Academic Pathways

Preparation for future success 

Our goal is to produce top academic students ready to make a real difference in the world. In addition to their academic studies, we encourage students to become involved in activities designed to develop leadership skills, such as the Model United Nations, and complete service work which goes a long way to securing a scholarship to a top university. Students intending to study at American Universities may like to join our S.A.T. study group to help prepare for the exams. 

The New Zealand education is modern and innovative, preparing students for life in a fast-paced global economy. Our highly qualified teachers, a strong curriculum and outstanding facilities combine to create a supportive and inspiring learning environment. Teachers challenge students to participate actively in classes, working both individually and collaboratively with other students. A range of assessment methods are used (examinations, assignments, practical assessments, group work and presentations) to allow for different types of intelligence and students are always encouraged to ask questions and think creatively so they learn critical thinking, not just knowledge.


Pathway to the world's best universities

Louisa Wang with Principal David Hodge

Louisa Wang (co-Dux of Rangitoto College) has accepted a full scholarship to Harvard University in the USA. The NZ Herald recently featured Louisa in an article about top New Zealand students being offered scholarships to Ivy League universities. Our other co-Dux, Duo Ao Son, will be studying at UCLA and Melissa Gao has accepted a place at the University of Southern California. Seoyoung Lee has accepted a full scholarship to NYU Abu Dhabi.

In recent years our graduates have won scholarships to all New Zealand universities and a large number of prestigious universities abroad, including Yale University, Princeton University, Stanford University, the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford, Imperial College, the University of California (Berkeley), Washington State University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Hawaii, Lafayette College, the university of Canberra and the University of Melbourne.

Rangitoto students have competed post graduate studies at M.I.T, Harvard Medical School, Cornell University and New York State University. Some of our ex-students are currently teaching at Ivy League schools in the UK and USA, while others have gone on to become top businessmen, doctors, lawyers, engineers, scientists, researchers, diplomats, interpreters, sportsmen, environmentalists, musicians, politicians, pilots and computer programmers.

Rangitoto international students have studied the following majors:


  • Instituto Tecnológico de Buenos Aires - Industrial Engineering
  • National University of Cordoba - Visual Arts
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina - Law
  • Universidad Catolica de Córdoba - Business  
  • Universidad Nacional de Córdoba - Biomedical Engineering in the Faculty of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences 
  • Universidad Nacional de Córdoba - Agronomy
  • University of Tucumán - Industrial Engineering
  • Univiersity of Buenos Aires - Electrical Engineering
  • Universidad del Salvador  - Tourism
  • Universidad Nacional de Rosario  - Medicine
  • Universidad Nacional del Litoral - Universidad Nacional del Litoral


  • RMIT University - Bachelor of Business Information Systems
  • University of Sydney - Civil Engineering (Structural)
  • University of Sydney - Bachelor of Arts majoring in Archaeology and Geography


  • Université Catholique de Louvain - Architecture


  • Campinas University - Product Engineering
  • Campo Grande Federal University - Law
  • Centro Universitario Monte Serrat - Biology 
  • Escola Superior de Propaganda e Marketing - International Relations
  • ESPM - Business
  • Faculdade Damas da Instrução Cristã - International Relations
  • Faculdade Pernambucana de Saúde - Medicine
  • Federal University of Espirito Santo - Mechanical Engineering
  • Fundação Getulio Vargas  - Public Management
  • Insper - Economics
  • Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro - Product Design
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo - Accounting
  • Pontifícia Universidade Católica de Minas Gerais - Social Communications - Journalism
  • São Paulo State University (UNESP) - Civil Engineering
  • Universidade Federal de Pernambuco - Law 


  • Royal University of Phnom Penh - Tourism


  • Langara College - Digital Music Production


  • Adolfo Ibañez University - Business and Administration
  • Andrés Bello University - Business
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Civil Engineering
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Kinesiology
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Law
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Engineering
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Journalism
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile - Architecture
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibañez - Business and Administration
  • Universidad Adolfo Ibañez - Psychology
  • Universidad Catolica de Santiago - Civil Engineering
  • Universidad de Chile - Engineering in renewable natural resources
  • Universidad del Desarrollo - Business
  • Universidad Catolica del Norte - Psychology


  • Universidad de los Andes - Bachelor of Law


  • Fançois Rabelais University - Engineering
  • Paris Orsay University - Science and Techniques in Sport


  • Bucerius Law School in Hamburg - Law
  • Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin - Medicine
  • Cooperative State Villingen-Schwenningen - Business Economics
  • European Institut of Acting/Drama - Drama
  • FH Dortmund - Software und Systemtechnik
  • Goethe University in Frankfurt am Main - Sociology and Business Administration
  • Humboldt University of Berlin - Law
  • International School of Management - International Management and Business Administration
  • Karlsruhe Institute for Technology - Computer Science
  • KIT University in Karlsruhe - Industrial / Economical Engineering
  • Leibniz University - Bachelor of Arts (English and Geography) / Master of Education 
  • Leuphana University Lüneburg - Business Administration and Business Psychology
  • Technical University of Berlin - Cognitive Media Linguistics
  • Universität Münster - Law
  • Universität Osnabrück - European Studies
  • University of Applied Science - Nutritional Science
  • University of Cologne - Masters in Biochemistry
  • University of Cologne - Sociology
  • University of Heidelberg - Physics, MSc
  • University of Kiel - Business Administration and Economics / PhD in Supply Chain Management and Finance 
  • University of Leipzig - Economics and Management Science / Masters in Management
  • University of Mannheim - Business Administration 
  • University of Marburg - Linguistics
  • University of Marburg -  Law
  • University of Regensburg - Medicine
  • Westcoast University of Applied Science - International Tourism Management
  • Zeppelin University - Corporate Management and Economics


