1. Enrolment Process
  2. Fees & Refunds Policy
  3. Code of Practice
  4. Student Exchanges
  5. International Department
  6. Reflections
  7. Homestay

Hamilton Girls’ High has always had great pleasure in welcoming international and exchange students as a valued part of our school community. 

For many years, our roll has represented a wide range of nationalities and we very much appreciate the rich cultural diversity they bring to Hamilton Girls’ High School. 

All students fall under the care of the School’s International Students department and we can also arrange accommodation in a homestay with a New Zealand family. 

The international staff is committed to meeting the educational, social and pastoral needs of our students. We aim to make every effort to ensure your daughter’s transition to life in New Zealand is as enjoyable as possible.

Applying for enrolment involves the following steps:

  • Completion of the International Students Application for Tuition Form
  • Offer of place (if successful)
  • Payment of tuition fees
  • Application of New Zealand Visa
  • Medical and travel insurance confirmation
  • Course selection, agreements and contracts to be signed
  • Accommodation arrangements 

Completion of Application + Enrolment Checklist
Complete the International Students Application and Tuition Agreement

With your application please enclose, if applicable:

  • Recent passport sized photograph
  • Copy of your passport or birth certificate
  • English test result (e.g. TOFEL, IELTS) or a letter from your school confirming your competence in English
  • Character reference from the Principal of your present school

Provide all information required on the Enrolment Checklist. Please note that failure to do so may delay your application process. Normal processing times is 1-3 days from when we receive the correctly completed application. 

Offer of Place
If your daughter is accepted, the school will send you a Guarantee of placement – a provisional ‘Offer of Place’ and notifies the student to pay the tuition fee.

Payment of Tuition Fees
If the offer is accepted, all tuition fees are to be paid to Hamilton Girls’ High School. The school will send you a receipt and an official ‘Offer of Place’ once all payments have been received. This is an essential part of the visa application process.

Application of New Zealand Visa
The student applies for a New Zealand visa. The confirmation letter must be taken to the nearest New Zealand Immigration Office for the issue of a visa or permit. Full details of visa and permit requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migrant/stream/study/canistudyinnewzealand/

Medical and Travel Insurance 
The student must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. The insurance documents must be sighted and photocopied by Hamilton Girls’ High School before your application is considered. 

Course Selection
Using the Student Handbook as a guide, academic courses are selected by the student. These can be confirmed after the student’s arrival.

Accommodation Arrangements
The school arranges homestay accommodation if required and welcomes the International student. 

Hamilton Girls’ High School offers a boarding hostel for students attending our school. 

Sonninghill Hostel aims to provide the best possible environment for girls who need to board away from home to attend Hamilton Girls’ High School. Boarding at Sonninghill Hostel provides a caring and supportive environment where students are encouraged to do well academically and participate fully in the sporting, cultural and social life of the school. 

If you have any questions about the application process, or you have any difficulties in completing any form, please contact:

John Ho
Manager of International Students 

Phone:+64 7 839 1304 ext 753 
Fax:+64 7 834 1394 
Mobile:+64 27 230 2121 
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International Student Fee Advice 
Tuition for full year
Tuition for 3 terms
Tuition for 2 terms
Tuition for 1 term
Administration Fee
Accommodation Management (annual fee)
Airport pick-up or drop-off by staff (optional)
Airport pick-up or drop-off by shuttle (optional)
Homestay (per week)
Homestay placement fee(if you choose this)

Payment made by Bank Transfer
ASB Bank
[BIC-number or swift code: ASBBNZ2A]
Hamilton Branch
Address: 500 Victoria Street, Hamilton Central, Hamilton, 3204 NZ.

Account:“Hamilton Girls’ High School”
Account Number:12-3122-0346679-00

Please write student’s name on deposit form in reference/particulars section to assist with identification.

Please Note:
The tuition fee includes a New Zealand Government tax on tuition.
There may be additional costs for 

  • Extra-curricular activities (e.g. sport fees, music tuition, field trips)
  • External Examination entry fees: NCEA examinations for Years 11-13

Refund Policy

  • In order to be eligible for any refund, the parent or legal guardian must apply in writing to the Board setting out the special circumstances of the claim. 
  • If the withdrawal is prior to the Student coming to New Zealand, the fees paid will be refunded in full minus the $500 administration fee. There will be no refund made should the student withdraw after completing two weeks of the schooling year. However, the refund will be calculated should the student return home for serious illness, or death/serious illness to a family member.
  • Where the student withdraws from a subject, course or programme run at the School and is eligible to receive a refund, the Board may refund to the person who paid in respect of the subject any amount of the fees it thinks is appropriate. 

