Enrolment Process

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Enrolment Procedure

Application for a place at Sacred Heart College takes the following steps:

  • Download and completion of the International Application for Admission, Student’s Health Record, Digital Citizenship Contract, and return to the College along with a copy of the student's passport and recent school reports.
  • Read International Student Handbook for full details on the College’s Enrolment, Guidelines, Policies and Tuition Contract;
  • If the enrolment is dependent on gaining a place in the College Hostel, then the Hostel Contract Form for Admission to Boarding must also be completed and an interview for placement at the Hostel (by telephone if necessary) needs to take place. Places in the Hostel are subject to availability, for more details, please read Boarding Hostel Frequently Asked Questions for International Students;
  • The College issues an offer of place and an invoice for the tuition fees and living costs if the application is successful.
  • As soon as the fees are paid in full, a confirmation of place and a receipt is issued. These documents are required by Immigration New Zealand in order to obtain a student visa to study at the College. Students should apply for their visa as soon as they receive these documents.
  • Along with the receipt and confirmation of place, the College will send to the student a Homestay Application Form to complete and return to the school, for accommodation placement. Instructions will also be given to students accepted into the Hostel.
  • Orientation information is sent to the student at least two weeks prior to the student commencing his course at the College.
Entry Requirements

Selection will be made by the Director of International Students. Students will be recruited from as wide range of countries as possible so that many cultures are represented at the College.

  • Sacred Heart College accepts International Students at Years 9-13 level. Students are accepted at Year 7 and 8 only if a parent or designated caregiver lives with them full time in New Zealand and subject to place availability;
  • The College seeks to recruit students who have certain English language skills, and may require that a student sit the College’s Pre-entry Assessment Test or undertake a Skype Interview, or attend a New Zealand High School Preparation Course for a period of time if it is ascertained the student cannot cope at the College at an appropriate English level;
  • The College may require testimonials to be provided to demonstrate that the student has a genuine desire to learn, and a good record of attendance at his previous school;
  • The College reserves the right to place the student in appropriate courses based on the student’s academic background and competency in English.
  • Sacred Heart College is a Catholic school, preference is given to students from Catholic families. However places are available to students of other religious traditions;


New Zealand Guardian
International Students who are boarding at Sacred Heart College Hostel, regardless of their age at the time of enrolment, must have a contact person in Auckland as a guardian (not legal term). This is the person who is resident in Auckland and provides support for the student while at the Hostel. A Guardianship Agreement must be signed by the guardian. Appointment of guardian is subject to the approval of the College, and normally a guardian can be a family relative or friend, or agent who can speak both English and the native language of the student. Professional guardianship is available at student’s own cost.

Full details of immigration requirements, advise 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 www.immigration.govt.nz 

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

The Accident Compensation Corporation
Provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, 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 www.acc.co.nz

Medical and Travel Insurance
International Students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. This is a requirement under The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Insurance can be arranged through the College with the Southern Cross International Student Insurance Plan. If students wish to purchase their insurance elsewhere, the College needs to be provided with a copy of the insurance certificate and policy wordings so we may determine whether the insurance provides sufficient cover for the student’s medical, travel and potential repatriation needs. For further details please download the Health and Travel Insurance form under 'Resources' on this page.