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 and international students are cared for by our HOD ESOL and International Assistant.

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 – in 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 such as Outdoor Education and Kapa Haka (Maori culture group).

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.

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To ask a question –  contact the International Director Mrs Canham by email: