International Enrolment

international1The revised NZ Curriculum requires students to be aware of societal issues, not only locally and nationally, but on the world stage. At East Otago High School, students are encouraged to consider themselves as members of a much larger community and therefore we welcome international students into our school.

At East Otago High School we celebrate our own bicultural heritage with a focus on Te Reo in our Year 9 language classes, our Kapahaka group and other community events.

Currently we have not actively marketed for international students and have only one full-time student from Japan, but we are now looking to grow our International Department. Having a small number does mean that students who come to our school are fully submersed into everything to do with New Zealand and will be forced to interact by speaking in English. Some see this as a distinct advantage.

Specialised English language tuition is provided where required, however, a significant part of student learning programme is accessed through regular classes where they build strong relationship with our own students.

international2Student at East Otago High are busy people, getting involved in all aspects of the school. We encourage our overseas students to do the same and experience what it is like to live as a ’kiwi’ student. This includes involvement in the sporting and cultural life of the school.

The strength of our international programmes helps our students to appreciate and celebrate diversity and prepares them for future possibilities throughout the world.

Code of practice

East Otago High School is bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students Years 7 to 13 as published by the New Zealand Ministry of Education.

international3Our Director of international students is Mr Marcus Cooper

Mr Sharp will help you with initial enquiries, applications, enrolment and accommodation. He also looks after our short stay programme and has considerable experience in this area. He along with our homestay co-ordinator Mrs Dyane Ford will meet new students on arrival and help them through an orientation programme. Mr Sharp will assist students in all aspects of school life while Mrs Ford co-ordinate all things to do with accommodation and home life.

Mr Cooper may be contacted on:

Frequently asked questions

What are East Otago High School school term dates?
Check our calendar

How old do I need to be to study at East Otago High School?
At our school we teach students from 11 to 18, however we prefer international student to be at least 13 years of age (Year 9). If you have any queries about making an application, please contact the Director of International Students.

How much are the International school fees?    

Tuition Fee: 

One year (40 weeks): $12,000  

One semester (20 weeks): $6000

One term (10 weeks): $3000 

Homestay Fee: $250 per week 

Administration Fee: 

One year: $1200 

One semester: $1000 

One term: $600 

Insurance: International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand. Insurance can be arranged by the school, or by your agent. Unicare Insurance can be purchased through East Otago High School for approximately $600 per year 

Suggested Incidentals Fund: 

Used to pay for any additional costs. Any remaining funds will be refunded at the end of your course. 

One year: $1000 

One semester: $600 

One term: $500 Additional costs may include: 

Uniform can be purchased new or second-hand – allow $500 for boys or $600 for girls for new and $50 – $400 secondhand 

Stationery – allow $200 

Entry fees for NCEA Examinations fees tbc-$383.30 

School trips – costs vary 

Involvement in sports and extra-curricular activities – some have a small fee 

Some subjects such as Hospitality, BCats have an additional cost for materials 

Spending money

Travel to, from and within New Zealand  

Where will I live when I study at East Otago High School?
All international students are placed with very caring host families living in or near the township of Palmerston where the school is situated. A homestay co-ordinator will keep a very close watch on how you are fitting into your new surroundings and can help with any concerns or questions.

How many students are there at East Otago High School?
East Otago High School has a roll of around 165 students. While this is small, it is also a very good thing because it means classes are generally no bigger than 20 students. This means you have more time with your teachers.

How far is the nearest major city?
Dunedin is the closest major city. It is approximately 40 minutes by car. Students travel to Dunedin weekly for sports competitions or family events. The world know University of Otago is situated in Dunedin. Dunedin is a vibrant student city, in beautiful natural surroundings. Local people are famous for their friendliness and hospitality. It’s a great place to live.

When can I commence studies at East Otago High School?
You can begin your studies at the beginning of any term, although we prefer you to join us at the beginning of the school year as it makes it easier for you to settle in.

What other activities does the school offer?
The school offers a wide range of activities outside of the usual academic curriculum, and we encourage all our students to take part. You can read about some of these activities in our supporting documentation

What subjects will I study?
To see the full range of subjects available at East Otago High School click here

Where do your international students come from?
We have a long list of current and past pupils from countries including:

  • Japan
  • Thailand
  • Germany
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • France
  • Vietnam
  • Korea

They have all improved their English, achieved qualifications, broadened their life experiences and made lifelong friends whilst studying at East Otago High School.