Mount Maunganui Language Centre is a small school with few students per class, guaranteeing personal attention.

With a great nationality mix and a location in the centre of a beach resort, Mount Maunganui Language Centre is a great place to study English.

Our teachers are fully qualified and experienced in modern teaching methods. Their lessons are very practical. Our small class size means that students improve their speaking and communication skills quickly. Each student will receive personal attention for any special needs. We have counsellors available who are native speakers of many different languages. They are happy to help students when they have a problem.

Our students are from all over the world, including the following countries:
Japan, Switzerland, Korea, Thailand, New Caledonia, Saudi Arabia, Brazil, Taiwan, Russia, Tahiti, Vietnam, China, Germany, Italy, Spain, Chile, and the Czech Republic.
The ratio of nationalities varies according to the time of year, but generally our classes have a good mix.
Our students ages range from 14 to 70. The average age is 22.

Mount Maunganui Language Centre is a Category 1 school, so students who have a student visa and study 14 weeks or more are allowed to work part-time during their course.

A really friendly place, people from around the world and classes were fantastic, I learnt so much here.



What makes us unique?

Key Information

An NZQA CATEGORY 1 SCHOOL. If you study for 14 weeks or more on a student visa you can work part time up to 20 hours per week. Mount Maunganui Language Centre is the ONLY Category 1 English Language School in Mount Maunganui
Located just 700 metres from one of New Zealand’s best beaches
Established in 1990
There are around 55 students in the Spring/Summer season (September – March) and 35 students in the Autumn/Winter season (April – August)
There is an average of 7 students per class, and a maximum of 12 students per class
You can study at any level from elementary to advanced
Students come from all over the world, we had students from 23 different countries in 2018

School facilities

8 classrooms
Computer suite for students to use
Free WiFi
Kitchen, lounge, comfortable sofas, TV/DVD/Stereo
Huge outdoor garden courtyard
Bicycle rental

Thanks to my teachers, I passed IELTS and got into University. Thank you all so much.



What we offer

Our lessons are based on communication, and cover all areas of English – Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, Grammar, and Pronunciation. Our teachers are professionals, who have a lot of teaching experience and they work hard to make lessons interesting and useful for you.

General English Courses
We have courses for elementary, lower-intermediate, intermediate and upper level students.
If you are a complete beginner you may need to take some one-on-one courses before joining the group lesson.
General English courses start on any Monday and are available for any length from two weeks up to one year.

Examination Preparation Classes
We offer high-level, intensive courses for students who want to take an examination. These courses offer a highly-structured programme of study, resulting in excellent exam results, which can be used to gain entry into University and other higher learning institutions. Students who take the 12 week FCE course have consistently achieved scores within the top 10% of all candidates in New Zealand.

We work closely with local schools to prepare students to settle easily into the New Zealand classroom situation and adapt to a method of study that may be new to them. We have found that our students achieve good results because they have gained confidence in a more sheltered environment.

Working Holiday Programme
This course is designed for students who come to New Zealand on a working holiday visa.
This course includes 4 weeks Full-Time General English tuition, as well as the following:
Four one-hour “Working in New Zealand” information sessions. These sessions include information on tax, minimum wages, where to look for a job and tips for job interviews as well as other topics. These sessions are one on one to ensure you get maximum contact time with the teacher.
FREE resume preparation. We will create a professional-standard resume in English for you to show prospective employers.
Local knowledge. Often jobs that come up are not advertised publicly, but passed on by word-of-mouth. Our staff have an extensive knowledge of the local area and can pass on these valuable job-finding tips to Working Holiday students.
Job search assistance. We help students find the best resources for looking for work, including local publications, job search agencies, as well as employment websites.

English + Activity
In these courses students will learn English while learning to surf, improving their golf game or going on organised excursions.
Please contact us for detailed programmes and fees.

List of courses we offer

  • General English Full Time
  • General English Part Time
  • Examination Preparation Classes
  • Academic
  • Working Holiday Programme
  • English + Activity

We prepare students for ...

  • Cambridge First Certificate Examination (FCE, CAE)
  • IELTS General Training
  • IELTS Academic

Susanne Doerner

StudyNZ Co-ordinator

Mount Maunganui Language Centre

General enquiries

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 Full Time 1 - 11 Weeks $435 NZD per week
General English Full Time 12 - 24 Weeks $425 NZD per week
General English Full Time 25 - 39 Weeks $415 NZD per week
General English Full Time 40+ Weeks $375 NZD per week
General English Part Time 1 - 11 Weeks $345 NZD per week
Summer Examination Preparation Course – Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced. Start Date: 09 January Exam Dates: C1 Advanced: 11 March B2 First: 10 March $4,215 NZD - includes textbook (9 weeks)
Spring Examination Preparation Course – Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced. Start Date: 04 September Exam Dates: C1 Advanced: 29 November B2 First: 28 November $5,595 NZD - includes textbook (12 weeks)
Cambridge B2 First, C1 Advanced Examination Fee $350 NZD
Executive Intensive English (Morning group lesson, afternoon 2-hour private lesson) $1,295 NZD per week
IELTS Preparation Course Start date: 20 March & 12 June $5,595 NZD - includes textbook
Individual IELTS Preparation Course (Part-time General English classes + two private lessons per week + practice test and self-study), also available for TOEIC $2,140 NZD for 4 weeks, $535 NZD per additional week
IELTS Examination Fee Approx. $425 NZD (dependent on test centre)
TOEIC Examination Fee Please ask
University/Polytechnic Preparation/High School Preparation: We recommend a combination of General English + Exam preparation Please ask
English + Activities AM: English / PM: Activity Programme, available from 1 to 4 weeks $825 NZD per week
English + Surfing AM: English / PM: Surf lessons, available from 1 to 4 weeks $825 NZD per week
Seniors Activity Course for ages 50+ AM: English / PM: Activity programme, available from 1 to 2 weeks $825 NZD per week
English for Work / Working Holiday Course (includes Full Time General English course plus one-on-one working holiday support) $2,420 NZD for 4 weeks
Other courses available on request: English + Golf Please contact us
Group Study Tours Please contact us

Accommodation Fees

Homestay accommodation (single room, breakfast and dinner on weekdays, breakfast, lunch and dinner on weekends) $300 NZD per week
Accommodation Arrangement Fee $250 NZD

Additional Fees

Registration $250 NZD
Materials Fee $50 NZD
Auckland – Mount Maunganui transfer (one way) $150 NZD
Auckland – Mount Maunganui transfer (return) $280 NZD
StudyNZ fees* $1,600 NZD

* 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.