Nelson English Centre is a leading New Zealand English school. Our skilled, internationally experienced teachers are experts in helping you learn English quickly. Nelson, in the South Island offers the perfect balance of a lively seaside town, and access to beautiful nature.


Connect with Kiwis and share in their lifestyle

Nelson is the sunniest city in New Zealand. New Zealanders (kiwis) rate Nelson as a top city for lifestyle, education and seaside activities. It is a community with heart and a sense of arts, music and fun. Walking, tramping, mountain biking and Tahuna Beach are easy to reach from the city centre. People are friendly and talk to you. You will quickly feel comfortable here and make friends with like-minded students. 

We welcome you to join us. Find out what makes Nelson great.


Your Nelson English Centre Experience

Student life at NEC is different to other schools. The student zone is specially designed so that you cross paths with teachers, staff and students from other countries. Ninety percent of our weekly school activities are taken by NEC staff. This frequent social interaction between staff and students gives the school a community feeling. Our student and agent feedback frequently ranks NEC number #1 for speaking English only in the student room. This means you can learn English faster while you have great conversations.

 We have worked for over twenty years to develop the best experiences for our students.  


Our students love NEC’s community feeling. You can easily chat with students of all nationalities, teachers and staff. You will make life-long connections. Join us. 

Who are we?

Nelson English Centre students and teachers:

  • Enjoy learning and teaching English
  • Are open to new experiences and ideas
  • Believe everyone is welcome
  • Love Nelson's nature and attractions

Be Here. Not There.

 Clear blue sea, snow capped mountains, golden beaches, natural bush. Only one hour's trip from Nelson are three stunning National Parks including the world-famous Abel Tasman. Every weekend our students explore the beautiful nature in these parks. As locals we have detailed knowledge of the Nelson Region and provide the best places, itineraries and prices for our students. 

You will take away lifetime memories of your experiences.


Learn with the Assurance of Strong International Accreditations

Nelson English Centre is one of only five IALC* schools in New Zealand. This means we have highly qualified teachers, a top academic management system and high standards of student care. We have very high percentage of permanent staff with the DELTA teaching compared to other schools. This means you will have a professional, well-organised and enjoyable classroom experience. Of the provincial schools in New Zealand NEC has the most candidates passing FCE and CAE Cambridge exams each year.

Study at NEC. Learn English. Achieve your goals