How To Apply

If you are interested in enrolling at Otago Boys’ High School please read the Application Information for International Students and complete the International Student Application Form and Contract of Enrolment.

With the application please enclose:

  • A certified copy in English of your most recent school report.
  • Results of any public examinations you have recently completed.
  • A hand written letter about yourself, your family and why you would like to come to New Zealand. (150 words minimum please, you must not receive help with this)

If your application is successful, you will be sent an Offer of Place and invoice.

Transfer the fees to the school bank account as detailed on the invoice and notify the School when this has been done.

Once the funds have been received, you will be sent a receipt. The Offer of Place and the receipt for payment need to be submitted as part of a student visa application.

Otago Boys’ High School is a participant in the Pathway Student Visa Scheme. Students who meet the criteria may be able to obtain a student visa for the full length of their enrolment (if enrolling for more than one year, up to five years in total).

Application Information for International Students

International Application Form and Contract of Enrolment


Travel and Medical Insurance

All international students require medical & travel insurance to cover the entire length of their study period in New Zealand. This is part of the requirements set out by New Zealand’s Code of Practice. 

Otago Boys’ High School uses a reputable insurance company called Uni-Care. Please check the website for full details.

If you want to use a different insurance provider, you need to give the school a copy of the policy in English so that the school can check that this meets the requirements of the Code of Practice.



Once your travel plans are confirmed please email the International Department with your full flight details so we can confirm accommodation arrangements and arrange to meet you at the airport. Please provide travel details at least two weeks before your arrival.

Please read the handbook for new International students.

School Handbook for International Students

Please note the following important aspects from the handbook:

  • It may be cheaper/advisable to bring black shoes with you. Black leather lace-up shoes are good.
  • If you are enrolling at senior level (Years 11-13) it would be advisable to bring at least three long-sleeved plain white shirts or buy them at home
  • You should bring a scientific calculator.
  • Dental treatment is expensive in NZ, so if it has been a while since the last dental check, we strongly recommend that you have one before you come.
  • If you haven’t had an eye check for a while, this would best be done before you come.