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Languages International

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Founded in 1978, Languages International is New Zealand’s oldest private English-language school. It has also been an authorized Cambridge Teacher Training Centre since 1988.

Accreditations, ranking and awards

Languages International is accredited by the New Zealand Qualification Authority (NZQA) and has a Category 1 status, which is the highest NZQA rating. This means that students at Languages International have the right to work in New Zealand if they are enrolled for 14 weeks or more. In addition, because the school is also an industry partner with Immigration New Zealand, student-visa processing is faster.

Every year Languages International is nominated as one of the top 5 schools in the Southern Hemisphere by Language Travel Magazine, and the school won the prestigious Star Award in this category in 2008. In 2011, Languages International received the Education Stars Award for best language school in New Zealand, which is based entirely on student rankings.

Languages International is also closely involved behind the scenes of the English language sector as a member of industry associations such as English New Zealand, Quality English and IALC.


Languages International is located in the heart of the Auckland city, surrounded by beautiful Albert Park. The school occupies three buildings which are part of the city’s historical heritage and is just across the road from the University of Auckland.

Student numbers

Languages International can cater for up to 300 students with a maximum class size of 14 students.

Popular courses

Languages International offers a wide range of English language courses to students of all levels. The school is also a Teacher Education Centre for both native and non-native speaker teachers.

The school offers:

  • General English courses to help students to communicate more fluently and accurately in English. These courses are offered at 8 internationally-recognized levels from beginner to post-advanced.
  • English for University courses to prepare students for study at university, polytechnics or college by developing their academic skills and language.
  • Cambridge English Language Certificates (FCE, CAE, CPE, BEC) courses to prepare students for these general and business English exams.
  • IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC exam courses to prepare students for these important exams, which are required for university-entrance and/or immigration purposes.
  • Teacher Training Courses: CELTA, DELTA, TESOL.
  • Executive Courses, which combine 1-to-1 tuition with group work.
  • English for Business (Auckland only) courses to prepare students for the English required in business and professional environments.

Course duration

  • General English – from 2 weeks
  • English for University – 12-13 weeks
  • Cambridge Preparation – 9-12 weeks
  • IELTS, TOEFL, TOEIC – from 6 weeks
  • Teacher Training – from 4 weeks
  • Business English – from 2 weeks.

Tuition fees

The cost of a full course depends on the programme and duration.

  • One-time registration fee of NZ$210.
  • General English: from NZ$315 (part time) to $415 ( full time) a week.
  • IELTS Preparation Course and TOEFL: NZ$415 a week.
  • Preparation Courses FCE / CAE: NZ455 a week.
  • Courses for teachers CELTA: NZ$3200

Admission requirements

Students need to be 18 years of age to enrol at Languages International; students younger than 18 require official approval signed by their parents. A copy of the student’s passport and insurance certificate are required at the time of enrolment. Admission to some specialized courses is subject to the student’s level of English.

Accommodation options

Languages International offers three types of accommodation: homestay, student residence and serviced apartments.

Homestays are the preferred type of accommodation for most students because it allows them to have the security and comfort of living with a friendly and experienced host family, a private room with workspace to study and the ability to practise their English in a home environment every day. Homestay includes half board on weekdays and three meals at weekends. In addition, all host families live near bus routes so commuting to school is easy.

Additional services

Languages International has an extensive cultural programme of extra-curricular activities. Under the guidance of a teacher or coordinator, students can go bowling or visit a museum, go surfing or wine tasting, arrange horse riding or explore the culture of the Maori, and even climb a volcano.

Special school student services are always ready to provide students with the necessary information, advice, and practical help. All nearby cafes offer free Wi-Fi.


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