St Peter's College International Deparment
Welcome to St Peter's College
St Peter's College, in Central Auckland, has provided quality education to international students since 1995 with a dedicated international department. Two full time teachers specialise in teaching international students English.
Special relationship with international students
St Peter's has well established links with a number of schools in China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia,Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. Students come from a wide variety of countries and the College welcomes a mix of backgrounds. Only 60-70 students, in total, are accepted from outside New Zealand and no single country is permitted to dominate the international students' group.
A full curriculum is offered covering a wide range of Sciences, Mathematics, Languages and Arts subjects from Years 7-13. The programme in the senior school is designed to be a pre-university course or to lead on to tertiary study in a polytechnic. Several foreign languages are available. Both NCEA (National Certificate of Educational Achievement) and CIE (Cambridge International Examination) are offered. Students are guided as to which pathway is their best choice.
ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Language)
Students attend the College as part of the wider school group whilst under the umbrella of the International Centre. Students are expected to have a basic understanding of English. However ESOL classes are available for those who need them. ESOL is taught in the International Centre while all other subjects are taken with their NZ peers in their subject classes.
Students planning to study at university are encouraged to enrol at St Peter’s for a minimum of two years to improve their competence in English. Applications will be accepted for Year 13 only if suited to the student and the College.
School facilities include an excellent Library with on-line services, a Technology facility for those taking electronics, woodwork or IT, Science Laboratories, Computer Labs with audio-visual teaching aids, playing fields for sport and a new gymnasium. Music is very strong in the College and excellent opportunities are available for learning instruments, with free tuition, and performance. We also offer a wide range of sporting opportunities including Rugby, Tennis, Water Polo, Table Tennis, Cricket and Football.
The College is located in a central position in Auckland city, close to major bus routes and Grafton Train Station.
Medical and Travel Insurance
All students are required to have full medical and travel insurance. This is available from the College (NZ$500). If insurance is arranged elsewhere proof of insurance must be produced. If you have an accident while in New Zealand, you will be part-covered by the New Zealand Accicent Compensation Corporation. Some medical costs may still apply.
Homestays are the preferred option at St Peter’s. There are many families from the St Peter's Catholic community who welcome international students. Most are Catholic families, usually with boys attending the College with whom students can readily relate. Homestay costs are currently NZ$260 per week plus NZ$260 placement fee.
All students must have a guardian in New Zealand, who will take responsibility for the student and look after their visa, their travel, their health and other aspects which parents normally manage. Guardians can be arranged by the Director of International Students for an annual fee of NZ$3000.