CCEL is a Category 1 English language school located in Christchurch.  Students enrolled with us for 14 weeks or longer are able to work part-time on their Student Visa.

CCEL Christchurch is located inside the University of Canterbury (UC) campus in Christchurch. Students are part of the campus community and have access to UC facilities such as cafeterias and libraries.

We offer a wide range of English courses including General English, TESOL, IELTS and Cambridge Exam Preparation. Students also have the opportunity to pathway into several top educational institutions in New Zealand.

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.

Our teachers are professional and experienced. They are committed to helping students improve their English both inside and outside the classroom and often attend social events with students. CCEL teachers have an average of 8 years’ teaching experience.

Students have the option of living with a New Zealand host family or in a student residence. Most of our host families in Christchurch live within 2 kilometres of CCEL and students can walk to and from school each day.

A weekly activities programme enables students to make new friends, practise English and experience some of the best adventure activities and scenery in the world!

CCEL is an industry leader and is well known for providing a quality experience for students - in teaching, accommodation, activities and student support.

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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

  • General English full-time and part-time
  • Cambridge and IELTS exam preparation
  • English for Academic Purposes – Pathway to University of Canterbury


  • Fully equipped self-study centre
  • Digital listening laboratory
  • Computer room and free Wifi
  • Access to the UC facilities
CCEL Christchurch

Our Students are From (Top 5)

  • Japan
  • Korea
  • China
  • Thailand
  • Colombia
CCEL Christchurch