Awatapu College

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HERZLICH WILLKOMMEN!. Awatapu College, whose name means 'Sacred River' in the Maori language, is located in Palmerston North which is in the Lower North Island. Founded in 1976, it is very much a 21st century high school. A distinctive feature of Awatapu College is its focus on the individual student and the deliberate cultivation of student leadership within a very inclusive and caring school culture. This is attracting a growing number of local students as well as international students to the school. There are about 45-50 international students at Awatapu College. There are fantastic opportunities to experience the relaxed ‘Kiwi’ life and speak English. Come and See.


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Nearest Airport:

Palmerston North Airport is 9.7km from Awatapu College. This is a regional airport that connects directly with the International Airports of New Zealand (Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch)


Welcome to Awatapu College

3 reasons to choose our International Student Program

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Awatapu College is a culturally diverse, friendly school where it is easy to make friends. The school is in a welcoming, beautiful city with a great outdoor Kiwi lifestyle.

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Carefully selected homestay families are matched to the individual student. Students have a wonderful time enjoying the outdoors and forming great relationships with their homestay families.

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The International Department provides extra academic and general support encouraging participation in sport, culture and music in both school and community. "Seize your opportunities to get involved!"

Offerings & Activities

School Facilities

Awatapu College has well-planned buildings and specialised facilities especially in Visual Arts and Technology. The equipment and machinery in the Technology and Creative Arts Suites are outstanding and very modern. A well resourced library is the College center. Our sports fields are extensive and the gym is new. Diving, outdoor and indoor swimming pools are a 5-minute walk from the school.

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Subject Options

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Year 10

Year 10 students are expected to include core subjects of English/ESOL, Mathematics, Science, Physical Education and Social Studies in their program. Two Elective subjects may include Art, Drama, Music, Japanese, Maori, Digital Technology, Engineering, Graphics, Home Economics, Soft Materials Support class or Wood Materials.


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Year 11

Study in Year 11 involves choosing six subjects. Students are expected to include core subjects of English, Mathematics, and Science. Three Elective subjects may include Art, Drama, Music, Japanese, Maori, Physical Education, Business Studies, Geography, History, Digital Technology, Engineering, Graphics, Home Economics, Soft Materials, and Wood Materials.


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Year 12

Study in Years 12 and 13 involves choosing six subjects from a flexible mix of English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Art, Classical Studies, Drama, Music, Japanese, Maori, Physical Education, Business Studies, Geography, History, Digital Technology, Engineering, Auto, Graphics, Home Economics, Soft Materials, and Wood Materials.


Music / Performing Arts

Palmerston North is active in the Arts and Music scene with many talented artists, musicians, singers and actors in classical, contemporary, jazz and pop scenes. Several concerts, musical shows and drama productions are held in our city throughout the year and we do our best to ensure our international students get to attend. There is also a city youth orchestra, choir and a concert band. Regular school soirees provide opportunities for students to perform before appreciative audiences. Our Performing Arts Coordinator is a jazz icon in NZ and she provides numerous opportunities for performances.

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Awatapu College loves its sports and has a high participation rate with many teams. The sports year begins quickly with swimming and then athletics for all students. There is a very wide choice of sports in both summer and winter. A number of our teams (Senior Boys Badminton, 1st XV Rugby, 1st XI Girls Hockey and 1st XI Girls Football) won their grades in 2018. Some individual stars include Phoenix Reid who is a New Zealand representative in Artistic Roller Skating, as is Benjamin Murray in Baseball and Samuel Portch for Inline Speed Skating.

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Details & Facts

School Type: Day School

Gender: Co-ed

Qualifications: NCEA

Year Levels: Year 9-13.

Religion: Non-Denominational

Total Enrolment: 800

Total international students year 9 - 13: 45

Program Established: 1995

International students accepted for: 9,  10,  11,  12,  13

Foreign Languages: Japanese,  Maori,  ESOL

Info: The languages taught at school are Japanese and Maori. Spanish and French lessons are available after school through two community groups (MiCasa and Alliance Francaise).

Entrance Dates: Term 1/January,  Term 2/April,  Term 3/July,  Term 4/October

Length of stay: 1 Term,  2 Terms,  3 Terms,  4 Terms,  until graduation,  Short term study (1 to 8 weeks)

Application Deadlines: Rolling

Please contact Mrs Mary Mathews or the Awatapu International Office at any time for advice on enrollment.

