The Campbell Institute

Improve your English language skills and make friends from all around the world at The Campbell Institute – a better place to study English.

The Campbell Institute is the only English language school in New Zealand formally accredited by Victoria University of Wellington. Our friendly campuses in Auckland offer a wide variety of English language programmes and academic study pathways to New Zealand high schools and universities.

The Campbell Institute

Part of UP Education, Campbell offers non-IELTS pathways to Foundation Studies at Victoria University of Wellington. We’re also an NZQA Category 1-rated English language school, which means we offer work rights for students wishing to work while they study.

Our approachable, patient teachers are all Cambridge CELTA-certified, and deliver top-quality English language tuition in a comfortable and supportive environment. All students benefit from our free one-on-one lessons, and our advanced teaching methodologies, regular progress testing and personalised care tocreate the ideal learning environment


Courses and programmes

With a diverse range of English language programmes and an exceptional learning environment, The Campbell Institute provides the perfect stepping stone to success.

Campbell English

General English

Our most popular English course for students from beginners to advanced level, General English is the ideal way to improve English for study, travel, work and life!

IELTS Exam Preparation

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) assesses the English language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as the language of communication. This course prepares you to sit the IELTS exam – Academic or General modules.

Cambridge Exam Preparation

This course is for students wanting to sit the Cambridge suite of exams, including the Certificate of Advanced English (CAE), which is widely used as a benchmark for entry into colleges and universities in the UK, US, Australia, New Zealand and Canada.

PTE Academic Exam Preparation

This programme is for students who need to pass a PTE Academic exam. The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) is an English test trusted by universities, colleges and governments around the world.

Campbell English + Work

Campbell Demi Au Pair Programme

Study English while living and working in a New Zealand home, looking after children.

Campbell Barista Training

We’ve teamed up with a top New Zealand coffee company so students can build English language skills and gain an industry-recognised barista qualification.

Campbell Pathways

Campbell Pre-Foundation

The Campbell Institute Wellington campus offers English language pathway programmes for students seeking direct entry into the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme.

Campbell Pre-Vocational

The Campbell Institute supports learners developing their English skills as they advance to vocational studies at a number of vocational providers.

High school students

Take English classes before you start high school in New Zealand.

Campbell Pathways

CELTA English Teacher Training

The University of Cambridge CELTA course is a practical, hands-on teaching qualification for native English speakers and non-native speakers with a very high level of English.


Student Services

Our excellent Student Services team is on hand to help with everything from banking, transport and visas to free SIM cards, phone top-ups and accommodation.

We offer academic counselling, pathway planning, job-hunting support and travel advice, as well as insurance claim processing for Campbell-administered insurance policies. Native language support is available to students in several different languages.

On arrival, all students receive a Campbell Student Information Pack, outlining all the great support services we offer.



Practise English, make new friends and experience all New Zealand has to offer with Campbell’s action-packed activity programme. Many activities are free while others have small a charge for entry, travel or accommodation. Special requests welcome!

Examples of weekly activities

• Coffee and Conversation Club
• Movie night
• Watch a sports game
• Museum visit

Examples of weekend activities

• Overnight trip to hot pools or lake
• Mountain walk
• Horse-riding
• Farm visit
• Bungy jumping/skydiving
• Sport day
• Ice skating


Intakes and Fees

Intake dates

Campbell English

General English: intakes every Monday (2–48 weeks) IELTS Exam Preparation: intakes every Monday (2–48 weeks)
Cambridge Exam Preparation: 7 September 2020

Campbell Pathways

Campbell Pre-Foundation: intakes every Monday (2–48 weeks) at least 12 weeks before your selected foundation programme begins
Campbell Pre-Vocational: Any Monday at least 12 weeks before your selected vocational programme begins
High school students: intakes every Monday (2–48 weeks)

Campbell English + Work

Demi au Pair: Students provide their earliest possible starting date. Once a demi au pair family has been assigned, a start date suiting student and family will be arranged. General English/IELTS Prep courses start every Monday, Cambridge CAE courses start January and September.

Campbell Teacher Training

Cambridge CELTA: 7 September 2020 (4 weeks)

2020 Fees


Weeks Cost per week
Weeks 1-19 $390
Weeks 20+ $350


Weeks Cost per week
Weeks 1–19 $300
Weeks 20+ $300

Other fees

Resources fee: $100
Registration fee (2–7 weeks): $175; (8+ weeks): $300

A Goods and Services Tax (GST) of 15 percent is inclusive where applicable. The New Zealand Government Education Export Levy of 0.89  percent is calculated on tuition and course-related costs for international students.


Entry Requirements

Campbell English

General English

Students must be over 14. Our internal testing system determines the level you start studying at, from Elementary to Advanced.

IELTS Exam Preparation

Students must be over 14, with English language proficiency at Intermediate level or above.

Cambridge Exam Preparation

Students must be over 14, with English language proficiency at Upper Intermediate level or above.

PTE Academic Exam Preparation

Students must be over 14, with English language proficiency at Intermediate level or above.

Campbell Pathways

Campbell Pre-Foundation

Students must be over 16, with English language proficiency at Intermediate level or above.

Campbell Pre-Vocational

Students must be over 16, with English language proficiency at Intermediate level or above.

High School Students

Students must be 14 or over.

Teacher Training

CELTA course

Students must be 20+, with English language proficiency at an Advanced level, or be a native English speaker.

Campbell English + Work

Campbell Demi Au Pair Programme

Students must be aged between 18 and 30, with English language proficiency at Intermediate level or higher. They should have childcare experience (e.g. babysitting, voluntary work), and provide childcare references and submit to a police check. Please see the Demi Au Pair Programme application form for a full list of requirements.

Campbell Barista Training

Students must be 16+ with English language proficiency at Intermediate level or above.


Location and facilities

We have well-equipped campuses in both Wellington and Auckland.


Campbell Wellington

The Campbell Institute first opened its doors in Wellington in 2002, and has since grown to be the capital city’s largest and best-known English language school. The campus has free ultra-fast Wi-Fi, with 15 classrooms, a Student Centre with library and computers, a  lunch area, and even a movie room.

Wellington hosts a range of educational facilities, including three world-ranked universities and three highly regarded technology institutes. Campbell is right in the heart of the action, within a 3km radius of more than 15 tertiary providers.

Campus address:
Level 4, West Wing, Wellington Railway Station, 2 Bunny Street, Pipitea, Wellington 6011

Campbell Auckland

Campbell Auckland runs specialty programmes such as High School Preparation and Demi au Pair programmes.

Campus address: 345 Queen St, Auckland 1010

Contact us

345 Queen St
Auckland, New Zealand

Postal address
PO Box 78-359
Grey Lynn, Auckland 1245

T +64 9 307 5399
F +64 9 377 7125


Level 3, West wing
Wellington Railway Station
2 Bunny St
Wellington 6011, New Zealand

T +64 4 9795566