International Application Process
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Applying Online

Completing our online application is quick and easy. Here are a few tips for you:

  • You can save the application at any time by clicking 'Save Draft' and come back to it when you’re ready. A link will be emailed to you, so that you can review and complete your application at a time that suits you.
  • Information with a red asterisk (*) is required for submission.
  • Our online application provides for digital signatures for the Enrolment Contract and accommodation agreements.  There is no need for you to print and scan documents.
  • Once the application is fully completed, click 'Submit Application'. An email will be sent to you to confirm it has been submitted.

Before you begin, it may be helpful to have the following items organised and on hand:

  • Current Passport
  • Photo of student
  • Latest School Report (translated into English)
  • Vaccination Record (with English translation)
  • If you are wanting to stay with a Homestay family, please prepare a letter of introduction and some personal photos.
Enrolment Cap

Bethlehem College has a capped roll that allows for approximately 100 international students. This is less than 6% of the total college roll, and ensures an authentic Kiwi experience with some international flavour.  Placement availability will be advised upon application or enquiry.

Mainstream Course: Primary or Secondary School studies and English as a Second Language.

Intake Date: Term 1 or Term 3 if places are available at the requested year level.

Length of Course: Priority will be given to students enrolling for a full academic year.

Enrolment: New applications should be sent no less than three months prior to the intended period of study to allow sufficient time for application process and obtaining a student visa.


Studying in a new country is a big adventure and we know that you will have a lot of questions. All new students to Bethlehem College are welcomed with an orientation programme to ensure a smooth transition into studying and living in New Zealand.

  • Meeting our staff and important contacts within school
  • Making friends with new and existing students
  • Taking a tour of your new school
  • Engaging in sport and cultural opportunities
  • Accessing general school information
  • Learning about cultural differences

Secondary students only:

  • Sightseeing in Tauranga (Terms 1 and 3)
  • Understanding life in a homestay family
  • Choosing school subjects
  • Knowing requirements for NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement)
  • Sharing morning tea with mainstream buddies and key staff from around the school
Student Guidebook

Information on just about everything relating to your time at Bethlehem College can be found here.

Student Visa

To be accepted for a study visa at Bethlehem College, students must submit:

  • Passport (must be valid for at least three months past the date you plan to leave NZ)
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs 
  • An Offer of Placement from BC
  • Receipt for payment of fees, stating the duration of study paid for
  • Evidence of financial support while in NZ: evidence of NZ$17,000 per year (and provision for an airline ticket) OR evidence of NZ$1,417 per month if studying for less than one year
  • Confirmation from BC that the student’s accommodation meets the Code requirements

Health Requirements

  • Students studying between 6-12 months need to provide an X-ray Certificate for Temporary Entry (INZ 1096 form).
  • Students studying for more than 12 months need to complete a Medical and X-ray Certificate (INZ 1007 form).

Medical & Travel Insurance

International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. We recommend Uni-care insurance, and are happy to organise a policy for you. The cost is currently NZ$597.07 per year. Visit Uni-Care for information on their New Zealand Student Policy.

A student may purchase their own insurance or have this arranged by their agent, ensuring that Bethlehem College receives a copy of the policy in English, before enrolment. If at the time of enrolment the student does not have an adequate current insurance policy, Bethlehem College reserves the right to arrange travel and medical insurance through Uni-Care. The cost of the insurance will be met by the student.

Eligibility for New Zealand 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. Find out more. 

Accident Insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) 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.