Southern Lakes English College is ideal for students looking for a friendly city that provides great adventure activities, scenery and night life.

The College has small classes and students get a lot of individual attention. There is a great nationality mix with students on average from over 20 different countries and class levels ranging from beginner to advanced.

We are an offsite testing centre for IELTS and Cambridge FCE and CAE examinations and a public testing centre for TOEIC. We also have direct pathways to colleges and universities in New Zealand.

The new facilities are located right in the centre of Queenstown and consist of classrooms and a self-catering student lounge with wonderful views of the Remarkables Mountains. We pride ourselves on our supportive 'family' atmosphere where students make lifetime friendships as they study, do activities and have fun together.

You can now chose to study English at our Invercargill campus. Southern Lakes English College is proud to be a part of The Southern Institute of Technology which has its main campus based in Invercargill. SIT has a rich history dating back to the 1880’s and is a proud Educational Institute with over 13,000 students spread over 5 campuses. This gives you the wonderful opportunity to study English and to be part of a large educational institute enjoying the many benefits that go along with this, such as a huge library, a café and a student common area all in the centre of the city.

Invercargill is a smaller friendly city that is easy to get around and offers many opportunities to explore the stunning scenery surrounding the city. Fiordland National Park, the scenic Catlins areas and Stewart Island are all within an hour or 2 drive from the city. With all of this on your doorstep, many students chose the laid back lifestyle that Invercargill offers.


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Contact Details

School Website:

Southern Lakes English College
57 Shotover St
PO Box 1378, Queenstown 9300
Phone: +64 3 442 7810
Fax: +64 3 442 7810
Southern Lakes English College - Invercargill
133 Tay Street
Phone: +64 3 2112699
Southern Lakes English College

Special Courses

  • General English
  • Examination English
  • English Plus Adventure
  • English Plus Work Placement
  • English Plus Skiing/Snowboarding


  • 7 large modern classrooms
  • Library and Self-Access materials available
  • Student Lounge with views of the Remarkables
  • Gymnasium in the same building
  • Use of free wireless Internet
Southern Lakes English College

Our Students are From (Top 5)

  • Brazil
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Switzerland