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Christchurch College of English, Christchurch, New Zealand

Average student rating for this school was the best or in the top 20% among all schools in New Zealand
5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0

What we like about the school

  • Best rated school in New Zealand
  • Excellent rating of teaching quality
  • Top rated school facilities

Christchurch College of English (CCEL)

  • CCEL is located on the campus of the University of Canterbury, which is in the suburb of Christchurch known as Ilam. The school has a number of well connected buses which can get students into the city centre in 40 minutes. 20 minutes on the bus can find student at Westfield Mall, where students can go shopping, enjoy different cuisines and go to the cinema. Hagley Park is a 30 minute bus ride away from the school and students can visit the botanical gardens. Lyttleton is a quaint village just outside Christchurch and reachable in one hour by local transport from CCEL.
    CCEL has a number of facilities including cafes, bars, restaurants, tennis courts and sports fields.
  • The language school Christchurch College of English was founded in Christchurch, New Zealand in 1991.
  • Address: Solway Avenue, 8444 - Christchurch, New Zealand (see on map)
  • Legal name / parent company: CCEL
  • Tax registration ID: 57-758-384
  • Abbreviated name of school: CCEL Christchurch

Accreditations and Quality seals

Education NZEnglish New ZealandNZQAPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalChristchurch Educated Member

Facilities

  • Cafeteria

  • Microwave for student use

  • Snack vending machine

  • Drink vending machine

  • Computer lab

  • Daily press

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Lounge

  • Garden

  • Printer for student use

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

Classroom equipment

  • TV in all classrooms

  • Air conditioning in some classrooms

  • Heating in all classrooms

  • Ample natural light in all classrooms

Number of classrooms:

25

Number of public PC workstations:

14

Facilities for disabled students

  • Wheelchair access to classroom

  • Disabled toilet

  • Wheelchair access to reception

  • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

  • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Tuition
  • INCLUDED Course material
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free airport pickup for all adult courses
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes

Course material:

Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 50 NZD per course level.

Average age of students

Average number of levels

  • Adult courses in summer: 6
  • Adult courses throughout the year: 6

Minimum age of students

  • 18 years

The school is an official exam center

The following language examinations can be taken directly at the school:

English teacher qualifications

  • 96% hold a university degree
  • 100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification

Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school):

15
20
4
1
2
1
25
10
4
10
2

Airport transfer

Best arrival airport is Christchurch.

Days without class

In 2020 (including national and regional bank holidays): 01 Jan. 2020, 02 Jan. 2020, 06 Feb. 2020, 10 Apr. 2020, 13 Apr. 2020, 27 Apr. 2020, 01 Jun. 2020, 26 Oct. 2020, 11 Dec. 2020, 25 Dec. 2020, 31 Dec. 2020.

If a bank holiday falls on a weekday there is no refund nor are classes recuperated. This is the case for the majority of language schools.

