Studying at QMC

Queen Margaret College

We are the leading girls’ school in Wellington, New Zealand. Academically, we consistently rank among the very top schools in the country, while providing an inclusive and supportive environment which allows girls to shine.

With students from more than 40 countries, QMC truly reflects the rich cultural diversity of New Zealand, which is valued by our community.

The QMC experience for International Students means they will be fully immersed in one of New Zealand’s most prestigious and high-performing schools. We pride ourselves on creating a nurturing environment where students are able to build strong connections with their peers, teachers and their new home.

A typical day at QMC

School days are Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 3.30pm. These times include a
20-minute break to snack in the morning and a 55-minute break for lunch.

Students have six lessons each day and will generally receive homework that they will be required to complete outside of schooling hours.

Most students participate in extra-curricular activities such as sports or performing arts. Lessons and practices are usually required and will take place either before or after school.


International Students at Queen Margaret College have different living options, depending on their age and circumstances:

  • Year 1-8 must live with a parent (or legal guardian), however in Year 7-8 girls are welcome to board in Queen Margaret House.
  • Year 9-13 may live with a Designated Caregiver or in Queen Margaret House.

Queen Margaret House is a state-of-the-art boarding hostel, capable of housing 40 students in private rooms. It offers a secure and structured environment with superb academic support, allowing students to thrive in their learning, and to flourish outside of the classroom. Queen Margaret House is home to students from all over the globe, and domestic students from across New Zealand.

Homestay families can be arranged for international students; however, these must be approved by QMC.

Code of Practice

QMC abides by the Code of Practice, a document that outlines the safety and well-being of International Students.

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