Q & A

Preliminary Info

A. The application process is very simple, enrol in only 4 steps. See more.

We will then send you the invoice within 24 hours (except on weekends or public holidays) with payment details and instructions.

A. General EnglishIELTS (part-time and full-time) and Cambridge FCE / CAE and Business English (Full-Time).

NZLC Auckland also has a part-time TOEIC course and a Teacher Training Department which offers TESOLTECSOL and CELTA.

A. You should complete your enrolment, pay and send your flight details by the indicated weeks below in advance of the date you would like to start.

This is so our team has time to arrange your services and so that you have enough time to apply for the correct visa to enter NZ. For enrolments submitted less than the minimum period below, you can contact info@nzlc.ac.nz to check service availability and the appropriate enrolment procedure.

If you need to apply for a visa to enter NZ and you have not confirmed it 4 weeks prior to the course start date or you cannot make payment / provide flight details prior to the minimum period below, please let us know.

*Visa-waiver countries. **Non Visa-waiver countries.

A. Our accommodation department will send you accommodation details once full payment has been received and once your arrival and departure details have been confirmed.

A. It is a good idea to arrive in New Zealand with some cash if you can. You can find money exchange booths and ATM machines at the airport so you can withdraw some money for your first few days or until you open a bank account. Remember to bring a camera, a rain jacket and a mobile phone that is unlocked.

If you are from a visa waiver country and do not need a pre-arranged visa, you should read the guide on the immigration website.

A. Yes, if you buy a sim card when you arrive, you can use your phone. Make sure your phone is unlocked before you leave your home country.

A. Yes, if you buy a sim card when you arrive, you can use your phone. Make sure your phone is unlocked before you leave your home country.

On your first day at NZLC, please bring:
•    Your passport;
•    A valid visa;
•    Travel and medical insurance which covers the duration of your course and meets the NZQA Code of Practice requirements;
•    Pens and paper.

New Zealand has a mild climate. Summer (December – February) is warm and winter (June – August) is cool.
Auckland’s average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius in summer and 10 degrees Celsius in winter, Wellington has slightly cooler temperatures than this all year round.

Auckland is known for having four seasons in one day – be prepared for sunshine and rain! Wellington is famous for its wind! It is a good idea to bring lots of layers, even if you are coming in the summer time. A jacket or lightweight raincoat is a good idea.

Electricity is supplied at 230 – 240 volts (50 Hz). You will need an adapter/converter for any equipment that does not have this voltage. Power outlets take flat three or two-pin plugs.

Course and Programme Information

A. General EnglishIELTS (part-time and full-time) and Cambridge FCE / CAE and Business English (Full-Time).

NZLC Auckland also has a part-time TOEIC course and a Teacher Training Department which offers TESOLTECSOL and CELTA.

A. At NZLC Auckland we run full-time Young Learner English courses for students aged 13-17 years all year and an English + Activities programme during summer (December – February) and winter (June – August).

A. You can start a General English (Adult and Young Learners) course any Monday.

Our Cambridge courses, IELTS Course, Teacher Training courses and Young Learner English + Activities programmes have specific start dates. Please check the course calendar for details.

A. Monday to Thursday: School starts at 9.00am and finishes at 3.15 p.m.

On Fridays, school finishes at
•    12.15 p.m. for adult General English and Academic courses.
•    3.15 p.m. for Young Learner courses.

There is a morning tea break at 10.30 a.m. and a one-hour lunch break at 12.15 p.m.

Morning or afternoon only classes are also available for adult students (Part-time students).

Teaching Training courses have slightly different schedules.

A. Generally a minimum number of 6 students is required to run the courses. NZLC also offers private classes on request. Please contact us for more information.

A. Each level typically lasts for 10 weeks.

There is a test at the end of week 5 and 9 and most class do mini progress tests every week.

Depending on your test results in week 5 and 9, you may move up to the next level.

A. For more information on our packages.

A. Your teacher will cover all important aspects of English language learning during your course however there is a big emphasis on communication.

NZLC morning classes focus on language systems and listening, speaking, reading and writing skills.

Afternoon classes aim to build confidence and fluency using practical, every day language so that you can use what you learn straight away outside the classroom.

A. Young Learner classes are for students aged 13 – 17 years.

However, 16 and 17 year olds may enter the adult General English course or an Academic Course if requested and if a space is available. This will be at the discretion of the Academic Department.

Homestay

A. Auckland and Wellington are multi-cultural cities with people from all over the world.

A typical Kiwi family in Auckland may have Asian, European or a Polynesian background for example. All our families are carefully selected by our homestay department. They are located in safe neighbourhoods around the city.

A. As in any household, most families have their own rules.

For example, “Dinner is served at 6.30 p.m.”, “Call if you will not be home”.

All of our host families are very friendly, kind and reasonable and on their first day and they will let you know if they have any rules which they would like you to follow.

A. Text messages are a good way of keeping in touch with your host family. It is polite to inform them if you are going to be home late or not coming home for dinner.

A. All students staying in homestay take public transport by themselves going to and from school. Your host family will show you where and how to take the bus or train.

On average it takes between 30 and 60 minutes to come to NZLC Auckland and approximately 30 minutes in Wellington, depending on the exact location of the homestay’s house.

A. The host family will show you how to take the bus or train. Depending on your age, the host family will accompany you at least once.

