International Students 

Please see International Student Handbook and Information for More information and enrolment details

Course Details

Peace Experiment offers a Montessori learning programme for 11 - 18 year old students. While we do not have specialist teachers who will assist with tutoring English to non-English speaking students; we do have staff who are able to support an ESOL (English as a Second Language) programme. 

There are no uniform requirements at Peace School, and the stationery is provided for free. 

NCEA is the national school leaving qualification and is optional for those wishing to gain levels 1, 2 or 3.  Students may study at any level that they feel comfortable at; and may choose any set of topics, subjects or standards that they are eligible for. 

Community Based Education

The school believes in the value of using the community to create opportunities for education to assist in personal and social development; such as the use of the public library, swimming pools, gymnasium, Mt Wellington reserve, local shops and train station and bus hub.

Sport & Physical Recreation

All students are encouraged to participate in Physical Education, sport and fitness activities to create active, healthy and integrated individuals.

Code of Practice

Peace Experiment has applied (August 2019)  to observe and be bound by the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016  published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the code are available from this institution or from the NZ Ministry of Education website at  Peace Experiment is a signatory to the Code of Practice for International Students

Health and Travel Insurance

International students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand unless they are:

  • A resident or citizen of Australia; or
  • A national of the United Kingdom in NZ; or
  • The holder of a temporary permit that is valid for 2 years or more.

If you don’t belong to one of these special categories and you received medical treatment during your visit, you will be liable for the full costs of that treatment.  We also strongly recommend that you obtain insurance to cover your travel to and from New Zealand.


“Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at


For 2019, Including GST, the tuition fee is $NZ12,361.78 per year including GST.  This is usually paid quarterly.  The Tuition fees increase by 5% per annum.

There is also a $NZ386 non-refundable application fee, and a bond payable in advance of $NZ3090.  Students must have medical insurance, that covers the entire duration of the time enrolled, which costs approximately NZ$250 pa.

Should you be submitting an application to NZ immigration for permanent residency, it is recommended that fees be paid term by term, or per semester.

All international students attending Peace Experiment must have current medical insurance.

Enrolment Procedures

You can download a printable version of the Application for Enrolment Form. To save time you can print this out and fill it out before you come to the office.

  1. The International Student’s parents complete the Application for Enrolment form.
  2. The application is submitted for approval, to the principal from the Board of Trustees
  3. Once the application has been approved, a Letter of Acceptance of Application, (Offer of Place), together with ‘Current Fee Structure’ form, is forwarded to the student.
  4. A Tuition Agreement is signed between the School and the Student’s parents and payment of the fee is made. The amount of the fee is determined by the term of tuition chosen by the Student. A copy of this Agreement is given to the Student.
  5. Once payment of the International Fee has been made, a receipt is issued.
  6. The Student can now apply to the Immigration Office for a Student Visa, showing the receipt and Tuition Agreement to support their application. The visa or permit must be endorsed with the name of the school at which the student is seeking to enrol.
  7. Once the appropriate Visa is obtained, the Student is in a position to commence studies at Peace Experiment on the date agreed to in the Tuition Agreement.


Conditions of Acceptance

  • Peace Experiment accepts International students from Age 11 - 18.
  • Parents must be willing to sign the Tuition Agreement and abide by the School’s rules as they apply to all students, including International Students
  • Students will only be accepted if there is sufficient space available in the school.
  • All applications will be approved by the Principal, and if accepted will receive a letter of acceptance and invoice for the school fees.  An invoice will then be available with a Offer of Placement. 
  • Students who are not accepted will receive a letter from the Principal. 

Refund Conditions

To be eligible for a refund of the International Fee, an application must be made in writing to the Board of Trustees by the parent or legal guardian of the student stating clearly the reason for withdrawal of the student and received 10 weeks prior to the date of leaving.

If the withdrawal is made prior to the student commencing school, a full refund shall be made, less $386 application fee.

There will be no refund if a request to withdraw is made

  1. after the student has reached the mid point of his/her contract except in exceptional circumstances, e.g. a Breach of the Fair Trading Act or Consumer’s Guarantee Act.
  2. After two weeks of the start of a term

In determining any refund, the Board of Trustees will take into consideration the special circumstances of the withdrawing student and –

  • – The costs to the school in providing the tuition
  • - Costs incurred in employing staff and providing facilities
  • - Payments made to the New Zealand Government.
  • - Any other costs already incurred by the school.

No refund will be made to a student who –

  • Transfers to another school or educational institution
  • Is asked to leave because of misbehaviour, poor attendance or violation of the contract with the school, or breaks New Zealand Law
  • Becomes a permanent resident after the 1st of March (in any year) if enrolled in the school prior to the 1st of March.


International students who wish to withdraw from Peace Experiment must:
1. Provide written approval from their parents
2. Notify the Principal and complete the school leaving process

Fees Protection

The Board guarantees a refund of unspent International School Fees, in the unlikely event of the school not being able to deliver its normal programme.  The guarantee lasts until the tuition has been provided.  

This policy is in keeping with the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016.

Disputes and Complaints

In most cases a discussion with the staff or Steven, the principal (02108134483) will sort out problems.  This includes problems with learning, friends and other students.  However some problems might need more support, or an external agency. 

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