Otago Girls' High School


Otago Girls’ High School welcomes enrolments at any time throughout the school year. Students can enrol from year 9 through to year 13.



  1. Complete the ‘Application for Enrolment form and send it with copies of your most recent school report to the school.
  2. The school will then send you a provisional offer of place and an invoice.
  3. Transfer the fees as invoiced and notify the school when this has been done. If you have arranged your own Health and Travel Insurance, please include a copy when you send the fee. We will then send you a receipt and a formal offer of place.  This includes an accommodation guarantee.
  4. Contact NZ Immigration or an approved education agent in your home country to receive advice regarding the procedure required to obtain a student visa.
  5. Before making your final flight arrangements please contact the school regarding the term start and finish dates. We will arrange to meet you at the airport and introduce you to your home stay family.  Please let us know your travel arrangements as soon as you can, especially your flight number and time of arrival in Dunedin.


      If you require further information, please contact:

The Principal
Otago Girls' High School
41 Tennyson Street
Dunedin 9016
New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 474 0496
Fax: +64 3 474 1668
Website: www.otagogirls.school.nz
Email: admin@oghs.school.nz




We offer a flexible structure of intensive English and general curriculum programmes for all international students.

An outline of courses available can be found in the Otago Girls’ High School profile. It is important to choose your courses carefully, if you want to go to university or return to school in your own country.  The Dean of International Students regularly checks students’ achievement and progression in subjects.  Adjustments to courses are possible upon consultation. It is most beneficial for students who want to gain university entrance to do at least a two year course starting in Year 12. 


English Language Programme

All international students are supported by the English Language (EL) programme, with intensive English or full mainstream subjects. On arrival, an assessment of the student’s English level is made and students are placed in courses accordingly. As students gain proficiency in English they move into more mainstream subjects.  Some subject tutorials are available during school lunch breaks. Extra tuition in English and mainstream subjects can be arranged on a private basis. All students in English Language classes are required to do Speech New Zealand OCESOL (Oral Communication in English for Speakers of Other Languages examination). Some students choose to sit other international English language tests: IELTS, iBT TOEFL or TOEIC at the Otago University Language Centre.

Outdoor Education

Leadership and outdoor education opportunities are available and are popular in New Zealand schools.  Camps in beautiful locations are part of certain courses.  The annual four day ski camp takes place in August in school time. Daily ski classes are provided by fully trained ski instructors. There is an additional cost involved for these trips.

Private Music and Speech Lessons

Group music tuition in orchestral instruments is available at Otago Girls' High School in school time. There is a small cost for instrument hire if required. Private lessons in piano, orchestral instruments, speech and drama can be arranged with highly qualified tutors at an additional cost. 

Reporting to Parents

Reporting to parents/caregivers takes place four times a year through written reports and parent-teacher interviews. Written reports are issued in terms 2 and 4. Parent teacher interviews are conducted in terms 1 and 3.  Parents/caregivers are able to ask about their daughter’s progress at any time.


As an international student at Otago Girls’ High School, we ensure that you have a caring environment which will help you to adjust to life in a new country.  All international students live with host families.  You will experience life with a New Zealand family.  You will settle in to school life more easily. Your host family will help your English skills to improve quickly, and will be interested in your welfare. Your host family will be involved in your academic progress and will be in regular contact with the school. You will be included as a member of their family.

All of our homestay families have been carefully selected and are subject to police checks, which is a requirement of New Zealand law.

Looking After Your Daughter

Otago Girls' High School takes its responsibility to look after its international students very seriously.  The Dean of International Students has responsibility for the academic and pastoral care of all our international students and she maintains a close and caring oversight. The International Student Director supervises home stay and runs the orientation programme and she is available to assist the students daily.

Otago Girls' High School has a full time student counsellor to provide advice and guidance for students where required and is available for consultation at any time during the school week.  Health, careers and further education advice is also available to all students.


All students at Otago Girls’ High School must wear full school uniform. The Otago Girls' High School Profile outlines the uniform in detail. The summer uniform includes a blue summer blouse, blue skirt and blazer; and the winter uniform includes a kilt, jersey, blazer and tie. A regulation school bag must be bought in Dunedin.


Under the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students the school must ensure that leave to travel is only granted where it can be assured that the student will be supervised by approved adults and will be living in accommodation that meets the appropriate standard.

