International Students


The Catlins Area School - A Rural New Zealand Experience

  • Personalised International Programmes
  • Academic Excellence
  • Agricultural Education Activities
  • Strong Sporting and Artistic Opportunities
  • Homestays - Rural or Town
  • South Island Location

The Catlins Area School is a friendly, future-focused, co-educational community school of 120 students, located on the scenic coast of The Catlins region. We are only 25km from Balclutha and 110km from Dunedin, at the bottom of the beautiful South Island of New Zealand.

As an Area School, we cater to students from age 5 to 18, servicing a wide geographic area consisting of farms and small towns. The Catlins region is famous for its rural heartland and podocarp forests, rugged coastlines, hidden lakes and stunning waterfalls. The natural landscapes are enthralling and the wildlife is extraordinary. 

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 Experience The Catlins

We have only a few international student opportunities at any one time, but we are able to focus on providing an academic programme to suit the individual needs of the student. We offer small classes, ensuring our learners receive individual attention from our well-qualified and dedicated staff. We offer a wide range of subject choices which can be viewed online. There are many wonderful learning opportunities as an International Student, here at The Catlins Area School, to help develop your knowledge, skills and attitude. We offer a real Kiwi experience.

The Catlins Area School is ideally situated for a range of outdoor activities with The Catlins Forest Park nearby and with easy access to Fiordland and Mount Cook National Parks. We have a wide range of sporting and leadership opportunities available and cater to most tastes and interests. 

Families open their homes willingly to international students, our community is known for the warm hospitality extended to our tourists and new community members. The wellness and safety of our students are of utmost importance.  At The Catlins Area School, we know that the homestay experience is essential to the success of our international students settling in and enjoying their New Zealand life, so we take special care and consideration when placing students and do our best to deal with any matters if they arise.
International students usually remain in contact with their homestay families for years to come, often revisiting the school, community and families in years to come.

Contact us for further information: [email protected].nz

Enrolment forms and information regarding your application can be found here: 

International Student Enrolment