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Life at StAC

Te Ao ki StAC

“St Andrew’s College is a school of 1460 students, but still each of them brings something to the StAC culture. If English is your second language, the teachers and tutors help you to focus on learning and give you the support you need. The StAC environment is very friendly, with the community caring for each other and helping each other out in sporting, cultural and service opportunities.”
Friederike Moerke (OC 2017)

World-class education

International students receive a world-class education at St Andrew’s, where values of excellence, expert teachers, wonderful facilities and resources, and a safe collaborative learning environment can lead to outstanding academic results.

The expectation is that all students will strive for academic excellence in NCEA examinations – Levels 1–3. New Zealand Scholarship examinations are optional for students who wish to challenge themselves. Many students receive regional, national and sometimes international prizes for academic competitions. A number of our students also achieve scholarships to tertiary institutions, including some overseas universities.

Many of our passionate, skilled and responsive teachers are recognised nationally and internationally in their areas of expertise, and all create innovative and inspirational learning experiences for our students.

Exciting sporting and cultural opportunities

International students can choose from more than 30 sports at St Andrew’s, where both enthusiastic participation and elite performance are encouraged. St Andrew's students regularly compete at the top level and are the current New Zealand Secondary Schools champions in several team and individual sports.

There are also many cultural activities on offer to international students, including music (jazz bands, orchestra, rock bands, choir and songwriting), dance, ballet, drama, and filmmaking. St Andrew’s also has a New Zealand championship winning Pipe Band and a popular Highland Dance programme.

An annual highlight on the College’s cultural calendar is the International Assembly, which celebrates our international students and their diverse cultures.
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Outstanding facilities

Most international students live on campus in our modern, state-of-the-art boarding houses, where they are well cared for and supported. Click here to learn more about accommodation options for international students.

St Andrew’s has modern classrooms, which provide the ideal learning environment. Over the last decade, there has been a major development programme on campus, with new additions including two boarding houses, Gym 2, and the spectacular Centennial Chapel. Other features of the campus include Strowan House (a historic building more than 100 years old), Dance Studio, TV and Media Studio, Theatre, Library, Fine Arts Block, High Performance Fitness Centre, Caféteria, Health Centre, and extensive sports fields and courts.

Off campus, international students enjoy a top quality Outdoor Education programme at the College’s mountain lodge at Castle Hill in the spectacular Canterbury high country.
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Pathway to a Successful Future

An education at St Andrew’s College provides a strong pathway to top universities, both in New Zealand and around the world, and can lead to exciting career opportunities.

International students become part of the St Andrew’s family, and usually remain connected with the College, even after their education is complete. The identity international students have with our school is powerful and St Andrew’s continues to monitor and celebrate their achievements.

To request further information please click here to complete an enquiry form, or contact the Director of International Students and Exchanges, Palē Tauti, on or phone +64 3 940 2086.

ERO Report

The Education Review Office (ERO) is the government department that evaluates and reports on the education and care of students in schools and early childhood services.

Click here to read the St Andrew's College ERO Report from 2021.