International – Application Process

Green Bay High School will consider applications from students all over the world aged 13-19 years old.

You can Apply Online here or download the enrolment form here, fill it in, and email it back to us at [email protected]

Application Process

As you work through the online application you can ‘save draft’ and come back to it later. You will be asked to upload a copy of the following documents to the online application, or email them to us if you are submitting your application by email.

  • Passport
  • Last 2 years of school reports including attendance
  • Letter of introduction (family, school, hobbies, goals, reasons for coming, interesting facts)
  • Insurance policy details in English (if purchasing your own insurance). We highly recommend using the school approved insurer.
  • Vaccination certificate if available. We strongly advise students to have the measles vaccine.

Note that the 3 following schedules are also included in the Contract of Enrolment.

Green Bay High School will review and respond to your application within two working days. If you are applying to us directly and not through an agent, we will set up a time to interview you over skype or Zoom.

Once a decision is made and the student is accepted, we will send an Offer of Place and Invoice.

Fees can be paid online or at the bank. There is information about this on the invoice.

As soon as the fees have been paid, we will send out a Receipt and a Confirmed Offer of Place. We will also purchase your insurance if you choose to book that through us. If you are using your own insurance company we require a copy of the insurance policy in English so we can ensure it meets the Code of Practice requirements.

The Confirmed Offer of Place and receipt are used to apply for a Student Visa online through Immigration New Zealand. If you have an agent they will assist you in this process.

We will then begin the process of matching the student with a suitable host family. We will send you the host family details 1 – 2 months prior to your arrival in NZ. This gives the families and students time to connect prior to arrival.

We will be in touch to get your flight details and send you the pre-arrival information.


GBHS will issue an Offer of Place to a selected student but the level of study offered is an indicator only. Selection and placement are conditional upon the school being able to meet the needs of the student. Quality applicants are sought whose proficiencies and career intentions are matched by the opportunities Green Bay High School offers.

Generally students are placed with their age level. However, the school has the right to place students in appropriate subjects and year levels for their abilities. Students entering the school as International Students must have the prior learning necessary and the intellectual and emotional capacity to cope with study in New Zealand in English at the level they have enrolled in.

English Level

We have excellent ESOL support for students who need extra help with their English and have classes to cater for all levels. There will be an English test for all students as part of the orientation. These students study ESOL instead of English but follow a regular academic programme for their other subjects. Students with better English are more successful in gaining the credits needed to get into university.


Student diversity is a focus at Green Bay High School and we aim to have a wide variety of nationalities represented. This sometimes means we need to limit the numbers from each country to ensure diversity among the student population. If we have no places available for students of one nationality, we can place them on a waiting list in case a place becomes available. If you would like to check availability before applying, please email us.

Conditions of Enrolment

Upon enrolment at Green Bay High School, the student will abide by the same conditions as domestic students with regards to behaviour and absence. Enrolment as an International Student shall be terminated:

  • At the end of the school year in which the student turns 19 years of age, in accordance with New Zealand law; or
  • At any time by agreement between the parties; or
  • By Green Bay High School if the student fails to pay fees in advance, or fails to abide by the same conditions as for domestic students, or fails to abide by the conditions of the International Student Tuition Agreement; or
  • If the student ceases to hold, or ceases to be eligible to hold, a valid student visa issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service.