As an IB World School, Queen Margaret College warmly welcomes applications from students at all levels to become international students. We are proud of our diverse school community comprised of students representing forty different nationalities.
Queen Margaret College is one of New Zealand’s leading private schools for girls and is known for its outstanding examination results. Across any measure, we are one of the top academic achieving schools in New Zealand. We are authorised to teach all three IB programmes, PYP, MYP and the IB Diploma, recognised by universities worldwide as outstanding preparation for tertiary education.
The lastest ERO (Education Review Office) review says that the “the school’s systems and processes for the education and care of international students are comprehensive. International students are well integrated into the school. The effectiveness of programmes of learning is evident through the quality of academic success these students achieve”.
Our school offers small class sizes, outstanding facilities and teachers who are committed to helping the girls achieve academic success.
Our students are encouraged to be involved in the life of the school as there are many opportunities available such as sport, music and performing arts. Wireless internet is available throughout the school making it easy to keep in touch with family and friends at home.
Year 9–13 domestic and international students can board at Queen Margaret House. Cared for in this new, purpose-built boarding house, the girls will learn how to live together in a community, developing self-confidence, independence, adaptability and responsibility. Boarding provides rich opportunities to make friends, to speak English and to experience New Zealand’s great outdoors.
Living overseas gives our students a much wider world view and often helps them decide what they really want out of life. The international team here is proud to be part of their experience in New Zealand and work hard to make it the best it can be. If you would like to read more about studying at Queen Margaret College and the Curriculum we offer, head over to the resources page.
Queen Margaret College is known for its outstanding academic results and offering students a variety of sporting, performing arts, leadership and service opportunities.
New Zealand is world-famous for its friendly people, safety and spectacular landscape. It is an ideal place for international students to study, improve their English, and achieve outstanding results.
Queen Margaret College is an independent girls’ school for Year 1–13 students, with a co-educational Preschool. Senior students study either the IB Diploma or NCEA.
Apply online now or download the enrolment form and send it back to our Enrolments Director. All fees and costs are quoted in New Zealand Dollars and include GST (Goods and Service Tax) where required.
From sporting success to enjoying what New Zealand offers, many of our international students are doing wonderful things at Queen Margaret College and in the world. Follow the link below to read their stories.
A few kind words
“QMC provides the opportunity to study the IB Diploma and has a great system to make sure all international students are on the right track like workshops and challenges. The College gives me a good environment to study every day and has small form class so that form teachers could help me about problems more constantly. QMC has a lot of international activities with other schools and we all have fun by doing those things.” – Maggie Xu, Current Year 13 Chinese International Student.
“My mother came to New Zealand with me, so that I didn’t have to stay with a home stay family. She can only speak little bit English, so living in a different country and using a different language is very difficult for her. But luckily, people in New Zealand were very friendly, and they often helped us when we needed it. The teachers in QMC also helped my mum, and she feels so happy to be here. She said: “Choosing to come to this amazing school is the best decision that we made.” – Yik Tong, Current Year 10 International Student.
“People know that QMC has the IB Diploma. We have a chance to learn an international qualification but from the years I have studied at QMC, I have learnt a lot more than knowledge. Studying at QMC is not just about getting a high mark and winning. It is also a chance to unleash your potential and inspire yourself.” – Amber Jiang, Current Year 13 Chinese International Student.
“QMC is located in a very safe district surrounded by many embassy buildings. Many children of diplomats and from overseas go to QMC hence one of the valuable things in this school is to have opportunities to learn about multiple cultures and the ways of thinking mutually. We visited Wellington to see our daughter and had a chance to look around QMC. We came to understand it was a great environment and had a variety of facilities. That made us very relief considering our daughter’s daily life here. ” – Kotaro Endo, Japanese Parent.
“The first time I came to the school, I received a really warm welcome from teachers and students. For senior school, you can choose to do NCEA or IB as your study programme and they all have good teachers and systems to support you. The school not only cares about your study, but also encourage you to do some sports for fitness. Most of the international students choose to do Speech and Drama lesson for the improvement of their English and skills of speech. I chose voice lesson as I like singing.” – Stephanie Shi, Current Year 13 Chinese International Student.
“In China, we put more emphasis on text-books based teaching whereas in New Zealand the focus is on combining education and life experience. In a Chinese physics class, there are more than 50 students in the class who would watch the teacher doing experiments. In New Zealand, there are only 10-15 people in a senior class making it easier to guide and explain. In a physics lesson we were taken to the park with all the materials and tools for experiments to experience science in a real life context.” – Stephanie Zheng, Former QMC International Student.
“We feel honoured to let people know that QMC has a wonderful college spirit, a multicultural environment and a warm, caring atmosphere for international students.” – Stephanie and Bonnie Zheng, Former QMC International Students.