International Student Information

A warm welcome from the Director of International Students 

Sacred Heart College is one of New Zealand’s leading Catholic boys’ schools. Founded in 1903, more than 100 years of Marist tradition serve as the backbone that inspires everyday life at the College. It’s both our privilege and commitment to forge boys into courageous Marist men who are authentic in faith, character and aspiration.

Graduates of our College are compassionate, resilient and counter-cultural, set up for a journey of success and excellence in whatever paths they choose to take. Sacred Heart Old Boys are numbered among New Zealand’s top musicians, academics, artists, sportsmen and religious and civil leaders.

Each year, we host a number of International Students from Asia, Europe and the Pacific, who come to Sacred Heart to study, gain University Entrance, experience New Zealand's culture, and travel around our beautiful country. The College provides an excellent academic programme and caring environment for our International Students to be successful in their future. It is pleasing to see many of our students gain entry to some of the top  Universities both in New Zealand and other parts of the world.

International Students are an integral part of our College and are welcomed with a nurturing environment, challenging curriculum and rewarding experiences in academia, sports, music and cultural activities. We invite you to join the Sacred Heart family.

Our International Prospectus outlines more information on our College.

Mr Ting Xu
Director of International Students

Location and Facilities

Sacred Heart College is just a 20-minute drive from the CBD of Auckland – New Zealand’s biggest city. The College spans 22 hectares of park-like grounds and hosts nine sports fields, six teaching buildings, a state-of-the-art technology block, three swimming pools, a large gymnasium, modern computer laboratories, performing arts centre and a comprehensive library. Also located on-site is our school Chapel, which serves as a sacred place where students, staff and visitors can pray. Our on-site auditorium has a 1500 seat capacity, enabling the entire school to gather for school assemblies, concerts and prizegivings.

More details and information on our campus and facilities can be found on Our Campus page.

Why Sacred Heart College?

  • Sacred Heart College is one of New Zealand's leading Catholic boys' schools with outstanding performance in academia, sports, music and cultural activities.
  • International students have the choice of boarding at our on-site Hostel which caters for up to 130 boarders or residing with a College-approved host family.
  • Located on a magnificent site of 22 hectares of park-like grounds, only 20 minutes drive from Auckland city centre, with impressive facilities.
  • NCEA Levels 1, 2 and 3 pass rates and excellence rates are consistently among the highest nationally for boys' schools. A large number of students gain NCEA scholarships each year in their chosen subjects and are accepted into top universities both in New Zealand and overseas.
  • A strong pastoral care system in the school to make sure our students are well looked after.
  • Sports and Music Institutes lead the development of top-level participation in key sports and music, and help develop high-performing students who the College believe have the potential to become elite sportsmen and musicians.
  • Sacred Heart has many years of experience hosting international students from all over the world. The College is a signatory to the Code of Practice for International Students and takes the welfare and education of students very seriously.
  • The number of International Students is small which enables students to be readily integrated into College life.

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