No refunds will be made where:

  • The student has been suspended from School, and the Board of Trustees has decided to exclude her
  • Students are asked to leave the School due to misbehaviours or poor attendance 
  • Students wish to transfer to another school for whatever reason
  • Students return home for any reason other than serious illness or death or that of a close family member
  • Students require permanent residence after having enrolled at the School 
  • Students gain the right to receive New Zealand state-funded education by other lawful means, after having enrolled and commenced study at the school. 

Fee Protection Policy
All fees paid to the school by International Students will be held in the school’s International Students’ Independent Account. This fund will be used only for the purpose for which it is intended. It will not become part of the school’s operational funding.

For more information on the Code of Practice, including questions, please visit the education code of practice on the NZQA website.

Interested in going overseas, living like a local and attending a local school or working?

Looking for a Gap year overseas and being immersed in the local culture and improving your language skills?

Student exchange programmes promote tolerance, maturity and independence. They also encourage an international perspective. In a very competitive world these are highly sought after qualities.

Here are links to some of the reputable providers of these amazing opportunities:

  • http://studentexchange.org.nz
    Student exchange offer living overseas for anything from two to twelve months. You’ll be placed with a host family and attend a local school. A short term exchange programme is also offered over the summer break. Spend 2.5-3 months in Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Norway, Spain, Sweden or the United Kingdom living with a host family and attending school. For most destinations you can leave in November and you can get back home in time to resume school. You can also leave at other times of the year.
  • http://www.lattitude.org.nz
    Lattitude Global Volunteering is an international youth development charity. Their mission is to educate and develop young people worldwide by providing inclusive opportunities for them to make a positive difference to the lives of others through a distinctive, challenging, structured and supported international volunteering experience in a culture and community different from their own. Through global volunteering, they aim to give young people the opportunity to realise the world beyond their community and to truly engage with it. Lattitude offers a wide variety of opportunities around the world. Whether you’re better suited to working in a classroom or outdoors, as part of a team or individually, there is a placement, which would benefit from your skills. There are five different roles to choose from which are available as needed in many countries. These roles include school assistant, Outdoor Activities Instructor, English teacher, teacher and community worker. Lattitude is best suited to year 13 students looking for a gap year before going on to tertiary study. 
  • www.AFS.org.nz
    AFS NZ has been providing exchanges since 1947. They offer a wide range of country choices and full support to their students overseas. With no application fees, predeparture and return orientation (including camps) and a focus on intercultural learning, AFS gives young people life changing travel opportunities in a safe, supported environment. AFS is a member of the NZ council of Intercultural Exchanges. 
    Interested in hosting as student? Hosting an AFS international student is your families chance to experience a new culture in your own home. 
  • http://www.sts-education.comIn 1958, STS was formed and since then they have offered their language trip concept and exchange programmes to many countries, and STS now operates worldwide. They have offices in 17 countries and a large global network of partners and schools all over the world. STS offers the chance to study abroad from three months to a full year in 22 different countries. 


John Ho
Manager of International Students 

Phone:07 839 1304 ext 859 
Fax:07 834 1394 
Mobile:027 230 2121 
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Pauline Steele
Head of International Department

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Kylie Morgan
Director of International Development

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The options I take this year are ESOL, intenrnational English, computer studies, media studies and music. For me, the hardest subject is computer studies, because there are heaps of words I haven’t seen before, so I need to work hard on this course. ESOL and English classes help me to improve my English, I can ask about whatever I don't understand, that's good for me. ESOL classes are small and there are lots of teachers around to help – Eva Chang

I’m Soh-yuong Ahn. I’m from South Korea. I was in the 2005 Stage Challenge. It was so cool. I wore my traditional clothes and I danced with fans. We won and I couldn’t forget that exciting feeling. – Soh-young Ahn

Hi! I’m Skti Monge and I’m from Costa Rica. I’m an exchange student during this year here in NZ. I’ve been enjoying a lot this first month and I really like the country. At first, girls high school sounded scary for me but, now I’m starting to adapt to the system which is totally different. I liked the swimming and athletics days and there are lots of extra curricular activities. Also, it’s interesting having the opportunity to choose your own subjects and study what you want. I am trying to improve my English and learn new things this year.  – Sukti Monge

Hello, my name is Moe. I’m from Japan and I live with a Kiwi host family. I think New Zealander between Japanese are little different. For example, dinner and go to bed are very early. New Zealanders are very funny because my host family sometimes sing a song and the are kind to me. They speak slowly English because I can’t understand. They are always smiling. I like my host family. – Moe Fukase

Application to Provide
Homestay Form
Application to Provide
Homestay Printable Form

International Student Application Documents

PDF Icon  1. Application and Tuition Agreement 2018

PDF Icon  2. International Prospectus 2018