We have been preparing students for general and academic English since 1993. After studying at ETC many of our students have successfully completed their academic studies in business, computing, science, and other subjects at New Zealand, Australian and around the world.

Our current roll is over 300 full-time students from 35 different countries on our 3 campuses in Wellington, Lower Hutt and Palmerston North.

Students can usually start any Monday during the year and can select the number of weeks they study. Full-time study is from 9 am to 3 pm Monday to Friday. School activities are usually included in the school fees (A small fee may be charged for optional trips or activities)

What I especially like at ETC is the openness and the interest of the teachers and the international and multicultural atmosphere. You get easily into contact with other students from other classes during lunch break and you don’t have any trouble to make new friends. Because the majority of the students come from Asia, you will get impressions from many different cultures and English as our common language connects us.

I would particularly recommend the demi-pair programme to curious, open and adaptable young people. It’s important to know that New Zealand is not Europe and the Kiwis have their very unique but amiable way to live.

Students should be aware, that the first one or two weeks can be quite hard, however, you can be certain that the school and the family will give their very best to help you settle in on the other side of the world.

What makes New Zealand to the perfect travel destination is not just the studies of the English language, it is also the breathtaking scenery, the unbelievably relaxed manner and warmth of the Kiwis, which fascinate me as a German every day again.



What makes us unique?

Class sizes average 12 to 14 students and are led by experienced, dedicated teaching and support staff who are committed to their students’ success.

Course completion rates average 90% with teachers committed to helping students achieve their best result.

Each school campus is located in the centre of the city, with easy access to shopping and transport.

My name is Ahmed, I am from Saudi Arabia (Jeddah). I have been studying at ETC for more than three months. Thanks to the great teaching methods and teachers in this college, I achieved a high level of English. ETC has offered me the opportunity to meet students of many nationalities and I have made many friends and have enjoyed spending my time with them, not to mention all the trips and events ETC has organized for us. It was an absolutely wonderful experience. I am really glad that I had the chance to study English at ETC. Thank you!

Ahmed Abdul Rahman

Saudi Arabia

What we offer

We provide students with some of the best English teachers and classes in New Zealand
We will arrange students accommodation
We will meet students at the airport
We will help arrange visas, bank and phone accounts
We provide assistance in joining sports and cultural clubs
We provide ongoing social and academic counselling

List of courses we offer

  • English for Academic Study
  • English for General Study
  • High School Holiday Programmes
  • New Zealand Certificate in English Language (level 1 to 5)
  • Demi Pair (Child Care)
  • New Zealand Certificate in Automotive Engineering (level 3)

We prepare students for ...

  • Cambridge
  • C1 Advanced (CAE)
  • B2 First (FCE)
  • OET

Extracurricular subjects

  • For students with a special interest or sport we will help them find a club of organisation in the community

Year Planner

For most courses students can start any Monday of the year.
IELTS tests are available every four weeks in Palmerston North and Wellington
OET is available ever 6 months in Palmerston North
Cambridge FCE and CAE is available ever 6 months in Wellington.
TOEIC tests are available every month in Wellington

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Shiho Shindo

International Student Administrator

Allie Donoghue-Hunt

International Student Administrator Wellington

Fee Breakdown

Please note that these fees are approximate. Contact StudyNZ or the school for exact fees depending on your choice of activities or subjects.

Course Fees

General English 1-11 weeks $390 per week
General English 12-24 weeks $365 per week
Cambridge Exam Course (12 weeks) $4,380
IELTS Exam Course (12 weeks) $4,380

Accommodation Fees

Homestay $250 to $300 per week

Additional Fees

Registration Fee $180
Accommodation Arrangement Fee $250
Material Fee Free
Airport Transfer Palmerston North - $50. Wellington - Free.

* Our Fees include the consultation beforehand, school choice, assistance with all paperwork and visa application, preparation for time abroad. Pick up on arrival. Transfer to family or domestic flight depending on destination and support during entire stay in New Zealand for student and family. Airport drop off or check in support in Auckland for departure to home country depending on departure situation. We also offer orientation and farewell camps for our students on arrival and departure. Health Insurance is compulsory and can be taken out through StudyNZ with Unicare under our Masterpolicy.