Burnside High School

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Welcome to Burnside High School - one of New Zealand's largest and more well known establishments. International agents, parents and students will know Burnside High School for our numerous achievements and our high profile alumni who often stand out in the areas of: academia, Creative and Performing Arts, the Specialist Music Programme and sport.


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South Island , City


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Christchurch International Airport


Welcome to Burnside High School

3 reasons to choose our International Student Program

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We are a school of passionate and professional people that provide International Students with endless opportunities and excellent pastoral care.

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Because of our size we are able to provide an extensive list of subjects. Creative Arts and Performing Arts are our stand-out subject areas.

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Burnside is positioned in a very student-friendly neighbourhood. Close by we have: University of Canterbury, International Airport, Russley Golf Course and the local Fitness and Aquatic Centre.

Offerings & Activities

School Facilities

A 59 hectare site consisting of: a 700 seat Performing Arts Auditorium, outdoor swimming pool, two gymnasiums, dance hall and commercial kitchen facilities for our Food Technology students. Across the road from school is the City Council owned fitness and aquatic centre that can be used by students in their free time.

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Subject Options

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Year 10

The curriculum has 8 Essential Learning Areas. Mathematics, Sciences, Social Sciences, Technology, Languages, Physical Education and Health, English and Creative Arts. We over 50 different subjects within these 8 learning areas. Student in the first 2 years will have a set curriculum with some optional subjects.


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Year 11

For more information please visit www.burnside.school.nz/international


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Year 12

In the senior years, Y12 and Y13 students are able to choose 6 subjects which they study for 4 hours per week.
For more information please visit www.burnside.school.nz/international or https://burnside.schoolpoint.co.nz/courses/learning_areas


Music / Performing Arts

Specialist Music Programme - a unique programme in New Zealand catering for New Zealand's best musicians. Pre-recorded auditions are compulsory for entrance into this high level course. Specialisms are - Piano, Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Voice, Jazz and Contemporary Music.

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Standout teams are -
Girls' Volleyball - NZ Champs 2015,2016
Table Tennis - National Champs 2017, 2019
Golf - recent Regional and National Champs

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Sports (depending on season)









Beach Volleyball

Beach Volleyball

Kanu Polo

Canoe Polo




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Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking






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Table Tennis



Touch Rugby

Touch Rugby



Water Polo

Water Polo


Details & Facts

School Type: Day School

Gender: Co-ed

Qualifications: NCEA

Year Levels: 9-13

Religion: Non-Denominational

Total Enrolment: 2600

Total international students year 9 - 13: 170

Program Established: 1960

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

Foreign Languages: French,  Spanish,  Chinese,  Japanese,  Maori,  ESOL,  IELTS Prep,  other

Info: Other languages include German

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

Length of stay: 2 Terms,  3 Terms,  4 Terms,  until graduation

Application Deadlines: Rolling

Application Process: Enrolment Form,  School Reports,  Offer of Place,  Payment Receipt

Website: www.burnside.school.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/burnsidehighschool


Location: South Island , City

Info: South Island's largest co-educational school in Christchurch, the Garden City. Burnside is situated in the western suburbs and only 2km from the Christchurch International Airport, 4km from the University of Canterbury and 7km from the city centre.

Specialized Programs: Outdoor Education

Info: Outdoor Pursuits - consisting of whitewater kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, tramping, navigation and first aid.

Accommodation: Homestay

Info: All International Students who do not have family close to school live with one of our selected homestay families.
Two members of staff are dedicated to managing the homestay programme and making the best fit for each student.
Most students will walk, bike or bus to school. Christchurch is a flat, cycle-friendly city.

Student Services & Orientation & Counseling:

There are four members of staff in the International Department. In addition to these members, Divisional Deans and Counsellors also provide a large amount of support for all students.
All students must take part in our Orientation Programme to ensure a good start to the term.


Our Fee Structure

1 Term (Term 1 or 2 or 3) NZD 3250 EUR 1919,78
2 Terms (Term 1 & 2 or 2 & 3 or 3 & 4) NZD 6500 EUR 3839,57
3 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3) NZD 9750 EUR 5759,35
4 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3, 4) NZD 13000 EUR 7679,13
4 Terms (Term 3, 4, 1, 2) NZD 13000 EUR 7679,13

Tuition Fees cover: Standard classes and content delivery, workbooks, Non NCEA End of Year Programme (tour)

Homestay Fees per week NZD 294 EUR 173,67

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: NZD600 Enrolment Fee
NZD350 Homestay Management Fee
NZD294 Weekly Homestay Fee which is paid directly to the homestay family
NZD200-600 Uniform (second hand - new) Y9-12
Laptop - please bring your own device as the school has full wifi coverage

Comment Fees: The school is able to provide cover for each student using either Southern Cross or Unicare Travel and Medical Insurance.
A full year's insurance may cost about NZD600

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

Southern Cross or Unicare

valid for school year 2021

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