The College’s focus on providing the best all-round education means our international students can reach their academic potential and develop their sporting, music and cultural interests. Developing leadership skills and participating in community service initiatives are also an important part of life at King’s.
All students are expected to take an active part in aspects of College life other than in the classroom. This includes cultural and sporting activities and membership of representative teams and groups. Attendance at Chapel and participation in religious tuition and observance is compulsory.
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One of our strengths is the network of support we have developed for our international students encouraging them to take part in - and benefit from - every aspect of life at King’s.
We have a well-established International Student Programme, and the House system at King’s means we are uniquely placed to support our international students and help them become involved in College life. From the day they start, each student will become part of a King’s House (a Boarding or Day House) and will receive support and guidance from their Housemasters, staff and senior students.
Boarding or homestay
Both boarding and homestay options are available for international students. Boys can board at all Year levels, and girls from Year 11 to 13, depending on availability.
Boarding students live on-site and can make the most of all the College’s facilities and co-curricular activities.
Within their House, they make new friends, gain a sense of belonging and are fully supported by the House staff. For international students who choose not to board at the College, we can provide a homestay service as an alternative, whereby International Students get to board with selected families from our King’s community. International staff select and monitor the homestay to suit each student and to ensure a positive, supportive experience.
Become a Homestay or Guardian Family
To further support our International students we require families to host those students wishing to be homestayed and guardians for students who are boarding.
We have a robust International Programme and a dedicated team which supports both of these options, the details of which can be discussed with our International Student Liaison, Libby Calder
If you would like to open your home either on a full or part-time basis to one of our international students please contact us for further information.
Requirements for King’s
We accept a limited number of overseas students in Years 9 to 12. Our international students are integrated into all College classes.
Boys can start their study with King’s at Year 9 and girls can start at Year 11. Students normally enter King's College at Year 9 (Form 3) and are usually aged 13 years. However it is possible, in the event of places being available, to enter the College at levels above Year 9. It is considered that a commitment of two years education at the College is a minimum requirement, and therefore entry to Year 13 is not possible.
International students who intend to study Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) in Years 12 and 13 must have first completed the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (IGCSE) in Year 11.
A satisfactory level of the English language, both written and spoken, is required.
Applicants whose first language is not English will be expected to demonstrate a level of competence and ease of communication in the English language before starting their studies at King’s. This will include the ability to express themselves in both written and spoken English to a degree of competence that will allow them to follow the academic courses at the level at which they enter.
Legal requirements for International Students
The conditions of entry into New Zealand, the length of stay and the purpose of that stay, must be clearly understood by the applicant's parents and all documentation is wholly the responsibility of the applicant's parents.
King's College requires evidence that the conditions of entry into New Zealand have been met.
International Student Visas
If students are not New Zealand residents and require a Student Visa to study in New Zealand, certain prerequisites must be met. The College is a signatory to the New Zealand Ministry of Education Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International students.
To apply for a Student Visa, a letter of offer from a New Zealand school is required. The prospective student's family will need to produce evidence of having sufficient funds to pay entry and tuition/boarding fees for the institution of their choice. The Immigration Service requires evidence that full fees for one year have been paid in advance.
The Immigration Service also requires written guarantees of accommodation (in the case of King's College, a boarding place or homestay accommodation) and evidence of medical and travel insurance.
An overseas student who boards at the College must have a guardian or relation living in the greater Auckland region.
This guardian or relation is expected to take an active interest in the life of the student, to make leave and accommodation arrangements on mid-term and public holiday weekend breaks, to be able to assist with any emergency arrangements and to assist with transport to and from the airport when required.
Parents of overseas students may make private arrangements with a guardian, or our international department can assist in assigning a guardian. Housemasters will be informed of all details.
The College has a Medical Centre which is staffed 24 hours per day. However, those students on a Student Visa must carry medical and travel insurance to cover their time at the College including travel to and from home. Details of insurance policies must be lodged with the Head of Admissions.
Fees for International Students
This is common to all students applying for entry to King's College and is currently NZ$320 to be sent with the application form.
Tuition and boarding fees
International students need to pay the full tuition and boarding fees in advance in order to fulfil the requirements of the New Zealand Immigration Service. Payment of annual fees must be made by electronic transfer or credit card by 30 November of the preceding year.
The tuition and boarding fees for 2023 are as follows:
International student tuition fee: $47,250
International student boarding fee: $17,000 *
* Homestay option is offered at $330/week. Should the services of a professional accommodation agent be required a one off $250 placement fee will apply.
An acceptance fee of $1,600 is payable once you accept a place for your son/daughter to join King’s.
There is an incidentals fee of $5,000. This includes:
- Uniform - $1,200
- Alumni fee - $ 759
- Trips per annum - $2,000
- Contingency - $1,041
Please note the incidentals fee does not include costs for insurance, stationery, Student Visa processing and exam fees. Fees are effective for enrolments received from December 2022 to December 2023.
Any student planning to leave before the end of the Year 13 programme is required to give a full term's notice. Where appropriate notice has been given, the College will refund the prepaid fees covering the time that the student is no longer at the College.
