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 Application + Enrolment Checklist
Complete the International Students Application and Tuition Agreement
With your application please enclose, if applicable:
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.
Using the Student Handbook as a guide, academic courses are selected by the student. These can be confirmed after the student’s arrival.
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:
Phone:+64 7 839 1304 ext 753
|International Student Fee Advice|
|Tuition for full year
Tuition for 3 terms
Tuition for 2 terms
Tuition for 1 term
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
Account:“Hamilton Girls’ High School”
Please write student’s name on deposit form in reference/particulars section to assist with identification.
The tuition fee includes a New Zealand Government tax on tuition.
There may be additional costs for
No refunds will be made where:
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.
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:
Phone:07 839 1304 ext 859
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