Student Stories

Our international students all have different reasons for choosing New Zealand and when they leave they have some amazing stories to tell. Here are some of the things they say about their experiences at Rangitoto College, living on the North Shore of Auckland, and travelling around New Zealand.

Petra Mao - China


In my IB (International Baccalaureate) class, I feel I have many more chances to give my opinion and discuss topics with the teachers and students. As IB is more about self-management, I feel I am becoming a more independent critical thinker, which I think will be really helpful for me when I get to university.   

In my opinion, the most different and unusual thing about IB is that it not only consists of 6 subjects, but also has 3 other main parts which are CAS (Creativity, Action, Service), TOK (Theory of knowledge) and EE (Extend Essay). CAS requires us to take at least one on-going sport and different services, such as volunteering. I highly recommend IB to those students who are thinking about going to university overseas.

Eunsol (Ashley) Choi - Korea


Hello, I am a Korean international student, Eunsol. I’ve studied in New Zealand for five years and my dream is to become a foreign diplomat in the future to represent my country. Lots of valuable experiences at Rangitoto College helped me to find my dream. I love how I can choose what subjects to study at school and the school has provided me with lots of opportunities to participate in many different extracurricular activities such as Amnesty international, Rangitoto College UNICEF, and the Young Enterprise scheme. I believed I gained valuable experiences at Rangi that money can't buy. The international department helped me to settled down in the new environment at the school and homestay was an excellent choice to experience Kiwi culture. I hope more students can experience school life at Rangitoto College because choosing Rangitoto College was the best decision that I made in my life.    

안녕하세요, 저는 뉴질랜드에서 5년째 공부중인 한국인 유학생 최은솔 입니다. 앞으로는 나라를 대표하는 외교관이 되는게 꿈이고 랑기토토 컬리지에서의 다양한 경험이 제 꿈을 찾는데 큰 도움이 되었습니다. 저희 학교에서는 공부하고 싶은 과목들을 직접 선택해서 들을수 있어서 좋고, 다양한 방과후 활동도 많이 개설되어 있어서 여려가지 경험을 하기에는 최적의 조건이라고 생각합니다. 저 또한 국제 사면회, 교내 유니세프 그룹, Young Enterprise scheme 경험대회등 에 참여해서 돈으로 살수없는 값진 경험들을 많이 할수 있었습니다. 학교에서는 인터내셔널 디파트먼드에서 많은 도움을 받았고, 홈스테이는 뉴질랜드 문화를 체험할수 있는 좋은 경험 이었습니다. 저는 랑기토토 컬리지를 선택한것이 좋은 선택이었다고 생각하기 때문에 보다 많은 학생들이 랑기토토 컬리지에서 뉴질랜드 학교생활을 체험해 볼 수 있으면 좋겠습니다. 

Rivensko Alexander - Indonesia


Hello, my name is Alexander Rivenski and I am 16 years old. I have lived in New Zealand for 8 years and I come from West Kalimantan, Indonesia. In New Zealand I amin grade 11 and I am studying at Rangitoto College. I have been going to school in New Zealand for almost 3 years and I plan to finish high school here. At Rangitoto I have had the opportunity to learn some interesting subjects such as Accounting, Economics, and Business, as well as some academic subjects such as Math, English and Science.

In New Zealand, the classes are designed to help students develop their talents and learn the skills required for admission to university. We have to motivate ourselves, work in collaboration with other students, contribute to discussions in the classroom and find creative ways to solve problems or issues. In the future I plan to be a company manager and Rangitoto College has prepared me well with the experiences that I needed to become a good manager.

Thank you


Hello, nama saya Rivensko Alexander dan saya berumur 16 tahun. Saya telah tinggal di New Zealand selama 8 tahun, saya berasal dari Kalimantan Barat, Indonesia. Di New Zealand saya berada di kelas 11, dan saya bersekolah di Rangitoto College. Saya telah bersekolah di Rangitoto college New Zealand hampir selama 3 tahun dan saya berencana menyelasaikan sekolah menengah saya disini. Di Rangitoto saya berkesempatan untuk mempelajari beberapa pelajaran yang menarik seperti akuntansi, ekonomi, dan bisnis, dan juga beberapa pelajaran akademis seperti matematika, bahasa inggris, dan ilmu pengetahuan alam.

