Step 1.

Complete the Enrolment Form and Homestay Application if required. With your application you will need to enclose:

  • Certified copies of your most recent school reports (in English)
  • Two (2) references from non-family members
  • Details of medical/travel insurance if not arranged by Timaru Boys’ High School
  • Passport photo

Step 2.

If your application is successful we will send you:

  • a provisional offer of place 
  • an invoice for fees 
  • a Tuition Agreement (please return a signed copy of pages 1-2)

Step 3.

We ask that you transfer your fees to the school bank account:

ASB, Stafford Street
TIMARU 123159 0038004 01

When we receive payment of your fees, we will send you a letter to confirm our Offer of Place and a receipt for payment of fees. You then need to apply for a Student Visa to study at Timaru Boys’ High School; this application must be accompanied by our offer of place letter and fees receipt.

Step 4. Medical Insurance Cover

Medical Insurance is compulsory.  Timaru Boys’ High School will organise this through Southern Cross, with whom we hold a Master Policy. This policy has additional cover for protection of fees. Your policy must be arranged before you leave your home country. You may arrange your own Medical Insurance but must provide evidence of this insurance.

Step 5.

Apply for your Student Visa from your nearest New Zealand High Commission or Embassy.

NB If a course of study is three months or less a Visitors’ Visa may be sufficient. Please check with the school first.

Length of Study

The full academic year runs from the last week in January to early December. International students may start their course of study at any time during the year. When they arrive students have an orientation programme in culture and language. Students who start at the beginning of the fourth term will use that term as an introduction only. Students wanting university qualifications are required to complete two years in the senior school unless their English is assessed as being above average. Short stay English Language programmes are also available on application. The school year is divided into four terms with a two week break between each term and a seven week break at Christmas.

Language Requirements

On application, students are required to submit a handwritten half page of English on why they wish to attend Timaru Boys' High School. Students applying must have some ability at both written and spoken English. If necessary, the student may be required to attend extra classes until their English is to the required standard. Beginning students will attend full ESOL classes in school for assessment before being mainstreamed into school classes.

Code of Practice

Timaru Boys' High School is a signatory to the Ministry Of Education's Code of Practice for the Care of International Students. This means that when you enrol at our school you can be assured that the quality of care you will receive will be of the highest standard. Copies of the Code are available on request from the school or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz.

Complaints Procedure

Click here for the complaints procedure.

Where Do Our Students Come From?

Timaru Boys' High School is home to students from many different parts of the world. Our international students come mainly from the People's Republic of China, South Korea, Thailand, Japan, India and the Pacific Islands. Gap students come mainly from Europe. Fee paying students are joined by students from other countries who are here on exchange with students from our school. Increasingly, we are seeing students from North and South America as well as Europe and Australia entering our school for both short and long term stays. If you are interested in coming to New Zealand as an exchange student why not contact your local AFS branch, STS Student Travel Schools or us, for further details. We welcome contact from GAP students.