bilingual education cost
The schools offering French-English bilingual education are publicly funded and as such, are free for children with a NZ passport or permanent resident visa or if at least one of the parent is entering on a work or student visa. Note that some schools ask for a small annual administrative donation
(see cost comparison table below).
However, the French learning resources needed to provide a quality bilingual education are not covered by the Ministry of Education as French is not an official language of New Zealand. This is where Frenz comes in! We provide each school with all their French learning resources and maintain well stocked libraries onsite.
All families with children participating in the bilingual programmes are required to become Frenz members to access our French resources and are encouraged to make yearly donations directly to Frenz.
Members of the public and businesses wanting to support our programmes are also welcome to become Frenz members or make donations.
Without your donations, bilingual education would not be possible in New Zealand.
frenz Membership and
The membership gives your family access to any of our school libraries
* If your family will arrive in New Zealand on a visitor visa, your child will need a student visa if he/she will study in New Zealand full time and for longer than three months. Not all school can take international students and the schools that do charge a fee. Your child will not be considered as an international student if your family arrives in New Zealand with a work visa. Find out more information.
How are the donations used?
EDUCATIONAL EXPENSES - 34%
Ressources, DELF exams, training/professional development
DEVELOPMENT & GROWTH - 19%
Creation and support of new bilingual units
MARKETING & COMMUNICATIONS - 17%
Promotion of bilingual units & FRENZ, Stakeholder management (embassies, schools), Partnerships
GOVERNANCE & MANAGEMENT - 16%
Book keeping, applying for grants, create/update processes, administration of FRENZ
GENERAL EXPENSES - 14%
Insurance, bank charges, storage, accounting and legal fees
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offer bilingual education in NZ