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  • 2 March 2020

English language courses in New Zealand



In this article, we will tell you in more details 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.

Learning English Language in New Zealand

In which age I can start studying English in New Zealand?

It’s possible for students of all ages, starting from the age of 8. But study options for children is not available in all language schools, 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 elementary to advanced. On the first day of study, you will be tested to determine the appropriate level of the study group, get acquainted with the teacher, and begin your education. 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 in a day English language courses will take?

The study will take from 20 to 25 hours a week, although in some schools you can undertake more hours. Most studies begin at about 9 am, although in some school there are also evening groups that are convenient for those who work part-time additionally in the morning and afternoon.

How long do I need to learn to know the language well?

You can choose the duration of study by yourself, from 2 weeks and more. Most often, to raise your English to a good level, you need at least 12 weeks of study. The learning process is always interesting. 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.

Can I learn English and work?

Sure! 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 study. 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 category 2-3 for more than 24 weeks and pass the IELTS test while studying.

Language schools in New Zealand

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.

1 Category Schools


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


English Language Academy

(The University of Auckland), Auckland
25 hours per week
From NZ$ 450 per week


Nelson English Centre

23 hours a week
From NZ$ 430 per week


Языковая школа NZLC

 Auckland, Wellington
25 hours a week.
From NZ$ 400 per week


Языковая школа LSNZ

25 hours a week, morning courses
From NZ$ 380 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$ 370 per week


Языковая школа Auckland English Academy

Auckland English Academy
New Horizon

(ICL Group), Auckland
20-25 hours a week. From NZ$ 370 per week
Possibility of morning, afternoon or evening training.


WorldWide School Of English

25 hours a week
From NZ$ 375 per week

20 hours a week
From NZ$ 355 per week


Языковая школа Unique

25 hours a week NZ$ 350 per week
Adults and teenagers groups



LSI School

20 hours a week
From NZ$ 350 per week


Языковая школа CCEL

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


Языковая школа AIS

25 hours a week. From NZ$ 350 per week


kiwi english academy

Kiwi English Academy

25 hours a week fromNZ$ 350
20 hours a week from NZ$ 320


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


Языковая школа Aspire2 Group

Aspire2 Group

Auckland, Christchurch, Tauranga
23 hours a week. From NZ$ 290 per week in Auckland and NZ$ 260 Christchurch, Tauranga


NZSE Seafield School Of Enflish

Hamilton, Auckland
20 hours a week, morning and evening courses
NZ$ 250 per week day time
NZ$ 240 per week evening



2 and 3 Category Schools

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


Tasman International Academies

20 hours per week
From NZ$ 200 per week


Языковая школа Alpha Educational Institute

Alpha Educational Institute
23 hours a week from NZ$ 175 per week


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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