Upper Hutt College

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Upper Hutt College is surrounded by nature on the edge of the capital. Regular bus and train services give you easy access to the Wellington city centre 30 minutes away. Upper Hutt has a beautiful setting between the crystal clear waters of the Hutt River and tree covered hills. There are many opportunities for recreational, sporting and cultural activities. There is easy access to the harbour and to the beaches of the Wellington area. Upper Hutt College offers you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the cosmopolitan capital city of Wellington with its cafes, shopping, art galleries and museums and at the same time enjoy being close to nature.


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Welcome to Upper Hutt College

3 reasons to choose our International Student Program

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A combination of outdoors lifestyle with a cosmopolitan city minutes away. Students may stay in Upper Hutt during the week for school activities but they have easy access to the city at the weekend.

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New school buildings including a Dance Studio. Art, Dance, Drama, Media Studies and Photography are strengths as is Outdoor Education and a wide variety of Physical Education courses.

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A relatively low number of international students means that such students are still special for our local students who look after new students in their classes and introduce them to their friends.

Offerings & Activities

School Facilities

The college is set in 9 hectares of grounds, encompassing rugby, cricket and football fields, as well as netball and basketball courts. With the completion of a $25 million property development, the school has been redeveloped into a modern learning environment with a Creative Arts Centre, a Sports Centre incorporating 2 gyms and a weights room and Astroturf courts for all weather sports.

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Subject Options

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Year 10

English, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies, Physical Education, Health, Art, Commerce, Dance, ESOL, History, Japanese, Maori, Music, Design &Visual Communication, Digital Technology, Wood Technology, Metalwork, Food Technology and Textiles.


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Year 11

English, Mathematics, Science, Human Biology, Physical Education, Health, Art, Commerce, Dance, Drama, ESOL, History, Geography, Japanese, Maori, Music, Business Studies, Commerce - Accounting & Economics, Design &Visual Communication, Digital Technology, Furniture Making, Metalwork, Food and Nutrition, Hospitality & Catering and Textiles.


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Year 12

English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physical Education, Outdoor Education, Sport Leadership, Health, Art, Photography, Media Studies, Busines Commerce, Dance, Drama, ESOL, History, Geography, Tourism, Japanese, Maori, Music, Accounting, Economics, Design &Visual Communication, Digital Technology, Furniture Making, Metalwork, Food and Nutrition, Hospitality & Catering and Textiles.


Music / Performing Arts

Performing arts are a strength. We have a number of smaller groups depending on the interests of students each year: barbershop quartet, girls' choir, jazz band etc. Dance is a subject, utilising our new Dance Studio. We also enter the Stage Challenge competition in which a large group of dancers rehearse for several weeks in order to present their dance routine in a competition against other schools. This is an excellent opportunity for anyone interested in Dance. There are also dance schools in Upper Hutt for those who would like even more dance practice after school. Drama is also a popular subject and at each year level there is a drama production with an audience coming to watch over several evenings.

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Soccer, Basketball and Futsal are the sporting strengths of Upper Hutt College. Students play sport in a wide range of local, regional and national competitions. We also offer a special programme for talented sports men and women in Soccer, Rugby, Netball, Basketball known as the Athlete Development Programme.
Term 1 & 4: Athletics*, Cricket, Fencing*, Futsal, Golf*, Horse riding*, Lawn Bowls, Roller skating*, Softball, Squash*,Tennis (school and outside club),Touch Rugby, Archery, Volleyball
Term 2 and 3: Badminton, Cross Country*, Basketball, Fencing*, Golf*, Hockey, Horse riding*, Netball, Inlineskating*, Rugby, Soccer, Squash*, Swimming - (*outside club)

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Details & Facts

School Type: Day School

Gender: Co-ed

Qualifications: NCEA

Year Levels: Year 9 to Year 13

Religion: Non-Denominational

Total Enrolment: 1000

Total international students year 9 - 13: 25

Program Established: 1995

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

Foreign Languages: Japanese,  Maori,  ESOL,  IELTS Prep

Info: Students who wish to study French can do so at the Alliance Francaise in Wellington.