Di New Zealand, kelas kelas nya di desain untuk membantu murid murid untuk mempelajari bakat dan kemampuan mereka yang dibutuhkan saat masuk ke universitas. Kami harus memotivasi diri sendiri, kolaborasi dengan murid murid lain, memberikan kontribusi pada saat diskusi di kelas dan mencari cara kreatif untuk menyelesaikan masalah atau persoalan. Dimasa yang akan datang saya berencana untuk menjadi seorang manajer perusahaan dan Rangitoto collage telah mempersiapkan saya dengan pengalaman pengalaman yang saya butuhkan untuk menjadi seorang manajer yang baik.

Terimah Kasih



Nicolas Robert - France


I had the chance to go to New Zealand for one month, where I could study in a great school, Rangitoto. During my trip, I have got to know people from so many different places and got involved in many activities. I chose this destination for playing rugby, because in New Zealand it's the most popular sport so Rangitoto had a very good team. The team was incredible,we won lots of matches and succeded in winning the tournament against Northcote at the end. It was awesome to play with the Kiwis and it was the best experience of my life, I will never forget it.

J'ai eu la chance de partir un mois en Nouvelle Zélande, où j'ai pu étudier dans une super école, Rangitoto. Pendant mon séjour j'ai rencontré des personnes de tous les pays du monde et je me suis impliqué dans de nombreuses activitées. J'ai choisis cette destination pour pouvoir pratiquer ma passion le rugby, chez les ALL BLACKS, et Rangitoto m'a permis de me faire jouer au rugby. L'équipe était incroyable, on a gagné pas mal de match et ils ont réussi à gagner le tournoi face à Northcote en finale. Ce séjour d'un moi fut la meilleure expérience de ma vie, je n'oublierai jamais.

Lara Schaffler - Austria


I arrived end of January and felt really good from the first day on. My host family are really nice. We have a really good relationship and have so much fun together. I couldn’t have a better family. On the weekends I do lots of different activities with my friends. For example going to Rangitoto island, playing pool, bowling and so much more. At school the teachers are really nice and friendly.  They always try to help you whenever they can. 

Also my parents from Austria visited me in the holidays and we traveled through the whole country for 3 weeks. All in all it was one of the best decisions in my life. I have enjoyed every single day here and made friends from all over the world. I would highly recommend this to anyone, because this is an experience of my lifetime and one that will always be remembered. 

Ich bin Ende Januar angekommen und fühlte mich vom ersten Tag an wohl. Meine Gastfamilie ist sehr nett. Wir haben ein sehr gutes Verhältnis und haben sehr viel Spass. Ich könnte keine bessere Familie haben. An den Wochenenden mache ich viele verschiedene Aktivitäten mit meinen Freunden. Zum Beispiel wir gehen zum Rangitoto Island, spielen Billiard, Bowling und vieles mehr. In der Schule sind die Lehrer sehr nett und freundlich und sie helfen dir wenn immer sie können.

In den Ferien haben mich meine Eltern von Österreich besucht und wir sind für 3 wochen durch Neuseeland gereist. Alles in allem war es einer der besten Entscheidungen in meinem Leben. Ich geniesse jeden einzelnen Tag hier und habe viele neue Freunde von der ganzen Welt. Ich kann es jedem einzelnen nur wärmstens empfehlen, denn diese Erfahrung kann einem keiner mehr nehmen.


Olga Barrado Cuevas - Spain

12 (2012)

Living as a Kiwi is an experience that I won't ever forget and I'll never EVER regret it. If I had the chance to live it all over again I'd do it in a heartbeat. I've never seen such a beautiful country before, not only for its landscapes but also for the amazing friends and family I've met; I'll have them forever in my heart.

Vivir como un kiwi ha sido una experiencia que jamás olvidaré y que para nada me arrepentiré de ella. Si tuviese la oportunidad de vivirlo de nuevo lo haría sin pensármelo dos veces. Nunca he visto un país tan bello como lo es Nueva Zelanda y no solo por sus paisajes. También por los fantásticos amigos y familia que he conseguido y que tendré siempre en mi corazón.


Felipe Medina Ferraz - Brazil


Coming to New Zealand was one of the best things I have ever done.  As an international student I made lots of new friends from all over the world and it has been a really good experience. I'm sure I'm going to miss this country a lot, it is so safe and is so beautiful, there are lots of beautiful beaches and some other really cool landscapes.

The school is really big, you will probably get lost in the first few days but you will get used to it. Here, contrary to Brazil, you have many subject options and it's really cool to be able to try some different ones. I'm really enjoying my time here and I'm sure I'm going to miss it when I go back to Brazil.


Vir pra Nova Zelândia foi uma das melhores coisas que eu fiz. Como um estudante internacional a gente acaba fazendo muitos amigos de todo o mundo e está sendo uma ótima experiência. Eu tenho certeza que vou sentir falta desse país, é muito seguro e muito bonito, várias praias e outras paisagens bonitas.

