International students


Whangārei and Northland has both urban and rural schools that provide international students with a great education.

There is also plenty to explore outside the classroom too. You can enjoy sandy beaches, experience local culture, learn Te Reo, take a ride on a horse or visit a farm.

Study Northland works with schools and tertiary institutions helping to promote Northland domestically and internationally as a study destination and to improve the experiences of international students studying here.

Check out the Study Northland website for more information…

Top 5 Reasons to Study in Northland

  1. Small towns – friendly, safe community
  2. Low international student ratios at schools
  3. Warm, welcoming homestays (& boarding facilities)
  4. Authentic kiwi & Māori cultural experiences
  5. Easy access to beaches, bush and adventure (warm climate)

Northland High Schools

Northland has single sex, co-ed, urban and rural schools that provide children with a great education.

These schools are the heart of their local communities and schools have excellent facilities, including comfortable green spaces, well stocked libraries, gymnasiums and some have swimming pools.

The school year runs from January to December and is divided into four terms. The longest break happens over summer, beginning in December with school restarting in February.

Secondary schools cater for children from Year 9 to Year 13. Students focus on subject-based learning, with growing opportunities to specialise as the student progresses.

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Northland Tertiary Options

Combine studying for your chosen career with a relaxed, low-stress lifestyle that lets you make the most of your time in Northland.

NorthTec, Northland’s largest tertiary education provider, offers more than 100 programmes. You can gain internationally-recognised qualifications ranging from foundation to degree level through a mix of classroom time, field trips and project-based learning. Find out more…

QRC Tai Tokerau Resort College, based in Paihia in the beautiful Bay of Islands, aim is to equip students with the skills and experience to be tomorrow’s tourism leaders and entrepreneurs.

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