Application Process

THE FIRST STEP – where do you begin?

Please download, read and complete the application form and contract of enrolment.

You will need to decide if you would like to board in our onsite boarding hostel or if you would prefer to go in to a homestay.

You will also need to send us the following documents:

  • Your most recent school reports

  • A piece of personal writing. This should be at least 300 words in which you tell us about yourself, the subjects you like to study and why you would like to come to New Zealand

  • A reference from your current school from your Principal or one of your teachers

  • A recent passport photograph

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These documents should be emailed to June Laird in the International Office.

Please note that Nelson College for Girls reserves the right to contact previous schools attended by the applicant.

All international students require Travel & Medical Insurance and we strongly recommend Uni-care’s NZ Student Plan. This policy provides cover which is fully compliant with Code of Practice requirements and we are very happy to arrange this for you. See www.uni-care.org for details.


THE SECOND STEP – we assess your application

If your application is successful, we will email the following documents:

  • Offer of place

  • Contract of Enrolment Agreement signed by the school

  • Invoice with payment details


THE THIRD STEP – payment of school fees

Once full school fees have been received by the College, we will email you the following documents which you will need to include in your Student Visa application:

  • Receipt for fees paid

  • A further copy of the Offer of Place

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THE FOURTH STEP – what next?

You will now need to apply for your Student Visa which you must have before you come to New Zealand. See www.immigration.govt.nz or you can contact your nearest New Zealand Embassy or High Commission.


THE FIFTH STEP – nearly there!

Now you can book your flights, but please don’t forget to let us know your flight arrival details so that we can arrange for you to be met and welcomed at Nelson airport!


CODE OF PRACTICE

Nelson College for Girls has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International students published by NZQA. Copies of the Code are available from the NZQA website at www.nzqa.govt.nz.  The Code of Practice pamphlet is also available in different languages and provides important information for international students and their families.

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IMMIGRATION

Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand and can be viewed on their website at www.immigration.govt.nz.


MEDICAL AND TRAVEL INSURANCE

International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand. The College reserves the right to approve the insurance provider. All international students require Travel & Medical Insurance and we strongly recommend Uni-care’s NZ Student Plan. This policy provides cover which is fully compliant with the Code of Practice requirements and we are very happy to arrange this for you. See www.uni-care.org for details.


ELIGIBILITY FOR HEALTH SERVICES

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 www.moh.govt.nz.


ACCIDENT INSURANCE

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 www.acc.co.nz.

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