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Helpful Information


Waimea College is a friendly, helpful and caring school. International and domestic students gain a lot from the school and each other when they follow the Waimea College Behaviour Code and wear their uniform with pride. We welcome applications from around the world, thank you for considering Waimea College for your son or daughter. 


Standards of Behaviour

Waimea College is a friendly, helpful and caring school. International and domestic students gain a lot from the school and each other when they follow the Waimea College Behaviour Code:

Be thoughtful, cooperative and tolerant                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          This makes it easier for you to learn and live together.

Respect other rights to learn without interruption                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        This ensures that all students have a chance to learn without disruption from others.

Be well mannered, considerate and friendly to each other, to staff and to visitors                                                                                                                                                                           This makes it easier to learn and live together and the whole school gains respect from the public.

Be proud of your school and keep it clean, safe and attractive                                                                                                                                                                                                                This helps confirm the community’s high regard for this College and ensures that everyone can work in a pleasant environment.

Dress correctly and behave well at all times                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   This brings credit to you and your school.

Some types of behaviour are NOT acceptable from Waimea College students. This includes:

  • Disrespectful or disruptive behaviour
  • Ride or abusive language
  • Bullying, violent or threatening behaviour
  • Damaging or stealing property
  • Disobedience or dishonesty
  • Truancy
  • Possessing or using tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs or substances
  • Inappropriate use of ICT resources such as email or the internet
  • Inappropriate use of cellphones and digital media devices

As an international student at Waimea College, you will be required to sign a Tuition Agreement when you arrive. Please click here to see a copy of the Tuition Agreement.

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Waimea College School Uniform

You will be required to wear full Waimea College school uniform during your time in New Zealand. International students have the choice of either borrowing a school uniform for the time that they are here, or purchasing a new uniform on arrival.


Application & Fees

International students wishing to study at Waimea College must submit their application to the International Manager at least 3 months prior to their intended arrival.

If you are accepted for study at Waimea College, you will be sent a Provisional Offer of Place and an Invoice of Fees. Once your invoice of Fees has been paid, you will then be issued with the Full Offer of Place and a Receipt. You will need both of these documents to apply for your Waimea College Student Visa.

For Further information on our current fees click here to see our 2024-2025 Waimea College Fee Schedule.

You can also click here to download our Waimea College Student Contract of Enrolment.


Emergency Information

In the unlikely event of an emergency, Waimea College has a number of policies and procedures in place to protect the health and wellbeing of its students.

Click here to see our Emergency Information for Parents & Agents.

Click here to see our Waimea College Emergency Procedures.

Click here to see our Emergency Procedures for our Homestay Families.

Other important information;  All students and homestay families are given access to a 24-hour emergency contact number, in most cases, an emergency phone call will come through to the International Manager who will be able to provide support, if the International Manager is not available, one of our Senior Leaders at the College will answer and be able to assist.

In the event that New Zealand communication lines become unusable, please check our Waimea College Facebook page for updates and information.


Refund Policy

If a student leaves their intended course of study before the course completion date, they may be eligible for a refund of their tuition fees.  An application for a refund of fees must be made in writing, and approval is at the discretion of the School Principal.

Click here to see our Refund of Fees Policy for International students.


Policies & Procedures International

International students enrolled at Waimea College can expect to receive a high standard of education, and to feel safe and well cared for while they live and study in New Zealand.  Our College was last audited by the Education Review Office in 2019.  Click here to see a copy of our ERO Report 2019.

Waimea College is a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code 2016 and the International Student Contract Dispute Resolution Scheme Rules.

Click here to see the Education Code 2016.

Click here to read about the Dispute Resolution Scheme.

We are pleased to advise that the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (including 2019 amendments) is now available in other languages on the NZQA website including;