Ministry of Health has made travel and health insurance compulsory for all international students intending to study in New Zealand. (See Guidelines for “appropriate insurance” required by the Code at the back of this pack.)
  • need to pay for any extra language or instrumental music classes the student joins.

Silverdale Normal School specialises in programmes designed to assist students who come from a non-English speaking background.

All students who attend our school are protected by the conditions of the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. This is a New Zealand standard. Silverdale Normal School is a signatory to this code. Schools must be signatories to this code before enrolling international students.

The school has a document containing all the background information for the enrolment of International Students in our school (which is also available by email). It also contains web and e-mail contacts for accommodation both in the

area and in Hamilton City. There is a map on our web site showing the location of the school. If you would like us to send you a copy of this document, please email

Parents who have English as a second oral language have the opportunity to meet regularly with our ESOL teacher at parent meetings. In addition, she will make herself available for additional meetings about individual children.

We look forward to meeting you when you come to New Zealand. Thank you for choosing to send your children to our school.

Stuart Armistead


International Student Pack

Guidelines for Insurance

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