Conditions of Enrolment

International Students are accepted into Years 5 and 6 at the age of nine and ten years old if they are living with a parent or guardian (this is a requirement of the New Zealand Government) and into Years 7 through to 13 (ages 11 to 18 years old).

The School has special accreditation to enrol students into Years 7 and 8, as required by the New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. International Students may enter the School from January to September.

Complete the International Enrolment Form and Tuition Agreement.

Once Chilton has the above forms the Principal will confirm a place for your daughter. To allow us to provide an offer of place we wish to see the latest school report (translated if possible) from your daughter’s current school.

You will be sent an Offer of Place provisional upon your daughter’s English language ability, together with an invoice for the first year of study. You will be invited to visit the School with your daughter if you are able to do so.

When the School receives your payment it will send you a full letter of acceptance and a receipt and will reserve a place for your daughter.

Note: A place is not reserved until the fees have been paid.

Immigration New Zealand will need to see the full letter of acceptance and the receipt of fees before they grant a student visa. No student may begin her tuition without the required visa. Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements, are available through Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website.

Arrival date: The School prefers international students to arrive in New Zealand in time to take part in the Orientation Programme in late January but girls may enter the School at other times until September.


Terms and Conditions for Enrolment

  • All students who wish to attend Chilton Saint James School must have a student visa that has been processed through Immigration New Zealand.
  • All students must obtain and maintain health and travel insurance. The School can obtain this for you, at your expense, if you wish.
  • Students must obey the rules of the School and New Zealand law.
  • All students must stay in a School approved homestay.
  • The year level that the student will work in is conditional upon the results of the English assessment test on arrival.
  • Students must attend school regularly and complete course requirements in order for them to keep their place and fulfil the conditions of their student visa.
  • All students under the age of 18 must have a guardian resident in the local area.

Refunds Policy

  • The enrolment fee is non-refundable.
  • If a student is not granted a visa the tuition fee and any paid homestay fee will be refunded.
  • If the withdrawal is prior to the student coming to New Zealand the fees paid will be refunded after the deduction of an administration fee of NZ$250.00.
  • If the student withdraws after a place has been accepted but less than two weeks prior to her indicated arrival date an administration fee of NZ$1,000.00 will be deducted.
  • Once a student has begun her course of study at Chilton, refunds will only be made in exceptional circumstances and then only partial refunds will be made.
  • No refund will be made if a student has passed the half-way point of her course.
  • No refunds will be paid if the student is asked to leave the School by the Board of Trustees because of misbehaviour.
  • No refunds will be made if a student wishes to transfer to another school or educational institution.
  • No refunds will be made if a student acquires permanent residence after having enrolled in the School.
  • No refunds will be made if a student returns home during her course unless there is an exceptional circumstance.
  • No refunds will be made because a student has financial difficulties.
  • Unused homestay fees will be refunded.
  • All refund requests must be made in writing by the parent or legal guardian, allowing four weeks’ notice.
  • No refund of fees will be paid directly to the student.

Next steps

Follow the links to make the next steps in enrolment:

International Fees Schedule
Enrolment Form


Health Insurance for International Students

Most students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are:

  • A resident or citizen of Australia.
  • A national of the United Kingdom in New Zealand.
  • The holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years.

If you do not belong to one of these special categories and you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of the treatment.

Full details on entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health.

A personal insurance policy is a condition of enrolment.

Insurance must cover the cost of medical treatment in New Zealand for the duration of your stay. The School also requires students to obtain cover for loss and damage of personal belongings and school fees. We also strongly recommend that you obtain insurance to cover your travel to and from New Zealand.

Chilton recommends students to use Unicare as their insurance provider to cover all the emergencies mentioned. The School is able to arrange this insurance for you upon request. If you arrange the insurance yourself, once you are in New Zealand you must provide the School with evidence of the policy you have in place and the type of cover you have arranged.

The School will provide you with the insurance application package at your request. All details of your insurance will be kept in your student file at School.


Chilton Saint James Fees Protection Policy

Chilton Saint James School has an international student fees protection policy to safeguard fees paid in advance for international students. This policy ensures that any unearned portion of the fees would be refunded if the School were suspended or removed as a signatory to the New Zealand Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, or if the student were required to transfer to another institution due to unforeseen closure of Chilton Saint James School, or if a course were cancelled due to a Chilton business interruption.