Ashburton College warmly welcomes students from overseas countries, both as Fee Paying and Exchange Students. Many students attend for the full academic year, while others are welcomed for a shorter time.

Both international students and visitors are greatly enjoyed and valued for the richness and diversity that they bring to the College.

The town of Ashburton is set below the Southern Alps on the Canterbury Plains, and is at the heart of a vibrant and progressive area. The College is centrally located, close to sporting and cultural venues and the town centre.

Many opportunities for success are provided, both in the classroom and outside of the classroom, in our friendly community environment.

The International Department

The International Department has a dedicated team of staff who have supported students for over twenty years. This team works together to ensure that all students are supported emotionally, physically and academically at Ashburton College.


Our homestay families are personally selected by the International Department. All care is taken to ensure the students’ needs and particular interests are paramount in matching students with a family. International students will receive information and contact details about their homestay family before they leave their home country.

The happiness and well-being of our students is of utmost importance to us and we strive to provide excellent care of them during their stay. We want the international students to return to their home countries with fantastic experiences and memories of their time spent at Ashburton College.

Homestay family and student support is provided by the Homestay Co-ordinator and Director of International Students, and regular meetings are held with the homestay families.


Our aim at Ashburton College is to provide students with the opportunity to maximise their individual academic potential. The College employs experienced academic Tutors to help students adjust and achieve in their new environment. The Tutor can go into classes with them when required, which can help students settle into the class and understand its content.

English as a Second Language (ESOL)

The College offers ESOL at all Year Levels. Our aim is to teach students the English language skills that are required to achieve qualifications in the New Zealand Education System. NCEA qualification standards are offered throughout the classes. Class sizes are small and lessons are offered in a supportive environment by a specialist teacher. The number of ESOL classes a student takes will reflect their level of English Language capability.

Health and Travel Insurance

It is essential for International Fee Paying and Exchange Students to obtain medical and travel insurance. This insurance must cover the time from leaving home, staying in New Zealand and returning home. Ashburton College International Department or your agent can organise this insurance for you.


The New Zealand Immigration Service can provide full details of visa and permit requirements and other relevant information. Their website address is:

 To enquire about coming to Ashburton College

Please contact the International Director

Michelle Hosking at the College

Phone: +64 3 3084193


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