Public transport is safe and it is not unusual for young children to take the bus or train in New Zealand.

NZ is consistently cited as being one of the safest countries in the world.

A. Yes, most of our families have broad-band internet and some will have Wi-Fi.

An internet fee of $5 – $10 per week may apply depending on the host family’s monthly internet contract and student’s usage.

Please be aware that the internet connection can be a bit slower at times in NZ and please do not download music or movies in your homestay unless using your own internet. If you download copy-righted material, you can receive a big fine in New Zealand so please make sure you do not download illegally.

A. If you book half board, your host family will provide breakfast and dinner Monday – Friday.

On Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, breakfast, lunch and dinner will be provided.

For an extra $30 per week, you can book full board which means your family will also give you a packed lunch to take to school Monday – Friday.

A. Many families will have dogs, cats or both. If your allergies and cannot live with pets, you can tell us on the enrolment form. The NZLC Homestay Department will do their best to match all your requirements.

A. Yes, we have a range of City Apartment options available for students aged over 18 years old.

A. Yes. Talk to one of our homestay co-ordinators and explain your situation.

You will have to wait approximately two weeks while we find a new family for you to live with. However, if it is an emergency, the change will be made immediately.

A. You should tell us 2 weeks in advance and there is usually a $200 arrangement fee involved if you want to change homestay families or your city accommodation.

A. This is optional and can be provided on a weekly basis for between $90 -$120 per week.  This service can be provided for the first week of arrival or for the entire duration of the student’s course.

For more information on staying in a homestay, please read the homestay manual.

Renting a room in New Zealand

A. The best website for flat hunting is Trademe. On this website you can select where you want to live and how much you want to pay per week.

A. The average cost of renting a room near, or in, the cities range from $150 – $250+ per week. Most flats require you to pay a bond (this is a deposit in case you damage the house) and about 2 weeks rent in advance before you move into the flat.

Tip: It is a good idea to take photos of your room and the flat before you move in. This way, you will have evidence of any pre-existing damage.

Activities at NZLC

A. During the week we offer a range of cultural, social, tourist and sporting activities to help you make friends and have fun while in NZ.

We also offer conversation practice and study clubs so you can continue practising your English after class.

You can also see more of New Zealand by joining our weekend day or overnight trips provided by our partner tour company.

See our activities calendar for this month.

A. Most NZLC activities will have a school representative accompanying the group.

A. All you need to do is book the activity at reception and pay the entry fee at the Account department (near reception) if necessary.

The weekly NZLC Activity Calendar will indicate the meeting place and time. The Student Services team will be happy to help you to book activities and answer your questions.

A. Some activities are free and others may have an entry fee or transport fee.

See the monthly activity calendar for more details.

Visas and Working in New Zealand

A. Student, Visitor and Working Holiday visas are the most common types of visas that our students have.

Each of these has different requirements, conditions, rights, processes and procedures vary from country to country.  To find out which visa is best for you, we recommend that you visit our Work in NZ page, talk to your agent, visit your local New Zealand Embassy or visit the Immigration New Zealand website for more information.

A. You can work if you have a Working Holiday visa or a Work Visa.

If you enrol for a 14 week full-time course on a Student Visa, you can also be granted a 20 hour per week work permit. You cannot work on a Visitor Visa.

More information can be found on Immigration New Zealand’s website.

A. Working in another country can be very different from working in your country.

In New Zealand there are laws to protect all workers, and this includes international students.

Find out more about your rights and responsibilities working in New Zealand on the NZ Study+Work Website.

We also recommend that you join our weekly NZLC job workshops and we will give you more information about working in NZ.

A. The best place to find a job in New Zealand is online: www.trademe.co.nz/jobs or www.seek.co.nz.

We also have a job notice board at the school and every week our staff put up some advertisements for jobs around the city.

Don`t forget to join our FREE Job Preparation Workshops every week to make sure you are ready to look for a job.

After you get your CV checked by an NZLC teacher, you can also go and visit restaurants, cafés, bars etc. and deliver your CV in person with a smile!

A. Everyone earning an income needs an IRD number, this is a unique number given to you by Inland Revenue (NZ’s Tax Department). Your number will never change, even if you move to another country and then return to New Zealand sometime in the future.

You can download the form to apply for an IRD number or get one from our reception.

NZLC staff can also help you understand this process once you are here in NZ.

Drinking age in New Zealand

A. The legal drinking age in New Zealand is 18 years old.

New Zealand bars and pubs will very often ask for an ID if you look younger than 25 years old so it is safe to bring one with you.

They will only accept three types of ID:
•    A valid passport,
•    NZ driver’s licence,
•    HANZ 18+ card.

If you do not have one of these types of ID the bar/pub can refuse you (even if you are not drinking alcohol). Bars and pubs are very strict so if you are going to be in NZ for a while it is a good idea to apply for a HANZ 18+ card so you can leave your passport safely at home. Find out how to apply for one.

Driving in New Zealand

A. If you are studying in New Zealand and would like to drive or ride a motorbike here, we suggest that you take this quick free Road Code test to check that you know the road rules.

A. You need to meet a number of requirements to drive on New Zealand roads. Just like other drivers, you must have a current driver’s license from your home-country; but you will also need an approved translation or international driving permit if your license isn’t in English.

It’s also very important that you study New Zealand road rules and become familiar with them before renting a car. Read more.