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.


Welcome to all our international boys. We hope all of you had a fantastic holiday and are ready for 2018 with high spirits! 

As your prefect this year, I would like to see all international boys getting more involved with school events and also with the Kiwi boys. 

Posted: Thursday February 1, 2018

International Department 2017

Ski trip, Doubtful Sound overnight cruise, senior formal, end of year dinner at Etruso, international socials and BBQ's have been some of the social highlights this year. 

Posted: Monday December 4, 2017

Principal's Foreword

Some exam advice and a successful trip to Japan.

Posted: Sunday October 29, 2017

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

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