International Student Policy

Rationale

Our goal is for all our students to become connected global citizens, ready to live and work in a diverse and connected modern world. Our international programme is therefore, designed to increase and enhance our New Zealand students’ awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries, which is a key aspect of the New Zealand Curriculum.

This policy gives an overview of our policies and procedures for international students, designed to meet the requirements of the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice, 2016, and ensure that high quality systems are in place.

Purpose

  • To develop cultural understanding and a sense of global citizenship

  • To foster international cooperation and relationships now and in the future

  • To provide the school with additional funds to enhance the quality teaching and learning for all students

  • To ensure that each student has a safe and supportive environment in which to learn.

Guidelines

  1. Evans Bay Intermediate School will be compliant with all aspects of the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice, 2016.


Recruitment agents

  1. Our school may use recruitment agents and we expect them to act with the utmost integrity at all times. We have a written contract with each agent we use, carry out careful reference checking, and monitor the behaviour of agents.

  2. We ensure that agents have complete and accurate information about our school, and renew their contracts regularly.

Enrolment

  1. International Students will be enrolled at Evans Bay Intermediate School under a Contract of Enrolment in accordance with Section 2 of the Education Act 1989.

  2. The total number of students enrolled will be determined by the principal. The number of enrolled students is reviewed as needed in accordance with the school’s enrolment policy.

  3. An offer of place, enrolment, and class level placement is at the discretion of the principal and International Student Coordinator.

  4. Appropriate staff and resources will be allocated by the school for the recruitment, administration and pastoral care requirements of international students.

  5. The school will enrol International Students both long-term (year-long enrolment) as well as short-term (“Groups Students” enrolled for periods up to three months).

Fees

  1. International student fees are set to cover tuition and resources for international students, Ministry fees, staffing resources, administrative costs, and related incidental costs to enable high quality support.

  2. International students are required to pay tuition fees in advance.

  3. Fees will be reviewed by the principal and Board of Trustees as required. We pay a government levy per student as required.

  4. Our refund policy outlines the circumstances in which a refund will be given, and how this process works.

Living situation for international students

  1. All students must be in accommodation that complies with the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.

School support for international students

  1. Pastoral care of International students complies with the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.

  2. An orientation programme is in place for students and their parents..

  3. International students have access to the same facilities and learning opportunities as domestic students.

  4. International students must follow the same policies and rules as domestic students, such as attendance, behaviour.

  5. International students will be placed in regular mainstream classes and study the New Zealand Curriculum. They will be provided with specialist ESOL tuition and Pastoral Care according to their needs.

  6. We deal with grievances according to our school grievance procedures and those established by NZQA. Financial or contractual disputes are managed through the International Student Contract Dispute Resolution Scheme.

  7. We define staff roles and responsibilities for our international programme to ensure compliance with the Code of Practice, and ensure that the following needs are met:

  • overall management of the programme

  • administration and financial allocations

  • marketing

  • pastoral care

  • orientation

  • English language support

  • accommodation

  • professional development

  • reviews and reporting.

Administration

  1. This policy statement, along with our International policies and procedures, is reviewed annually as part of the Code of Practice self-review.

  2. The International Student Coordinator will have overall responsibility for matters relating to International Students and will regularly review the needs of individual students.



This policy has been approved by the Board of Trustees:

Approval Date: December 2018

To be reviewed: August 2019