About Us

Since 1988 Canterbury College has provided education of the highest standard and quality in a supportive and professional environment. International students have come to New Zealand to study on our friendly campus in Christchurch and reach their goals with help from qualified and experienced staff, in student-centred classes.

Whether you are a beginner planning a holiday in New Zealand, or an advanced student preparing to enter an English-speaking university, or even develop a career, you will find a course to suit your needs.

Our multi-cultural, international campus is located in popular Westfield Mall, Riccarton, in Christchurch. Our teachers are highly qualified, holding internationally-recognised qualifications in teaching English as a foreign language and all our business diploma teachers offer expert knowledge in their fields.

Mission Statement

  • To provide a professional and stimulating environment in which to teach and learn
  • To provide the opportunity to learn and practise contemporary teaching techniques
  • To provide students with a stimulating environment to maximise their learning potential and achieve their academic goals
  • To facilitate closer interaction and understanding amongst people with different languages and cultures so as to enrich their lives and help create a harmonious multi­cultural society


“To be recognised as a professionally-managed international provider of training and education, which actively promotes quality in education and enhances harmony amongst people of different cultures.”

Educational Holiday Groups

We have an additional campus available in Auckland from which we can offer English Holiday tours of English classes in the morning and activities around the city in the afternoon.

The Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016

Canterbury College has agreed to observe and be bound by the Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016 (the Code) administered by the NZQA. Copies of the Code are available on request from Canterbury College or from the NZQA.

EER Reviews of Tertiary Education Organisations

The New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) assesses the standard of education for tertiary education organisations through a regular system of external evaluation and review (EER). Through periodic EER, tertiary education organisations are held accountable to their students, employers, funders, quality assurance bodies and other interested parties.

You may view Canterbury College’s EER here or below, and the NZQA has been assessed as Confident in Educational Performance.

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