English Courses

General Language
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FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 99 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in NZD -- 830 789 1245 1183 1660 1577 2075 1972 2490 2366 3320 3154 4150 3943 4680 4446 5070 4817 390 371
Price in US$ -- 558 837 1116 1395 1674 2232 2790 3147 3409 263
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4-5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:30  - 13:00
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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Free cancellation up to 99 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in NZD -- -- -- 1660 1577 -- -- -- 3320 3154 -- -- 4680 4446
Price in US$ -- -- -- 1116 -- -- -- 2232 -- -- 3147
3 different modules, each Academic English module is 4 weeks.
Students can do just 1 or 2 modules or all 3 modules.
Modules can be done in any order. The entry level is IELTS 5.0 or equivalent.
Open to all students who want (for any purpose) or need Academic English (before going to tertiary study).
Students who pass 3 modules of Academic English can pathway to our English for Academic Purposes course without taking an entry test.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4-5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:15  - 17:30
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 99 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in NZD -- 624 593 936 890 1248 1186 1560 1482 1872 1779 2496 2372 3120 2964 3744 3557 4056 3854 312 297
Price in US$ -- 420 630 839 1049 1259 1678 2098 2517 2727 210
Students cannot study part time on a student visa.
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Morning: 8:30  - 11:45
Required minimum language level
Beginner (A1) (No previous knowledge required) or higher
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FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 99 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in NZD -- 720 684 1080 1026 1440 1368 1800 1710 2160 2052 2880 2736 3600 3420 4056 3854 4394 4175 338 322
Price in US$ -- 485 727 969 1211 1453 1937 2421 2727 2954 228
For students who want to strengthen their general English knowledge and improve their communication skills.Students need to complete our online aptitude test to check their level is suitable for the course:
https://www.ccel.co.nz/student-assistance/#aptitude
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
4 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 17:00  - 21:30
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 99 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 8 10 12 13 Additional Week
Price in NZD -- 624 593 936 890 1248 1186 1560 1482 1872 1779 2496 2372 3120 2964 3744 3557 4056 3854 312 297
Price in US$ -- 420 630 839 1049 1259 1678 2098 2517 2727 210
For students who want to strengthen their general English knowledge and improve their communication skills.Students cannot study part time on a student visa.
Students need to complete our online aptitude test to check their level is suitable for the course:
https://www.ccel.co.nz/student-assistance/#aptitude
Starting dates
Every Monday.
General course schedule
3 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 17:00  - 20:20
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Work & Study
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FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 99 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 12
Price in NZD -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 5640 5358
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 3792
For students who want to improve their academic English skills for tertiary studies in an English speaking country. Minimum entry requirement is IELTS 5.5 or equivalent. Students who pass English for Academic Purposes (EAP2) can pathway to the University of Canterbury (UC) without taking an IELTS test (if they meet UC's academic entry requirements).
Starting dates
2020: 23 Mar. 2020, 11 May 2020, 12 Oct. 2020.
General course schedule
5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 11:30  - 17:30
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Exam Preparation
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FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 99 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in NZD -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4150 3943 --
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2790 --
20 group lessons plus 3 eLearning lessons plus 5 optional lessons of supervised independent learning per week.
The course aims to develop and strengthen your general English knowledge as well as your exam skills.
Starting dates
2020: 13 Jan. 2020, 06 Apr. 2020, 22 Jun. 2020, 14 Sep. 2020.
General course schedule
4-5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:00  - 17:00
Required minimum language level
Upper intermediate (B2) or higher
Exam dates
21 Mar. 2020, 27 Aug. 2020, 20 Nov. 2020, 13 Jun. 2020
Exam fee
325 NZD
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See availability »
FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 99 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in NZD -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 4150 3943 --
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- 2790 --
20 group lessons plus 3 eLearning lessons plus 5 optional lessons of supervised independent learning per week.
The course aims to develop and strengthen your general English knowledge as well as your exam skills.
Starting dates
2020: 13 Jan. 2020, 06 Apr. 2020, 22 Jun. 2020, 14 Sep. 2020.
2021: 13 Jan. 2021.
General course schedule
4-5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:15  - 17:30
Required minimum language level
Advanced (C1) or higher
Exam dates
20 Mar. 2020, 13 Jun. 2020, 28 Aug. 2020, 21 Nov. 2020
Exam fee
325 NZD
Reserve this course »
See availability »
FREE changes
Free cancellation up to 99 days before the start of your course. Valid for bookings from April 2020.
Weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Price in NZD -- -- -- -- 2075 1972 2490 2366 2905 2760 3320 3154 3735 3549 4150 3943 --
Price in US$ -- -- -- -- 1395 1674 1953 2232 2511 2790 --
20 group lessons plus 3 eLearning lessons plus 5 optional lessons of supervised independent learning per week.
The course aims to develop and strengthen your general English knowledge as well as your exam skills.Students need to complete our online aptitude test to check their level is suitable for the course:
https://www.ccel.co.nz/student-assistance/#aptitude
Starting dates
2020: 06 Jan. 2020, 16 Mar. 2020, 20 Apr. 2020, 25 May 2020, 29 Jun. 2020, 03 Aug. 2020, 07 Sep. 2020, 12 Oct. 2020, 16 Nov. 2020.
2021: 04 Jan. 2021, 08 Feb. 2021, 15 Mar. 2021, 19 Apr. 2021, 24 May 2021, 28 Jun. 2021, 02 Aug. 2021, 02 Aug. 2021, 06 Sep. 2021, 11 Oct. 2021, 15 Nov. 2021.
General course schedule
4-5 daily lessons of 60 minutes will take place within the following possible time slots. The exact schedule will be assigned on the first day of class according to your level:
Afternoon: 13:15  - 17:30
Required minimum language level
Lower intermediate (B1) or higher
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Note: All courses offered by Christchurch College of English can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.
Lesson duration: 60 minutes
School's administrative fee: 200.00 NZD
Individual classesSingle individual lessons of tuition can be reserved at 90 NZD. The combination of group and individual lessons is highly recommended. Individual lessons will encourage you to actively speak the foreign language and will offer you the opportunity to discuss individual problems and weaknesses.
Comments about courses:Students must present full medical and travel insurance on their first day. This is a legal requirement by New Zealand law.

