• Wanganui Girls' College
  • Wanganui Girls' College
  • Wanganui Girls' College
  • Wanganui Girls' College
  • Wanganui Girls' College
  • Wanganui Girls' College
  • Wanganui Girls' College
  • Wanganui Girls' College
  • Wanganui Girls' College
  • Wanganui Girls' College
  • Wanganui Girls' College
Staff Profiles
Student Profiles
About Wanganui
Promo Video
Home arrow International
hockey.jpg equestrian.jpgglacier_web_photo.jpgkayaking.jpg


Information for International Students

Tuition Fee

$12,500 which covers all schooling expenses such as ESOL tuition. Full payment of the tuition fee is required at the start of the school year



We prefer international students to stay in the hostel, at least initially, as they make Kiwi friends more easily amongst so many girls.  The Principal and hostel manager are in daily contact and this ensures good communication about how your student has settled in and allows quick resolution of any issues, which may arise.  We are happy to arrange hostel accommodation, if a student meets our selection criteria, on receipt of an admission fee of $75.oo. For more information on the hostel and the fees please refer to the Prospectus and Hostel information booklet. Full payment of the annual hostel fee ($10,645) is required at the start of the school year. This includes $8,925 hostel fees and $1,720 for term break home stays for hostel students in the school and public holidays.


We are able to make homestay arrangements if a student should prefer this. Homestay accommodation is $215.00 per week. Full payment of the annual homestay fee ($10,320) is required at the start of the school year.

This includes ($1,720) for term break homestays for hostel students in the school and public holidays.

All homestay parents are police vetted and meet the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students guidelines for homestays.

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 http://www.acc.co.nz.

Application requirements and Procedures:

Students need to submit a completed application form, Principal Report or reference from the student's present school, interview questions completed by the student (if assistance is provided to do this by another person, please let us know), and the latest school report which should be authenticated by a translator. Once the application form has been considered a letter of offer may be sent inviting the student to attend the College.

Change of Details
Parents or caregivers must notify Mrs Rachel Jacobs, International Liaison Officer immediately of any changes to contact details, emergency contact or residential address. This is essential.

Code of Practice

Wanganui Girls' College has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at http://www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/international


Full family contacts are required for both parents and the school utilises email communication extensively. Updated details to be advised to school as required.


Please refer to the Wanganui Girls' College Complaints Policy and procedures which is available upon request.

Conditions of Acceptance

The student must meet the English language proficiency requirement (see section English language proficiency), complete a satisfactory telephone interview with Principal (if applicable) and payment of full fees (accommodation and tuition)

Course and Qualifications Offered

Students have the opportunity to achieve the New Zealand National Certificate in Achievement Standard Level 1-3 NCEA. The school has the right to place students in appropriate subject and year levels based on consultation with student and family and test results.


Wanganui Girls' College does not allow international students to purchase, own, hire, borrow or drive a motor vehicle including motor scooters independently while studying in New Zealand unless they live with their parents. This is due to consideration of health and safety and the complexities of financial and legal matters surrounding owning and driving a motor vehicle. Only international students that live with their own parents will be allowed to purchase, own or drive a motor vehicle. A student can enrol in the New Zealand Graduated Drivers Licence to enable them to drive on their return to their home country but this must be with the permission of the school and with an approved driving instructor only. Permission will not be granted to drive with anyone other than a licensed driving instructor.

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 http://www.moh.govt.nz.

English Language Proficiency

We are looking for hard working students with evidence of prior English tuition of a standard that would enable them to make the transition to English speaking academic programmes


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

International Liaison Officer

Mrs Rachel Jacobs is the International Liaison Officer for Wanganui Girls' College. Her role is to provide day to day pastoral care for international students. She is their primary contact and will assist in any way to ensure that your daughters schooling and accommodation needs are met.

Medical Certificate

In some countries, a medical certificate is needed before a student visa can be issued.  Please attend to this with your own or a nominated doctor.  If planning to enter the Wanganui Girls' College Ad Astra Hostel, a medical clearance is also required. 

Medical and Travel Insurance

Wanganui Girls' College will arrange appropriate comprehensive medical and travel insurance with Uni-Care for students. The cost will be met by the student.  If alternative insurance arrangements have been made evidence will be required. International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand.

Offer of Place

When you receive a completed offer of place, it means that you have been accepted as a student at Wanganui Girls' College.

It is now your responsibility to ensure that you obtain the appropriate passport and visa.  Take the Offer of Place form with you when applying for a student visa.

