Our Global Village
One of Iona’s founding principles is a belief in cultural diversity and valuing the histories and traditions of all peoples. In this spirit, international students are warmly welcomed at Iona. Iona is home to a small international student population from a variety of countries such as Singapore, Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, America and England.
If required, specialised individual English language tuition is provided for international students at school. However, a significant part of their learning programme is accessed through regular classes where international students work alongside Iona students as this helps build strong connections and friendships.
Class sizes at Iona are deliberately kept small to ensure the best possible environment is provided for students to engage in their learning without distraction.
Code of Practice
All International students live in the boarding hostel during term time and vetted home-stays are provided during holiday breaks.
As a signatory to the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education, Iona College is bound by its practices. Copies of the Code are available from;
New Zealand Ministry of Education website.
To view the code in Chinese, Japanese, Korean or Thai, click here. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the language you wish to view the information in.
International students’ needs are cared for by our Director of International Students, Ms Geraldine Edwards, and the Director of Boarding, Ms Marianne McKnight.
Students at Iona College study towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA). The NCEA is New Zealand’s main secondary school qualification under the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).
IELTs and OCESOL qualifications can also be gained.
International Handbook (E) The application form, a photocopy of your passport, a copy of your birth certificate, certified school reports and references are required to make application. Please refer to the International Student Information handbook for full details.
International students must also have the appropriate visas for study in New Zealand as required by the New Zealand governnment. These can be viewed on the link below.
For information about courses offered at Iona College, click here to download a Curriculum Summary 2012.
International Student Fee Structure 2013
The College operates a four term year. All fees stated are inclusive of GST at the rate of 15%. The amounts as scheduled below are stated in $NZ currency
|Enrolment Fee (non refundable)
To be sent with the completed application form prior to entry
Varies depending on course selection but includes all ESOL tuition and International Student Levy
Accommodation in the Boarding House and meals provided by the College
An annual fee for the care and welfare of the student
|Travel and Medical Insurance
Arranged by the College through ‘Uni-Care’ and valid for 12 months to cover travel from New Zealand to the student’s home. This cost will be charged on an actual basis
|International Student Levy||$430.00|
For any further information please contact our Director of International Students, Ms Geraldine Edwards.