International Students

International students

WIS welcomes international students to join our school. For more information please email us at

The school is a large Intermediate school providing education for 11-13 year olds in Y 7 & 8 in the city of Whangārei in the province of Northland. We have a diverse population representing over 25 different nationalities, reflecting the increasingly multi-cultural make up of our country. International students enrolling at the school must have a student visa to study in New Zealand. To apply please submit an application form, a photocopy of the student’s passport, a copy of the student’s birth certificate, and school reports.

We teach to the New Zealand Curriculum. This consists of eight curriculum areas including; Mathematics, English, The Arts, Technology, Science, Social Studies, Learning Languages, Health and Physical Education.

Pastoral Care of International Students

International students enhance the learning environment of our school and provide a valuable cultural student mix. We accept up to twenty international students at any one time. We are a signatory and have 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 New Zealand Ministry of Education website at:>

Visa Requirements

Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand immigration Service and can be viewed on their website at: >

Eligibility for health services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full entitlements to publicly-funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at:

International students must have appropriate current medical and health insurance while studying in New Zealand. >


Our students can continue their higher education through a variety of high schools in the area. There is a wide range of high schools to choose from including:

Additional Information

Education New Zealand:

NauMai NZ is for international students studying or about to study in New Zealand. It's an opportunity to get useful information to help you experience our land, lifestyle and culture, and navigate daily life along the way!

Tourism New Zealand:

Tourism New Zealand's offers some valuable information about tourism opportunities for families while in New Zealand.

Study in New Zealand:

The official Government site for advice on studying abroad in New Zealand. This site offers information on a range of courses at universities, institutes and schools. You can also read student stories of real life experiences and learn important information about the costs of living in New Zealand.

Immigration New Zealand’s Studying in New Zealand:

This site offers information about studying in New Zealand, student life and working while studying. This site also offers information about visa options for students and families.

NZQA’s Studying in New Zealand:

This site offers further information about New Zealand qualifications, secondary school and NCEA, Tertiary education and quality assurance of education in New Zealand.

New Zealand Now:

This Government website share information about living, working, studying and investing in New Zealand as well as information about visas, job prospects and the great lifestyle here.

Education New Zealand:

Education New Zealand (ENZ) raises awareness of New Zealand as a study destination and supports education providers and businesses to export their services and products.

Korean Visit in 2019

Five students accompanied Mr Rankin for a 14 day excursion to Korea this year. The students enjoyed a wide range of cultural experiences where they got to take in the sites, meet and stay with homestay families, sample delicious food, and experience life in Korea.