Fees for International Students

All fees are stated in New Zealand dollars and are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax of 15%.

Annual International Student Fees  
Annual School Fees Years 1-6 $24,280
Annual School Fees Years 7-13 *$35,350
Homestay Fees (per week) $300
Student Insurance approximately $585
Uniform $1,200
Incidentals $2,500
One-off Enrolment Fee (once your application has been accepted and and upon enrolment) $500
* Includes WPEN StudyCare programme  

The StudyCare Fee is for the specialised student support and New Zealand experience programme offered by Samuel Marsden School and the Wellington Private Education Network.


Annual school fees are due in full, prior to the commencement of the school year.

  • In the event of early withdrawal, one term's notice in writing is required. If notice is duly given, fees will be refunded for the period of the year that the student did not attend.
  • New Zealand Immigration Department requires $NZ15,000 to be paid to the school in advance to go towards Homestay costs.


Fees information for Chinese students

Additional Costs

In addition to the annual fees above:

  • English language tuition is included in the school fees and regular classroom programme. If additional tuition is required, it is available at an extra cost.
  • A range of extra tuition, for example piano, dance or speech and drama lessons is also available. These may incur an extra cost.

How to apply

Enrolment is easy, just follow these steps below:

1. Application

International Enrolments

Sonia Stinson
Enrolment Registrar
(04) 476 8707 ext 831
Contact me to discuss your enrolment.

You can apply easily by contacting our Enrolment Registrar, Sonia Stinson. She will send you the International Enrolment Agreement and Medical Form for you to complete and return to her. There is no application fee at this point.

2. Enrolment Assessment

Once we receive your completed Enrolment Agreement and Medical Form, the Director of International Students, Mrs Caroline Robertson, will conduct an online interview with you. She will assess your application and suitability. Acceptance is subject to this interview.

3. Letter of Offer

If successful, you will receive the following documents:

  • A Letter of Offer from the Principal, for immigration purposes
  • A Homestay Form (if applicable)
  • An Acceptable Use Technology Agreement 
  • A Sport and Cultural Form
  • There is a one-off non-refundable enrolment fee of $500
  • An invoice for the enrolment fee, tuition and Homestay (if applicable).


NB: Medical and travel insurance is compulsory for International Students coming to New Zealand. Samuel Marsden School will organise and purchase insurance for International Students who have been offered and have accepted a place. 

4. Letter of Confirmation

On return of documents and payment of fees, a letter of confirmation will be prepared by Samuel Marsden School.  Once enrolled at the school, International Students have the same rights as domestic students. They are also required to observe the laws of New Zealand, the school rules and code of conduct.  In addition, students who are in a Homestay are expected to follow the rules of the Homestay parent.


If you have any questions about studying in  New Zealand please contact Sonia Stinson, Enrolment Registrar at Samuel Marsden School, phone +64 4 476 8792 ext 831 or email sonia.stinson@marsden.school.nz.