Step 1.

Complete the online Enrolment Form and Homestay Application if required. With your application you will need to attach the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Photo
  • Certified copies of your most recent school reports (in English)
  • Two (2) references from non-family members
  • Insurance Certificate
  • Vaccination Certificate
  • Signed Declaration

Step 2.

If your application is successful we will send you:

  • a provisional offer of place 
  • an invoice for fees 

Step 3.

We ask that you transfer your fees to the school bank account as per your invoice.  A receipt will be issued upon payment of the "Study Proposal".

Step 4. Medical Insurance Cover

Medical Insurance is compulsory.  Timaru Boys’ High School will organise this through Allianz Partners New Zealand 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 before you commence travel from your home country.

Step 5.

Apply for your Student Visa from your nearest New Zealand High Commission or Embassy or with assistance from the Timaru Boys' High School International Department.

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 Pastoral Care of International Students. This means that when you enrol at our school, you can be assured of the highest quality of care. 

Complaints Procedure

Click on Complaints Procedure

Applying for a Student Visa and Permit

A student visa is a legal requirement for the majority of International Students - follow the link to Immigration New Zealand: Study in New Zealand

School Values and Expectations

Timaru Boys' High School School Values and Expectations