Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand. It has a population 1.4 million, about a third of the total population. It’s a water city, built around two harbours as well as an extinct volcano. In New Zealand, everything is relatively close. Auckland is a great place to study and use as your base. On the weekends head off on adventures; go island hopping, visit rainforests, thermal springs, national parks, meet Hobbits, have a game of rugby (if you are brave). Auckland is known as the “City of Sails” because of the large number of boats per capita. It seems as if everyone man and his dog owns their own boat. Auckland is also distinctive for the 50 small, dormant volcanoes dotted around the city. Relax. They are safe, the last eruption was over 600 years ago.
Languages International is a well-established school which occupies three historic buildings in the middle of the city in a lovely green park. Languages International is a serious school ideal for longer-term studies and students who want to pass a Cambridge exam, such as the FCE, CAE or CPE. The school is also a teacher training centre.
Languages International is one of the larger English schools in New Zealand which means it offer a guaranteed range of courses and exams. It's the perfect place to kick off your Gap Year in New Zealand.
On your first day, you will meet a school counsellor who speaks your language. The school also has an excellent Learning Centre which is staffed by teachers and open to all students during the school week.
The school was established in 1978, making it the older English language school in Auckland.
The school is really good, my teachers are good but I have so many things to learn! That’s nice but sometimes I'm really tired! New Zealand is very beautiful, people are warm and friendly and my host family is really really good. It’s nice to meet many people from different parts of the world so that’s perfect.
-Monthenol Marie-Ambre, CH, Languages International, Auckland General English plus Cambridge CAE 18 weeks
- Auckland on the North island
- Albert Park, in the city centre, opposite Auckland University.
- Homestay: 30–40 minutes by bus from school
- Student residences: 3 student residence options within 10 minutes’ walk of school, with a range of single, double and shared 3-bedroom apartments with either kitchens and en-suites or shared facilities.
- General English
- English for Business
- English for University
- Cambridge exams: First, Advanced and Proficiency.
- IELTS preparation
- General English: 20 hours (full–time) or 10 hours (part–time) plus 3 hours of guided individual learning per week
- Max class size: 14 students General English; 12 students in exam classes
- Average class size: 10 students
- School size: medium 150–250 students
- 25 classrooms
- Computer and wifi
- Learning Centre for individual study
Students taking courses of 14 weeks or longer on a Student Visa can work up to 20 hours a week while they study. Students with a French passport can work studyx and travel for one year on a Working Holiday Visa. Part time work is not too difficult to find for motivated students. Our school has a Work New Zealand programme for students who feel they need extra support in finding a job, and an Internship programme for young professionals seeking experience.
Regular activities include football matches with other schools, sailing, surfing, museums and galleries. On the weekend you can tour the North Island of New Zealand to see dolphins in the Bay of Islands, walk in geothermal fields and bathe in the hot pools of Rotorua, or visit Hobbiton, the Lord of the Rings film-set about two hours south of Auckland.