Frequently Asked Questions

What are the entry requirements for Liston College?
You need to have basic English skills. However, if you wish to sit NCEA examinations in your first year you would need to have an intermediate level of English.

What happens when I arrive?
You will be met at the airport by a member of the school and taken to your homestay family home. There will be an orientation at the school before you begin your classes.

Do I need insurance?
Yes it is compulsory for all international students  to have travel and medical insurance. Liston College can arrange this for you at a cost of approximately $600 per school year. You are welcome to have your own insurance but you must provide the school with a copy of the policy in English.

Do you offer special English classes?
Yes – English or ESOL classes are offered for all international students. We have 5 classes catering for students of different English ability. Students can gain NCEA Level 1 and 2 English credits in ESOL classes as well as do a Unit Standards based programme for Years 11-13 but if in Years 7-10 they can do Junior ESOL in an Emergent, Beginners or Intermediate level.

Do I have to wear a uniform?
All students must wear a uniform right through to Year 13. We can either invoice you for a brand new uniform or we have second hand stock for sale at school also.

Will someone help me choose my subjects?
Yes the Director of International Students will help you choose your subjects. You will be able to change your subjects within the first two weeks if you feel you would prefer a different subject.

Can I enrol at any time in the year?
Yes, however Term Four is not good if you are a senior students as students have examinations for the last four weeks of the term and no senior classes run during this time. Students arriving after Term Three cannot sit NCEA examinations.

What if I am not happy in my homestay?
Our Homestay Co-ordinator tries very hard to place you in the best family but we do not always manage to do this. If you find you are really not suited to your host family then we will changed you. Your welfare and happiness is very important to us.

Do I have to sit exams?
Many students who come to study at our school for one year only or less choose not to sit our national examinations but we do expect you to sit our school examinations.

What sort of activities can we do at your school?
There is a wide choice of activities offered at our school in the sport, music and cultural areas. There are also lots of activities you can do within the community. You can see many of the school activities listed in our International Prospectus.

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