International Students

Whanganui offers students the chance to gain internationally recognised qualifications, build valuable skills beyond the classroom, and have the authentic experiences that build fulfilling futures.

Students that are offered a place in an approved exchange scheme, or from an education institution, can apply for a student visa provided they meet Immigration NZ’s health and character requirements and are a genuine exchange participant. For more information or to apply for your visa, see the Immigration New Zealand website.

It’s easy to make friends in our welcoming and diverse community. Small class sizes mean you’ll build relationships with your classmates, teachers and tutors. There are plenty of opportunities to get involved in volunteer work, sports teams, classes and clubs that will put you in contact with other like-minded people.




Whanganui welcomes international students into our community, and many local families offer homestay or private boarding at their homes. For students with English as a second language, this is a great way to become part of a new family while improving their English language skills. Education providers facilitate the screening and placement for international students with suitable homestay families.

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