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English for Migrants Scheme

Some migrants pay Immigration New Zealand (NZIS) for English language tuition before they arrive in New Zealand. This is often referred to as 'pre-paid ESOL'. The Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) then works with migrants to manage their English language tuition when they arrive. The TEC publishes regional directories of ESOL providers. Migrants can enrol with any of these course providers. It is a good idea to also visit the college or institution you plan to study at before enrolling. The cost of English language tuition varies according to the type and length of the ESOL course.

PEETO is an approved English for Migrants provider and offers full time study options as well as the option of organising one to one tuition.

All classes include personal pathway planning for learning & employment goals, basic computing & conversation classes with "Kiwi" people.


Option 1 - Part Time Study

Duration: From 01 weeks to 39 weeks

Cost: $195.00 per week (Minumum enrolment 4 weeks)

Option 2 - One to one Tuition

Duration: Hours negotiable

Cost: $70.00 per hour of tuition

Academic Calendar and Holidays 2017

Class Times


Monday - Thursday

09:00 am - 10:40 am (class time)

10:40 am - 11:00 am (morning tea)

11:00 am - 12:00 pm (class time)



Monday - Thursday

01:00 pm - 02:40 pm (class time)

02:40 pm - 03:00 (afternoon tea)

03:00 pm - 04:00 pm (class time)

Term One 30 January - 13 April (11 weeks)

Term Break 17 April - 28 April (2 weeks)

Term Two 01 May - 06 July (10 weeks)

Term Break 10 July - 21 July (2 weeks)

Term Three 24 July - 28 September (10 weeks)

Term Break 02 October - 13 October (2 weeks)

Term Four 16 October - 14 December (9 weeks)

PEETO will be closed on the following days as they are public holidays.

Waitangi Day 06 February (Monday)

Good Friday 14 April (Friday)

Easter Monday 17 April (Monday)

ANZAC Day 25 April (Tuesday)

Queens Birthday 05 June (Monday)

Labour Day 23 October (Monday)

Canterbury Show Day 17 November (Friday)

Extra Costs

Students are expected to pay for the cost of trips if such trips incur an entrance fee or some other charge. Students on the 25 hour per week course only pay extra if the cost of a trip exceeds $10.00. Photocopying of course material, tea and coffee are included in the course fee.

Email and Internet

Email and use of the Internet are available free of charge for all students. The computer room is not currently available.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I get help?

Call English for Migrants at the TEC freephone, 0800 601 301, or email TEC currently have staff who can speak Mandarin and Cantonese.

I migrated to New Zealand. Can I study English on this programme?

Yes, if you have pre-paid your tuition to NZIS under the policy which began on November 30th 1998.

How do I choose a course?

Read the course directory that has details about courses in the city closest to where you live. Then contact the Training Provider's schools or colleges  who are running the courses for further information. You can also visit any School or College before you choose a course.

How do I enrol in a course?

The School or College who is running the course will show you how to enrol. Take your passport, and the Agreement and Schedule you were given by NZIS, along with your settlement pack.

What if the course costs more than I have paid to the NZIS?

You will need to pay the extra fees yourself or you can only study for the lenght of time you can pay for with the money you have paid in advance.

Do I have to pay extra for any books?

The course directory tells you what your fee covers for each course. Your Training Provider will tell you about any extra costs not included in the fee before you enrol.

Do I have to re-sit the IELTS test?


I work during the day - can I do a course in the evening?

Yes. The directories include daytime and evening courses.

Do I have to use all the money on one course?

No. You can do any number of courses, with any provider, until you have used all the money you pre-paid, within three years (or three and-a-half years, if you applied outside New Zealand).

What is my tuition expiry date?

Within five years if tuition was paid for overseas, or five years if tuition was paid for in New Zealand.

I don't like the course. What should I do?

Discuss any problems with the School or College first. If this does not solve the problem, call English for Migrants at the TEC on 0800 601301. If you leave a course, you may lose some of your fees.