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International students

International students settle quickly into Carncot's multi national community. Twenty-one different ethnicities are represented in the school, giving us a colourful multicultural feel. Carncot offers a friendly, respectful learning environment where international students enjoy the same opportunities as our New Zealand students.

For long-stay pupils, this includes leadership positions in the intermediate school, membership of sports and cultural teams, and positions on committees. For short-stay visiting groups, this means a full classroom immersion programme, and weekly off-site sightseeing trips, second to none! Our pupils support their international visitors, and make them feel welcome. Our Carncot families provide high-quality homestay care.

We guarantee a total ‘kiwi’ experience! Enrolment places are limited, so early enquiry is recommended.

We invite all prospective international students to contact the School for more information.

Further information, and links to important websites are provided below.

Code of practice

Carncot Independent School is a signatory to The Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of the Code are available from the NZQA website at


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

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

Accident insurance

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

Medical and travel insurance

International students (including group students) must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.