Pinehurst School welcomes International students as part of our school community. International students enhance the learning environment of our school and provide a valuable cultural student mix.
At Pinehurst, the Director of International Students can assist with the application process and offers a full service for obtaining accommodation, student visa’s and travel and health insurance at no extra charge.
Once enrolled students participate in a comprehensive orientation programme designed to orientate them with the school environment and our expectations as well as receiving ongoing pastoral care.
International students are integrated into regular classes across Years 1 to 13 and where appropriate receive extra support in particular subjects. We also provide English as a Second Language (ESOL) teaching, either individually or in small groups during class time if required.
Code of Practice
Pinehurst has been accepted as a signatory and has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from the School or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at:
To apply please submit a completed application form, the application fee and a certified photocopy of the student’s passport, two most recent, certified school reports and references from their current school. Students need to supply evidence of all prior learning in its original non-translated format.
Conditions of Acceptance
Students are accepted for enrolment following an interview, assessment of English language skills as appropriate for year level and consideration of:
- Level of written and spoken English Language
- Previous school reports
- Character references and testimonials
- Academic ability for courses chosen
- Co-curricular activities
- Available places in the applied for Year Level
- Suitable living arrangements
On acceptance and in consultation with the student, students are placed at an appropriate academic level. This placement is determined by the student’s academic ability, course content previously covered and age.
Pinehurst School follows the Cambridge International Examinations programme – please click here for more details.
View the current fee structure.
International Tuition Fee does NOT cover the cost of:
- Private speech or Music Tuition
- Laptops and any related computer costs
- Student Visa and Permit application fee
- Travel and medical insurance
- Uniform items’ (school and sport)
- Optional activities (costs will be advised in advance)
- Entry fees for Cambridge International Examinations
Approximate uniform costs are as follows:
Junior Primary – Years 1-3 $ 450.00
Senior Primary – Years 4-6 $ 650.00
Junior College – Years 7-9 $ 750.00
Senior College Girls – Years 10-13 $ 600.00
Senior College Boys – Years 10-13 $ 750.00
Fee Refund Policy
As fees are payable in advance refunds may only be granted at the discretion of the Trustees in exceptional circumstances.
The bond is refunded at the end of the enrolment period provided one full term’s notice of leaving has been given in writing to the school.
International students have an insurance cover approved by the school. This ensures that the student fees can be refunded if the School becomes unable to deliver courses to International students.
A variety of homestay accommodation can be organised through the School or if living in a self-appointed homestay, details of those arrangements must be provided to Pinehurst. All homestay accommodation is monitored by the Pinehurst School Homestay Coordinator in accordance with the Code. Please note children aged 10 and under must live with a parent to be enrolled. Costs of accommodation are varied and can be obtained from the Director of International Students.
All students are required to have a current student visa to be enrolled at Pinehurst. 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.
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.
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.
Medical and Travel Insurance
International students must have appropriate current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. The Director of International Students can provide information regarding available insurance options.
For further information, please contact:
Mr Patrick Ryoo, Director of International Students here