Click here to view the full King’s College international Student Fees list for 2023.
Our International Students Admissions process
The following gives an indication of the admissions procedure for our International Students.
- Online international admissions application
- Assessment by our International Recruitment Manager
- Zoom or personal interview with our International Recruitment Manager
- Entrance and Classification Testing
- Student place offered
- Acceptance of place at King's College
In the event of a place being offered at the College, parents/legal guardians are required to indicate their acceptance of that place within seven days.
In some instances an applicant's name will be placed on a waiting list. In this case, the parents/legal guardians will be kept informed as to the likelihood of a place being available in good time to allow for other plans to be made.
Please click here to fill out our online application form. This must be completed and forwarded with an accompanying payment of NZ$320.00. This amount is not refunded in the event of a place not being available.
As part of the application process, parents are asked to sign an agreement that their child will be available for all aspects of College life. These will include an expectation that the student will take part in sporting and cultural events at both College and House level. Attendance at Chapel and participation in religious tuition and observance is compulsory.
King’s works to ensure all its International Students have a pleasant experience at King’s College.
In the case of any International Students having problems or complaints, the following staff at the College should be approached in the first instance.
Problems with subjects or teachers
Make an appointment to see the Director of Studies.
Problems with school friends
You could discuss this with your Housemaster and the student Counsellor.
Homestay or Guardian problems
See the International Student Liaison or the International Manager.
See your Housemaster or the International Manager or the Sports Director.
If you have a specific complaint, you or your parents should write to the Headmaster stating your concerns about the College.
If you are not satisfied with the complaints process with the school then contact New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). Click here to view and download the NZQA Code of Practice.
You must be able to show them that you have tried to get the school to act before you contacted them. Click here to view and download the NZQA dispute resolution information, which sets out how to make a complaint.
NZQA deals with all complaints about alleged non-compliance with the Code, other than financial and contractual disputes.
Financial or contractual disputes
Section 238J of the Education Act 1989 established the International Student Contract Dispute Resolution Scheme (DRS).
Clause 33 of the Code requires the school to comply with the DRS rules. The DRS resolves contractual and financial disputes between international students and the school. If your dispute relates to financial or contractual matters then it will be referred to Fairway Resolution Limited (the agency appointed to administer the DRS) under the International Student Contract Dispute Resolution Rules 2016 (DRS).
If you do have a problem, please ask for help while it is still a little problem. Do not wait for it to become a big problem. If you are not confident that your English is good enough, you can ask the International Department for access to an interpreter.
International Student orientation
Our Orientation Day Programme is part of an ongoing process to integrate our International Students into the College.
On the first day of Term 1 all new students will attend an orientation within their College Houses. In addition to this, all new International Students will attend a specifically designed orientation which is normally held one week later.
International Student Orientation Day programme
Our International Student Orientation day is an exciting and informative one for all our International Students. It is important that all International students attend this.
- Discuss purpose/role of the International Department.
- Explain role/responsibilities of their Guardians/Homestay families.
- Issue students with contact information Wallet Cards.
- Discuss Dispute Resolution Process.
- Discuss International Student Rules.
- Meet with International Student Buddy.
- Visit Careers Department, Counselling Services, International Department
- Meet with ESOL Department Head.
- Discuss International Student Trip
- Complete student questionnaire.
- Personal safety and security advice.
Following this all new International Students will have a one on one meeting with staff in our International Department during Term 1 to assess the students’ wellbeing. Results of this meeting will be emailed to all parents and/or guardians.
This section outlines some general information for our International Students.
Upon taking up residence at the College, the student comes under, the care and jurisdiction of the Housemaster.
There are several recommendations that parents who reside permanently outside New Zealand should note in their consideration of applying for a place to the College:
It is practice that all College communications (eg newsletters, notices) are sent to parents and guardians. Guardians are invited to attend school functions on behalf of parents, and this would include periodic meetings with teachers to discuss class progress.
Appropriate banking arrangements should be made so that students (with their guardians) have access to their own bank accounts via EFTPOS. The College strongly discourages the students from keeping large sums of cash.
Travelling and Leave
Guardians are responsible for accommodation arrangements at mid-term, during Public Holiday weekends and Saturday overnight leave, where approved by the Housemaster. Students are expected to return home for calendared school holidays.
Guardian contact wallet card
Download our Guardian contact card here, and store for safekeeping in your wallet.
Confirmation of enrolment fee
A Confirmation of Enrolment fee of NZ$1,600.00 (non-refundable) is due upon acceptance of an offer of a place at the College.
King's College is a Christian school affiliated to the Anglican Church of New Zealand. While students of other faiths are welcome at the College, it is not possible to offer special consideration in customs of worship. All students participate in our regular ecumenical Chapel services - there are no exceptions made.
Meals are provided for all boarding students. These are usually buffet served so a number of options are always available. Special diets, particularly where medical considerations are an issue, are catered for by the College's catering staff.
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Living and studying in New Zealand
Apply now: International Student Application Portal