St Kevin's College offers three short term English study programmes for both local and international students:
  1. New Zealand Summer Course - a four week course held in January, focusing on accelerated English development in preparation for the New Zealand academic year. 
  2. Northern Hemisphere Summer Group Course - a four week course focusing on accelerated English development. The course dates are organised to meet the travel arrangements of the group. August is the most popular month. Inquiries from individuals are also welcome as we can arrange placement within our existing programmes.
  3. English immersion experience - students are placed within our existing academic programme with individual English language tuition arranged to meet student's specific needs.

These programmes compliment our full year courses. 
For inquires around full time courses at St Kevin’s College. Full Time Study >>

Why Study at St Kevin's College?

The facilities available at the College include modern classrooms and learning spaces, well appointed accommodation within the safety of the College grounds and a range of activities and services that will make study a pleasure. These combine to make St Kevin's College one of the top performers in the field of English language preparation for students.

Why Study in Oamaru?

Oamaru is a small town of approximately 14,000 residents, nestled beneath the Kakanui ranges, by the sea. An historic town in terms of early European settlement, Oamaru still preserves the Victorian heritage on which it was founded through its architecture and colourful Harbour Street market.

The proximity of the town between Christchurch, which is three hours to the north and Dunedin, one and a half hours south, gives Oamaru the accessibility of city entertainment with the advantages of small town living. Its access to the lakes, hills, sea and forests makes it an ideal destination for students interested in venturing into the great outdoors.

Oamaru is a small, safe, vibrant community where your student will not only be taught, but also cared for in a family environment.

Our Study Environment.

We offer students:
  • A warm, safe, accessible and monitored living environment. 
  • Home cooked meals which can be designed around your student’s dietary needs. 
  • Access to transport. 
  • 27 hectares of open space in park like surroundings and fresh air. 
  • Facilities including  swimming pool, gymnasium, golf course ( free of charge) 
  • A ‘Kiwi’ Christmas experience. 
  • A chaperoned stay in a warm, homely environment 
  • Top quality teachers. 
  • Digital accessibility. 
  • Small class sizes


Students stay in the hostel facilities here at the College.  This consists of independent rooms connected to larger living areas where students can spend time together.  These areas are linked in turn to staff accommodation where students are able to access ‘round the clock’ care and information.  Staff are first aid trained and vetted by the New Zealand Police.

The hostel has study facilities as well as a well-appointed kitchen and laundry.

The Course

The aim of this course is to prepare students for qualifications such as IELTS, as well as improving spoken and written English for students wishing to strengthen their skills in preparation for studying full time in the New Zealand Environment.

For inquires around full time courses at St Kevin’s College. Full Time Study >>


Skills & Activities Involved

Hours per week

Integrated Skills

Academic language


Oral Skills

Conversation including understanding New Zealand nuances
Pronunciation and performance


Written Skills

Reading comprehension


 Visual language

Creating and reading visual text in English contexts



At the end of the course students will be able to:
  • Recognize personal improvement in written language skills 
  • Recognize an improvement in oral language skills 
  • Converse using and understanding New Zealand colloquialisms 
  • Use the academic language of New Zealand, including IELTS and NCEA ,where applicable, to negotiate the demands of studying in the New Zealand secondary system. 
  • Create visual and digital texts in the New Zealand English medium and explain how they appeal to English speaking audiences. This is important for students thinking about careers in business or marketing.
  • Students will gain a certificate of participation from the course as well as a report indicating their skill level for assessment through IELTS. 
Students receive a certificate of participation at an end of course ceremony.  

Activities outside of the classroom.

As a group, the students can opt to participate in activities such as:
  • Golf
  • Trip to Dunedin 
  • Ten Pin Bowling 
  • Climbing 
  • Horse trekking 
  • Swimming 
  • Cycling, Mountain Biking
  • Bush Walking
  • Surfing
  • Kayaking and Canoeing 
  • Movies 
  • Farm experience 
  • Trip to Queenstown
  • Sharing a ‘Kiwi Christmas’ experience


Prices are determined on a individual basis on application. We would welcome the opportunity to confirm a price based on group size, education needs and activities package selection.