Orientation Programme

A comprehensive orientation programme is completed on the students arrival at school. Within the first two weeks students have their English skills assessed to establish the appropriate academic placement level. The ESOL teacher works closely with each student to ensure they settle into their classes well and have support available.  The orientation programme includes information about students facing difficulties adapting and also grievance procedures.

Payment of Fees

You will usually need to show proof of payment of tuition fees before a visa will be issued.  Payment of fees can be made directly to Wanganui Girls' College by bank draft.  If you wish to make a direct transfer of money, our Bank details are "Wanganui Girls' College, Westpac, Wanganui branch; 030791 0475781 00. Swift Code WPACNZ 2W".  Once payment has been received by Wanganui Girls' College, an official receipt will be issued.  Take this with you when applying for a student visa.

Refund of Homestay Fees

Four weeks' notice must be given to the Homestay family by the school and a termination fee of $200 may be charged in some circumstances.

Refund of Hostel Fees

One Term's written notice or one Term's fee in lieu of notice.

Refund of Tuition Fees

•1.       If you withdraw from your course of study before the start of the course you may be eligible for up to a full refund less any charges incurred by the school eg.

·         Administration charges

·         The Government levy the school is required to pay.

·         Costs to the school already incurred for tuition generally

·         Components of the fee already committed for the duration of the course, including appropriate proportions of salaries of teachers and support staff (if applicable)

•2.      No refund is paid after course commencement except in exceptional circumstances.

•3.      No refund will be made to an international student who changes visa status to one of  domestic/regular student, after one month from date of start of course.

The Board of Trustees will make no refund to a student who is expelled/excluded from the school, hostel or homestay. The Board of Trustees decision is final.

Reporting and Academic Progress

Full academic reports are issued twice a year and all international students are mentored by our Academic Advisor. Agents and parents receive progress reports as required and copies of formal reports.

School Routines

International students are to comply with domestic student routines. If a student is absent the school office must be notified by 9.00 a.m. and the International Liaison officer also advised.

An international student is expected to be at school at the start of every term especially the school year and is required to attend school regularly. This is a requirement by New Zealand Immigration to re-apply for a student visa. The Education Act does not allow for holidays in school time.

Senior students need to be aware of the restrictions associated with internal assessments towards their NCEA qualifications.

Should it be deemed appropriate the school reserves the right to

·         Impose a curfew or other restrictions on the student outside of school hours for a set period of time.

·         Terminate the contract and repatriate the student with forfeiture of fees.

Student Code

Students may be asked to leave and NZIS informed if they breech one or more of the following:

school or hostels code of conduct, laws of New Zealand, continued and unexplained absenteeism, exclusion or expulsion or providing misleading or false information.

Student Travel

Travel to New Zealand initially is the responsibility of the student.  Once here, travel home for holidays is booked by the school's International Liaison Officer.  She does this to ensure that students do not travel during term time and miss any school.  If parents wish to make their own travel arrangements, please make sure students do not leave or return during school time.  We collect and deliver students to the local airport and Palmerston North.  If a student requires assistance to transfer from Auckland or Wellington international airport to a domestic flight to Wanganui, this can be arranged.

Support Services

Students are provided with support if they have difficulties adapting to school life. The following support services are also available to students: information and advice on accommodation, information on driving laws, driver licensing and road traffic safety, including pedestrian and cycling safety, in New Zealand. Advice on welfare facilities, including personal health services, mental health services, drug education and counseling, and problem gambling. Advice on accessing information on sexuality education, health promotion, and sexual and reproductive health services. Information and advice on relevant New Zealand laws, including laws on the sale of alcohol and tobacco products. Information and advice on addressing harassment and discrimination.

Travel and Holidays

Permission to travel beyond Wanganui or New Zealand must be sought from the Principal well before the intended date. Decisions to permit travel will depend on work completion, school commitments and previous absences. The school reserves the right to decline such requests. Alternative accommodation arrangements can be organised through the school.


The Principal may give written permission for part-time work (a maximum of 10 hours per week) for Year 12 and 13 students only, who are here for 12 months or more. A Variation of Conditions to a student permit will need to be applied for at the time of application of your student visa to avoid an additional fee. Go to http://www.immigration.govt.nz/ to view the detailed requirements of the New Zealand Immigration Service.

For us to give permission once here, students will need to show they are making and maintaining excellent academic progress, have excellent attendance and have made satisfactory transport arrangements to and from work. The Principal requires written confirmation from both parents prior to applying.

Wanganui Girls' College staff may visit the work-place. A breach of these guidelines will place a student's visa at risk and/or will lead to disciplinary action by the school.