International Students

International Students

pic_internationalInternational students are integrated into regular classes across Years 1 to 8 and where appropriate receive extra support in particular subjects. We also provide English as a Second Language (ESOL) teaching, either individually or in small groups during class time if required.

To apply please submit these documents:

  • An enrolment form (see bottom of this page)
  • A photocopy of the student’s passport
  • A copy of the student’s birth certificate
  • A certified school report
  • Parent’s visa/passport, along with proof of relationship if required.

Students also need to supply evidence of all prior learning in its original non-translated format.

Conditions of Acceptance
Students are accepted for enrolment following an interview, assessment of English language skills as appropriate for year level and consideration of:

  • Level of written and spoken English Language
  • Previous school reports
  • Character references and testimonials
  • Academic ability for courses chosen
  • Co-curricular activities
  • Available places in the applied for Year Level
  • Suitable living arrangements

Student Placement
On acceptance and in consultation with the student, students are placed at an appropriate academic level. This placement is determined by the student’s academic ability, course content previously covered and age.

Our International Student Fees are available in the International Student Handbook which is available at the bottom of this page.

Fee Refund Policy
As fees are payable in advance refunds may only be granted at the discretion of the Trustees in exceptional circumstances. The unused fees are refunded at the end of the enrolment period provided one full term’s notice of leaving has been given in writing to the school.

All International Student accommodation is monitored by the Westminster Christian School ESOL Department in accordance with the Code. Please note children aged 10 and under must live with a parent to be enrolled. Westminster Christian School does not have homestay services available.

Visa Requirements
All students are required to have a current student visa to be enrolled at Westminster Christian School. Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service and can be viewed on their website at http://www.immigration.govt.nz.

Accident and Medical Insurance
Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at http://www.moh.govt.nz.

The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at http://www.acc.co.nz.

International students must have appropriate current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand.

The Code of Practice
Westminster Christian School is a signatory to the New Zealand government’s Code of Practice and we welcome enrolment applications from International Students. Copies of the Code of Practice in English and many other languages can be viewed at here on the NZQA website.

Enrolment Forms
Our handbook and enrolment forms for international students can be downloaded below. Completed enrolment forms can be emailed as an attachment to admin@westminster.school.nz

For more information
For more information please visit the Information for International Students and Parents on the Ministry of Education website.