Code of Practice

Sacred Heart College is a signatory, agreeing to observe and be bound by the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 and takes the responsibility to ensure that all International students are well informed, safe and properly cared for. An experienced team of staff in the school’s International Student Department provide high quality support for international students’ education and wellbeing. Learning programmes, including those for English language learning, are tailored to students’ individual needs. International students achieve very well in their studies for NCEA and participate widely across all aspects of school life.

The full 2018 ERO report can be viewed here.

Immigration New Zealand

International students are required to hold a valid student visa whilst studying at Sacred Heart College. The College is also an accredited education provider that can support students to apply for a pathway visa from Immigration New Zealand and therefore is able to assist our students with ongoing student visa renewals. Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at

Medical and Travel Insurance

International Students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand and Sacred Heart College. This is a Code of Practice requirement. Medical and Travel Insurance can be arranged through the College with the Student Safe Insurance Plan. If students wish to purchase their own insurance, they must provide a copy of the insurance certificate and policy wordings to the College. The International Department will determine whether the insurance provides sufficient cover for the student’s medical, travel and potential repatriation needs.

Eligibility for Health Services

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 details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at

The Accident Compensation Corporation

In New Zealand ACC provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand. International Students may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at