Support for International Students

At Sacred Heart College, International Students are supported by their teachers, Head of Years, the International Department staff, staff in the Boarding Hostel, homestay families, local guardians and caregivers.

We understand how challenging it is to study in a new country and new environment. The International Department is dedicated to helping students adapt to a new culture and provides a high level of support to our International Students. We meet with students regularly to make sure they are progressing well academically, and are happy in their homestay or boarding hostel. We provide to our International Students:

  • A comprehensive orientation programme to help new students to settle well academically and socially
  • Ongoing academic support and guidance to making sure that each student gets ahead
  • Free after school Study Centre every day supervised by subject teachers
  • Afterschool English workshops for students wishing to develop their English skills more quickly
  • Native language support in Mandarin, Korean, Thai, Japanese, French, and Spanish
  • Prefects tutoring and buddy support from committed senior students who are willing to help
  • Term interviews for each International Student on academic progress and welfare conducted by experienced International Department staff
  • A comprehensive online Parent Portal for parents to access essential information on their son’s academic progress and social integration such as school reports, daily notices, timetable, attendance, NCEA summary, and awards received
  • Free student visa renewal services
  • Free assistance with insurance claims


Career Planning

The College organises an annual career night and invites most New Zealand Universities and Polytechnics to talk about the options for further study. The career counsellor at the College offers advice on further study opportunities in Universities/Polytechnics in New Zealand and sometimes abroad. There are one on one career counselling sessions for all students from Years 11 to 13, and University prospectuses are available for students.  Sacred Heart College graduates have had great success being accepted into top NZ Universities and some of the world's best Universities.