Otumoetai College can offer International Students the following services:

An Established International Student Programme
Specialist English language tuition (ESOL) in small classes
A Director of International Students to provide guidance and pastoral care
A wide range of academic and practical subjects
Full homestay accommodation with local families
An International Student Centre providing fax and email
Counselling and Academic Support
An orientation programme

Enrolment Information Booklet

Click here to view the International Enrolment Information Booklet [1.6MB]

Click here to view the International Enrolment Brochure in Korean

Click here to view the International Enrolment Brochure in Mandarin

Click here to view the International Department 2017 Enrolment Forms

Click here to view the International Subject Selection (ESOL)

The District

Otumoetai College is one of six state secondary schools in the Tauranga District. Tauranga is a small city (population 130,000) on the sunny, warm coast of the Bay of Plenty and is surrounded by rural farm and horticultural land. The Port of Tauranga exports kiwifruit, oranges and many other fruits to all parts of the world. Flowers and timber are also important exports. Tauranga is also a popular recreation area for water sports - surfing, water ski-ing, swimming, wind surfing and sailing.

The City

Tauranga is a very beautiful, friendly, peaceful and safe city in which to live. Tauranga has no traffic problems and students walk or bike to school.

The school enrols only a few international students, a limit of 75 at any one time. Parents can expect that the students who come to study here will join New Zealand classes and make New Zealand friends. They live in New Zealand homes as part of our families and are well looked after.

Otumoetai College.

Otumoetai is a Maori word meaning 'The standing (tu) sleeping (moe) tide (tai)' refers to the tide which may be rough outside the entrance but when it comes into the harbour then it's calm. Otumoetai College is a high school of 1900 students, both boys and girls, funded by the government.

Pre Enrolment

This involves the completion of all application forms.  The Application for Tuition form gives the College an indication of the level of study and the subjects chosen.  As part of this pre-enrolment process the application form and place at Otumoetai College must be supported with:

  • Recent school reports (last two years) and attendance records
  • A character reference from the School Principal
  • Health and behavioural information
  • Results of an accredited English examination or proof that the students level of English is sufficient to study at the High School level

The enrolment process is completed at the enrolment interview that is held at Otumoetai College.  As part of this process a student may be required to complete the following tests:

An English Language Proficiency Test
A Mathematics Test
A Science Test

These tests will assist the College in placing the students at the level that is best suited to their ability, knowledge and level of English.

English Language

Students are recommended to meet the following English Language requirements.

Year 9, Year 10 and Year 11 up to Pre Intermediate level.
Year 12 and Year 13 Intermediate Level or Advanced.
It is recommended that students complete a 3-month pre High School course at a Language School before enrolment.
If students need intensive English tuition this can be arranged privately or with a local Language Centre.
If the student does not reach the required standard of English then:
The student will be placed in a lower class level or
The student will be referred to a language school to undertake a foundation course.

The Curriculum

Otumoetai College enrols students from Year 9 when students are about 13 years old, to Year 13 when they are between 17 and 19 years old.  In Years 9 and 10 students follow a broad general education; in Year 11 they are prepared for the National Certificate of Educational Achievement Level 1 (NCEA), in Year 12 they are prepared for the National Certificate of Education Achievement Level 2 (NCEA), and in Year 13 they are prepared for the National Certificate of Education Achievement Level 3 (NCEA) to qualify for entry to University degree courses.  Year 13 students can be prepared for Level 4 (NCEA) and the scholarship examinations.  The school offers a full range of NCEA subjects in Year 13.

Special programmes of International English for Curriculum Support (IECS) and, International English at different levels are available for international students. 

School Facilities and Staffing

There are specialist rooms for art, music, workshop technology, typing, home economics, languages, physical education, computing as well as science laboratories and a large well-stocked library/information centre.  The school is set in extensive grounds with a swimming pool, gymnasiums, tennis and netball courts and sports fields.

Otumoetai College has over 100 teaching staff that are university qualified and teacher trained.  All Otumoetai College teaching staff are required to be listed with the Teacher Registration Board.

Other Activities

Students are encouraged to take part in cultural and sports activities.  Swimming, sailing and other water sports are important, as the sea and harbour are so close.  There are many active school teams in all sporting codes, as well as fitness activities in the school gymnasium and new community Action Centre.
The school has a strong tradition in art and music, (there is a choir and several instrumental groups), and its productions are renowned for their high quality.