Explore new and exciting opportunities and experiences in our spectacular landscape while improving your English.

Central offers you the chance to study English while learning a new skill, or to study and develop your existing knowledge, in small, friendly classes.

Our National Certificate in Horticulture (Introductory) (Level 2) allows you to study Horticulture as well as a learning English with a 15-credit English course.  We also offer a unique experience which allows you to earn while you learn. You can study horticulture or viticulture, and work over the summer picking cherries, then again in autumn harvesting grapes.

New Zealand Certificate in Primary Industry Skills (Level 2)

  • Central Otago (for international students only)
  • 24 weeks
  • Starts November
  • Apply anytime

This programme allows international students to improve their English language skills while learning about the horticulture and/or viticulture industry. You will get hands-on experience working in the industry as you harvest cherries in the summer and grapes in the autumn.

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Change of scene

Selma Campos discovered that even after her retirement, it was not too late to change her life, career and country.

An environmental lawyer in Brazil, Selma loved cooking and held a long-cherished desire to learn English elsewhere. A friend suggested New Zealand, and Selma enrolled in Central’s English Plus course, which had a Cookery option. Selma describes it as studying in a “natural paradise”.

“My experience was the best possible, the people are great, the course is very good, besides the opportunity to see the beautiful countryside. It was one of the best choices I made in life,” Selma says.

Language was a challenge – Selma could read English but struggled to understand it. However, Selma’s learning at Central progressed at her pace and she was grateful to her tutors and peers for their assistance. “Everyone was very helpful and very kind and supported me all the time in my difficulties.”