Appendix 5: Definitions

International students

For the purpose of this report, ‘an international student’ is a student who is enrolled by a provider, and who, in relation to the provider, is a foreign student as defined in the Education Act, 1989 (Section 2 or 159, whichever is applicable). These students have entered New Zealand for the purpose of study (in Years 1 to 15) and do not have a right to an automatic place in a New Zealand school. A ‘young’ international student is a student in Years 1 to 8.

Homestay

‘Homestay’ means accommodation provided to an international student in the residence of a family or household where no more than four international students are accommodated.

Legal guardian

A ‘legal guardian’ is the person with the legal right and responsibility to provide for the care (including education and health) of an international student and appointed by a New Zealand or foreign court. The legal guardian must usually provide for the care of the student in the student’s home country.

Licensed hostel / boarding establishment

A hostel as defined in section 2 of the Act and licensed under the Education (Hostel) Regulations 2005. A boarding establishment can be a licensed hostel, for example a boarding house attached to a school, or accommodation provided to an international student in the residence of a family or household where five or more international students are accommodated.

Residential caregiver

‘Residential caregiver’ means:

  • homestay carer
  • boarding establishment manager or other person responsible for the care of international students in a boarding establishment
  • designated caregiver
  • in the case of temporary accommodation, a supervisor.