“Kia Ora!” : Welcome to
The City of Sails
The staff would like to welcome you to Auckland Language Centre.
We look forward to your arrival and to making your stay enjoyable
To help you prepare for your trip we have compiled the following
information, which we believe will help you adapt more quickly
to a new country, climate, college, customs and lifestyle.
Located on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour and with a population
of 1.3 million, Auckland is New Zealand’s largest and most
cosmopolitan city, and the centre of NZ’s business and
In Auckland you can enjoy theatre, the arts, restaurants, sporting
events, outdoor activities and more. The central business district,
where ALC is located, is surrounded by some beautiful parks and
reserves, and just a short drive away are located some of Auckland ‘s
Auckland is a multicultural society, drawn from many ethnic backgrounds,
where Maori European and Asian cultures mix in an atmosphere
of friendly tolerance.
Most of you may experience some difficulty speaking English.
This is natural. You will be using conversational English which
is probably different from what you were taught in high school.
It will take time to become proficient in your speech. When you
talk with your host family, teachers or friends, ask them to
speak clearly, slow down or repeat themselves. These people are
excellent sources of new words and phrases. Ask them for help
with your pronunciation and vocabulary. They will be happy to
help. If you become tired and frustrated when you do not learn
as quickly as you would like, relax and slow down. Be patient.
It takes time.
Asking for help...
If there is something you don't understand, or something you
are not sure how to deal with, ask someone for help or advice.
If you do not ask, we cannot help you.
" I don't understand. Can you explain this to me?"
" Can you help me please?"
" I am sad / confused / homesick. Can I talk with you about it?"
" I would like some help with homework / English / new friends”
Auckland has very changeable weather and has been said to
have 'four seasons in one day'. The climate ranges from
hot summers to cold crisp winters. It does not snow in
the city but
skiing is very popular in the mountains a few hours drive
November to April is warm to hot (Max. 18 – 30 degrees
May to October is cool to cold and often windy and wet (Max.
7 – 18 degrees C)
What to bring
• light, comfortable clothing for the warmer months (T-shirts,
shorts, sandals etc.)
• wind proof jacket, pullover, jeans, jacket and strong shoes or
boots for the colder months
• raincoat and strong umbrella, as Auckland can get wet and windy
All types of clothing can be purchased in Auckland.
These are all available in New Zealand and operate on 240
volts. Fit your appliances with New Zealand style plugs
can buy in Auckland.
All Asian products and most European food products are readily
available in Auckland and you do not need to bring these
with you. As New Zealand has been an isolated country for
and is relatively free from pests and harmful insects there
are very strict quarantine laws controlling the importation
Do not bring any plant or animal material in to the country
(eg. Mushrooms, fruit, Chinese herbs, pork, noodles, spices
However, if you must bring any of these please remember...
The following classes of goods must be declared on your New
Zealand Passenger Arrival Card:
· food of any kind
· plants or parts of plants
(alive or dead)
· animals (alive or dead) or
· equipment used with animals
· equipment such as camping
gear, golf clubs, and used bicycles
· biological specimens.
Passengers who fill out the Quarantine section of the declaration
card incorrectly, risk an instant fine of $200. This is
in addition to the prospect of a fine of up to $100,000,
a prison term
of up to 5 years for serious breaches of the New Zealand
Please see the New Zealand Customs service website for more
Students travelling on a Student Visa
Students on a student visa need to comply with certain conditions:
1. Students must have an attendance level of 80%
2. Students must notify ALC of any change of address
3. Students must meet course requirements
4. Students may not work unless you have applied for permission
to work and hold a work permit and work visa.
Please ask the Registrar for more information, or see the
New Zealand Immigration services website:
Medical treatment in New Zealand can be very expensive, so
everyone should have some form of health insurance. Auckland
Centre can organise insurance for you. If you need health
insurance please complete and return the two Southern Cross
forms to “The Registrar”.
If you are staying in New Zealand for more than 12 weeks
you should open a bank account. Most savings accounts come
a plastic "cash card" which you can use to access
automatic teller machines (ATMs) 24 hours a day to withdraw
money. All the major banks are located close to ALC and
we will assist you during orientation with opening a bank
you need one.
