A warm welcome to Francis Douglas Memorial College . We offer a caring and friendly atmosphere.  The presence of international students at our secondary school enriches the school’s community and we value this cultural diversity.

Francis Douglas Memorial College is a semi-private boarding school and day school in New Plymouth, which has a population of 70,000. It is a small, safe city beside the sea on the west coast of the North Island of New Zealand and we have a beautiful mountain behind us. New Plymouth is a 45 minute flight from Auckland International Airport.

Sport and culture
Francis Douglas Memorial College offers not only an extensive range of curriculum options but also a wide diversity of sport and an excellent outdoors programme The schools have excellent sporting facilities with expansive grounds including sports fields, tennis courts, cricket nets and fitness centre. Cultural and other activities, such as music, drama and art are designed to promote values education.

Hey, I’m Jonas, 15 years old and an international student from Germany. I’m going to tell you guys about my 6 months stay in Taranaki, more specifically in New Plymouth.

I’m not going to write the mainstream report about being and studying in New Zealand, telling you how interesting, beautiful and nice it was, instead I want to share my experience as honest and personal as possible.I should mention that this blog and the photos are entirely written and taken by myself. But let’s carry on.

Read the full story here.

Jonas Clotten


Sports, Activities & Trips

Students get the opportunity to demonstrate personal and social development through participation in adventure based learning. Choose an Outdoor Education course which covers a wide range of outdoor skills such as camping, tramping, mountain biking, high ropes, rafting, rock climbing, abseiling and includes a week long camp at TOPEC. (Taranaki Outdoor Education Pursuits Centre), Francis Douglas Memorial College also offers Golf Programme and Aviation Programme which are unique to this school in the region.

Sports & Activities

  • Rugby
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Cricket
  • Hockey
  • Surfing
  • Swimming
  • Tramping
  • Mountain biking
  • High ropes
  • Rock climbing
  • Outdoor pursuits
  • Tramping
  • Abseiling
  • Caving
  • Basketball
  • Badminton
  • Golf

Languages we teach

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Maori
  • Latin by arrangement
  • Other languages can be studied through correspondence if requested

Extracurricular Activites

  • Woodwork
  • Metalwork
  • Photography
  • Design and Visual Technology
  • Music
  • Drama

End of Year Programme

For International students who are staying for a short term, we arrange a customised, personalised programme to suit, combining volunteer work, outdoor pursuits, surfing and Maori culture for end of year. This is important for those students who are not participating in external examinations but are here for the fourth term. A programme can be disjoined in consultation with the student and International Director to ensure that activities and expectations match.

Year Planner

The year planner is designed for those who wish to ensure they will get the opportunity to particularly participate in their desired sport or activity.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
Rock climbing

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Margie Smith

International Students Director

Martin Chamberlain


Fee Breakdown

Please note that these fees are approximate. Contact StudyNZ or the school for exact fees depending on your choice of activities or subjects.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4
School Fees $3,787.50 nzd $3,787.50 nzd $3,787.50 nzd $3,787.50 nzd
Homestay Fees $3,375.00 nzd $3,375.00 nzd $3,375.00 nzd $2,500.00 nzd
Extramural Fees $150.00 nzd $150.00 nzd $150.00 nzd $150.00 nzd
Study NZ Fees* $2,600.00 nzd

Our Fees include the consultation beforehand, school choice, assistance with all paperwork and visa application, preparation for time abroad. Pick up on arrival. Transfer to family or domestic flight depending on destination and support during entire stay in New Zealand for student and family. Airport drop off or check in support in Auckland for departure to home country depending on departure situation. We also offer orientation and farewell camps for our students on arrival and departure. Health Insurance is compulsory and can be taken out through StudyNZ with Unicare under our Master policy