In Christchurch CCEL offers a wide range of English courses including General English, TESOL and Cambridge Exam Preparation. Students also have the opportunity to pathway into several top education institutions in New Zealand.

We are the University of Canterbury’s official English language provider. CCEL's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) pathway courses are for students who want to improve their academic English skills for tertiary study in an English speaking country and/or gain direct entry (without IELTS) into CCEL's partner institutions, the University of Canterbury (UC) in Christchurch and Massey University Business School in Auckland.

EAP also prepares students for their studies at our partner UC International College (UCIC) in Christchurch. Students will need to take an NZQA-approved test for entry into UCIC.

CCEL teachers are experience and highly qualified. They are passionate about helping students improve their English inside and outside of the classroom. CCEL teachers have an average of 8 years of teaching experience. The teachers regularly join in student activities and interact with students outside of the classroom.

CCEL Christchurch has an exciting and activities programme with a great variety of after school activities. Our regular activities include, free weekly Conversation Club and free weekly sports. Other activities include surfing, dance classes, skiing, cooking, dinner and a movie nights, winery tours and weekend trips to Queenstown, Kaikoura, Nelson and the West Coast.

CCEL has a large number of carefully selected, kind and caring host families. Our host families are experienced in looking after overseas students and understand their needs.

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Contact Details

Campus Website:

CCEL Christchurch
University of Canterbury Campus
Solway Ave
PO Box 31212, Christchurch 8444
Phone: +64 3 343 3790
Fax: +64 3 343 3791
CCEL Christchurch

Special Courses

  • English for Academic Purposes
  • IELTS Preparation
  • Cambridge B2 First and C1 Advanced Exam Preparation
  • Cambridge CELTA and TESOL


  • Computer room with free internet and Wifi
  • Digital Listening Lab
  • Self-study centre
  • Use of the University of Canterbury libraries, cafes and student lounge
CCEL Christchurch

Our Students are From (Top 5)

  • Thailand
  • China
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Brazil
CCEL Christchurch