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

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

Website: www.upperhutt.school.nz

Facebook: www.facebook.com/newzealandhighschool/

Instagram: www.instagram.com/uhc_international_department/

Most recent newsletter: hail.to/upper-hutt-college/publication/LehLOwI


Location: North Island , Urban

Info: Wellington is New Zealand's capital city, located in the centre of the country. Sitting on a stunning natural harbour and surrounded by lush green hills, Wellington is beautiful, vibrant and cosmopolitan. The Wellington region has a population of nearly 500,000 people and includes Upper Hutt as well as Wellington city. Upper Hutt is a part of Wellington that is very much part of nature with its beautiful river, tree covered hills and close to Kaitoke Regional Park. Upper Hutt is set against forested hills alongside the Hutt River. Even though it flows through a city, the river is clean and clear enough for trout fishing. Activities in and around Upper Hutt focus on the beautiful outdoor environment.

Specialized Programs: other

Info: End of Year Programme for students not doing the NCEA exams: we provide a programme of activities at this time of year for the group of international students who are not doing NCEA exams and who do not return home straight after the Prize Giving. This involves day trips to areas of interest in the Wellington region, which students may not be able to visit on their own such as Somes Island in Wellington Harbour, the Eastern and Southern Walkways in the hills above Wellington, Castle Point Beach in the Wairarapa, Wellington Zoo, Adrenalin Forest and the Kaitoke Regional Park. There is also an ongoing New Zealand film study at school one day a week. The programme lasts up to four weeks, taking students to the end of the NCEA exam period at the end of November. There is no extra cost.

Accommodation: Homestay

Info: Students stay in a carefully selected homestay family which is arranged by the school’s Homestay Manager. Staying with a homestay family provides students with a unique opportunity to experience life with a New Zealand family, a home away from home whereby students are provided with their own bedroom, and three meals a day. Our Homestay Manager chooses the families carefully after visiting and interviewing potential families and visits the family and talks with students during the year to make sure things are going well. She will help if any problems or misunderstandings arise. Some homestays are within walking distance of the school; most students come to school by school bus, usually 10 to 20 minutes away. A few homestay families live on lifestyle blocks in the countryside.

Student Services & Orientation & Counseling:

Our International team is focussed on providing an excellent experience for our International students:
 Individual attention to a relatively small number of international students
 Easy access to International staff to talk at any time
 Member of an Ako class
 A buddy for the first few weeks who will look after you and introduce you to their friends
 An orientation programme that introduces you to the school and life in New Zealand
 Introductory trips around Upper Hutt and Wellington
 Assistance with travel cards, banking, stationery and uniform
 Guidance Counsellors.
 Help with arranging school holiday tours around New Zealand if required
 Academic advice and help with subject selection
 Monitoring and advice for students aiming to gain New Zealand University Entrance

Term Dates 2022:

Term 1: 31.01.2022 - 14.04.2022

Term 2: 02.05.2022 - 08.07.2022

Term 3: 25.07.2022 - 30.09.2022

Term 4: 17.10.2022 - 09.12.2022


Our Fee Structure

1 Term (Term 1 or 2 or 3) NZD 4,250 EUR 2510,48
2 Terms (Term 1 & 2 or 2 & 3 or 3 & 4) NZD 7,500 EUR 4430,27
3 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3) NZD 12,250 EUR 7236,10
4 Terms (Term 1, 2, 3, 4) NZD 15,000 EUR 8860,54
4 Terms (Term 3, 4, 1, 2) NZD 15,000 EUR 8860,54

Tuition Fees cover: All costs associated with the subject, including materials for subjects such as Art and Hospitality. All textbooks but not write-on workbooks or other stationery. All subject related school trips, including overnight trips for Outdoor Education and Geography.

Homestay Fees per week NZD 300 EUR 177,21

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: Administration fee: $1000
Uniform: approximately $400 - $500
Stationery: approximately $100
Sports fees: from $20 to $100 per sport
Insurance: approx. $625 per year

Fees information available online: upperhutt.ibcdn.nz/media/2021_06_02_international-fees-2022.pdf

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

www.uni-care.org; if a student wants to take out their insurance, an English translation of the policy is necessary

valid for school year 2022

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