International Enrolment


Bethlehem College has a capped roll that allows for approximately 80 international students from Years 1-13.  This is less than 5% of the total college roll, and ensures an authentic Kiwi experience with some international flavour.  Placement availability will be advised upon application or enquiry.

Mainstream Course: Primary or Secondary School studies and English as a Second Language

Intake Date: Beginning of February (Term 1) or at the beginning of Term 3 if places are available at the requested year level

Length of Course: 1+ Years Minimum of one semester (being two terms / six months)

Enrolment: New applications should be sent between June and September, prior to the intended year of study

To ensure the on-line application form can be processed as quickly as possible, please be sure to have the following the scanned documents to attach and submit with your form:

  • Copy of passport (the photo and information page)
  • Your Photo
  • Last School Report (in English)
  • Insurance Certificate
  • Signed Declaration (Please download, sign and scan)


Studying in a new country is a huge adventure and we know you have a lot of questions. All new students to Bethlehem College are welcomed with an orientation programme to ensure a smooth transition into studying and living in New Zealand. We can’t wait to meet you! Our fun, relaxed orientation days may include:

  • meeting our staff/ introductions
  • making friends with new and existing students.
  • taking a tour of your new school
  • engaging in sport and cultural opportunities
  • lots of general school information
  • meeting important contacts within the school
  • information about cultural differences

Secondary students only:

  • a tour of Tauranga (Terms 1 and 3)
  • homestay information
  • how to choose your school subjects
  • NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement)
  • Shared morning tea with mainstream buddies and key staff from around the school.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply for a student visa? Applying for a student visa To be accepted for a study visa at Bethlehem College, a student must submit:
  • a passport (must be valid for at least three months past the date you plan to leave New Zealand)
  • two recent passport-size photographs • an Offer of Place from us
  • a receipt for payment of fees, stating the duration of study paid for
  • evidence of financial support while in New Zealand: evidence of NZ$10,000 per year (and provision for an airline ticket) or evidence of NZ$1,000 per month if studying for under 36 weeks
  • confirmation from Bethlehem College that the student’s accommodation meets the Code requirements. Health Requirements
  • If your child will be studying for between 6-12 months, you’ll need to provide an X-ray Certificate for Temporary Entry (INZ 1096)
If they’re studying for more than 12 months, you will need to complete a Medical and X-ray Certificate (INZ 1007).
Do I need insurance?


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