  • Amsterdam Fashion Institute at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences - Bachelor of Science in International Fashion and Management / Master of Fashion Enterprise Creation
  • University of Copenhagen - Film

Hong Kong

  • Hong Kong Polytechnic University - Mental Health Nursing


  • Bicocca University - International Law
  • Bocconi University - International Economics and Management
  • Sapienza University - Engineering
  • Universita' Degli Studi Di Bergamo - Economics and Management
  • Università degli studi di Milano - Physics
  • University of Gastronomic Sciences in Pollenzo - Gastronomic Sciences


  • Saitama University - Education 


  • National University - English and International Trade 


  • Riga Stradins University - Medicine


  • Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México - Economics
  • National Autonomous University of Mexico - Computing Systems Engineering and Medicine
  • Universidad Iberoamericana - Anthropology
  • Universidad Iberoamericana - Finance

New Zealand

  • Auckland University of Technology (AUT) - IT Services Sciences
  • Auckland University of Technology (AUT) - Communication Design
  • International College of Auckland - National Diploma in Business 
  • Massey University - Business
  • Massey University - Science
  • New Zealand School of Education (NZSE) - IT Technical Support
  • University of Auckland - Bachelor of Commerce majoring in Accounting and Information Systems
  • University of Auckland - Architecture
  • University of Auckland - Science
  • University of Auckland - Master of Heritage Conservation with a specialisation in Built Heritage
  • University of Auckland - Early Childhood Education
  • University of Auckland - Accounting and Finance
  • University of Canterbury - Bachelor of Commerce
  • University of Canterbury - Master of Applied Finance and Economics 
  • University of Canterbury International College - Engineering University Transfer 


  • Universidad Paraguayo Alemana - Industrial Engineering


  • Comenius University - Jessenius Faculty of Medicine - Medicine 

South Africa

  • University of Cape Town - Political Science


  • Autonomous University of Madrid - Business Administration
  • Universidad San Sebastián - Ecotourism


  • NSH Basel - Economics


  • Assumption University - Business
  • Assumption University - Law
  • Chulalongkorn University 
  • Silpakorn University International College (SUIC) -  Event and Leisure Marketing
  • Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT) - Civil Engineering
  • Thammasat University - Design Management

United Kingdom

  • Goldsmiths, University of London - History
  • Hartpury College - Sport and Exercise Science
  • King's College - Economics and Management
  • London School of Economics - Economics
  • London University - Banking and Finance 


  • Universidad ORT - Business Administration and Management
  • Universidad de Montevideo - International Business 
  • Universidad de Montevideo - Industrial Engineering

United States of America

  • Harvard University - Maths
  • Harvard University - Business
  • Northeastern University of Boston - Economics and International Affairs 
  • University of California, Berkeley - PhD Maths
  • University of California, Berkeley - Master of Law
  • University of Southern California - Bachelor of Arts in Film and Television Production 


University Approved Subjects


We believe in choice and know that every student has different needs, abilities and goals.  Students work with Academic Deans to design courses to fit their individual needs and can choose from a long list of University Approved Subjects. Whether students want to do Engineering at the University of Auckland, Law at Harvard University or Business at MIT, Rangitoto College gives them the opportunity to gain the entry credits needed. 


Pre-University Medicine 

Highly recommended: Biology, Physics, Chemistry, Statistics

Plus an English language rich subject from the university approved list.



Pre-University Engineering

Compulsory: Physics and Calculus

Highly recommended: Chemistry plus two more subjects from the university approved list.

Supporting or useful subjects may include: Design and Visual Communication, Materials Technology.    


Pre-University Commerce / Business

Highly recommended: Statistics or Calculus plus an English language rich subject from the university approved list and three more subjects from the university approved list.

Supporting or useful subjects may include one or more of the following: Economics, Accounting or Business Studies.



Pre-University IT (Information Technology)

Highly recommended: Statistics or Calculus, plus an English language rich subject from the university approved list and three more subjects from the university approved list

Supporting or useful subjects may include: Computer Programming, Multimedia Technology or Electronics. Students may also choose visual or creative subjects such as Photography or Design.


Pre-University Architecture

Highly recommended: one Maths subject (Statistics or Calculus), or Physics plus an English language rich subject from the university approved list and three more subjects from the university approved list.

Many universities require students to submit a portfolio of their work. Students often choose Design and Visual Communication, Painting, Photography, Design or Materials Technology because these subjects enable them to produce work which can be used for their portfolio.