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Why NZLC

Welcome to NZLC, one of the world’s leading English Language Centres!

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide industry-leading English language education that enriches lives and creates pathways to new opportunities in New Zealand and beyond.

The Study Travel Magazine (ST) Star Awards were originally established in 2006 as a unique and prestigious peer-voted recognition for international language education schools.

The NZLC team is highly honoured to have been chosen as the winner of the ST Star English Language School Award – Southern Hemisphere in 20142015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. Winning the award 5 times in a row elevates us to the ST Hall of Fame.

Create your own “New Zealand English Experience” with NZLC!

We strive to make sure students have a truly memorable and unique experience while in beautiful New Zealand. Let’s create your own experience with NZLC!


•    Two exciting cities for your stay

Auckland or Wellington – or choose both!

•    Courses for everyone

13 – 17 years

General English/High School Preparation or English + Activities.

NZLC is accredited by NZQA to  accept young learners.

16 years +

General English, IELTS, Pathway Programme, Cambridge B2 First (FCE), Cambridge C1 Advanced (CAE), Business English or TOEIC.

We can help you find the best course option for you.

English Teacher Training

CELTA, TESOL or TECSOL (TESOL for Children) with Cambridge TKT to become a professional English teacher.

•    Everything you need is here

From accommodation arrangement to airport pick up, activities, job workshops, pronunciation workshops, study support, student services and more.
Our team is committed to helping you create new opportunities and your own complete New Zealand experience!

•    Packages and Specials to make your stay unique

Free flights between Auckland and Wellington (City Link), Family & Friends Special, barista course, farmstay, rugby, Au Pair, internship packages and more for you to add on to your English course.

•    Customised Group Study Tours Programme

Our team can also create group tour programmes for 8 to 100 students.

Why choose NZLC?

•    Established in 1984.

With over 35 years of experience in the English language education industry, our dedicated and experienced team provide our students with the highest standard of English language tuition and we work to ensure that all of our students achieve their full potential.

•    Registered and audited by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA).

NZQA is a government organisation that carries out quality assurance audits on education providers in New Zealand.

Code of Practice: NZLC have agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of the code are available on request from NZLC or from the NZQA website.

•    NZQA Category 1 School.

NZQA conducted an EER (External Evaluation Review) at NZLC in November 2017. NZLC was rated ‘Highly Confident in educational performance’ and ‘Highly confident in capability in self-assessment’. On this basis, NZLC is deemed a Category 1 school by NZQA. This reflects NZLC’s dedication to delivering quality English programmes.

View the EER Report for NZLC.

•    Working rights for STUDENT VISA HOLDERS.

All international students studying at high quality providers who are rated Category 1 by NZQA in the English language sector are allowed to work by Immigration New Zealand.

Students studying a full-time course that is at least 14 weeks in duration at NZLC Auckland or NZLC Wellington can work up to 20 hours per week!

•    Foundation member of English New Zealand– a guarantee of quality standards.

Member schools must meet the current English New Zealand Standards in addition to the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) requirements for registration and accreditation.

The Standards assess:

1. staffing, employment and professional development (including teaching

2. qualifications and experience)

3. curriculum and course delivery

4. the student experience: facilities, resources and support

5. governance and management

6. promotion and student recruitment

The English New Zealand Standards cover academic and management criteria, and members must employ teachers with specialist TESOL qualifications and experience.

Regular audits and random spot checks of member schools ensure quality are maintained.

•    Authorised TESOL English Teacher Training Centre

NZLC has an English Teacher Training department for both native (CELTA) and non-native English speakers (TESOL and TECSOL with TKT preparation) to become professional English teachers.

NZLC Auckland is an approved CELTA training centre as well as a Cambridge TKT Testing Centre, authorised by Cambridge Assessment English.

As an authorised centre, we maintain highly qualified, experienced staff and well-resourced facilities as required by Cambridge. Our trainers are standardised by Cambridge and one of their assessors inspects each course, to ensure that their high standards are maintained at all times.

•    Cambridge TKT Testing Centre

NZLC has been approved by Cambridge Assessment English to conduct TESOL and TECSOL Teaching Knowledge Tests (TKT) onsite.

•    IELTS Pre-Testing Centre.

NZLC is an approved IELTS pretesting centre and runs IELTS pre-tests four times a year. This gives our students the opportunity to practise taking an IELTS listening, reading and writing test using real questions under exam conditions.  Students are given scores for their tests and a real IELTS examiner marks their writing.

35 years experience