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International Prospectus

International students come to study at Nelson College from all around the world. We have excellent English language courses and offer you an exciting opportunity to study in a progressive boys’ school.


ESOL Activities and International Student English Language Programmes

Nelson College offers a full orientation programme, guidance and pastoral care. ESOL programmes or Specialised English Language Programmes are offered at all levels, taught by trained ESOL teachers. We offer many courses with a strong academic focus as well as arts, drama, music and cultural co-curricular activities.


International students can study for the IELTS examination. IELTS lessons can be provided privately and students (when ready) can sit the IELTS examination in Nelson.


Accommodation – International students have the choice of living in one of two boarding houses at the College or living with a New Zealand family in an International Homestay.

Location and Facilities

Location and Facilities – New Zealand is a unique country with magnificent scenery, friendly people and a safe environment.

Nelson is situated at the top of New Zealand’s South Island and has a population of 80,000. The region has a mild sunny climate and easy access to beautiful beaches, mountains, lakes, rivers and National Parks for recreation.

From Nelson’s busy regional airport there are daily direct flights to the international airports at Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. Nelson’s lively city centre is within walking distance of the College and offers all the amenities you would expect in a modern city.

How to Apply

How to Apply – Please read all of the information carefully on the Enrolment Procedures page of this website. To be successful with your application you are expected to have a satisfactory academic record and good standards of behaviour and effort at school. Your English language skills will be assessed when you arrive and you will be helped to choose an appropriate course of study.