International Students Introduction

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.

Watch a brief video introduction here : Study in Paradise - Mercury Bay Area School

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:

Code of Practice

Further information regarding living and studying in New Zealand can be found on the following NZQA pages:

Living and studying in New Zealand

International Students become an integral part of our school community, participating in full academic, sporting and cultural programmes.

Pastoral Care

We operate excellent support systems for all our students. We have an extensive pastoral care system based around our learning coaches, deans, counsellor and our International Student Director..


Quality homestay accommodation is offered within Mercury Bay for International Students. Flatting is not permitted.

English Language

International Students will have their level of English assessed prior to enrolment. Course and class placement are conditional on English proficiency.  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.

ELA (English Language) classes will be provided, dependent on numbers, for senior students.

Enrolment Process

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.

International Enrolment Procedure

School Year

School hours and terms for Area Schools are generally the same as for Secondary Schools.The school year will be as follows:

2023 Term Dates & Daily Schedule

Year 11,12 and 13 students will finish classes before the end of Term 4 and go on Exam Study Leave. International students not taking examinations will take part in an exciting International Activities Programme. 

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