Bay of Plenty
Welcome International Students
Mount Maunganui College welcomes students from throughout the world.
Take a virtual tour of our school grounds, made by one of our previous students, by clicking here.
We are located in New Zealand's number one domestic tourist location, in a suburb of Tauranga (population 120,000). Tauranga is only 25 minutes by air from Auckland.
Fees and living expenses at Mount Maunganui College are reasonable. You can afford to study and enjoy life in Mount Maunganui.
Great subject choices
Marine Studies, Outdoor Education, Hospitality, Drama, Music, French, all Science subjects and Art - these are all available as part of your academic programme at Mount Maunganui College.
Living with a New Zealand family
Mount Maunganui is a very popular place to live. We arrange high quality host families that will make sure you enjoy living in Mount Maunganui. Most of our host families are within walking distance of our famous surf beach.
English (ESOL) classes are provided by fully qualified expert teachers in our purpose-built facility. We prepare our international students for tertiary study with NCEA and IELTS preparation courses. Extra tuition, holiday classes and high school preparation courses can be arranged.
Sports and club activities
Mount Maunganui College has a proud record of national success in surfing, waterpolo and cross-country. All major sports are available. Performing arts and music, drama and debating also thrive at Mount Maunganui College. All international students are encouraged to become involved in sports and cultural activities. Join in and enjoy yourself!
Summer is the main surfing season in New Zealand. Surfing is included as part of our Outdoor Education classes in Summer. Lear paddling techniques in our heated school pool, then try to stand up on a board in real surf at nearby Omanu Beach. May local students enjoy surfing and most of our host families are near the beach. International students will get plenty of opportunities to surf. Students arriving in winter (July) need to understand that only the brave and hardy surf in Winter, well insulated with wetsuits, hoods and booties! Mount Maunganui also has three surf lifesaving clubs. International students are welcome to train, qualify and join as volunteer lifeguards. The main season is from December to March.
International mix of nationalities
Mount Maunganui College is a modern co-educational high school with a total roll of 1500. We are happy to host about 60 international students from all parts of the world including, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Switzerland, Thailand and USA.
For those students who stay at Mount Maunganui College for a full calendar year or longer, there is the opportunity to enter NCEA exams (New Zealand’s national qualifications). Your progress towards gaining these national qualifications will be monitored, including guidance on selecting appropriate subjects.
Academic mentoring and support is available to those students wishing to gain University Entrance.
Academic excellence in a superb environment, Mt Maunganui - a seaside suburb of Tauranga City. Great subject choices such as Outdoor Education, Marine Studies, Hospitality and MultiSport, plus English classes, IELTS training and NCEA preparation.
Enjoy our top surfing beaches and two local golf courses. High quality host families within walking distance of our famous surf beaches will make your stay at Mount Maunganui College special.
International Student quote:
"Back in my country, students are very competitive and many teachers are teaching by rote. The only learning I had to do is remembering and cramming for exams. I didn't like the idea of cramming because I always wanted to stack my knowledge by actually understanding things. When I came to New Zealand, I found the teaching/learning style very unique.
When I learn about something, I must understand in depth to answer the questions about it. This made me think a lot and helped me to develop my opinion, as well as my writing skill. I felt that I am actually learning things and it remains in my head for a long time as I understand the things. Also, every teacher I met at Mount Maunganui College is passionate about ensuring that students are understanding and are really supportive whenever I ask for a help.
Another reason that I like the teaching/learning style is that the learning environment at Mount Maunganui College is relaxed. What I mean by relaxed is that students and teachers are frequently interacting and caring for each other. This must be a part of the reason why my capabilities could be maximized."