As an IB World School, Queen Margaret College warmly welcomes applications from students at all levels to become international students. We are proud of our diverse school community comprised of students representing forty different nationalities.

Queen Margaret College is one of New Zealand’s leading private schools for girls and is known for its outstanding examination results. Across any measure, we are one of the top academic achieving schools in New Zealand. We are authorised to teach all three IB programmes, PYP, MYP and the IB Diploma, recognised by universities worldwide as outstanding preparation for tertiary education.

The lastest ERO (Education Review Office) review says that the “the school’s systems and processes for the education and care of international students are comprehensive. International students are well integrated into the school. The effectiveness of programmes of learning is evident through the quality of academic success these students achieve”.

Our school offers small class sizes, outstanding facilities and teachers who are committed to helping the girls achieve academic success.

Our students are encouraged to be involved in the life of the school as there are many opportunities available such as sport, music and performing arts. Wireless internet is available throughout the school making it easy to keep in touch with family and friends at home.

Year 7–13 domestic and international students can board at Queen Margaret House. Cared for in this new, purpose-built boarding house, the girls will learn how to live together in a community, developing self-confidence, independence, adaptability and responsibility. Boarding provides rich opportunities to make friends, to speak English and to experience New Zealand’s great outdoors.

Living overseas gives our students a much wider world view and often helps them decide what they really want out of life. The international team here is proud to be part of their experience in New Zealand and work hard to make it the best it can be. If you would like to read more about studying at Queen Margaret College and the Curriculum we offer, head over to the resources page.

Studying at QMC

Queen Margaret College is known for its outstanding academic results and offering students a variety of sporting, performing arts, leadership and service opportunities.

Living in New Zealand

New Zealand is world-famous for its friendly people, safety and spectacular landscape. It is an ideal place for international students to study, improve their English, and achieve outstanding results.

IB World School

Queen Margaret College is an IB World School and is the only girls’ school in New Zealand authorised to teach the Primary Years Programme, Middle Years Programme and the IB Diploma.


Queen Margaret College is an independent girls’ school for Year 1–13 students, with a co-educational Preschool. Senior students study either the IB Diploma or NCEA.

Apply to Study

Apply online now or download the enrolment form and send it back to our Enrolments Director.  All fees and costs are quoted in New Zealand Dollars and include GST (Goods and Service Tax) where required.

International Student News

From sporting success to enjoying what New Zealand offers, many of our international students are doing wonderful things at Queen Margaret College and in the world. Follow the link below to read their stories.

A few kind words



Laura Davison has an MA (Hons 1st class) in French, and a Diploma in Teaching. Her current specialist teaching subject is French but she has also taught English Literature.

Laura is passionate about opening students’ eyes to new cultures and ideas through languages, exchanges and cultural practices. She encourages our girls to understand, appreciate and enjoy the many things all peoples have in common, as well as our enriching differences. She applauds the IB view “that other people with their differences can also be right”.

While Laura has travelled and worked extensively overseas she is proud to call Wellington, home. She enjoys gardening, film and walking her 3 dogs.

useful links

  • Academic Results

    Queen Margaret College has a 100% pass rate in the IB Diploma and in NCEA Level 3.

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    The IB Diploma

    We are an IB World School authorised to teach the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP) in our Junior School.

  • PISA Report 2012

    New Zealand private schools are ranked 2nd in Reading, 2nd in Science and 3rd in Maths according to the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) Report.