International Students

Kylie Reynolds, International Student Liaison, has been teaching in a range of different schools and Learning Environments in New Zealand for 16 years.  She is an experienced culturally responsive teacher with a passion for developing engaging, fun learning opportunities that allow students to learn about different cultures.



Beverley Webb, International Student Liaison, provides administration support to the International Student Programme.  Beverley liaises with the International Agency representing the student and ensures that the correct documentation is provided.  She assists with regular visits for the agent to speak with herself and Kylie Reynolds regarding the progress of the international student and assists and coordinates with the selection of a Homestay family. She brings 24 years of experience working at Bream Bay College and ensures that International students enjoy their cultural exchange




  • Why Bream Bay College?

    Bream Bay College welcomes students from all over the world.  Our International Student Programme is specially set up to mentor, educate and care for our overseas students.  With our unique Restorative School approach,  warm friendly students, a safe environment, with excellent Pastoral and Academic tracking systems, a close-knit semi-tropical environment near a fantastic beach, and a rapidly expanding local community we are very well placed to offer overseas students a unique and varied learning experience. 

  • Speaking English

    All international students must have a basic level of English before coming to Bream Bay College. Students who are not native English speakers take special English classes.

    Your English ability will be assessed when you start school and you will have 2 hours of conversational English in a one on one situation, per week.

    You will take all other classes alongside the New Zealand students.

  • Accommodation

    Homestay accommodation is arranged for each international student.  This means living with a host family in the Bream Bay area.  The family will provide you with a single room with a bed and study space.  You will get 3 meals a day, become part of a New Zealand family and therefore be immersed in our culture.
    Our host families are carefully selected and all members over 18 years old are police vetted.  The Homestay manager will visit the family and check out the bedroom and study facilities etc.
    Homestay Accommodation

  • Our Staff

    It is the philosophy of Bream Bay College to provide a broad and balanced curriculum, with increasing degrees of specialisation as our students move through the school. 

    To maintain a balanced curriculum we provide high quality professional development for all staff to support their curriculum delivery.

  • Our Co-Curricular Programme

    There is a very wide range of co-curricular activities available ranging from sailing, surf life-saving, surfing, kapahaka, sport through to snow-skiing. There are regular curriculum trips to Fiji and an exchange visit to Japan every 2nd year. On our doorstep we have wonderful beaches,

  • Our Academic Results

    A Quote from Hon Hekia Parata, Minister of Education:

    The NZQA provisional results show you have significant improvement in NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 for your Maori and Pasifika students over the past two years. I also note that their overall achievement levels were above the national Maori and Pasifika students average for 2014. These results speak volumes about the hard work being done your, school, its teachers, the Board and the students and their families and whanau to achieve this success.

  • Requirements

    To get the most out of your stay at Bream Bay College you will need at least basic English and a strong desire to learn our curriculum and adapt to a new culture.
    Students will need a NZ student’s visa and a student permit to study at Bream Bay College. 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 accessed on:

    To enrol as an International student at Bream Bay College contact Mrs Beverley Webb at the College for information. 
    Click here to download the following:

    Homestay Accommodation

    Bream Bay College International Information

    Application and Agreement

    Residential Caregiver Agreement

    International Offer of Placement

    International Prospectus

    Welcome Booklet

    Phone: +64 9 4328226  Fax:   +64 9 4328228

  • Fees

    All Fees are in NZD and are GST Inclusive  
    1 Full Academic Year (4 Terms) $12,650.00
    8 Week Term $2,663.20
    9 Week Term $2996.10
    10 Week Term $3329.00
    11 Week Term $3661.90
    12 Week Term $3994.80
    13 Week Term $4327.70
    HOMESTAY $260 per week
    ADMIN FEE $475.00
    EXCURSION FEE $250.00

  • Whanau

    All international students will become part of our house system which fosters the idea of Whanau (an extended family or community of related families who live together in the same area). Activities in Whanau include lunch sports, academic coaching, lunch time sport events, Haka competition, Mathex and Quiz days.



  • FAQ

    How can I be sure I'll be treated well and fairly?
    Bream Bay College has willingly agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Ministry of Education. Copies of the Code are available on request from the school or from the Ministry of Education website at, including translated copies. 

    What if I get sick or have something stolen?

    Every student must have appropriate current medical and travel insurance while studying in New Zealand. Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health and can be viewed on their website at

    The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealanders, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

    We recommend that you take out insurance with Uni-care, an insurance company that specializes in insuring international students. They provide full medical and travel insurance. The premium is paid when you pay your tuition fees and starts from the time you leave home. It finishes when you return home. The Uni-care website is at

    What subjects can I study?

    Your subject options are the same as the New Zealand students. You will attend the same classes as they do. See the subject choice  section for more information. The conversational English is in a one on one situation for 2 hours per week.

    Is there a uniform code?

    Yes. International students are expected to comply with the same uniform code as other students.

    When can I start?

    Whenever you like! The New Zealand school year is divided into four 10 week terms with 2 week breaks in between and a longer summer break over Christmas. 2020 TERM DATES:
    TERM 1: 29/1 - 9/4
    TERM 2: 28/4 - 3/7
    TERM 3: 20/7 - 25-9
    TERM 4: 12/10 - 4/12
    You can start at any time but international students usually start at the beginning of terms 1 or 3.