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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 $ 450 per week

Языковая школа Mount Maunganui Language Centre
Mount Maunganui Language Center
25 hours per week
From NZ $ 375 per week

ABC college of English

25 hours per week
From NZ$ 360 per week

Языковая школа Languages International
Language International
25 hours a week
From NZ $ 445 per week

Языковая школа Unique

25 hours a week $ 350 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:

Nelson English Centre

23 hours a week
From NZ$ 375 per week

WorldWide School Of English

25 hours a week
From NZ$ 310 per week

20 hours a week
From NZ$ 355 per week

LSI School

20 hours a week
From NZ$ 340 per week

Языковая школа CCEL

Auckland, Christchurch
23 hours a week
From NZ$ 390 per week morning classes
From NZ$338 per week evening classes

Языковая школа NZLC

 Auckland, Wellington
25 hours a week.
From NZ $ 310 per week

Языковая школа AIS

25 hours a week. From NZ $ 300 per week.
14 free weeks for applicants for diploma programs

Языковая школа Auckland English Academy

Auckland English Academy
New Horizon

(ICL Group), Auckland, Napier
20-25 hours a week. From NZ $ 250 per week
Possibility of morning, afternoon or evening training.

Campbell Institute
 Auckland, Wellington
23 hours a week. From NZ $ 290 per week
Possibility of morning or evening training

Языковая школа LSNZ

25 hours a week, morning courses
From NZD 275 per week

20 hours a week, evening courses
From NZ$ 280 per week

kiwi english academy

Kiwi English Academy

25 hours a week fromNZ$ 275
20 hours a week from NZ$ 220

NZSE Seafield School Of Enflish

Hamilton, Auckland
20 hours a week, morning and evening courses
From NZ$ 250 per week

Kaplan International English

15 hours a week, morning classes
From NZ$ 395 per week

EF Education First

23 hours a week. Cource from 8 to 20 weeks
Price for 8 weeks – NZ$ 5640

Языковая школа Aspire2 Group

Aspire2 Group

Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga
23 hours a week. From NZ $ 260 per week to Auckland
20 hours a week. From NZ $ 240 per week in Christchurch and Tauranga

Dominion English Schools

25 hours a week. From NZ$ 295 per week
20 hours a week. Fromот NZ$ 280 per week

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.

NZIE Institute

20 hours a week.
NZ$ 200 per week

NZCEL cource – NZ$ 3 500

Языковая школа Cornell

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

Tasman International Academies

20 hours per week
From NZD 200 per week

Языковая школа Alpha Educational Institute

Alpha Educational Institute
Auckland and Christchurch
23 hours a week. From NZ $ 220 per week
From NZ$ 250 per week for children in Auckland and Christchutch


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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