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Known as ‘The Garden City’, Christchurch is New Zealand’s second largest city. Christchurch has a rich history and is the gateway to the beautiful South Island, making it a wonderful place to study English.
A major earthquake occurred in 2011, changing the face of the city. As a new city emerges, there is a unique opportunity for students to be part of this historic process.
There are two English New Zealand language schools in Christchurch – you can study English in the heart of the city, at a suburban campus.
There are several accommodation options but staying with a homestay family at the start of your course is a popular choice. If you’re studying English long-term in Christchurch you can move to a campus residence or share a house with other students.
Further study options include quality high schools, private colleges and tertiary institutes. Ara Institute of Canterbury, the University of Canterbury (UC) and Lincoln University offer world class diploma and degree programmes.
There are so many activities available to students both in Christchurch and within a short drive from the city. All of the English language schools have varied activities programmes, so you and your friends will have plenty to do in your free time.
At the weekends, take a walk through Hagley Park and visit the historic Curator’s House for a coffee or some tapas. There are a number of festivals and events organised in the Park throughout the year. One of the most famous is the World Buskers Festival, which showcases unique performances by a wide variety of artists.
The Riccarton Farmers’ Market is a busy and interesting place to visit on a Saturday morning. There’s a range of gourmet and organic foods, entertainment and some really friendly people to talk to. There are also some great restaurants all over Christchurch serving local and international cuisine. You’ll find plenty of opportunities to practise your English here!
For more adventure you’ve got amazing things to do within just two hours of the city. Go skiing or snowboarding, enjoy a round of golf, bungy jump, go whitewater rafting, sample some New Zealand wine, surf, or take a leisurely trip in a punt down the Avon River. A trip to the Hanmer hot pools and to Akaroa to see the Hectors Dolphins are two things you should definitely do while studying in Christchurch.
Be part of this unique rebuild, meet students from all over the world, and experience some of the most amazing activities you’ve ever imagined – study English in Christchurch!