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Studying at Tawa College as an international Student

Tawa College welcomes enrolments from overseas students. Our NZ students have enjoyed learning alongside young people from Asia, South East Asia, Europe, the Pacific, North and South America who come to join us for a term, a year or longer. While we have a wide range of cultures at the school as domestic students, the number of international students is limited to help them to mix and improve their English skills.

Contact Us
Tawa College
Duncan Street, Tawa
PO Box 51-045, Tawa, Wellington 5249
Tel (04) 232 8184 Fax (04) 232 5777

About Our Courses

Tawa College is a co-educational state secondary school of approximately 1300 students and 120 staff.

The College offers a broad range of subjects for students. It offers programmes in Mathematics, English, the Sciences, Social Sciences, Music, Drama, Physical Education, Information Technology, Art and Dance. The Arts, in particular Music, are a real strength of the school, but the College offers a wide range of other academic subjects as well as vocationally-oriented subjects.

We welcome students who come for a cultural visit to experience the New Zealand lifestyle and to improve their English language skills. We also welcome students who come to complete the New Zealand NCEA qualification as a pathway to university.

Year 9 – 10

Year 9 and 10 students do a core course, which includes English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Physical Education.
Year 9 students also choose three option subjects and Year 10 students choose two option subjects.

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Year 11 – 13

Year 11 students do English, Mathematics and Science and choose three other subjects.
Year 12 students do English and Mathematics, choose three other subjects and have four periods of individual study time.
Year 13 students choose five subjects and have four periods of individual study time.

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Want to Enrol?

An International Student Application Form and Enrolment Agreement must be completed.

Study in NZ

The New Zealand Education System

In New Zealand, secondary education runs from Year 9 (12-14 year old) up to Year 13 (around 16-18 year olds) Students generally work towards the National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA) where they begin level one in Year 11 and work though to Level 3 in Year 13

English Language Support

English Language (ESOL) support is offered at all levels in the ELL (English Language Learners) or LSS (Language Support) classes for any students who require additional help with their English language learning.

The courses for English Language Learners assist students in their language development comprehension and writing skills. There is an emphasis on developing the students’ speaking and listening skills, as well as learning strategies for improving reading comprehension and vocabulary acquisition

Tertiary Studies in New Zealand

Do you want to study in New Zealand at tertiary level after you finish at Tawa College? Here are some links to Wellington’s universities and Polytechs:

Victoria University of Wellington

Massey University, Wellington