Code of Practice

When international students come to study in New Zealand, we have a special set of guidelines to ensure students are well informed and well cared for during their visit. This set of guidelines is called the Code of Practice and Whangarei Girls' High School is a signatory to The Code.

All education providers in New Zealand have an important responsibility to ensure that those students are well informed, safe and properly cared for.

To support this, the New Zealand government has developed the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) The Code of Practice 2016, which replaced the 2010 Code of Practice.

The Code is a document that provides a framework for service delivery by educational providers and their agents to international students. The Code sets out the minimum standards of advice and care that are expected of educational providers with respect to international students. The Code applies to pastoral care and provision of information only and not to academic standards.

Like Whangarei Girls' High School, education providers must be approved signatories to the Code of Practice to enrol international students (of any age). The Code of Practice guidelines help signatories ensure they have appropriate practices and procedures in place to meet the outcomes of the Code of Practice.

Where can I read the Code of Practice Guidelines?

You can request a copy of the Code from our school or any other your New Zealand education provider. The Code is also available online from

The 2016 Code of Practice is also available in other languages along with a pamphlet that provides a summary of important information for international students and their families.

The 2016 Code of Practice and the pamphlet are resources for all groups and people involved in international education: e.g. international students and their families, providers that are signatories to the Code of Practice.