Nelson English Centre

Study English where Kiwis love to live! Take your language course at Nelson English Language Centre in beautiful New Zealand.

Connect with Kiwis and share in their lifestyle

Nelson is the sunniest city in New Zealand.

New Zealanders (kiwis) rate Nelson as a top city for lifestyle, education and seaside activities. It is a community with heart and a sense of arts, music and fun. Walking, tramping, mountain biking and Tahuna Beach are easy to reach from the city centre. People are friendly and talk to you. You will quickly feel comfortable here and make friends with like-minded students. 

We welcome you to join us.

Come and see our breathtaking nature.

Clear blue sea, snow capped mountains, golden beaches, natural bush. Only one hour's trip from Nelson are three stunning National Parks including the world-famous Abel Tasman. Every weekend our students explore the beautiful nature in these parks. As locals we have detailed knowledge of the Nelson Region and provide the best places, itineraries and prices for our students. 

You will take away lifetime memories of your experiences.

Check out our beautiful region in the middle of our country in the links below.

Our School, Your school...


We are Nelson Locals. We know the best places, the best experiences at the best price. NEC staff are very experienced with New Zealand Government Agencies including immigration, health and transport. 

We are 100% locally owned. This allows us to offer more services about our region than chain English schools. 

English Only Policy
Nelson English Centre operates an ENGLISH ONLY policy at all times within the boundaries of the school.

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. See the link below for NZ Immigration's website.

Cost is $280 per week, $40 per night. Placement fee is $220. Homestay is available for time of study only.
Homestay includes:
• Breakfast and dinner Monday to Friday
• 3 meals Saturday and Sunday
• Own room with study desk
$80 per night over Christmas (Dates to be confirmed) The price includes 3 meals and extra festive season food. $10 less per week for couple bookings and $20 more for gluten free. Please see Enrolment Conditions in the Nelson English Centre A to Z.

Nelson English Centre A to Z
For further information please refer to the Nelson English Centre A to Z. found under "Prices", on our website.

Our English Courses in Nelson, New Zealand

We offer a variety of courses across 5 levels all year round including:

  • Full time and part time general English - Monday-Friday 9am to 3:15pm (except Fri 9am to 12:15 pm). Start on any Monday and stay for any number of weeks.
    Full-time, 23 hours per week
    Part-time, 15 hours per week
  • Cambridge FCE and CAE examination preparation - Monday-Friday 9am to 3:15pm (except Fri 9am to 12:15 pm).
    23 hours per week, 10-12 weeks courses options. Class size: Average 9-11 student, Max 12 Students.
    Upcoming courses:
    FCE and CAE course starting from 09/09/19 for 12 weeks
    FCE and CAE course starting from 06/01/20 for 10 weeks
    FCE and CAE course starting from 30/03/20 for 12 weeks
    FCE and CAE course starting from 07/09/20 for 12 weeks
  • Counselling and preparation for other international English examinations such as IELTS and PTE and Aviation English - Monday-Friday 9am to 3:15pm (except Fri 9am to 12:15 pm). Start on any Monday and stay for 4 weeks minimum.
    23 hours per week

Book your course now through dreamstudies or under "Book" on our website, mentioning Dreamstudies as your agent.

For prices check out our website under "Prices".

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Subjects you can take at Nelson English Centre


When did the school start?: 1995

Total number of students?: 112 in Summer, 60 in Winter

When is our high season?: September to March

Qualification of the teachers?: Minimum Cambridge RSA CELTA

Max. number students in class?: 14 (12 in our Cambridge classes)

Average Student/teacher ratio?: 7.5

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