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Columba College

Primary/Intermediate/Secondary (Years 1-13, approx age 5-17)

Columba College has a long-established tradition of academic excellence, all-round achievement and has hosted international students for over 30 years. International students can gain NCEA, SAT, TOFL and IELTS qualifications and are offered a well-rounded curriculum designed to help prepare them for tertiary education and future careers. Our partnership with the University of Otago means international graduates from Columba gain automatic entry and access to university scholarships. International students participate and excel in a wide range of sporting, service and cultural activities, which help to instill a sense of teamwork and positive interaction with others. The pastoral care, ESOL and homestay support are of the highest standard to meet personal, individualized needs.

Contact Columba College
Physical address

399 Highgate
9010 Dunedin
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Phone numbers

+64 3 467 5188

  • Number of students: 600
  • Number of international students: 25
  • Females only

Qualifications available

  • National Standards Testing
  • National Certificate of Educational Achievement

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Career guidance
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services
  • Wifi on campus


  • Boarding hostel
  • Homestay

Religious Facilities (on-site)

  • Multi-faith

Religious Clubs

  • Presbyterian

With the beautiful landscapes and exciting activities of Central Otago (Queenstown) at our doorstep, international students enjoy activities such as ski camps and trips to see the penguins and sea lions. Whilst Columba maintains many traditional values, it is also progressive and embraces new technologies and pedagogies to remain at the forefront of education in New Zealand. The College facilities are a combination of historical and modern, with very well resourced classrooms. Staff are highly qualified and committed to each student’s achievement and wellbeing.

Dunedin and Coastal Otago is a region of natural beauty overlaid with a fascinating cultural history, often referred to as the eco-capital of New Zealand.

The Otago coast stretches from the Waitaki north of Oamaru to the mighty Clutha River south of Dunedin. A must see are the mysterious Moeraki boulders.

Start at the north. New Zealand's Waitaki district is a place of haunting natural beauty with green pastures and small picture-book fishing villages. Stop in at Oamaru and look at the historic whitestone architecture, an amazing townscape that towers over a modest community.

Dunedin is New Zealand's city of the south. Known as the Edinburgh of New Zealand, it wears its Scottish heritage with pride. Surrounded by dramatic hills and at the foot of a long harbour, Dunedin is one of the best-preserved Victorian and Edwardian cities in the Southern Hemisphere. The accommodation is good and plentiful; equally so, the natural attractions. On Dunedin’s doorstep you will find incredible wildlife including the world’s rarest penguins and, at Taiaroa Head, the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross.

Head further south, and you join the Southern Scenic Route, a must-do of the South Island that follows the wild coast down to Invercargill and then north-west to Manapouri and Te Anau.
Main centres: 

Dunedin, Oamaru


Balclutha, Milton, Mosgiel, Port Chalmers

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
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