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School Information


Nelson English Centre operates an ENGLISH ONLY policy at all times within the boundaries of the school. For further information regarding Nelson English Centre please see the Nelson English Centre A to Z. 

How to enrol 

Nelson English Centre (NEC)  has an adult school for students over 18 years old and a AEP High School program for students, aged 14 or older.
You can: 

  • Use an NEC educational consultant*

  • Send an email to

  • Use the online application form

* Contact Nelson English Centre if you need the name of a consultant near you. 

Student Visa

If you plan to study for more than 12 weeks, you will need a student visa. For more information, speak to your educational consultant or NZIS office. 

Airport/Bus Station Transfer

An airport/bus station pick up is $35. Most students fly to Nelson and the most convenient connection is Auckland-Nelson or Christchurch-Nelson. If you would like to book a flight it can be done at


Cost is $280 per week, $40 per night. Placement fee $220. Homestay is available for time of study only. As of the 1st of April 2019 Internet will be included in the cost of Homestay.

Homestay includes: 

  • Breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday

  • 3 meals Saturday and Sunday

  • Own room and study area with internet

$80 per night over Christmas (24/12/19 to 02/01/20. Total 9 nights) price includes 3 meals and extra festive season food) Please look at the Nelson English Centre A to Z.

Bank Details

Payment is required 2 weeks before study (or earlier if a student visa is required) 

Account Name: Nelson English Centre Ltd 

Account Number: 12-3493-0018156-00 

Bank: ASB 

Bank Address: Cnr. Hardy and Trafalgar St, Nelson, New Zealand 

Swift code: ASBBNZ2A 

Christmas and New Year 

NEC will be closed for two weeks over the Christmas / New Year break. The last day of school will be Friday 20th December 2019. NEC will re-open on Monday 6th January 2020. Please remember the Christmas break when making any bookings.

Insurance and Refunds 

NEC has a ‘No Refund’ policy other than the specific exemptions required by New Zealand law (see Conditions of Enrolment). We recommend insurance that covers early cancellation of the course. Also, you must have medical insurance; the school will verify this on the first day. This is a NZ government requirement.

2019 Public Holidays (School will be closed on these days) 

First day of school in 2019 is Monday 7th January 

  • Nelson Anniversary Day – Monday 4th February

  • Waitangi Day – Wednesday 6th February

  • Good Friday – Friday 19th April

  • Easter Monday – Monday 22nd April

  • Anzac Day – Thursday 25th April

  • Queen’s Birthday – Monday 3rd June

  • Labour Day – Monday 28th October

Course Information 

General English 

Students of all ability levels and aged 14 years or over may enrol. After a placement test, students will be put into a class at the appropriate level, with one teacher for the morning and another for the afternoon. The syllabus systematically guides students in developing their use of English for effective communication. Progress is carefully monitored in speaking, listening, reading and writing. Morning classes aim to introduce and consolidate new language items, with particular attention to vocabulary and grammar. Afternoon work boosts fluency, building confidence in a wide range of speaking, writing, reading and listening activities. 

Cambridge Examination Preparation Courses

Students are expected to have a reasonable chance of success in the examination for which they are preparing. The academic director may request a special entry test for FCE and CAE classes. Where proficiency requirements are not met, students may continue to study in the General English programme at the appropriate level. Daily homework is required to review material covered in class. 

IELTS Preparation

For candidates registered to take the IELTS test, intensive afternoon preparation classes replace the General English afternoon programme before the test. Expert guidance is provided for both General Module and Academic Module candidates.