academic year starts in February and finishes in December, at which
date our summer holidays start. The year is divided into four
terms of about 10 weeks each. In the New Zealand Rudolf Steiner
School Class 10 (Year 11) students study a compulsory curriculum.
In Classes 11 (Year 12) and 12 (Year 13) pupils study a compulsory core
curriculum and a range of specialist subject options. During
these last three years students are offered the Christchurch Rudolf
Steiner Schools Certificate and the National Certificate of Educational
All correspondence with the school must be in English.
To make an application we require you to complete an “Application for
Enrolment” form which you may obtain from the International Student
We will also require a copy of your most recent school report, together
with a translation, a school reference (in English) and a copy of your
birth and immunisation certificates. We also require an essay written
by the student in English lanuage why you want to come to New Zealand
and what your expectations are and what goals you have while at our
If any of the details you provide at the time of enrolment change, it
is your responsibility to notify the school of the changes.
English Language Proficiency Requirements
You must understand that your English will need to be of a standard
that will make your time spent in New Zealand beneficial. As a
guideline, on the International Language Testing System (IELTS) a band
5 would be the minimum (1 being the lowest result possible and 9 being
the best result possible).
you are from Japan the language test is known as the TOEFL test.
A score of 450 on the TOEFL test is the minimum required. If you have
an insufficient command of English you may be asked to attend a
Conditions of Acceptance
We do not accept international students wishing to stay less than six
months. Acceptance will be based on your most recent school
reports and the school reference you submit as part of your enrolment
To enrol at Christchurch Rudolf Steiner School international students
must live in one of the following categories of accommodation;
1. Living with their parents, or;
2. Living in homestay accommodation.
Parents/caregivers of the enrolling student must sign the school’s
Tuition Agreement contract on acceptance into the school.
To study in New Zealand you will need to enter the country with a
student visa endorsement in your passport. Application for a
student visa has to be made through the local New Zealand
Embassy/Consulate. For this application you will need an ‘offer
of placement’ form, which will be sent to you after we have decided to
accept you as a pupil and payment of the international student fee has
been received and receipted.
will need medical insurance, which is valid in New Zealand, a valid
return air ticket and to be able to satisfy immigration that you have
sufficient funds available for the length of your visit.
NB: A student will not be allowed to attend school until we have sighted a valid student visa or certified copy of one.
details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment
in New Zealand whilst studying, and reporting requirements are
available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be
viewed on their website at www.immigration.govt.nz
Rudolf Steiner School has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of
Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by
the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code are available on
request from the school or from the Ministry of Education website at www.minedu.govt.nz/goto/international
A summary copy of the “Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of
International Students” is available to download here.