Apply to Study

Rangitoto College is committed to providing a world-class educational experience and has been hosting international students for over 15 years. We currently have students from over 25 different countries and are now accepting applications for 2021*.


*With the current border restrictions in New Zealand, Rangitoto College is currently conditionally accepting enrolments for 2021 until we have confirmed information from the Government and The Ministry of Education. Applicants currently in New Zealand are welcome to apply. 


Enrolment Information

Rangitoto College will consider applications from students all over the world aged 13-19 years old.

You can Apply Online Here or download the enrolment form, fill it in and send it back to us by fax +64 (9) 477 4866 or email ( 


Study Period / Start Dates 2021

Term 1 (4th Feb – 16th April) - This is an excellent time to start for six months / one year of study. There are limited enrolments for one term only – check availability.

Term 2 (3rd May – 9th July) - This is the best time for one term enrolments.

Term 3 (26th July – 1st Oct) - Good time to start for six months / one year of study.  There are limited enrolments for one term only – check availability.

Term 4 (18th Oct – 16th Dec) - We can only take enrolments from junior students (Year 9 or 10) in Term 4.


Application Process

To apply to study at Rangitoto College, you need to submit the following documents (either by uploading them online or sending them by email / fax):

  • A completed enrolment form (including letter for host family, subjects, medical information)
  • A copy of the student’s passport 
  • A copy of the student’s academic record


Enrolment Process

If the student is accepted, we send a Conditional Offer of Place and Invoice. Agents are sent two invoices, one of which shows commission (net invoice) and one that doesn’t (tax invoice).

Fees can be paid online or at the bank. There is information about this on the invoice and links to online payment methods on our website International Fees.

As soon as the fees have been paid, our Finance Administrator ( sends the Receipt and Confirmed Offer of Place.

The Confirmed Offer of Place is used to apply for a Student Visa through Immigration New Zealand.


New Zealand Academic Calendar 

The New Zealand Academic year runs from February to December and is divided into four terms of around ten weeks each. Between each term there is a two week holiday, which is a great time for international students to travel around New Zealand. Classes at Rangitoto College are from Monday to Friday from 8:40am until 3:20pm. Students may participate in sports and other co-curricular activities at lunchtime, after school or at weekends. 


Study Period

It is possible for international students to study at Rangitoto College for just three months, six months or one year as an overseas experience. This gives students the chance to experience a different lifestyle, try different sports and activities, and meet new friends.

Many students wish to gain the International Baccalaureate (IB) or the New Zealand national certificate (NCEA) so they stay for two or three years to finish school in New Zealand before going on to tertiary study. They leave Rangitoto College as confident English speakers who have fully adjusted to the Western system, which gives them many advantages at university and in their career ahead.


Year Levels

New Zealand children start primary school when they are five years old and attend secondary school until they are 17 or 18 years old. Students must be 13 years old to be legally allowed study at secondary school. 

Rangitoto College has five year levels:

  • Year 9                      13/14 years old
  • Year 10                    14/15 years old
  • Year 11                    15/16 years old
  • Year 12                    16/17 years old
  • Year 13                    17/18 years old

Usually students are placed in the right year for their age, however, some students may choose a lower year level if their English is not very strong. This will give them additional time to improve their language skills before participating in national exams.



The College will issue an Offer of Place to a selected student but the level of study offered is an indicator only. Selection and placement are conditional upon the College being able to meet the needs of the student. Quality applicants are sought whose proficiencies and career intentions are matched by the opportunities Rangitoto College offers.

Generally students are placed with their age level. However, the College has the right to place students in appropriate subjects and year levels for their abilities. Students entering the College as International Students must have the prior learning necessary and the intellectual and emotional capacity to cope with study in New Zealand in English at the level they have enrolled in.


English Level

Students with better English are more successful in gaining the credits needed to get into university. We have excellent ESOL support for students who need extra help with their English and have classes to cater for pre-intermediate level or higher. These students study ESOL instead of English but follow a regular academic programme for their other subjects.



Student diversity is a focus at Rangitoto College and we aim to have a wide variety of nationalities represented. This sometimes means we need to limit the numbers from each country to ensure diversity among the student population. If we have no places available for students of one nationality, we can place them on a waiting list in case a place becomes available.  If you would like to check availability before applying, please email us. 


Conditions of Enrolment

Upon enrolment at the College, the student will abide by the same conditions as regards behaviour and absence as apply to domestic students. Enrolment as an International Student at the College shall be terminated:

  • At the end of the school year in which the student turns 19 years of age, in accordance with New Zealand law; or 
  • At any time by agreement between the parties; or 
  • By Rangitoto College if the student fails to pay fees in advance, or fails to abide by the same conditions as for domestic students, or fails to abide by the conditions of the International Student Tuition Agreement; or 
  • If the student ceases to hold, or ceases to be eligible to hold, a valid student visa issued by the New Zealand Immigration Service.


Driving in New Zealand

International students are not allowed to drive a car while at Rangitoto College. If students are caught driving, they will be sent back to their home country immediately. Travel and medical insurance does not cover international students driving.


Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)

Rangitoto College has a Bring Your Own Device system, where students need a laptop to be able to do some of the classwork and submit some of the homework.  It is important for international students to be able to complete the school work and participate effectively in group projects so it is important to understand this requirement. 


Questions about studying at Rangitoto or living in New Zealand?

We know that moving to a different country and choosing a new school are big decisions and we're here to help with any questions you have! We work with education agents all over the world. If you want to talk to someone in your own language, just tell us where you are and what language you speak, and we will forward your enquiry to someone who can help you.

Just send us an email and ask.