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How can I be sure I'll be treated well and fairly?
What if I get sick or have something stolen?
What subjects can I study?
Is there a uniform code?
When can I start?

How can I be sure I'll be treated well and fairly?


Kerikeri High School has willingly agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from the school or from the Ministry of Education website at http://www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/international, including translated copies.
You will be required to sign a Code of Conduct agreement as part of the school's enrolment process. If you break the code you will be disciplined. Parents also sign a Tuition Agreement.

What if I get sick or have something stolen?


Every student must have appropriate current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health and can be viewed on their website at http://www.health.govt.nz

The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealanders, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at http://www.acc.co.nz

We recommend that you insure through us. The cost is $NZ440 per year ( May 2008). Insurance is with Uni-care, an insurance company that specializes in insuring international students. They provide full medical and travel insurance. The premium is paid when you pay your tuition fees and starts from the time you leave home. It finishes when you return home. The Uni-care website is at http://www.uni-care.org

What subjects can I study?


Your subject options are the same as the New Zealand students. You will attend the same classes as they do. See the academic section for more information. The one exception is English where you will study in a special ESOL class with other international students.

Is there a uniform code?


Yes. International students are expected to comply with the same uniform code as other students.

When can I start?


Whenever you like! The New Zealand school year is divided into four 10 week terms with 2 week breaks in between and a longer summer break over Christmas. Dates are listed in the calendar. You can start at any time but international students usually start at the beginning of terms 1 or 3.