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International Students

Blue Mountain College, Tapanui, is a small co-educational school catering for students aged between 11 to 20 years old.

We are based in a beautiful part of the world at the foot of New Zealand's Blue Mountains, so it is no surprise to us why students from all over the globe choose to undertake study at our college. We encourage you to seize the opportunity to study in an English speaking school that oozes Kiwi culture, provides friendly hospitality through homestay accommodation, and a chance to experience a rural lifestyle.


Only 1.3 hours from Dunedin Airport and 2.20 hours from Queenstown International Airport, we are centrally located in the township of Tapanui and accessible to some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery and popular tourist destinations.   

The roles of Homestay Coordinator, ESOL teacher and Director of International Students are filled by one person, which makes it easier for our international students to settle in. They have a person they can trust and turn to should they need additional support or someone to confide in. The students are helped holistically, which aids all aspects of their progress and enjoyment.

Being a small school, our international students will be embraced by the local students and teaching staff, so that they quickly feel part of the school community, giving them the best possible chance of success.

School Information

Category: High School

Years catered: Year 7 – 13

Ages: 11 years to 20 years

Number of Students: 200

Number of International Students: 2

Genders Taught: Co-Educational

Blue Mountain College International Policies


International students are able to study towards a wide range of qualification including:

  • NCEA Levels 1-3 and University Entrance

  • Preparation for IELTS

  • Star courses – Diving Certificate, Barista course, Drivers Licence, Day Skippers Licence

  • Gateway programme – work experience opportunities


Each international student has an individual programme prepared in order to achieve their academic and life goals.


International students are provided with every opportunity that our 'Kiwi' students experience.


Students will have an interview with our Senior Dean when they first arrive and a combination of subjects will be agreed upon.



  • School Farm, Agriculture Subject options

  • Specialist Science Laboratories

  • Dedicated workshops for Food and Materials technology

  • Full gymnasium

  • Expansive sports fields and courts

  • Library

  • BYOD with wireless network for students

  • Community swimming pool

  • Positive Behaviour for Learning (PB4L)

  • Small classes – 20 students maximum


Homestay accommodation is available for our international students with local families.

Placements can be within the township or in the countryside with a farming family.


We welcome students from all faiths. We work to cultivate a culture of inclusiveness and respect within our school community. 


  • 1:1 support with ESOL teacher

  • Small classes

  • Academic progress support

  • Pastoral care

  • Accommodation placement service

  • Community evening English language classes


  • School production / stage challenge / Performing Arts festival

  • Duke of Edinburgh Hillary Awards

  • Yearly Formal dance function for Year 11-13

  • Snowboard trip, skiing weekends

  • Camps and tramps

  • Outdoor experiences

  • Marae visit

  • Ambassador club (International and Migrant students)

  • Wide range of team and individual sports

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Fees and Costs for 2024 (in NZD)

EDUCATION FEES                                                  

Tuition per year NZ$18,000

Tuition per term

One term NZ$4,500

Two terms NZ$9,000

Three terms NZ$13,500

Four terms NZ$18,000

To discuss your enrolment please contact

Angela McHutchon
Director of International Students

Telephone: 00 64 3 2048 358

Cellphone: 00 64 27 444 9283


Blue Mountain College Facilities

Student Testimonials

Sayaka from Japan

Blue Mountain CollegeはTapanui にあるとても小さい学校です。しかし沢山の良い所があり、私はここでの毎日の生活をとても楽しんでいます。田舎の学校の為、生徒全員がそれぞれを良く知っていて、仲がとても良いです。また皆とても優しく、友達も出来やすいと思います。ニュージーランドの生活は日本とは違いゆっくりとしています。毎日5限まで授業があり、放課後はスポーツやボランティア活動など自分の好きなことができるため、充実した日々を送ることができます。また先生方も熱心に勉強を教えてくださり、ESOLの授業では今の自分の実力を知ることができ、スキルアップに役立ちます。


Blue Mountain College is a small school in Tapanui. There are lots of good places and I am enjoying my daily life here. Because it's a country school, every student knows each other well, relationships are very good. Also  everyone is kind and friends are easy to make.


Life in New Zealand is different from Japan.There are up to 5 classes a day, and after school we can do our favourite things, such as sports and volunteer activities. Every day is a fulfilling day. The teachers also teach studiously ESOL classes, identifying your current skill level to help you improve.

Mayuki, from Japan

Tom, Germany

Spoken in English & German.

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