Enrolments (International Students)

We welcome International Students at Tasman School. We are licensed to accept enrolments for International Students from all over the world.

Our school has a roll of about 120 students and is located in the picturesque Tasman coastal village.
Our school is over 100 years old, but is still a very modern school. It is located on 5 acres of park like grounds, with mature trees and two playing fields, an adventure playground, a separate swimming pool area with a new, larger community pool under construction (expected completion 2018).

The friendly staff at Tasman School will cater to the learning and support of needs of International Students. 

Your child will have opportunities to develop their knowledge of our culture and language within our supportive family orientated environment. We will work with you, as parents, to identify learning goals, both social and academic, during your stay. 

We are proud of our school and what it offers and hope to work with you to form a vital part of your child’s experiences and growth over this time.
We have Ministry approval to host International students at Tasman School for short or longer stays. 

If you are planning on coming to this vibrant area, Tasman School is the perfect environment for your children to experience 'Kiwi learning' in a small nurturing semi-rural setting.

We have had several students over the years from Germany, Japan and Canada who have really enjoyed the unique opportunities that Tasman School offers.

If you would like to know more, contact our principal.


Is my child eligible to study at Tasman School?

We welcome applications for children aged from 5 – 14 years for periods from 10 weeks to 8 years.

Enrolment Procedures for International Students

All New Zealand children enrolled at a State School are entitled to a ‘free education’. Children can be enrolled at a New Zealand State Primary School from their fifth birthday. Education becomes compulsory at age six. Children fourteen years and over attend Secondary School. Education for New Zealand children remains compulsory until the age of sixteen.
State schools are funded by the Government and teachers are paid by a Central Government pay service. International students do not qualify for ‘free’ education and are required to pay a fee. Tasman School is a signatory to the New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students and therefore approved for the enrolment of international students. Tasman School policy requires International Students to enrol for a period no less than one term (approximately 10 weeks.)
International Students enrolled at Tasman School must live with a parent or legal guardian for the entire duration of their enrolment.

How to Enrol

The process for enrolment involves completing the 5 steps below:
  1. Send a completed application form together with the non-refundable application fee, the child's latest school report and a photocopy of the first page of the caregivers and the child's passport. Send to the Principal by email at: rob@tasman.school.nz
  2. We will review your application and if it's successful we'll send back an acceptance letter or email as well as an invoice for tuition fees.
  3. You write or email back your acceptance of the place offered, pay the fees and expenses to our bank account.
  4. We send back a letter (or email) confirming your place and a receipt for fees paid.
  5. You apply for a student visa from the nearest New Zealand High Commission or Embassy.

Fees & Expenses per child

  • Application fee: $200 (non-refundable) This is non-refundable if you decide against coming, but is deducted from your school fees if you accept a place here.
  • Government Levy: up to $900 per year.
  • Tuition fees are approximately $250 per week (including GST). The school year is approximately 40 weeks in duration.
  • You will need to plan for other school expenses, such as stationery, school camp charges, Motec (technology programme for Years 7 & 8 students), after school sporting activities, etc. These amount to approximately $400 per year.
  • There will also be insurance and student visa costs. We cannot accept any enrolment if there is no insurance cover for the period whilst in New Zealand.

Student Visas

International students studying in New Zealand require a Student Visa. 

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 www.immigration.govt.nz.

The details completed in the ‘Offer of a Place’ form provided by the School are required by New Zealand Immigration for the issuing of a Student Visa or Permit.

The School will inform the New Zealand Immigration Service when:
  • Students complete the course for which they have enrolled and return to their home country.
  • Choose to leave Tasman School to continue their study at another school in New Zealand.
  • Students fail to attend school on a regular basis (act truant).

Health and Travel Insurance

Most students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are: 
  •       A resident or citizen of Australia; or 
  •       A national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand; or 
  •       The holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years or more
If you do not belong to one of these special categories and you receive medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment.

Therefore, all students must have Health and Travel Insurance for the duration of their stay in New Zealand. Proof of cover will be required as part of the enrolment process. We also strongly recommend that you obtain insurance to cover your travel to and from New Zealand.

Other charges you may have to meet include:      
  • The cost of dental treatment     
  •  Specialist services, eg Speech Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Psychological Services