International students

Ficino School welcomes international students who wish to study for two or more terms. However, some conditions for enrolment do apply. Firstly, international students must live with a parent for the duration of the student’s enrolment at Ficino School. Secondly, students must have an adequate standard of English (further conditions, such as adequate medical insurance, are outlined in our International Student handbook.

New student orientation programme and support

New students are met by the Teacher Responsible for International Students and shown to their classroom on their first day of school.

All students are mainstreamed immediately, and withdrawn for orientation, pastoral care and English teaching as required. In liaison with the class teacher, a buddy/support person will help the new student with daily routines, timetables and ensure they are involved in activities at break times.

We work closely with international students during their first few weeks to ensure they have settled into school life.

Throughout the student’s time with Ficino School, the Teacher Responsible for International Students is always for available to parents should they wish to discuss any queries or concerns, in addition to the class teacher.

Application procedure

Applicants must complete an application form for international students, pay an application fee of NZ$200.00 (non-refundable) and supply the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Student visa/permit
  • Four recent passport size photos
  • Copies of recent school report with verified English translation
  • Medical and travel insurance policy
  • Immunisation record from home country
  • Information on any medical conditions or learning difficulties (if applicable)

For students who are overseas, once the application has been received we will:

  • Check and assess your documents
  • Make a conditional Offer of Place and invoice you for the fees deposit (fee payment by direct credit into the School account is required).

The conditional offer of place will be confirmed upon an interview with the student and parent/s.

The interview will involve the prospective student and parent/s, the Principal or nominated deputy, the teacher responsible for pastoral care of international students and a translator (if required).

The interview will consist of:

  • A tour of the school
  • Explanation of the classroom and daily programme
  • Initial assessment of the level of English of the student
  • Ensuring parents understand the code of practice
  • Explanation of conditions of acceptance
  • Answering any questions parents may have

After the interview, parents will be informed in writing of the School’s decision within seven days. If there are no places available, parents will be notified and given the option of being placed on a waiting list.

Placement at a particular year level or class will be at the discretion of the Principal. This may be dependent on class numbers, English language proficiency and any other School assessments.

Pre-enrolment information

Ficino School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority. Copies of the Code are available on request from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website.

Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand.

For full details on Ficino School’s policies and procedures for International Students, , please see our International Student Handbook.