Information for parents
Sending your child to the other side of the earth is a big deal. So let us help you with some common questions and answers.
How long can my child stay in New Zealand?
The New Zealand school year is divided into 4 roughly equal segments called ‘Terms’. Students are welcome to stay anywhere from 1 to 4 terms and we find that most students tend to stay for 2 terms.
Do we need Visas?
Yes you will need a student visa for each student that comes to New Zealand. We can help you with that.
How do the costs work?
In New Zealand, schools charge various fees to have international students. These fees are different for each school and can vary considerably between public and private schools.
In additional to ‘school fees‘ there are also ‘home stay fees‘ (money paid to the host parents to care for your children) as well as ‘extramural fees‘ (fees for activities outside of usual school activities).
To see some of these fees please take a look through the featured schools on our schools page. (fees are shown near the bottom).
Please note that these fees are approximate and may vary from time to time. So if there is a particular school that you would like to attend then get in contact with us and we’ll give you a firm price.
Study NZ fees.
We charge a flat fee of $2,600NZ$ per student. That fee is the same regardless of how long your child would stay in New Zealand.It covers the
consultation process, assistance until departure with all paperwork as well
as support during the stay in NZ from arrival to departure. Gold service!
Every student must have insurance. You can provide your own or we can put your child under our insurance (with UniCare under StudyNZ Master Policy).
NZ$ 520 approximately cost 1 year which is calculated by day of stay and covers health as well as travel insurance.
Student ONLINE Visa
270NZ$ Fee to Immigration New Zealand
Orientation and Farewell Camps
At the start of Term 3 we run a 4 day orientation camp in varying locations. In December before the common leave date our students attend a farewell camp for 3 days. These are structured to give our students orientation in the beginning to prepare them for their time in NZ and help them reflect on their experience in a different country and culture as well as focus before they leave for home.
The orientation camp is compulsory, the farewell camp is optional but we as well as the schools do strongly recommend participation if the dates work for your daughter/son. Costs for camp vary and we can only give an indication.
The Orientation Camp cost are approx 620NZ$ and the Farewell Camp is approx 450NZ$. These include travel, accommodation, all meals and activities as well as workshops during the camp.
Welcome/Orientation for single arrivals and small groups of under 18yrs compulsory. Meet at Auckland airport, overnight stay at Auckland hotel includes dinner and breakfast transfer to connecting flight. (The arrangement can vary depending on final destination of student.) 260NZ$
How long can my child stay in New Zealand?
The New Zealand school year is split into 4 terms of 10 weeks each.
We recommend that students come for at least 2 terms (ca 5 months)
It is possible to stay from 4 weeks up to several years.
Can we extend our child's time in New Zealand?
Generally this is no problem but there is some administration work that we’ll need to in terms of arranging this with schools and host families. So there is an additional cost of 350 NZ$.
What are the school term dates?
Term 1 1st Feb – 13th April
Term 2 30th April – 6th of July
Term 3 23rd of July – 28th Sept
Term 4 15th of October – 18th of December
Please note that term 1 and term 4 can both start and finish at different dates for all schools in the country, usually by up to 7 days. The dates shown for term 1 and term 4 show the range of dates but at least one WILL be different.
When are the school holidays?
Schools must be closed on Saturdays and Sundays, and on the following days:
- New Years Day – 1 January
- Day after New Years Day – 2 January
- Waitangi Day – 6 February
- Good Friday – (before easter weekend)
- Easter Monday
- Easter Tuesday
- Anzac Day – 25 April
- Queen’s Birthday – 6 June
- Labour Day – 24 October
- Christmas Day – 25 December
- Boxing Day – 26 December
- and the day observed in the locality in which the school is situated as anniversary day