All ABC College of English courses are accredited and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and have a reputation for quality and excellence. ABC offers a wide range of courses and whether you want to study for 2 weeks or 52 weeks ABC has a course, or combination of courses, which will meet your learning needs.

English Plus Courses

English + Activity

This course combines English Language study with Queenstown adventure activities. Students study part time on our General English morning course and participate in their elected activities in the afternoon. Activities are scheduled in the afternoons according to weather conditions. Examples of activities include: Jet Boating, Horse Riding, Golf,  Mountain Biking, Queenstown Attractions, 4WD Trips, Winery Tours,Ski-ing/Snowboarding, Fishing, Bungy Jumping and much more…

course duration: 2 - 12 weeks
class size: Average 6 / Maximum 10 students
entry level: Elementary

English + Ski/Snowboarding

3 hours English tuition and 3 hours Ski/Snowboarding all in one day!

Course Price includes: English Lessons Monday – Friday, return bus transfer from ABC College to Coronet Peak (25 min drive), afternoon Lift Pass and ABC College of English representative as a co-ordinator / first day guide.

Optional extras:  Ski or Snowboard lessons (Group or Private lessons are available for all levels), Equipment hire (Skis / Snowboard, Boots, Clothing etc.) ABC College of English staff are able to assist students in arranging equipment hire and ski/snowboard lessons and bookings can be made at the college.There is also ski/snowboard storage facility at the college.

course duration: 2 - 12 weeks
class size: Average 6/ Maximum 10 students
entry level: Elementary
option 1: English Class: 09:00 - 12:00 Mon - Fri (15 hours/week) Ski/Snowboarding: 13:00 - 16:00 Tues/Wed/Thurs
option 2: English Class: 09:00 - 12:00 Mon - Fri / 13:00 - 15:00 Mon & Fri (19 hours/week)Ski/Snowboarding:13:00 - 16:00 Tues/Wed/Thurs
option 3: English Class: 09:00 - 12:00 Mon - Fri (15 hours/week)Ski.Snowboarding: 13:00 - 16:00 Mon - Fri

English + Golf

“Come and play at one of the most scenic golf courses in the world”

On the English + Golf course students study General English Part Time in the morning and play golf 3 afternoons per week at either Kelvin Heights Golf Course or Frankton Golf Course.

Course Price includes: English Lessons, Green fees, Return transport to Kelvin Heights or Frankton Golf Course. Half Club set, Golf balls, Tees, Practice on the driving range and Check-in assistance on the first day.

Optional Extras: Golf lessons at Frankton Golf club or Millbrook Resort and Country Club,
Golf at Millbrook Resort and Country Club or Arrowtown Golf Club

course duration: 2 - 4 weeks (Oct - May)
class size: Average 6 students / Maximum 10 students
entry level: Elementary

English + Work Placement

Our English + Work Placement Programme offers students an intensive course in English and the assistance they need to find work.
As New Zealand’s premier holiday and tourist destination, Queenstown’s many hotels, restaurants and shops provide the opportunity for seasonal and short-term work within the hospitality and tourism industries.

The following services are offered:
CV preparation
Job availability information
Job Interview skill workshop
IRD Tax number applications
Arrangement of job interviews (maximum 3)

course duration: Minimum 8 weeks on a Working Holiday Visa / Minimum 16 weeks on a Student Visa
class size: Average 6 students / Maximum 10 students
entry level: Pre- Intermediate

Young at Heart

ABC College of English 50+ programme offers the opportunity to learn English, experience New Zealand’s spectacular natural scenery and New Zealand’s culture.  This special programme combines a morning programme of Communicative General English lessons with a variety of afternoon cultural and sightseeing activities such as vineyard and winery visits, nature walks, golf/yoga and local activities.

Our Communicative General English Course provides the opportunity to learn conversational English as used in a variety of everyday situations encountered when travelling.  Participants will be able to learn in a relaxed, enjoyable and non-threatening environment.  With our experienced teachers the pace and content of the lessons are tailored to suit the individual needs and interests of the class.

course duration: 2 - 4 weeks
class size: Maximum 10 students
entry level: Elementary

Ski/Snowboard Instructor Licence Preparation

English Preparation course for NZSIA Ski/Snowboard Instructor examinations.
This is a course specifically designed to prepare candidates for the Technical Ski/Snowboard English component of the NZSIA (New Zealand Ski/Snowboard Instructors Alliance) Instructor Examinations. The course focuses on the essential elements of English that candidates require for the Ski/Snowboard Instructors Examinations.

Please note: these are English Courses designed to prepare students for the English component of the NZSIA Examinations. The course does not include Ski / Snowboarding lessons. We can arrange Ski / Snowboard Lessons (Group or Private) at Coronet Peak as an optional extra.

Candidates for the NZSIA Examinations must register for the examination independently. Details of the examination dates can be found on the NZSIA website For candidates who wish to take the examination at Coronet Peak we advise early registration. Coronet Peak is only a 20-25 minute drive from ABC College of English.


part time: 17:00 - 19:00 Mon - Fri (10 hours/week)
course duration: 3 weeks
class size: Minimum 4 / maximum 10 students
entry level: Pre Intermediate