International Students


Edendale Primary School welcomes international students to be part of our school community. We know you will have a wonderful experience at our school. We will celebrate with you as your confidence in using English progress and achievement in speaking, listening reading and writing English improves. You will enjoy meeting our children, making friends with them, and share learning together.

We offer education through learning in authentic contexts. Our goal is to equip our Year 1 – 6 students with 21st-century skills and the ability to think about problems critically and creatively. Learning through play, inquiry learning, specialist teachers in Music and Art, and our Garden to Table programme combine to deliver a real breadth and depth of learning opportunities. This lets students think, learn, and create in a fun, friendly, inclusive environment with strong community connections.

Students work together and take on leadership roles as they learn through play and participate in our school house system and the schoolwide environmental programme.

The school received a positive Education Review Office Report in 2019, and we have a well-resourced school in terms of facilities, equipment and personnel. You may view the latest ERO report here (


Enrolment information

We are a signatory to The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International learners) Code of Practice 2021, which enables us to enrol a number of students who are residing in New Zealand with their parent(s).

The Education (Pastoral Care of Tertiary and International learners) Code of Practice 2021

Copies of the Code are available from the NZQA website.

Summary of the Code of Practice in Arabic

Summary of the Code of Practice in Chinese

Summary of the Code of Practice in German

Summary of the Code of Practice in Hindi

Summary of the Code of Practice in Japanese

Summary of the Code of Practice in Korean

Summary of the Code of Practice in Portuguese

Summary of the Code of Practice in Spanish

Summary of the Code of Practice in Thai

Summary of the Code of Practice in Vietnamese

To apply please submit an application form, a photocopy of the student’s passport, a copy of the student’s birth certificate, vaccination records and last two school reports. Contact the school office for an enrolment pack and a full list of requirements for international students at


Visa and immigration information

Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at


International student fees

Edendale Primary School charges the following fees for international students. All fees are shown in New Zealand dollars (NZD) and are GST inclusive.

Annual fee: $12,450

Administration fee: $550

Total per year: $13,000

Fee per term (10 weeks): $3,500

Upon full or part-payment of fees, the school issues a receipt which can be forwarded to Immigration New Zealand in support of an application for a student visa.

Additional fees

There may be additional fees for extra services, such as:

  • extra English language lessons

  • out of school music lessons and instrument hire

  • stationery

  • class visits and activities


Links to policies 

Please click here for our Edendale International Student Policies 


2023 Term Dates & statutory holidays

Term 1 2023

31 January 2023 – 6 April 2023

6 February 2023 – Waitangi Day

7 April 2023 – Good Friday

Term 2 2023

24 April 2023 – 30 June 2023

25 April 2023 – Anzac Day

5 June 2023 – Queen’s Birthday

Term 3 2023

17 July 2023 – 22 September 2023

No public holidays

Term 4 2023

9 October 2023 – 15 December 2023

23 October 2023 – Labour Day 



  • All international students who attend Edendale Primary School must be living with their parent in New Zealand for the full duration of their stay. 

  • Parents living with their children may obtain help finding rental accommodation through real estate agencies: 


Health insurance

Most students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while they are in New Zealand.

If you receive medical treatment during your stay in New Zealand, you will be liable for the full cost of that treatment. 

As part of the requirements of being an international student in New Zealand, you need to have insurance that will cover the cost of medical treatment for the duration of your stay in New Zealand. Insurance policies must be approved by the school and must meet the requirements of the code.

Companies who provide health insurance are: 


Complaints and concerns

Students and parents may experience problems and difficulties in adjusting to life in New Zealand. The International Dean will first address any problems. If you need further help, please contact the Principal. If you are still not satisfied, you may address a complaint to the board of trustees.

If the school has not adequately addressed your complaint, the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 has processes in place to lodge a complaint external to the school.