International Students Introduction
We offer you the chance to study in paradise and explore New Zealand.
Whether you want to achieve academic success, improve your English language skills or learn to scuba dive and kayak in the Pacific ocean, Mercury Bay offers it all.
Mercury Bay Area School is a signatory to the "Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students" published by the NZQA. All procedures relating to the enrolment of International Students are carried out in accordance with the Code. Copies of the Code are available on request from MBAS or from the New Zealand NZQA website at:
Further information regarding living and studying in New Zealand can be found on the following NZQA pages:
International Students are provided with additional English tuition as part of our normal academic programme. International Students become an integral part of our school community, participating in full academic, sporting and cultural programmes.
We operate excellent support systems for all our students. We have an extensive pastoral care system based around our homeroom teachers, deans and counsellor.
Quality homestay accommodation is offered within Mercury Bay for International Students. Flatting is not permitted.
International Students will have their level of English assessed prior to enrolment. Course and class placement are conditional on English proficiency. ELA (English Language) classes are provided for all senior students who require them. Assistance with English will be ongoing. This could be after school or holiday english classes at a local language school funded by the student. Entry into senior school must be at least intermediate level.
All applications from International Students will be acknowledged. On acceptance a letter of offer and invoice will be issued. Tuition costs are paid and a receipt and letter of confirmation of place are provided. Parents apply to obtain a Student Visa. This is not the responsibility of the school. New International Students are provided with a full orientation programme upon arrival.
School hours and terms for Area Schools are generally the same as for Secondary Schools. In 2019 the school year will be as follows:
Year 11,12 and 13 students will finish classes before the end of Term 4 to go on Exam Study Leave.
Non exam participating students will take part in an exciting International Activities Programme.