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Language Schools

There are many English language schools in New Zealand. The courses usually focus on the English language skills needed to to live and work in NZ (ESOL, English for Speakers of Other Languages) . There are also home tutor schemes where the teacher will come to your home.

Government funding

In the 2004 budget the government increased the level of ESOL funding for students from migrant and refugee backgrounds. These changes are being phased in over 3 years and by 2007 students may be eligible for funding for up to 5 years.

ESOL Funding Levels

Newly arrived migrant students (in their first year in a New Zealand school) will be funded at:

$800 a year at primary level (Years 0 - 6), - i.e. 4 terms at $200

$1,100 at intermediate level (Years 7 and 8) - i.e. 4 terms at $275

$1,400 a year at secondary level (Years 9 -14) - i.e. 4 terms at $350

Students in their second and third years of ESOL funding will be funded at:

$600 a year at primary and intermediate level.

$800 a year at secondary level.

Students from refugee backgrounds will receive funding as follows:

$1,200 a year - i.e. 8 terms at $300 a term in their first two years at primary or intermediate level.

$1,800 a year - i.e. 8 terms at $450 in their first two years at secondary level.

$600 a year in their third, fourth and fifth years at primary and intermediate level.

$800 a year in their third, fourth and fifth years at secondary level.

A five year entitlement to ESOL support has been phased in for all migrant (excluding New Zealand born) students. All migrant, as well as refugee background students, who score below the benchmark on the ESOL/AF will be entitled to receive ESOL funding support for up to 5 years (20 terms).

New Zealand born students (of migrant or refugee parents) are eligible for 3 years (12 terms) funding after their first 2 terms in school. They will be funded at $600 a year.

For more information on Government funding or to make an application for funding please go to

Below is a list of Language schools to start looking. Other places to try would be the Citizens Advice Bureau, in the area you live in.

