Scots College

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Welcome to Scots College! We are a world-class independent day and boarding school for boys Years 1 – 10 and boys and girls Years 11-13.

Scots offers a vibrant learning environment, encouraging excellence in every facet of each child’s education. We strive to create global citizens who are equipped for life as balanced, compassionate, motivated and socially aware young people. We are committed to a holistic education and the development of well-rounded character.

We strive to instil in each of our students a life-long commitment to learning and provide a nurturing environment in which students can achieve their academic, spiritual, physical, cultural and social potential.


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Welcome to Scots College

3 reasons to choose our International Student Program

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Scots College is the only co-educational day and boarding school in Wellington, offering students unique experiences both in and out of the classroom.

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We focus on an 'all-round education'. Scots College is consistently among the highest performing academic schools in the country, and recognised for excellence in both sporting and cultural pursuits.

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We are committed to creating a superlative student experience. Small class sizes, exceptional levels of pastoral care and support, and our unique StudyCare programme make us a great educational choice

Offerings & Activities

School Facilities

Students coming to Scots College will be inspired by our exceptional learning environment. Set over 4.6 hectares, our world-class and industry standard facilities include a recording studio, film editing suite, music and drama studios, maker-space and modern, comfortable common rooms and student spaces. Science labs and classrooms are all equipped with the latest technology.

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Subject Options

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Year 10

Visual Arts, Scots TV, Drama, Music, Construction and Materials Technology, Design and Visual Communications (Graphics), Robotics and Digital Technology, Humanities, Enterprise Studies, English, Chinese, French, Spanish, English Language B (ESOL), Mathematics, PE and Health, Science, Special Character, Community Project


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Year 11

Biology, Environmental Systems, Chemistry, Consumer and Business Law, Design and Visual Communication, Digital Design, Design - Biomimicry, Discover China, Drama, Economics, English, Environmental Studies, Financial Capability, Foundation Art, French, Geography, History, Humanities, Integrated Design Challenge, Materials Design Technology, Maths, Music, PE, Physics, Spanish


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Year 12

Accounting, Business Studies, Applied Art, Biology, Business Management, Chemistry, Classics, Computer Science, Construction, Digitech, Drama, Economics, English, Film, Geography, History, Industry Art, Literature, Language Acquisition, Languages, Materials Design Technology, Maths, Music, PE, Physics, Psychology, Sport Excercise and Health, Studio Art, Visual Arts


Music / Performing Arts

Music and Drama are taught as subject options at all year levels.

Music lessons are available in most instruments, including voice. We encourage all musicians to be an active member of at least one music group. Groups include Orchestra, Strings, Scots Rock, Jazz, Choir and Chorale.

There a many opportunities to get involved in performances throughout the year, for example Scots Got Talent and the major production. Students can get involved in both the performance and technical aspects.

Scots is also home to Rata Studios, offering specialised professional courses to children and adults in focused areas of drama, music, visual art and creative technologies. Courses are taught by industry professionals, using state of the art equipment, in world class facilities.

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International students are encouraged to participate in co-curricular activities, which can be sporting or cultural. Scots College has held national titles and competes at the highest levels in New Zealand in a number of sporting codes. Our particular strengths include football (soccer), basketball, tennis and rugby. Students don't have to be great sports people however, and we consider the social aspects of joining a team just as important. Studying at Scots can also be a time to try something completely new, such as learning to sail at our sailing academy just ten minutes from school, or learning to play golf at the golf course next to the school.

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Details & Facts

School Type: Day/Boarding

Gender: Co-ed

Qualifications: NCEA,  IB

Year Levels: Year 1 - 13

Religion: Christian

Total Enrolment: 860

Total international students year 9 - 13: 75

Program Established: 1916

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

Foreign Languages: French,  Spanish,  Chinese,  ESOL

Info: We offer a range of languages through to the end of Year 13, and are able to facilitate 1:1 tutoring or support for specialist languages that are not offered as mainstream subjects if required.

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

Length of stay: 1 Term,  2 Terms,  3 Terms,  4 Terms,  until graduation

Application Deadlines: Rolling

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



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Location: North Island , City

Info: Scots College is located in Wellington, New Zealand's cultural and creative capital.

Wellington has been called the "coolest capital in the world" by Lonely Planet and crowned the World’s Most Liveable City by Deutsche Bank two years in a row. Home to just 200,000 people, 25% of who were born outside of New Zealand, it is a vibrant and cosmopolitan city. Safety, short commutes, low levels of pollution and climate make it a great place to pursue a world-class education.

The school is close to of some of the cities best beaches, and the Taputeranga Marine Reserve which runs along the beautiful South Coast.

We are just 5 minutes from the airport and 20 minutes to the city centre. We have great public transport and getting around the city is easy and convenient.

Specialized Programs: Leadership,  Outdoor Education,  Trips,  other

Info: All students in the Senior School follow our Leadership programme, which includes an annual Leadership conference for Year 13 students.

EOTC Week (Education Outside the Classroom) is a major feature of the school year, and takes place in Term 1. This provides students with the opportunity to take part in leadership and outdoor activities at a wide variety of locations around New Zealand - from Great Barrier Island to Abel Tasman National Park.

Through our unique StudyCare programme international students can experience a range of activities. The programme varies each year, with recent past trips including ski-ing in the North Island, whale watching in Kaikoura and university campus visits in Auckland and Christchurch.

Accommodation: Homestay,  Dormitory

Info: All International students must live in accommodation that has been approved by the College.

We are the only school in Wellington to offer boarding from Year 7 (11 years old) and above for boys, with separate facilities for girls from Year 11 to 13. 70% of our international students choose this option. The boarding house (Gibb House) is modern, spacious, warm and well equipped. Total capacity is 130, with an approximate mix of 60% domestic to 40% international students.

Living in a homestay is a good alternative to boarding for students who would prefer to live in a family situation. 20% of our international students live in homestay. We usually only recommend homestay accommodation for students who are in Year 11 or above.

Student Services & Orientation & Counseling:

International Services at Scots College is managed by a dedicated team of professionals, who are responsible for ensuring international students are supported in a nurturing, safe and welcoming environment.

The House System is a central part of our pastoral care and support system. Each student becomes a member of a House and works and develops as a member of a closer community structure. The House becomes the students' family while at the College. The House Dean monitors everything from academic progress to social well-being, and maintains close links with parents regarding their child’s progress and welfare.

Additional support is provided by our school Nurse, Guidance Counsellor and Careers Adviser. First language support is available if needed.


Our Fee Structure

1 Term (Term 1 or 2 or 3) NZD 8990 EUR 5310,41
2 Terms (Term 1 & 2 or 2 & 3 or 3 & 4) NZD 17980 EUR 10620,83
3 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3) NZD 26970 EUR 15931,24
4 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3, 4) NZD 35960 EUR 21241,66
4 Terms (Term 3, 4, 1, 2) NZD 35960 EUR 21241,66

Tuition Fees cover:

Homestay Fees per week NZD 310 EUR 183,12

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: Enrolment - $500
7 day Boarding - $17,206 per year
Incidentals - $2,500 per year
Uniform - $1,500
Insurance - $585 per year

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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: optional

All international students must have valid medical and travel insurance. The school is able to arrange this on request.

valid for school year 2020

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