Kaikorai Valley College



Kaikorai Valley College is a co-educational secondary school founded in 1958 in Dunedin. Dunedin is well known as being an education hub with 25% of its population being students (30,000). There are currently 500 students studying at Kaikorai Valley College, with 10% of these being international students. It offers a great location being only a 10-minute drive away from the centre of Dunedin (South Island’s second biggest city) and the University of Dunedin. Its closest international airport is Christchurch.

Pastoral Care & Support


  • English support for International students.
  • 5 levels of ESOL classes so students are streamed at the correct level.
  • 8-12 hours every week of English depending on the individual needs of the student.
  • 4-10 students every ESOL class ensuring a high level of teacher student contact.
  • Personal tutors can give specific students extra support if required.
  • Strong collegial ties with The University of Otago and Foundation Year meaning there is a safety net.

Academic Success

  • Kaika Energy team was selected as one of six national finalists, in the category Young NZ Innovator of the Year.
  • A student awarded the Best Male Vocalist among 15 other intermediate school bands.
  • 2 students gained high Distinctions which places them in the top 1% of all students in NZ and the Pacific who took the ICAS test.
  • 2 students published their writings in “The World is Out”, a collecting of winning writing by NZ teenagers.

Fees & Timetable

Tuition Fee:
Full yearNZD12,000
Per termNZD3,000
Administration fee
Full yearNZD400
Per termNZD100
Curriculum related fee
Full yearNZD800
Per termNZD200
NCEA fee (Year 11-13)NZD385
Insurance/year (EST)NZD580
Total (yearly)NZD26,205

11 Feb 201615 Apr 2016
22 May 20168 Jul 2016
325 Jul 201623 Sep 2016
410 Oct 201616 Dec 2016

Student Success Stories

  • Prime Minister John Key presented the Class Act Award to Rose McCulloch and Sophia Taing.
  • The Head of Junior College, Mr Damian Burden has been appointed coach of the New Zealand Open Mixed Touch Blacks Team and will take his team through to the World Cup in Malaysia in four years!
  • Former student Thomas Johnson has made the Open Mixed squad and will be coached by Mr Burden.

Lifestyle Balance

The college aims to have a balance of cultures represented in our school and so have international students from all around the world including Brazil, China, Hong Kong, Germany, Japan, Macau, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam. This co-educational environment reflects the world around them, and provides students with a wide range of opportunity to develop into self-confident and well-rounded young adults who are ready to take on the challenges of work and study in ever increasingly dynamic and complex societies. It also allows them to perform to the best of their abilities in a safe and caring environment. The college promotes excellence in all facets of life, whether it is academic, cultural or sporting. Teachers are dedicated to maximising the opportunities for students, and hence its catch phrase of “Opportunity and Success for All.”

  • Drama & musical production—always highlights of the school year
  • Has its own theatre & dance studio
  • Cultural Success—being national finalists in the annual Shakespeare Festival
  • Regular prize winners in the Smokefree Stage Challenge
  • Each year many participates in either a school production or wearable arts awards enjoying the team work, cooperation and sense of achievement involved

Application Forms

Student Testimonials

  • Yike Liu, Year 12, China

    “Digital Technology is my best subject and we are learning how to design and present power points. I have learned a lot of new skills in all my subjects and I have especially improved my English listening and writing. Making new friends is easy here and especially if you join a sports term. You can improve your English even faster by getting involved with activities and communicating with your homestay. It’s important to ask for help when you need it and the teachers and your homestay will give you the help and advice you need. They are very supportive and kind.”

  • Linda Huberth, Year 12, Germany

    “I chose Dunedin for my overseas study experience, because it’s a beautiful city; not too big and not too small. This is a young person’s city because of all the students and it has great opportunities to see and explore nature. I enjoy doing a range of interesting subjects at KVC, for example, Outdoor Pursuits, Drama and Hospitality. We have lots of ‘hands on’ learning experience.”

ERO Report

The Education Review Office reported recently:

“The school is a signatory to the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of international students. ERO’s investigations confirmed that the school’s self-review process for international students is thorough. Students’ English Language Learning is closely monitored as part of high quality ELL programmes.”

This is a report done by the Ministry of Education to the quality of schools across New Zealand.

See the ERO report

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