School Name


Orewa College English Language School Auckland
Dominion English Schools Auckland
New Zealand Institute of Studies Auckland
Pacific Language School Christchurch
NZ Institute of Science & Technology Auckland
ETC Learning Centre Palmerston North
English Language Institute - Victoria University Wellington
Aspect - Christchurch Christchurch
Canterbury Link College Christchurch
English Language Matters Limited Dunedin
South Canterbury School of English Language Timaru
Nelson English Centre (Wakatu English Centre) Nelson
Linguis International Institute of Language Christchurch
Christchurch College of English Christchurch
Oceania International College Auckland
PLANZ College Auckland
GEOS Auckland Language Centre Auckland
Pyramid Farm English Conversation Camp Charleston via Westport
Lincoln University English Language Programme Christchurch
Private English Language Teacher Auckland
Fern English Academy (NZMA) Auckland
Jade English Language School Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
Tairawhiti Polytechnic - International Gisborne
Southern Lakes English College Queenstown
The Campbell Institute Wellington
Taupo Language and Outdoor Education Centre Rotorua/Taupo
Royal Business College Christchurch
Bridge International College Auckland
bay of plenty english language school Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
Elim English Academy Auckland
Aspire NZ: English Language Learning Centre Thames
Dunedin School of English (ACHIEVEMENT) Dunedin
Shore English School of Language New Zealand Auckland
AIS St Helens (Auckland Institute of Studies) Auckland
Rotorua English Language Academy Rotorua/Taupo
Language Schools New Zealand Christchurch
Dominion English Schools Christchurch
Waikato Institute of Education Hamilton
Excel English College Christchurch
University of Waikato Auckland
Language Studies International Christchurch
Aspire NZ: Creative Education Centre Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
Auckland Language Link Auckland
Christchurch Junior School of English (AIL) Christchurch
Avonmore Tertiary Academy Christchurch
New Zealand International Campus (Wellington) Ltd Wellington
Elim English Academy Auckland
Aspire New Zealand English Language Centre Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
Seafield School of English Christchurch
Tamatea High School Napier
Concordia Institute of Business Auckland
Shane Global Language Centres Auckland
English Voyage Academy Whitianga Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
Edenz Colleges Auckland
Christchurch International College Christchurch
New Zealand College Auckland
Aspect - Auckland Auckland
Waiariki Institute of Technology Rotorua/Taupo
Bell Academy of English and Art Ashburton
ACG English School Auckland
Sheffield English Language School Auckland
GEOS Wellington Language Centre Wellington
bay of plenty english language school Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
ITr@in English Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
DAS Training Solutions Ltd Auckland
Embassy CES (Taylors College) Auckland
TotalEnglish Wellington
TEFL National Institute of Studies Auckland
New Zealand Educational Enterprises Auckland
English Language Academy - University of Auckland Auckland
Academy for the International Community - AIC Auckland
Garden City English School Christchurch
Kings Education Limited Christchurch
Waitakere Language College New Zealand Auckland
LSNZ Queenstown Language School - Christchurch Christchurch
Jade English Language School Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
New Horizon College of English Napier
Making Futures Happen Academy Wellington
PLANZ College Auckland
LSNZ Queenstown Language School Queenstown
Wellington College of Languages Wellington
Hawthorn English Language Centre Auckland
Massey University English Language Centre - Albany Auckland
Dynaspeak English Auckland
Capital Language Academy of New Zealand Wellington
Trafalgar English School Ltd Nelson
Massey University English Language Centre - Wgtn Wellington
Royal Business College Auckland
Ngahape English Language Homestay Masterton
University of Canterbury English Language Centre Christchurch
Worldwide School of English Auckland
Languages International Auckland
ABC College of English, Queenstown Queenstown
Coromandel Outdoor Language Centre Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
Elim English Academy Christchurch
Language Studies International Auckland
University of Waikato Language Institute Auckland
Aspiring Language Institute in Christchurch Christchurch
Buckswood St. Nova Institute Auckland
Language Schools New Zealand Queenstown
CLTi Christchurch
International English Institute Christchurch
AMES English Academy Auckland
University of Waikato Language Institute Hamilton
University of Waikato Language Institute Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
Manukau Institute Technology - School of English Auckland
Christchurch School of English, (ACHIEVEMENT) Christchurch
Unitec New Zealand Auckland
International College of English Christchurch
Mt Roskill Grammar Adult English Language Unit Auckland
Massey University English Language Centre - PN Palmerston North
AUT International House Auckland
New Zealand Language Institute Rotorua/Taupo
Crown Institute of Studies Auckland
Practical Education Institute New Plymouth
Shore English School of Language Auckland
Northcote College - Community English School Auckland
University of Otago Language Centre Dunedin
GEOS Christchurch Language Centre Christchurch
Cathedral Lane Academy Napier
Classic English Language Schools Hamilton
Ancient March Language and Culture Centre Limited Christchurch
Canterbury Language College Australasia Christchurch
Mount Maunganui Language Centre Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
Active Institute Auckland
Aoraki International College Ashburton
St George Institute of Learning Auckland
Shirley Boys' High School Christchurch
Kapiti Education Academy Wellington
Mount Maunganui Language Centre Coromandel/Bay of Plenty
English Advantage Dunedin
Albany Academy Auckland
EF International Language Schools Auckland
School of English Language Christchurch
Western Institute of Technology at Taranaki New Plymouth
Southern Pacific Language Institute Christchurch
New Zealand Academy Of Studies Auckland
Prime International College Auckland
English Language College Ltd Christchurch
Kiwi English Academy Auckland
Southern English Schools (Christchurch) Christchurch
St John's College (Hamilton) Hamilton
Canterbury Institute Limited Christchurch
BANNER Aspiring German def Ashburton
Avon College Christchurch
EP Academy Auckland
Cornell Institute of Business and Technology Auckland
Cambridge High School Hamilton
API Education Auckland
New Zealand International Business College Auckland
Ivy College of New Zealand Auckland
National College of Cybertechnology and Languages Rotorua/Taupo
The Correspondence School (Wellington) Wellington
Interlingua Auckland
The Campbell Institute Wellington
Rosemarys English Language Tutor Service Tauranga
Auckland Edinburgh College Auckland
Foundation English Auckland
Federal Institute of Studies Auckland
Alpha Educational Institute Christchurch
Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology Nelson
New Zealand International School of English Wellington
National Institute of Studies Auckland
New Zealand Institute of Education Auckland
Auckland Goldstar Institute Auckland
ABI-Ascent Business Institute Auckland
NZIS English Language School Wellington
Lakes District Language School Queenstown
Auckland English Academy Auckland
Summer Hill College Auckland
New Zealand Institute of Commerce Auckland
SIT Southern English Language Institute Invercargill
International College of Auckland Auckland
Queens Academy of English Auckland
Skills Update Language Centre Auckland
Northland Polytechnic Whangarei
Phlair International College Auckland
English Educational Study Tours Auckland
New Zealand Cambridge Academy Auckland
Global One School of English Auckland
Digitrain Institute of Digital Training & Design Auckland
New Zealand Ocean English College Auckland
Regent International Education Group Auckland
Argus Institute of Education Christchurch
Cromwell College Queenstown
UUNZ Institute of Business Auckland
CPIT School of English Language Christchurch

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