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  • 22 July 2019

English language courses in New Zealand

In this article, we will tell you in more detail about the available English language courses in New Zealand, about the difference between language schools, the cost, as well as the opportunities for part-time work while studying and the most profitable options of these language courses.

English language courses in New Zealand are either part-time, that is 10-15 hours per week, or full-time from 20 hours a week or more. But in order to get a student visa, only full-time classes are suitable, so we will focus on them in more detail.


Every day we get a lot of questions about studying English in New Zealand – below we will try to answer most of them.

How many years can I go to English for New Zealand? 
Studying at a language school is possible for students of all ages, starting from the age of 8. It is worth noting that study options for children that young is not available in all language schools, but only in some of them.

What level of English do I need to have to come and continue learning? 
The process of learning English in New Zealand is gradual, so students can start from any level – from zero to advanced. On the first day of school, you will be tested to determine the appropriate level of the study group, get acquainted with the teacher, and begin your training. In addition to general courses there are also special groups for IELTS or academic English, groups for schoolchildren, combining classes with various sports or with activities, such as hiking or visiting the zoo.

When can I start studying at a language school? 
Practically in all schools, you can start on any Monday.

How many hours a day will English language courses take? 
The study will take from 20 to 25 hours a week, although in some schools, if you want, you can undertake more hours. Most studies begin at about 9 am, although in some institutions there are also evening groups that are convenient for those who work part time additionally in the morning and afternoon.

How much time do I need to learn to the language well? 
Almost always you can choose the duration of the training yourself, from 2 weeks to infinity. Most often, to raise your English to a good level, you need at least 12 weeks of study. It is worth noting that the learning process is always interesting. Although by the end of the school day you may get tired, it’s all to your advantage. In the English-speaking atmosphere and with professional teachers being native speakers of English, and taking into account your responsible approach, the result will not take long.


An important aspect of studying at a language school is the possibility of obtaining the right to work part-time for 20 hours a week,  for the duration of your training. This provides an opportunity to reduce the cost of living, practice English, or even find a full-fledged job in your specialty. Specialists whose occupations are on the wanted list, for example, engineers or information technology specialists , can get a working visa on a facilitated scheme when they find a job in their specialty.

To qualify for part-time work, one of the following conditions must be met:

  • Study in an institutions of the 1st category from 14 weeks or more OR
  • Study in schools of grades 2-3 from 24 weeks or longer, but with IELTS 5.0 or higher that you have already obtained

Also, there is a possibility to get the right to work on the spot, if you study in a school of grades 2-3 for more than 24 weeks and pass the IELTS test while studying. More information about preparation for the IELTS test is on our website.


New Zealand language schools and universities are divided into categories that are awarded by the NZQA State Commission, for the quality of teaching and staff, for student achievements and learning conditions. The highest category is the first, there are also schools of the second and third category.

Conditionally, it is possible to divide schools into the following types:

Prestigious schools of the first category

The cost of training in such schools is from $ 300 to $ 450 New Zealand dollars a week. Usually these are the best schools in New Zealand, offering a comfortable environment, the best teachers and best teaching materials. These schools include:

English Language Academy

(The University of Auckland), Auckland
25 hours per week
From NZ $ 435 per week
Языковая школа Mount Maunganui Language Centre
Mount Maunganui Language Center
25 hours per week
From NZ $ 355 per week
Языковая школа Languages International
Language International
25 hours a week
From NZ $ 320 per week
Языковая школа Unique

25 hours a week + 10 hours of free extra lessons, from NZ $ 350 per week.
20 hours a week + 10 hours of free extra lessons, from NZ $ 265 per week.

Standard schools of the first  category

The cost of training in most of the good schools of the 1st category ranges from NZ $ 200 to NZ $ 300 per week. In these schools you may not be offered beautiful ,glossy materials, but classes will be held equally effectively with professional teachers and in a friendly atmosphere.

Among schools of this type with the most favourable offers, we note:
Языковая школа CCEL

Auckland, Christchurch
25 hours a week. From NZ $ 323 per week.
20 hours a week. From NZ $ 280 per week.
Possibility of morning or evening training.

Языковая школа NZLC

 Auckland, Wellington
25 hours a week.
From NZ $ 280 per week.
Языковая школа AIS

25 hours a week. From NZ $ 275 per week.
12 free weeks for applicants for diploma programs.
Языковая школа Auckland English Academy

Auckland English Academy
(ICL Group), Auckland, Napier
20-25 hours per week. From NZ $ 260 per week
Possibility of morning, afternoon or evening training.
Языковая школа Campbell Institute

Campbell Institute
 Auckland, Wellington
23-26 hours per week. From NZ $ 250 per week
Possibility of morning or evening training
Языковая школа LSNZ

20 hours a week.
From NZD 220 per week, 16 week course, evening training.
Языковая школа Aspire2 Group

Aspire2 Group

Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga
23 hours a week. From NZ $ 220 per week to Auckland.
20 hours a week. From NZ $ 200 per week in Christchurch and Tauranga.
24 free weeks for applicants for diploma programs.

Language schools of the second and third categories

These are the most economical schools, where training costs only 150 to 200 New Zealand dollars a week. A more modest school environment allows them to offer lower prices.
Языковая школа Cornell

Cornell  (based on Wilkinson’s School)
Auckland, Christchurch
25 hours per week
From NZ $ 230 per week.
Языковая школа Regent

20 hours a week
From NZ $ 200 per week.
Языковая школа Alpha Educational Institute

Alpha Educational Institute
Auckland and Christchurch
23 hours a week. From NZ $ 160 per week in Auckland. From NZ $ 150 per week in Christchurch.
From NZ $ 360 per week for children in Auckland and Christchurch.
Possibility of morning or evening training.
Языковая школа Aspiring Language Institute

Aspiring Language Institute ,Auckland
20 hours a week. From NZ $ 120 per week
morning and evening classes.

We provide the best offers on the market of educational services. Thus, you can choose the required study time (morning or evening), the desired duration by the hour ( full or part time) and with affordable prices. The longer the course of study, the less the cost of one week of training. For detailed prices, please contact us.

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