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St Thomas of Canterbury College has a vibrant international presence with students coming from countries all over the globe. We have small ESOL classes with experienced teachers helping to support our students.

Homestays are provided for students requiring accommodation and support is provided through our International Director, Co-ordinator, teachers, and fellow students. St Thomas of Canterbury College has many popular specialised programs including ESOL, Rugby, Football, Basketball, Music, and Outdoor Education. Students can come short or long term and assistance is given to help students wanting to get into Universities.

A student must hold sufficient funds accessible in New Zealand to allow for all expenditure on his needs and to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Immigration Service.

For information about enrolment, please feel free to email Hamish McCombie at

Graduate Academy of Sport

International Team

International Director

Hamish McCombie “…..It is great to work at a school that is committed to making our international students so welcome. I really enjoy seeing our international students develop their independence and confidence during their time at our College.”

St Thomas of Canterbury College International language teacher
International Language Teacher

Elizabeth Kennedy   “…..Our English classes are always interactive and exciting. We run small classes with the lessons based on each student’s individual needs. Field trips and celebration events are highlights of the year. The students respect each other and we celebrate their cultures as an inclusive community.”

International Liaison

Yasutake Kashizuka (Kashi) “….I worked as a high school teacher before making the decision to live in New Zealand permanently. I am reliable, hardworking and enjoy the challenge of motivating young learners and sportspeople. I have a good understanding of the difference between New Zealand and Japanese culture. I am confident in my translation abilities. I am looking forward to meeting you ….”

Director of High Performance & Wellbeing
Director – Graduate Academy of Sport (G.A.S)
Head Coach – 1st XV Rugby

Mark Hammett “… As an Old Boy of the College I thoroughly enjoy working with the students of St Thomas of Canterbury College. My commitment is to develop every rugby player to their full potential. Our Graduate Academy of Sport (GAS) provides an amazing opportunity for our young men to train in a similar way to those in a professional environment.”

International Dean and Homestay Coordinator

Karim Lafdal   “…..Kia ora. Having visited over 70 countries, I am passionate about the world and the people in it. I have taught in both Japan and France during my career which has provided unique opportunities. My job at St Thomas’ is to provide extra support for the international students who come to our college and look to enhance their experiences during their stay in Aotearoa/New Zealand.”

Fees Information

A student must hold sufficient funds accessible in New Zealand to allow for all expenditure on his needs and to meet the requirements of the New Zealand Immigration Service.

2024 International Fees

Tuition Fee – $15,000 per year (or $3750 per term)

Admin Fee $500 per year (One-off only)

Homestay Placement Fee $250

Homestay $325 per week

Short-term visits (less than 5 weeks) $550 per week

  • All fees are inclusive of Goods and Services Tax (GST)
  • Health and Travel Insurance is compulsory
  • Fees include all ESOL assistance
  • Fees include all curriculum costs except for overnight trips.

Additional Costs

  • School Uniform $800 approx (not required for short term visits)
  • PE Uniform $95
  • Airport Pickup/Dropoff fee $100 per trip (if required)
  • Personal stationery including laptop or device

Optional Costs

  • Overnight trips away from school
  • Specialised music tuition
  • Outdoor education program $200
  • GAS Program (Rugby, Football, Basketball) $50 per week
  • NCEA Exam Fees ($383)
  • Personal educational and sporting equipment