CCEL is a Category 1 English language school located in Christchurch and Auckland.  Students enrolled with us for 14 weeks or longer are able to work part-time on their Student Visa. Our free Job Search Programme helps students to look for part-time work.

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.

CCEL Auckland is located in the centre of Auckland’s vibrant CBD.  There are many restaurants, bars and shops around the school and it is only 5 minutes walk from CCEL to the popular viaduct and Sky Tower areas.

Having schools in two cities gives students a gateway to both the South and North Islands of New Zealand – and the opportunity to experience campus life and big-city life.

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

Students can study English for Academic Purposes at both schools and pathway into UC, UCIC (University of Canterbury International College) or Yoobee School of Design without needing to take IELTS. 

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 in both Auckland and Christchurch 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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Contact Details

School 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 Auckland
Level 7, 155 Queen Street
PO Box 7206, Auckland 1141
Phone: +64 9 379 8710
Fax: +64 9 379 8713
CCEL Christchurch & Auckland

Special Courses

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


  • Fully equipped self-study centre
  • Digital listening laboratory
  • Computer room and free Wifi
  • Student kitchen and lounge (CCEL Auckland)
  • Access to the University of Canterbury facilities (CCEL Christchurch)
CCEL Christchurch & Auckland

Our Students are From (Top 5)

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