Please ensure that any mail that is sent to you by post has
your name clearly written in English script, with the word
Example: John Smith – Student
Your arrival in New Zealand
If you have reserved an airport pick-up, a representative
of our transfer company will meet you at the airport. Look
the ALC sign. If you cannot find the representative, please
in front of the flower shop and our staff will come and
Very Important :Please put the Kiwi picture on your bag so
that we can recognise you!
Your first day at Auckland Language Centre- Orientation
On the Monday that your course begins you must attend enrolment
and orientation day.
On this day you will complete an English test to assess your
level of English and follow a special orientation program
for new students.
What to bring:
of Acceptance from Auckland Language Centre
pen and paper
|Introduction to the Registrar
||English Placement Test and Interview
||Introduction to the Student Services
||Walk around downtown Auckland
||Orientation in your own language with
student services staff
||Afternoon class for full-time students
In our orientation program you will learn how to use public
transport; you will find out more about visa regulations,
and other accommodation issues, about the structure of
the academic program at ALC, timetable details, holidays,
and facilities, recreational activities and more. There
are also two questionnaires for you to complete to help
improve our service.
Regular class times
Regular school days are structured as follows:
|| 9:00 am – 12:15 am
||10:40 am –11:00 am)
||12:15 pm - 1:15 pm
||1:15 pm - 3:15 pm
|| 2:20 pm - 2.30 pm)
In addition to regular classes you may also
be involved in a number of excursions and activities outside
Our teachers are dedicated to helping every student to
learn English as quickly and effectively as possible.
is on communication, and a wide range of resources
and the most up-to-date and appropriate methods are used
ensure that every
learner achieves their potential.
Teachers at ALC use a blend of proven approaches and challenging
new ideas, and take into account a range of learning
styles and cultural backgrounds. You may be a little
surprised by the new
style of lessons in your first week, but will soon
find that you are able to communicate with others in the
become independent outside the class. Please remember
tell a teacher
about any individual difficulties you may have; they
will always be happy to help you.
Living in a homestay is an ideal way of quickly becoming
familiar with a new culture and environment, and
there is greater progress
in English language skills. All homestay hosts of
Auckland Language Centre speak English as the first language
in their homes, and
are otherwise very diverse in their ethnic origin,
religion, age and family situation.
In an ALC homestay you will be provided with a furnished
single room, breakfast and dinner on weekdays and
three meals on weekends
(if you are at home). We will do our best to find
a homestay situation which matches your interests and preferences,
however it is rare to find a "perfect match".
While you cannot think of yourself as a guest in a hotel,
you must also realise that you are not at home with
your own family.
Expect things to be done very differently, Meals,
chores, rules and responsibilities will be different. Family
vary because of the many races, cultures and ethnic
origins that exist in New Zealand. Every family has a different
way of doing
things, different values, and different expectations
of the family members. Learning to fit into the family
you to understand
New Zealand cultures and values.
If you become unhappy in your homestay situation, please
speak to someone in the Homestay department. If after
discussing your situation you would still like to move
out, you must
weeks notice to your homestay family and to ALC.
Cost of Living (per week)
If you are planning to live independently, ie. not in a
homestay, you can find shared accommodation from $80-$130,
a one-bedroom flat from $130-$200. You should budget
approximately $10 for
electricity and gas, $60 for food, $40 for public
transport and at least $30 for miscellaneous expenses such
costs, entertainment, etc. In total, you should expect
spending $250 - $300 per week.
The Student Services Department assists with finding suitable
accommodation and can help you with a wide range
of issues including employment, legal and financial problems,
visa issues, recreation, etc. Furthermore, the Student
Counsellor is available to discuss, in strict confidence,
and personal problems (homesickness, health issues,
etc) that you may have from time to time.
In the case of an emergency only you may ring the following
number after you arrive in New Zealand.
0800 106 108
All the staff at Auckland Language Centre wish you a safe
journey and look forward to welcoming you