General English

For students who wish to improve their level of confidence, accuracy and fluency in Communicative English language skills

Programme at a glance.

2 - 24 weeks - ABC General English Full-Time - Morning (20 hrs/week)
Participants can expect to cover the four main language skills: listening, speaking, reading and writing. For students who wish to improve their level of confidence, accuracy and fluency in Communicative English language skills.

Note: All courses are accredited and approved by English New Zealand and the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) and have a reputation for quality and excellence.

Entry Level
twice per month (see below)
2 - 24+ Weeks
Class Size
Minimum 6 | Maximum 20

Program Overview.

Our General English Course offers a programme of study for students over the age of 18, who wish to improve their level of confidence, accuracy and fluency in Communicative English language skills.

World-Class Educators.

Our English language school which has gained a reputation for providing first class English language tuition and excellent student services.

We are proud to be recognized as a NZQA Category 1 provider.

You will be taught by our qualified and professional ESL teachers with small classes - maximum of 20 students per class (minimum 6 students) ensuring maximum individual attention.

The Course Structure.

  • Lessons will take place in the morning between 8.30am and 1.00pm in the afternoon, with a half hour break included.
  • All students must speak English while on campus. This is important English language development for students with English as a second language.

Class Timetable.


Activity or Lesson Information


Lessons focus on grammar, vocabulary, reading, and writing. Some speaking and listening are used to apply the target language.

10.30 - 11.00 am


11.00 am - 1.00 pm

The second half of lessons put more emphasis on speaking and listening, focusing more on vocabulary and grammar points. This is achieved through role plays and group / individual presentations.

Work & Study Options.

ABC is a Category 1 provider allowing student visa holders to work part time (up to 20hours/week)


Note: Costs per week decrease the longer you choose to study. See below a guideline of prices per length of study.

2 - 12 Weeks

13 - 23 Weeks

24+ Weeks


$415 / week

$390 / week

$370 / week

Enrolment Fee*


*All fees are in NZD$

2024 Course Dates.

2024 Dates


Monday, 12 February 2024

Monday, 19 February 2024


Monday, 4 March 2024

Monday, 11 March 2024


Monday, 8 April 2024

Monday, 15 April 2024


Monday, 6 May 2024

Monday, 13 May 2024


Tuesday, 4 June 2024

Monday, 10 June 2024


Monday, 8 July 2024

Monday, 15 July 2024


Monday, 5 August 2024

Monday, 12 August 2024


Monday, 2 September 2024

Monday, 9 September 2024


Monday, 7 October 2024

Monday, 14 October 2024


Monday, 4 November 2024

Monday, 11 November 2024

Christmas 2024 / New Year 2025 Dates

The last day of classes for 2024 is Friday, 20th December 2024.
Lessons will start again on Monday, 6th January 2025
The first intake for 2025 will be Monday, 13th January 2025.

Applicants must meet the following requirements.

All students must be 18 years of age or older at the time of course commencement.

Note: if you want to work for up to 20 hours per week while you study on a Student Visa, you must enrol for a minimum period of 14 weeks.

International students are required to provide insurance to tertiary providers.


I see I need to have a minimum English level of Elementary to enrol. How do I know what my current level of English level?


Yes, you should have at least an Elementary level of English to study with us.  If you haven’t sat an official assessment before the following information may help you.

Please note you will also be sent a free indicator assessment once you apply.

A1 (Beginner):

  • You know simple phrases like "Hello" or "How are you?"
  • You can introduce yourself and give basic information like your name and age.
  • Example Sentences:some text
    • "My name is Maria."
    • "I am from Spain."

A2 (Elementary):

  • You understand common words and simple sentences about things like shopping or asking for directions.
  • You can ask and answer questions in short conversations about everyday topics.
  • Example Sentences:some text
    • "How much does this book cost?"
    • "The bank is next to the supermarket."

B1 (Intermediate):

  • You understand the main ideas when people speak clearly about familiar topics like work, school, or travel.
  • You can talk to people about simple subjects and write short emails or notes.
  • Example Sentences:some text
    • "I have to finish this project by Friday."
    • "The museum is very interesting, and the art is beautiful."

B2 (Upper Intermediate):

  • You understand main ideas in complex conversations about more general topics like news, sports, or hobbies.
  • You can talk to people easily, even about new or unfamiliar topics, and write longer emails or reports.
  • Example Sentences:some text
    • "I believe the new law will have a big impact on the economy."
    • "We need to improve our team's performance to win the next match."

C1 (Advanced):

  • You understand longer texts and can recognize hidden meanings in conversations.
  • You can speak and write English confidently in school, work, and social situations.
  • Example Sentences:some text
    • "Although the new policy has some advantages, its implementation poses challenges that need addressing."
    • "I think the author's use of symbolism adds depth to the novel."

C2 (Proficient):

  • You can understand almost everything you read or hear in English.
  • You can speak, write, and explain complex ideas fluently and clearly.
  • Example Sentences:some text
    • "The intricacies of international trade require a comprehensive understanding of both economic and geopolitical factors."
    • "The philosopher's argument is compelling because it balances theoretical rigor with practical application."

Is my accommodation guaranteed?


We can often provide students with their accommodation requests, however, Queenstown is a very busy place and occasionally accommodation does book out. You will be notified if this is the case, and we always recommend booking with plenty of time in advance to avoid disappointment!

What nationalities go to ABC?


Variety of nationalities throughout Asia, South America and Europe.

What hours will I be studying?


8.30am - 1.00pm. 30 minute break at 10.30am.

Do you provide accommodation?


Yes. 95% of our students reside at our Student Residence, Shotover Lodge. Homestay is available, subject to availability. Book early and for the full duration of study to avoid disappointment!

Can I work while I am studying?


Generally, yes. If you study for 14 weeks or more on a student visa you may be entitled to 20hrs per week. You can also work if you have a working holiday visa. Always check the conditions on your visa for specific details.

What programmes do you have?


We currently offer General English and Academic English. More courses coming in the future!

How easy is it to get around?


The closest bus station is just a 3-minute walk from the school. Queenstown Airport is only a 20-minute bus ride away.

Where is the campus located?


ABC College of English Queenstown is located in the city of Queenstown, on the banks of Lake Wakatipu, on New Zealand's South Island. The school is located in the heart of Queenstown, with many eateries, bars and interesting venues nearby. Attractions within walking distance of the school include Queenstown Bay Beach, several extreme sports venues such as Shotover Canyon Swing, iFLY Indoor Skydiving and green areas such as Queenstown Gardens. There are also various supermarkets, amenities and links to public transport nearby. The popular Queenstown Bay is a 3-minute walk from the school and has fantastic views of the mountains and Lake Wakatipu.

Why do students choose ABC?


Conveniently located in the centre of Queenstown, across from Queenstown Gardens and close to the shops, banks and bus stop. Ability to combine English language learning and an adventure activity experience such as snowboarding.

Whats the minimum age for enrolment?


You must be 18 years of age to enrol