Queen's High School

Empowering Young Women

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International Students


Dunedin is a University city with a population of about 120,000. Students who attend Queen’s High School can continue on to tertiary education in the city at the University of Otago or Otago Polytechnic. Dunedin has a thriving arts and music community and encourages creativity in the fashion industry.


International students should have studied English for a number of years before coming to Queen’s High School. Students are assessed on their arrival at the school and are placed in ESOL classes or mainstream English classes according to their needs. Some students require indepth ESOL classes before entering other mainstream classes. Most international students have at least four hours a week of English language support. Some students have eight to twelve hours a week.

Students are prepared for the New Zealand National Certificate of Educational Achievement (to at least Level 2 in English). and canbe prepared for IELTS and TOEFL if specially requested and/or the Cambridge English exam. There may be an additional cost for these classes if they are in addition to timetabled English/ESOL lessons.


We take pride in placing our students in homestay families who care for the students and enjoy introducing them to New Zealand culture. Host families are visited and approved by our Homestay Co-ordinator and the school. If problems arise, the Homestay Co-ordinator responds promptly to resolve the issues.On arrival in Dunedin for the first time, students are met at Dunedin airport.

“I think one of my best choices in life is that I decided to come to New Zealand and go to Queen’s High School. It is great to have the possibility to spend a half year in a completely different and wonderful country and to spend such a great time at school. I will never forget.”

Laurentia, Germany


All students wear full school uniform from Years 9 – 13. Details about the Queen’s High School uniform can be found under the Enrolment tab on the website homepage.


Our curriculum is very broad. We offer all the traditional subjects such as English, mathematics, science, biology, chemistry, physics, history and economics as well the arts, including design, graphics, photography, music, dance and drama. Outdoor education is a strong subject and very popular with our international students. Itinerant music lessons, for almost any musical instrument, are also available for beginning to more experienced musicians.

Latin and Spanish can be organised after school hours for students who have already studied these languages in their own high schools and who wish to continue with these subjects while studying in New Zealand. There is an additional cost for these after-school classes.

Academic excellence is highly valued and students are expected to achieve to the best of their ability. Students study six subjects each year.

International students who intend to go on to university and who require English language tuition usually undertake study for two years, ensuring a sound preparation for university.


Queen’s High School is a state school for girls between the ages of 12 and 19. It is situated in the suburb of St Clair, in Dunedin, close to local beaches, cafes and an easy bus ride to the city centre. Queen’s has a fine tradition of academic excellence and achievement, in a positive, caring environment. There are an extensive range of Outdoor Education opportunities at Queen’s High School with both short term or full year courses. These courses include opportunities to kayak, mountain bike, rock climb, surf, ski and snowboard, along with a number of other options.


We encourage students to participate in cultural and sporting activities. We offer a wide range of opportunities including aerobics, athletics, badminton, basketball, cross country, equestrian, football, futsal, golf, hip hop, hockey, ice hockey, jazz band, karate, kayaking, netball, orienteering, orchestra, rowing, rugby, softball, tennis, touch and volleyball.


Queen’s High School has an extensive pastoral care network and international students are supported at each year level through form teachers, year level co-ordinators, guidance counsellors, homestay co-ordinators, teachers in charge of ESOL and the Director of International Students.


If a student attends Queen’s High School to gain qualifications to attend university or another tertiary institution, the careers team at the school will ensure she is undertaking the appropriate courses and that she knows of the entry qualifications required for particular universities in New Zealand and overseas.

Check out some of the things our students do here on facebook.


St Clair, Dunedin