The College – Category 1

SLEC-buildingSouthern Lakes English College is a modern NZQA-approved Category 1 school in the heart of beautiful Queenstown. Our most recent audit was evaluated as “Excellent in all areas” – the report for the EER can be read here.

Southern Lakes English College is also a member of English New Zealand which is a rigorous quality assurance body that inspects member schools and has robust standards of compliance that member schools must adhere to.

Southern Lakes English College offers a wide variety of top-quality English Language courses. Our most popular courses are General English (Level 2) and Academic English (Level 4). Please take a look at our Courses page to find out more detailed information.
For those looking to “add on” to their English study, students can select from an exciting range of activities that SLEC has hand-picked and discounted to offer an unforgettable experience. Please read more about our Add Ons programme here.

Our staff are well-qualified, experienced and caring. We pride ourselves on our supportive ‘family’ atmosphere where students make lifetime friendships as they study, play sport and have fun together.

On their first day, students are given a placement test so we can ensure that they are placed into the most appropriate class. We then monitor students’ progress carefully, to ensure they are maximising their own learning potential.

About Us

Find out more about Our Team

Key Points

  • Location

    Situated in the centre of Queenstown at 57 Shotover Street

  • Facilities

    13 modern classrooms
    Library and self-access materials available
    Student lounge with views of the Remarkables Mountains
    Queenstown Gymnasium next door
    Use of free wireless Internet

  • Levels

    We cater for beginners to advanced.

    On their first day, students are given a placement test, so we can ensure that they are placed into the most appropriate class.

    Students are then tested every Monday to review what they have learnt the week before and to check their level.

  • Minimum age

    16+ for most courses

    11+ for youth groups and special programmes

  • Accommodation

    Host Family / Student Residences. Please visit our Accommodation page for further details.

  • Exams

    IELTS, PET, FCE, CAE, TOEFL + TOEIC – a high pass rate achieved

  • Internet

    Free wireless Internet in the school

  • Self Study Options

    Small library and self-guided after school sessions with a SLEC teacher.