English in New Zealand is
like merging the knowledge about another language with fantastic
landscapes and lots of fun. The courses offered are very high quality
and they cost much less than courses in USA or England due to the
advantage of the exchange rates. Other correlated costs to study
such as accommodation, food and transport are also is less in
general. That is one of the reasons New Zealand has been
attracting students from all over the world. Besides that, there
is another important advantage which is is no need for
pre-visas to enter in NZ from many countries in which New Zealand has special
agreements (that means savings in visas too). If you are planing to study up to 3
months, a Tourist Visa (or permit) will be enough. With so much
beauty and fantastic places to see, these are some of the reasons that New
Zealand today is one of the most desirable study destinations in
With the legislation implemented
from 2005 students studying English in a Full Time course with
more than 6 months of duration may apply for a work permit to work
up to 20 hours per week (but please consult the New Zealand
Immigration website to confirm, because they change the rules very
often). Courses with duration longer than 3 months, will require a
Pre-Student Visa or Permit from a New Zealand Embassy, Consulate
or representation in your Country. The main types
of English Courses offered in New Zealand are:
- Indicated for those wanting to learn the day-by-day
English used to communicate on the streets and with other
people etc. It has a little grammar, lots of communication
with listening and some writing, but usually doesn't include
academic and assignments used in Universities or academic environments. These
courses are offered from the basic level to Advanced. Most of the educational institutions
are starting their English courses every Monday and the student on the
first day will do an internal evaluation test to see in which
level or class will fit in. If you think the level set for
you is too strong or to weak for you, just talk with your
teacher to change to another level or class. The majority of
these courses are usually charged by the number of weeks
you want to study.
- It is similar to the general English but much more comprehensive, including terms and expressions
in academic studies or in an University. There are more
deep knowledge, written assignments and research in group. The course
is strong in the writing part due to
the enormous quantity of assignments (written studies) so
you must be prepared for them. It also has different levels and
the person must have previous basic English to start it.
Some Institutions charge by week and some by the level.
- It is an English course devoted to specific areas of
marketing or trading. But there are other mix "vocational" English courses such as English for
Nurses, English for IT, English for Hospitality etc. These courses are also offered in
different levels from beginner
to advanced but not all English schools may offer them.
Usually when the school runs also a
vocational course, they may have the English and
"something else vocational", but as we
said before, the majority of English Course Schools don't
have this alternative. You must research to find out which
one is offering them.
English for IELTS
- The Test IELTS (International English Language Test
System) is the official English test for both in New Zealand and Australia. They are
when applying for an Immigration or to study in an
University, with written, speaking, listening
and grammar skills tested. The evaluation is made from 0 to 10,
being 10 a score that even most New Zealanders and Australians
will not be able to achieve. The score to enter a
vocational course is around 5.0. To enter a University or
to migrate to New Zealand is 6.5. The
"English for IELTS" courses have a time frame
with set dates and the student must have at least a basic English
follow the class.
the table comparing IELTS and TOEFL tests in this page.
English for Cambridge tests
- These courses prepares the students for the diverse
types of Cambridge related test such as FCE, CAE, CPE .
English + Something
- or Study English and do something fun at the same time.
As example we can name some as English + Surf, English +
Golf, English + Rugby, English + Horse riding, etc. The
courses are for short time duration, without any academic
purpose. They are focus to people in
vacations or visiting (Tourist Visa only)
while you have fun, you take some time to improve your
English Course in
New Zealand requires 20
hours of study or more per week to be classified as a Full Time course. If
the stay and course duration is up to 3 months, a tourist visa
would be enough. If the Course is
longer than 3 months, a Student Visa or permit will be required.
Study any courses do not allow automatically to work in New Zealand and you need to
get a work permit in order to carry on any job.
English to Speakers of Other Languages There is also an advanced English course to
students preparing them to became an English Teacher back
home country called TESOL.
and Airport Transfers
are also services offered by the schools as optional. Health Insurance is mandatory for all student.
here for English Schools in New Zealand