International Programme and Living in Wellington


Wellington College welcomes international students

Established in 1867, Wellington College is one of New Zealand’s most distinguished high schools for boys. The school buildings reflect the prestigious history of the college, which today provides a very modern and successful learning environment.

Wellington College provides a unique learning experience and a world-class education for international students aged 13 to 18 (year 9 to year 13). Our teachers work closely with students to help them build confidence and prepare for further education.

We have a proud tradition of academic achievement

We are proud of our reputation in achieving some of the highest academic results in New Zealand. Our students excel in all of the internationally recognised NCEA curriculum subjects.

Year 9 Heng Lay from Cambodia celebrates with his Designated Caregiver and Uncle on achieving the prestigious Frank Crist Trophy for Outstanding Year 9 student

We have a record-breaking history in achieving more scholarships than any other school in the highly competitive New Zealand Scholarship Examinations.

Our students receive specialist tuition

For over 20 years, our teaching staff, who oversee academic and English language programmes, have provided the highest level of academic support for our international students.

Students have a wide range of courses to choose from, and we encourage them to select courses they enjoy. English as a Second Language (ESOL) courses, with small class sizes and teachers who are ESOL specialists, provide the English language development required for students to succeed in academic subjects.

We celebrate achievement in all parts of college life

Our non-academic programmes promote competitive interest in over 35 sports and cultural activities.

Wellington College is a national leader in sport. Our students succeed at a top level in rugby, football, tennis, swimming, sailing, and basketball. Similarly, our students have a proud record of success in the arts, including music, drama.

Students can choose to take part in a wide range of cultural activities from public speaking, chess, and debating to language clubs, theatre sports, and creative writing.

A modern campus with modern facilities

Our campus has WIFI and ICT throughout. Our fast wireless network means our students have access to the internet while they are on the college grounds.

All of our academic departments encourage students to use their own electronic devices to support their learning.

We have several sports fields and an all-weather turf, two gymnasiums, a modern library, and many specialist classrooms and laboratories over 13 hectares of land in the middle of the city.

Living in Wellington is easy

Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, is home to New Zealand’s government, the national museum and art gallery, the national library, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

The city is safe and compact with all the benefits of a big city but without the problems. Students have easy access to some of the finest attractions and activities the country has to offer. Wellington City has the best public transport in New Zealand ideal for students getting to and from home school and their activities.

Wellington has been voted the ‘coolest little city in the world’ by Lonely Planet. In 2017, a global study of 47 cities by Deutsche Bank confirmed that Wellington is the best place to live in the world. The study compared a range of factors from the cost of living to pollution levels and the climate.

Our weather is cool in winter (no snow) and warm (not hot) in summer. It can be windy in spring and autumn, which helps to keep the city's air quality at its international best.

Be part of a New Zealand family

Our international students live with a New Zealand family, have their own room, and are welcomed as a family member. Homestay families are selected and supported by our international staff and thoroughly safety-checked in line with New Zealand law.

If relatives or adult family friends are living in Wellington, students may choose to live with them as their designated caregivers.

Enjoy all the benefits of studying at our high school

Wellington College international students have the opportunity to join school-organised activities, including outdoor education trips and cultural trips. We also offer an outdoor adventure programme in November for boys who are not sitting NCEA exams.

Many recommended commercial tour operators provide international students one- and two-week tours of the North Island or the South Island. We can help with the arrangements if you'd like to join one of these tours.

Wellington College enjoys a strong partnership with our sister school, Wellington Girls’ College. Our partnership creates plenty of shared activities both in and out of school time.

Our school roll

Wellington College has 1700 students in years 9 to 13. Our school roll is 74% New Zealand European, 15% Asian, 7% Māori, and 4% Polynesian.  Wellington College maintains a maximum number of international students of 5% of the total school roll.

Contact information

Mr Michael Ellett

International Director

Wellington College, Dufferin Street

Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand

Phone +64 4 802 2527 Mobile +64 22 639 1046 •

Mr Feng Yu

Marketing Manager

Wellington College, Dufferin Street

Mount Victoria, Wellington, New Zealand

Phone +64 21 232 1683

QQ: 1941444895