Steps to become an international student at Somerville Intermediate:

Step 1

International student wants to enrol and enrolment forms and information is given out.

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Step 2

Confirm student's international status.

Please note: It is the responsibility of the caregiver/agent to ensure that all documentation is completed to enable the child to attend school.

Step 3

Appointment made with the Director of International Students to check documentation when completed.

Step 4

Offer of place is either emailed or posted to applicant or agent.

Step 5

Appointment made with Director of International Students to organise payment of fees.

Step 6

Once all documentation required is completed and fees paid, the student is enrolled at the school and the confirmation letter for Immigration is given.

Step 7

Student arrives at school for integration into the classroom.


It is the responsibility of the caregiver/agent to ensure that all documentation is completed to enable the child to attend school. The Education Act allows an international student to attend school for up to 3 months while the visa is being processed. After this time, the student will not be able to continue attending school until the student visa has been granted, sighted and photocopied by our school office. In cases where the appropriate documentation has not been organised within the 3 month period, and a child is unable to attend school, no refund will be given.

Application requirements and procedures

To apply to enrol your child at Somerville Intermediate School, please complete the Application to Enrol and submit it to the school office, together with most recent school reports and any English language achievements.

Conditions of acceptance

Somerville Intermediate School accepts international students based on the number of places available at the time of application. The student's level of English will be a consideration. All immigration requirements must be met prior to confirmation of enrolment. Age of applicant will be a consideration.

Withdrawal procedure

If you wish to withdraw your son/daughter from Somerville Intermediate School, please advise the Principal in writing at least two weeks in advance. The school's refund conditions will apply in the event of any withdrawal.


Somerville Intermediate School reserves the right to terminate the enrolment of any international student without refund of fees on the basis of continued and unexplained non-attendance. In this event the New Zealand Immigration Service will be notified. In the case of gross misconduct and/or serious disobedience by a student, the New Zealand Ministry of Education Stand-down, Suspension, Exclusion and Expulsion Rules 1999 will be followed. These rules can be found on the Ministry of Education website at


On your son/daughter's first day of school, they will receive an orientation to the school. This will include a tour of the school, and an introduction to their teacher and the Principal.

Grievance procedures

Refer to the school Procedures on General Complaints which can be obtained from the school office.


What do I do if something goes wrong?
If you have concerns about your treatment by your education provider or by an agent of the provider, the first thing you must do is contact the principal, the international student director, or another person who has been identified to you as someone that you can approach about complaints at your institution. The Code requires all institutions to have fair and equitable internal grievance procedures for students and you need to go through these internal processes before you can take the complaint any further.


If your concerns are not resolved by the internal grievance procedures, you can contact the New Zealand Qualifictions Authority (NZQA).


You can submit your complaint/query on the NZQA website or send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Fee Protection Procedures

The Somerville Intermediate School Board of Trustees guarantees the refund of unspent school fees, less administration costs, if the school becomes unable to deliver the course.


The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice

Somerville Intermediate School has agreed to observe and be bound by The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from the school or from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) website at


Health and travel insurance

Most students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are:
• A resident or citizen of Australia; or
• A national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand; or
• The holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years or more.
If you do not belong to one of these special categories and you receive medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment. As stated in the Code of Practice, you must hold appropriate and current medical and travel insurance that will cover the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand for the duration of your stay in New Zealand, and to cover your travel to and from New Zealand.