A escola é muito grande e você provavelmente vai se perder nos primeiros dias mas depois você se acostuma. Aqui ao contrário do Brasil, você tem muitas opções de matérias e é bem legal tentar algumas diferentes. Esses seis meses foram muito bons aqui, e eu tenho certeza de que eu vou sentir falta daqui quando eu voltar.

Hsi-Chien (Allen) Chiang - Taiwan


 I have been at Rangitoto College since the beginning of this year. I study with local students and other international students. Kiwi students are very friendly and if I have a question to ask them, they always help me. I always try to speak English with my friends because it helps me improve my English quickly. English is my second language so it is sometimes difficult in class but the teachers always help me. Rangitoto has lots of activities after school. I always play basketball with my friends and I use English to communicate with my team mates. I am having a great experience at Rangitoto college.


Robin Gaechter - Switzerland


I chose to study English, French, Geography, Tourism and Physical Educaiton (PE). PE was my favourite because we did a lot of different activities like volleyball, football, rugby and other little fun games. Every double period we went to the Millennium for swimming, kayaking, waterpolo and rockclimbing. It was so much fun to improve my skills! PE is even more fun when you have a great class like I had. I even got an award for effort and involvement, which will look good in any applications for the future.

But the best thing of my entire year was the Ball. I had so much fun!

Ich wählte Englisch, Französisch, Geographie, Tourismus und Physical Education-PE (Sport). PE war mein lieblings Fach, weil wir so viele verschiedene Aktivitäten gemacht haben, z.B. Volleyball, Fussball, Rugby und vieles mehr. Immer wenn wir doppel Stunde hatten sind wir ins Millenium schwimmen, Kaiak gefahren, Wasserball gespielen oder klettern gegangen. Es hat richtig viel spass gemacht sich selber herauszufordern. Ich hatte eine super PEP-Klasse mit der es immer witzig war! Ich habe sogar eine Auszeichnung bekommen für meinen Einsatz und Motivation. Wird sicher gut in meinen Bewerbungen für die Zukunft sein. 

Das beste von meinem ganzen Jahr, war der Abschlussball-ich hatte soviel spass!

Natalia Matulova - Slovakia


I think that becoming an exchange student was the best decision of my life. I'm having a really good time, I've learned many things and I've met many awesome people from all around the world. Before coming to New Zealand I was a little bit scared about my new family and that I would not understand or I would not have friends. Now I know that my worries were totally unnecessary and I'm enjoying every moment here in New Zealand. 

For me school in New Zealand is completely different - for example the first period starts at 8:45 and in Slovakia it's at 8:00. In my Slovakian school we take about 10 subjects (sometimes more) and you can choose only 2 subjects you want to focus on. Here at Rangi you can choose 5 subjects and you have to take English. 

So if you are thinking about going to study  somewhere abroad just stop thinking and go!   You will find so many friends, have an absolutely unforgettable time and of course you will improve your English.  If I had to choose again to come here or to stay in Slovakia, my decision would be the same. 

Stať sa výmenným študentom v Rangitoto College bolo zatiaľ moje najlepšie rozhodnutie. Myslím, že som sa naučila veľa vecí a našla som si kamarátov z celého sveta. Pred odchodom na Nový Zéland som sa trochu obávala ako budem rozumieť, či si nájdem kamarátov, alebo ako budem vychádzať s rodinou. Nakoniec boli všetky tieto obavy úplne zbytočné a môj pobyt si naplno užívam. Takže, ak stále rozmýšľaš, či máš ísť študovať do zahraničia, proste neváhaj a choď! Nájdeš si naozaj veľa kamarátov, zažiješ veľa nezabudnuteľných zážitkov a rozhodne si zlepšíš angličtinu.

Škola na Zélande je úplne iná ako na Slovensku. V prvom rade začína o 8:45  a dobre je aj to,  že si môžeš vybrať predmety, ktoré ťa zaujímajú a chcel by si sa im v budúcnosti venovať. Škola je naozaj veľká a prvé dni, možno týždne budeš úplne stratený, ale učitelia sú chápaví, aj keď prídeš neskoro. Učíme sa tu skôr z filmov, alebo tým, že chodíme do knižnice, takže sa nemusíš báť žiadneho ústneho skúšania, alebo pondelkového testu. Keby som sa mala znova rozhodnúť , či odcestovať do školy na Nový Zéland, určite neváham ani sekundu.