Accommodation

weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in NZD 289 578 27867 1156 1445 1734 2023 2312 2890 3468 289 200
Price in US$ 205 410 19720 819 1023 1228 1432 1637 2046 2455 205 142
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Prices may vary. This accommodation option includes airport pickup.
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
TV, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in NZD 287 574 861 1148 1435 1722 2009 2296 2870 3444 287 350
Price in US$ 204 407 610 813 1016 1219 1422 1625 2031 2438 204 248
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Airport Transfer is NZD 50 one way.
Price extra night:
41 NZD (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
40 minutes by public transport
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Half board on weekdays, Full board on weekends, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
Dates:
High season dates 21 Dec. 2020 - 31 Dec. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per day: 10 NZD - High season supplement per week: 70 NZD
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in NZD 490 980 1470 1960 2450 2940 3430 3920 4900 5880 490 350
Price in US$ 347 694 1041 1387 1734 2081 2428 2774 3468 4161 347 248
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per room
Airport transfer is NZD 50 one way.
Price extra night:
70 NZD (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Double room (only for 2 people travelling together).
Distance from school:
40 minutes by public transport
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Half board on weekdays, Full board on weekends, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18
Dates:
High season dates 21 Dec. 2020 - 31 Dec. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per day: 20 NZD - High season supplement per week: 140 NZD
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in NZD 315 630 945 1260 1575 1890 2205 2520 3150 3780 315 350
Price in US$ 223 446 669 892 1115 1338 1561 1784 2230 2675 223 248
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Airport Transfer is NZD 50 one way.
Price extra night:
45 NZD (Individual extra nights bookable at indicated extra night price)
Room Occupancy:
Single room.
Distance from school:
40 minutes by public transport
Includes:
Towels, Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, Half board on weekdays, Full board on weekends, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 14
Maximum age of students: 17
Dates:
High season dates 21 Dec. 2020 - 31 Dec. 2020
High season:
High season supplement per day: 10 NZD - High season supplement per week: 70 NZD
weeks 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 10 12 Additional Week One-time fee
(charged by school)
Price in NZD -- 566 849 1132 1415 1698 1981 2264 2830 3396 -- 300
Price in US$ 401 601 802 1002 1202 1402 1603 2003 2404 213
Prices based on accommodation from Saturday to Saturday
Price per person
Prices might vary.
Airport Transfer is NZD 50 one way
No extra nights bookable.
Room Occupancy:
Double room.
Distance from school:
10 minutes walking
Includes:
Bedding/linen, Weekly cleaning, Access to laundry service, Access to Wifi in building (Free WIFI), Heating, No meals, Shared bathroom.
Age of students:
Minimum age of students: 18

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet8 km
Baseball5 km
Basketball1 km
Cooking5 km
Cricket1 km
Dancing8 km
Diving 
Field Hockey5 km
Football (soccer)1 km
Golf5 km
Horse riding15 km
Ice Hockey8 km
Mountainbiking8 km
Music8 km
Rugby1 km
Sailing10 km
Skiing120 km
Squash5 km
Swimming5 km
Table Tennis5 km
Tennis1 km
Volleyball1 km
Windsurfing15 km
Yoga5 km

Reviews

5.0

Rating: 5.0/5.0

Location of the school

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Organisation

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Facilities

Rating: 4.3/5.0

4.3
Social activities

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Course quality / Progress in language

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Value for money

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Accommodation
Homestay

Rating: 5.0/5.0

5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)

Rating: 4.0/5.0

4.0
Other
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What students liked about Christchurch College of English, Christchurch
Classmates and my teacher, Linda.
Overall rating
5.0
Value for money
4.0
Detailed review
City/place
4.0
Facilities (library, classrooms)
4.0
Quality of teaching / language progress
5.0
School organization
5.0
Social activities
5.0
Accommodation
Homestay (18+)
5.0
Other
5.0
Shared Flat (apartment)
5.0

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    FAQ about Christchurch College of English, Christchurch

  • English courses at Christchurch College of English start at 297 NZD for General English Day (part time) course with 15 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Student Residence is the most popular among all our clients of Christchurch College of English
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Christchurch College of English varies from 14 students (General English Day (full time)) to 14 students (General English Day (full time))
  • 96% of teachers at Christchurch College of English hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Christchurch College of English comes from Japan with a 25% representation, followed by students from China (20%) and Brazil (15%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Christchurch College of English offers courses from 14 years to 99. Average age is 24 during the summer and 24 for the rest of the year.
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