International students

Today, the St Cuthbert’s community reflects the diverse cultural makeup of New Zealand. Our girls come from all over the globe including Asia, The United States, The Pacific Islands and The Middle East.

We welcome our many international students and value the cultural richness and global insights they bring to our family. We also understand that adjusting to being far from home can be challenging, especially in the early days. Rest assured, we have helped hundreds of international girls settle in, make friends and thrive academically, socially, physically and spiritually, during their years at St Cuthbert’s.

Our settling-in process includes:

  • Orientation Programme: Your daughter will be part of our special International Student Orientation Programme, which begins just before she starts school. This helps her understand and be equipped for changes, such as climate, dress, food, homesickness, language, study methods and religion. By the time she starts school she will have met and made friends with other international boarders, she will understand how the boarding house works and have a good grasp of New Zealand culture and customs.
  • Her own boarding family: As a boarder your daughter will be welcomed into a ‘boarding family’ of six or seven girls from different year groups. Essentially she’ll have a group of ‘big sisters’ around her, right from day one. This family unit will continue right throughout her years with us and we see strong bonds form within these boarding families. Eventually, she will become a ‘big sister’ to other, younger girls.
  • English language support: If you are an international student on a Student Visa, you will be required to demonstrate written and verbal English language skills and take ESOL classes to help you establish strong English language skills. Where necessary, our Personalised Learning Centre may provide a structured support programme. Specialist teachers are available to provide language assistance, guidance for classroom teachers and in some cases, personalised learning plans.
  • Wraparound wellbeing support: The wellbeing and support of your daughter is part of everyday life a St Cuthbert’s. At all times, our primary focus is to understand the cultural, family, and academic background of your daughter and make sure she has everything she needs to be happy and thrive at St Cuthbert’s.

Boarding and accommodation for girls on a Student Visas

Please note, St Cuthbert’s onsite accommodation is compliant with the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

Years 1-6

International students in Years 1 – 6 must live with a parent during their studies.

Years 7 – 13

From year 7 onwards, we welcome international students into the boarding house. From Years 7 – 13 they can also live with a designated caregiver.

Academic pathways

From Year 12 onwards, your daughter will have the option of either continuing on the NCEA pathway or pursuing IB (International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme).

Our record speaks for itself, with our girls consistently achieving some of the best results across both NCEA and IB. See our academic pathways.