International Students

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, Germany and England.

A significant part of  students learning programme is accessed through regular classes where international students work alongside Iona students as this helps build strong connections and friendships. However, individual English language support is provided for international students who require it.

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

International students live in the boarding hostel during term time and vetted home-stays are provided during holiday breaks.

As a signatory to the Education(Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016, Iona College has agreed to observe and is bound by its practices.  Copies of the Code are available from;

NZQA Code of Practice  Click onto Studying in New Zealand and scroll down to see the code of practice information. To view the code in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai or Arabic, scroll further down to the bottom of the page and select the language you wish to view the information in.


Students attending Iona College are able to apply for a Pathway Visa which can be valid for up to  3 years. Link Pathway Visa with

Eligibility for Health Services: Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand.  If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of treatment.  Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health and can be viewed on their website at

Accident Insurance:  The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs.  Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

Medical and Travel Insurance:  International students (including group students) must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.

International students’ needs are cared for by our Director of International Students, Ms Geraldine Edwards, and the Director of Boarding, Ms Marianne McKnight.

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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.

Quality Assurance Results; Please follow the link to read how well Iona College is regarded by ERO. Assurances about the quality of the provision for international students and the boarding hostel are within the report.


ERO Report 

International Handbook 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 government.  These can be viewed on the link below.

Media Release from Immigration NZ



For information about courses offered at Iona College click onto, http://curriculum_summary_2017

Year 11 Subject Handbook

Click onto the link below to read about subjects offered and background information pertaining to them.

Year 12 and 13 Subject Handbook

Click onto the link below to read about subjects offered and background information pertaining to them.


International  Student  Fee  Structure 
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


College Expenses  
 Tuition Fee $20,300.00 
Boarding Fee
Accommodation in the Boarding House and meals provided by the College
Facilitation Fee
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
Personal Expenses
To cover expenses such as sports, stationery, school trips, holiday accommodation arranged by the College and the student’s personal spending.  Any monies not expended from the student’s personal school account will be refunded or carried forward into the next College year.
School Uniform

Approximate initial cost

Digital device
Requirements for differ for levels of the school.

Year 7 and 8 approximate cost.

Year 9-13 Approximate cost






Total $46,590.00

For any further information please contact our Director of International Students, Ms Geraldine Edwards.

Marina Arai, a recent student at Iona had one of her photos selected to represent the College at a Photographic display held in Hastings.

Photography exhibition