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School Information

Facilities
The Downtown premises include 42 classrooms on six floors of two modern office buildings. Classrooms are spacious and all have natural light. Other facilities include student lounges, a recreation room and a large self access centre offering internet and e-mail access for students, self study materials and library resources.

Airport Transfers
Students can choose to have an airport transfer arranged by the school on arrival at Auckland International Airport or students can make their own arrangements. If you are staying in a school Homestay, we recommend that you use the school transfer service.

The school representative at Auckland International & Domestic Airports is
Gail & Rolley Flutey.
Their emergency phone number at the airport:
0274 903 998. They will have a sign with "Auckland Language Centre" and the "Student’s Name"

Please wear the "Kiwi ALC" sticker (available from the "Pre-Departure" section of this site) so that our Airport Transfer staff can easily identify you when you come through the departure gate.

Other means of transport from Auckland International and Domestic Airports:
- Shuttle Vans - 40 minutes - one hour to the city. Cost $25 (approx)
- Taxi - 35 minutes to city. Cost $40-50 (approx)
- Airport Bus - 45 minutes to city. Cost $10 (approx.)

City Information
  • Beautiful, multi-cultural city positioned between the Waitemata and Manukau Harbours.
  • Visit beautiful islands with just a short ferry trip.
  • Spectacular sailing conditions
  • Population of about 1,200,000
  • It is a clean & safe city with friendly people
  • Temperate climate
School Location
  • ALC is conveniently located in the city centre
  • Bus stop near the College
  • Close to shops, restaurants, banks, the post office, casino, entertainment venues, theatres, and galleries
School Information
  • City Campus           
  • 42 classrooms on 6 floors
  • 2 student rooms
  • Self-Access Centre on 5th floor
Student Facilities
  • Free Internet / Email
  • Self-Access Library
  • 20 computers
  • Student study area
  • Common & recreation rooms with kitchen facilities
Staff
Total staff around 60 – 70
  • 25 Administration Staff
  • 35 – 45 Teachers
Counsellors
  • Academic & welfare counselling available
Students
  • ALC can cater for a maximum of 450 students
  • Normally, our student numbers are around 300 – 400 at any one time.
Nationalities
  • We have students from Japan, Korea, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Colombia, China, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Argentina, Taiwan, Hungary, Chile, Poland, Russia, Saudi Arabia.
Courses
  • General English Full-time (runs all year)
  • General English Part-time (runs all year)
  • Cambridge Examination Courses (offered 3 times a year)
  • IELTS Examination Preparation Course (offered all year)
  • TOEFL Examination Preparation Course (offered 2 times a year)
  • English for Business Purposes (offered 2 times a year)
  • Young Learner Program – English + Activities course for 11 – 17 year olds (2 seasons throughout the year)
  • High School Preparation Course – for 13 – 17 year olds(runs all year)
Course Structure
  • General English Full-time, Cambridge, IELTS, TOEFL, EBP   = 23 hours per week (5 hours per day)
  • General English Part-time = 15 hours per week (3 hours per day)
School Hours
  • General English Full-time = Monday-Friday, 9.00 am - 12.15 pm (includes lunch break of 1 hour per day); Monday-Thursday, 1:15-3:15pm.
  • General English Part-time = Monday-Friday, 9.00 am - 12.15 pm (includes 1 break for 15 mins)
Levels
  • 6 levels of English:  Beginner to Advanced
Class Size
  • 8-12 students per class. Class sizes vary depending on the course and the level.
  • Average number of students per class: 10
Airport Pick-Up Service
  • School staff greets students at Auckland airport and takes them directly to accommodation or school.
  • School staff are always located to the left of the Arrivals hall and will hold an ALC sign with student’s name for easy identification
  • Emergency airport transfer contact number is 0274 903 998 or 021 527 171 for 24 hour student emergency hotline.
Homestay Accommodation
  • $200 per week, payable to ALC ($210 for under 18 yrs)
  • Half-board (no lunch) weekdays, full-board on weekends.
  • Usually 1 to 2 students per family in single rooms, being of different nationalities
  • Some homestay families live within walking or cycling distance to our school
  • Most students travel by bus, up to 40 minutes. All buses stop near the school
First Day at ALC
  • Welcome & Orientation (9:00AM – 12:15PM)
  • Level testing including written examination and interview.
  • Introduction to Counsellors.
  • College information; map of Auckland city; information on Auckland public transport/ Bus passes; medical insurance for student visa holders; how to open a bank account; location of post office, banks & shops; information about living with a New Zealand host family & living in Auckland; information on weekend sightseeing trips and Tour bookings; important telephone numbers all given in Orientation Pack.
  • Tour of College and City
  • Placement into class
Activities

Social Activities        

  • Afternoon social activities Monday – Thursday. Include swimming, indoor and outdoor sports for free. Also rock-climbing.
  • Activity Programme

Weekend Activities (optional)

  • Large selection of weekend activities offered – every weekend. For example:
  • Ski and Snowboard Trip, Rotorua, Sailing weekend, Waitomo Caves – black-water rafting, Horseriding, Weekend trips to Great Barrier Island, Tiri Tiri Island bird reserve, Bay of Islands for swimming with dolphins, etc. 
Public Transport Costs
  • A weekly bus pass costs between $20 to $35, depending on the number of zones travelled.
Cost of Living
  • Lunch costs around $5 - $7 per day + public transport fares if required (see above)
Climate
  • Auckland has a warm climate with lots of sunshine!
  • Summer (Average November – March):     Day 24°c   Night 16°c
  • Winter (Average April – October):             Day 14°c   Night 7°c
 



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