Age and Entry Level

Marsden welcomes students aged from 5-18 years (Year 1 to Year 13). Students under 11 years of age must be living with a parent.

English Language Competency

Marsden welcomes students who have good basic English language skills.

Depending on age, applicants are assessed by a range of methods which could include a phone or Skype interview and English language test scores to determine the level of learning assistance required. Courses and year levels may be determined by competency in English. We may recommend intensive language study at an approved language school before admitting a senior student. 


International Enrolments

Sonia Stinson
Enrolment Registrar
(04) 476 8707 ext 831
Contact me to discuss your enrolment

Full details of visa and permit requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service and can be viewed on their website at www.immigration.govt.nz. Also visit https://www.immigration.govt.nz/new-zealand-visas/options/study for details on studying in New Zealand.

Health and Travel Insurance

Most International Students are not entitled to publicly funded health serves while in New Zealand unless they are:

  • A resident or citizen of Australia; or
  • A national of the United Kingdom; or
  • The holder of a temporary permit that is valid for two years or more.

Students who do not belong to one of these special categories and who receive medical treatment during their visit, will need to pay the full costs of treatment. They are therefore required by law to have medical and travel insurance. This must include cover for outdoor educational experiences. Neither Marsden nor the school's insurers can accept responsibility for the personal effects of students at school. All parents must arrange suitable insurance cover for health, travel and personal effects.

See Southern Cross International Student policies: https://www.scti.co.nz/international-student

This year, I really enjoyed studying English at Marsden. The reason of why I decided to study abroad is that I really wanted to improve my English skills. As you might know, we don’t have any opportunities to practice our speaking in Japan. So, I thought this exchange program would be really good for me.

Mao Onishi 2014 Japan