Application Process: Enrolment Form,  School Reports,  Teacher's Reference,  Student Letter of Introduction,  Offer of Place,  Payment Receipt

Info: • Complete an application form • Provisional Offer of Place and Invoice issued • Payment of Fees • Offer of Place and receipt issued



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Location: North Island , City

Info: Awatapu College is located in the fertile Manawatu area, a 90 minute drive north of New Zealand's capital city, Wellington. Palmerston North has a population of about 85,000 and it is known as the ‘Knowledge City’ and also ‘Student City’ because it is a university town with a strong focus on academia, research, music, innovation and technology. Therefore, it has a fairly young population with open minds and strong family values who enjoy the sport, culture, cafés and shopping this town offers. Palmerston North has easy access to the mountains, lakes, rivers, beaches, parks, cycle ways and walkways. An increasing number of international students are choosing to come to Palmerston North as the city is actively improving our international students’ experience here.

Specialized Programs: Leadership,  Outdoor Education,  Trips

Info: We offer a wide range of outdoor education opportunities through the various departments at the school e.g. Exploring the Manawatu River, Mt Bruce Wildlife, the Hillary Outdoor Pursuits Centre, the Tongariro Crossing, skiing and snowboarding. A “Hands on Food” chef-skills introduction by Whole Grain valued by many students. Sports lovers may benefit from the Hockey Academy. For those who stay longer the College develops student leadership very effectively.

Accommodation: Homestay

Info: International students are carefully placed with local homestay families. All homestay families are chosen with the needs of the individual student in mind and monitored. There is regular communication with agents, support people and parents. All meals are provided by hosted families. We have staff available 24/7 to meet student needs.
Leticia De Araujo from Brazil said, "New Zealand and Awatapu College is diverse and rich with people from various backgrounds and cultures. My host family have been very supportive in my stay, keeping things humorous and interesting." Davih, also from Brazil, said, "I have made long lasting friendships, visited wonderful places, improved my English and have gained a second family - my host family! My study adventure was exciting and one never to forget."

Student Services & Orientation & Counseling:

Awatapu College has been recognised many times for its excellence in student support. International students typically have an orientation course and care is taken to introduce them to 'buddies' who can help them make friends. Academic support classes are available where that would be helpful and support staff may be present in class to assist students. There is always someone available to answer questions. All international students have full access to the Student Support services available, including Heads of Houses, Guidance Counselor and Careers Adviser. It is a priority with the College to foster strong relationships across the school community.

Term Dates 2019:

Term 1: 04.02.2019 - 12.04.2019

Term 2: 29.04.2019 - 05.07.2019

Term 3: 22.07.2019 - 27.09.2019

Term 4: 14.10.2019 - 13.12.2019


Our Fee Structure

1 Term (Term 1 or 2 or 3) NZD 7,140 EUR 4386,83
2 Terms (Term 1 & 2 or 2 & 3 or 3 & 4) NZD 14,709 EUR 9037,23
3 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3) NZD 22,115 EUR 13587,49
4 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3, 4) NZD 28,957 EUR 17791,23
4 Terms (Term 3, 4, 1, 2) NZD EUR -

Tuition Fees cover: Tuition fees cover textbooks and teaching.
One term NZ$ 4,000
Two terms NZ$ 7,500
Three terms NZ$ 11,250
Four terms NZ$ 15,000

Homestay Fees per week NZD 250 EUR 153,60

Please note that 1 term consists of approx. 10 weeks in school and host family. Moreover please take into account homestay fees during school breaks/holidays.

Additional Fees: Additional costs include uniform ($400-$500 for Year 9-11, Years 12-13 wear own clothes), stationery($30-$200), examination fee (approx. $384 per year for NZQA for Years 11-13), sports or subject costs, and camps and field trips.($50-$450)

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Comment Fees: Awatapu offers travel scholarships for students who attend Term 4. It also offers sports scholarships and tuition scholarships.

Please calculate additional costs for
Airfare approx. Euro 1200 to Euro 1600
Visa approx. Euro 160
Pocket money approx. Euro 200 to 250/month
If applicable additional health/accident/third part liability insurance

Health Insurance: mandatory

Awatapu College uses Unicare as its student health insurance provider

valid for school year 2019

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