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 Department 2017

Mrs Noble, Mr Mountain and Mrs Temple from the International Department would like to wish you all a very warm welcome back.

Posted: Friday February 24, 2017

International Brother's Rail Trail Experience

Rail trail - My brother and I went on the Central Otago Rail Trail last week. I travelled from Clyde to Middlemarch for three days. 

Posted: Friday February 24, 2017

My Year at John McGlashan College

This has been my first year at John McGlashan College as a Year 9 international student. It was great fun studying here. When I first arrived, I saw farms, hills and trees everywhere from the window, and thought it must be a good place to study.  

Posted: Tuesday December 6, 2016

International Prefect and 2016 Dux Jerry Chen's Final Word 

 School, a place where we all have to come. Once it was the worst thing for me as I had to leave my home and parents for some time, but John McGlashan College has turned the cries of mine into laughter, and it made high school time a very special part of my life.

Posted: Thursday December 1, 2016

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