If students wish to travel out of Dunedin at any time they must complete a travel request form which must be approved by the Principal. Travel forms (domestic and international) must be fully completed, signed and received by the Principal at least 2 weeks prior to date of intended departure.  The Principal’s decision is final.

Please notify the home stay parent and the school if your daughter is to return home during the term breaks or before the end of the school term.

Eligibility for Health Services

Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand. If your daughter receives medical treatment during her visit, she 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

Accident Insurance

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but your daughter may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at http://www.acc.co.nz.

Medical and Travel Insurance

International students (including group students) attending Otago Girls’ High School must have comprehensive medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.

The insurance must begin one week before the date of your daughter’s departure from her home country until one week after her return. If you are arranging this insurance yourself, please forward a copy of the policy documents (translated into English) to the school when you forward the fees.

Otago Girls’ High School is able to arrange insurance for you from New Zealand.  Please advise us if your require insurance to be arranged.


Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through Immigration New Zealand, and can be viewed on their website at  www.immigration.govt.nz


Otago Girls' High School has agreed to observe and be bound by the “Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students” published by NZQA (New Zealand Qualifications Authority).   Copies of the Code are available on request from this institution or from the NZQA website at www.nzqa.govt.nz

Student Contract

Each student will be asked to sign a contract agreeing to obey all school rules and to behave in an acceptable way both at school and in home stay.

If students do not meet school or home stay requirements, the Principal or Board of Trustees may decide to send them home. In this case no tuition fees will be refunded.

School Tuition Fees

School tuition fees cover the provision of tuition including English Language classes, outdoor education courses and visual arts courses.

Homestay Fees

The homestay fees cover a period of 46 weeks (four terms) and include term holidays.

Disbursement / Examination Fee Deposit

The disbursement deposit is used to pay accounts incurred by students during the time they are studying at Otago Girls’ High School.  These accounts may include examination fees, sports fees, orchestral instrument hire, school field trips, and the school learning management system.
*Disbursement fee for returning students is $800 per year. 

School Stationery

Students are expected to provide their own stationery for use at school.  Stationery can be purchased from any stationery shop, once the student has made her subject selection.

Examination Fees

Students who sit NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) examinations

are required to pay the examination fee set by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority.  Examination fees are deducted from the individual student’s disbursement deposit.


The International Student Director will assist international students to purchase their uniform upon arrival in Dunedin. New and second-hand uniform items can be purchased.  

Unused funds

Any funds remaining in the disbursements deposit account of a student will be refunded to the student following the completion of their education at Otago Girls’ High School.

Refund Conditions for International Students School Tuition Fees

School Fees

  1. If you withdraw from your course of study before the course completion date you may be eligible for a refund of school fees.
  2. An application for refund of fees must be made in writing. You must write to the Board of Trustees explaining why you have withdrawn from the course and your reasons for seeking a refund.
  3. If your application is made before the start of your course, your fees will be refunded in full less an administration charge of $300 to cover costs incurred by the school.
  4. If your application is made after the start of your course, but before the second half of your course, your fees will be refunded less:
  • An administration charge of $300
  • Costs to the school already incurred for tuition
  • Components of the fee already committed for the duration of the course, including appropriate proportions of salaries of teachers and support staff (if applicable)
  • Costs already incurred for the use of facilities and resources
  • The proportion of the Government Levy the school is required to pay
  • Any other costs already incurred
  1. If your application is made after the second half of your course, you may be eligible for a refund. The refund will be considered on a case by case basis.
  2. Where students are asked to leave the School because of misbehaviour, poor attendance, or violation of the Otago Girls' High School Code of Conduct for for International Students no refund will be given.
  3. The Board of Trustees will make no refund to a student who is excluded from the school.

Homestay Fees (based on all homestay fees paid in advance)

  1. If you move out of your homestay before the end of your contract the portion of your homestay fees not already used will be returned to you. The Homestay Placement Fee of $350 cannot be refunded.
  2. To have your homestay fees returned, you must write to the Board of Trustees giving two weeks’ notice, or pay two weeks’ fees in lieu of notice.
  3. If you cancel your homestay contract before you move into the homestay, your fees will be refunded in full, less the Homestay Placement Fee of $350.

NB: No refunds will be made:

  • Where students are asked to leave the School because of misbehaviour, poor attendance, or violation of the rules regarding motor vehicles.
  • Where students wish to transfer to another school for whatever reason.
  • Where students return home for any reason other than the student’s serious illness or death or serious illness of a close member of the family.
  • Where students acquire permanent residence after having enrolled at the school.



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