Studying at NCG

Nelson College for Girls welcomes International Students. We are proud of our longstanding tradition in hosting and educating students from many nations.

We are proud to offer you:

  • A safe and friendly environment for our students.

  • Our tradition of excellent education for girls.

  • The assurance that many of our students move on to university or tertiary education, not only in New Zealand, but world-wide.

  • A chance to make friends for life in our modern, well designed and welcoming Boarding House, which is located on the school site. Homestay in friendly family situations is also offered.

  • Excellent value for money compared to other New Zealand and Australian providers.

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Nelson College for Girls offers an extensive range of subjects for students. 

These subjects are in the following essential learning areas:

  • Languages

  • English

  • Science

  • Social Sciences

  • Mathematics

  • Health and Physical Education

  • Technology

  • Arts

For more information on academic subjects, entry criteria and future pathways for students is available on our Curriculum information page.

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ENGLISH for speakers of other Languages (ESOL)

A course in ESOL / English for Academic Purposes is offered to students who require further help with their English language learning.


Years 9 and 10 ESOL is offered to students who require extra support with their English language skills. The course focuses on reading, writing, speaking and listening.

In Years 11 to 13, English for Academic Purposes helps the students to further their English language ability and also achieve credits towards their NCEA qualifications.

Assessment of students English language skills is made on arrival to determine the level of assistance required. This is based on reading and writing skills.

Support can be arranged for extra help and private tuition for the Independent English Language Testing System (IELTS) in consultation with the International Director.


Barbara Burns – International Dean

Annette Vartha - Lead Teacher of ESOL

June Laird – International Marketing & Administration

Sarah Turner – International Homestay Co-ordinator

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