International Student Programme
Nau mai, haere mai – Welcome!
Mount Hutt College is a co-educational Year 7-13 high school which is located in the town of Methven on the Canterbury Plains, just one hour travel by car south-west of Christchurch International Airport. Mount Hutt College students are highly successful – in academic, cultural and sporting achievement. Many students go on to higher studies at New Zealand universities such as Canterbury, Lincoln and Otago Universities after completing their National Certificates in Educational Achievement (NCEA) and University Entrance examinations.
Mount Hutt College is a signatory to the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016. Information about the Code of Practice is available here.
Why Mount Hutt College?
For academic excellence and successful high school study. Our academic and pastoral support systems help students to be successful with their goals. Each year level has a Dean who oversees academic progress of the students in their year level. As well our international students are supported by the dedicated international staff especially our HOD ESOL Mrs Jacinta Drummond and our International Assistant Ms Juliette Smyth. Students who complete NCEA Level 2 or 3 and/or University Entrance qualifications are then ready for tertiary studies in New Zealand or around the world.
For a healthy and balanced lifestyle. Mount Hutt College is located in a beautiful setting at the edge of the Canterbury Plains near mountains, rivers and lakes. Each day you can enjoy our fresh air and clean environment.
For the multitude of sporting and cultural activities our district has on offer. whether it is in the outdoors – mountain biking, kayaking, playing golf, horse riding or ski-ing and snowboarding – and inside some of our great community facilities – playing badminton, swimming, going to a movie at the cinema, attending Scouts or St Johns, or joining drama or music groups – you will find interests that help you to make friends and become part of our community.
For new experiences. In school you can try new subjects and activities. In your homestay accommodation you will experience the ‘kiwi’ lifestyle and culture. On trips with other international students you can enjoy the beauty and wonder of New Zealand. In our friendly community you can mix easily and try new sports, hobbies or activities. Living in a new environment and culture allows you to develop your independence and to grow as a young person. Our staff are here to support you and help you achieve your goals.
For excellence in English. Your programme of study may involve ESOL lessons which help you progress in your ability in speaking, listening , comprehension and writing and/or your programme may focus on use and improvement of your English by immersion in subject classes.
To make great friendships with our friendly students who enjoy meeting students from other countries.
To live in a safe environment with a caring family. Our International Assistant matches you to your homestay family and is there to support you from your arrival at Christchurch International Airport until the end of your stay at Mount Hutt College. Her office is adjacent to our International Room.
See further information:
- Trips & Activities
- Accommodation & Homestay
- Student Testimonials and Stories
To ask a question – contact the International Director Mrs Canham by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
A special feature of Mount Hutt College is our close location to to NZ’s best ski field Mt Hutt (voted NZ’s best ski resort five years running at the World Ski Awards). Mt Hutt provides skiing and snowboarding at all levels: from beginner to advanced. In Term 3 our weekly Wednesday afternoon snowsports programme means you can ski and snowboard with your friends from school. Easy access in the weekends and school holidays allows you to continue to learn if you are a beginner or enjoy more fun and challenge yourself further if you are already know how to ski and/or snowboard. See more about the skifield here