Our School Community

International students come to New Zealand for various reasons, some to experience life in a new country, others to enjoy the natural environment. At John McGlashan College we welcome these students and realise that most importantly they all wish to receive a high quality education that will prepare them for successful study or work in an English speaking environment. Teachers at this school are supportive of these students.

We accept 25 – 40 students each year from a variety of countries including, Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, Taiwan and European countries as well. Specialised English language classes are provided for these students. Their learning programme includes a wide range of subjects which they study alongside our Kiwi students and in so doing they build friendships which in turn will help them to acquire conversational English. 

Study Options

We offer a full academic programme of subjects in conjunction with a comprehensive ESOL course for all international students who require it. The ESOL department is well-staffed and resourced. Students are assessed on arrival and assigned to classes that meet their needs. Students are prepared for internationally recognised qualifications: Cambridge ESOL, IELTS and TOEFL for students who wish to study overseas. The International Baccalaureate English Language B  is taught for students who wish to study for and gain this prestigious qualification. Most of our students leave school with the intention of studying at university.


International students explore Doubtful Sound

At 6 O’clock in the morning of 19th of May, Mr. Mountain picked me and eight other students up from our hostel and homestays and started driving us to Lake Manapouri. 

Posted: Friday June 16, 2017

New International Student

My name is Peter Li and I'm from China.  My Chinese friends always go by my Chinese name which is Li Yi Zhi. I like sports very much, and basketball is my favorite.  I like playing it with my friends very much.  Also I can play tennis and football.  

Posted: Thursday May 11, 2017

DISC International Social

The DISC (Dunedin International Social Committee) has been revolutionary in the way the schools in Dunedin have conducted their international socials over the last three years.  

Posted: Tuesday March 28, 2017

Good things come to those who wait

... so we waited, and they did! 

Posted: Monday March 27, 2017

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