How much are the school fees?
Our most up-to-date fees can be found here
How do I enrol?
You can enrol online at https://rela.co.nz/enrolment/enrolment-form/
Do I need a visa to study at your school?
The most up-to-date information about visas can be found on the Immigration New Zealand website.
You can come to New Zealand to study with a Visitor Visa, a Student Visa or a Working Holiday Visa. If you are only planning to study for 3 months or less, you need only apply for a Visitor Visa or a Working Holiday Visa. If you are planning to study for more than 3 months, you will need to apply for a Student Visa.
Can I study for a longer if I want to?
If you are a good student and you have good attendance, then yes, you can study longer with us. You might need to get a new student visa to do this and we can help you.
Why should I choose RELA?
You should choose RELA because quality matters to you. Quality in your educational programme, your accommodation, your experience and in the relationships you will build.
RELA is one of the longest running language schools in New Zealand. We are a school with a unique character. We offer a very strong, supportive academic structure, but that structure is always flexible. Our flexibility, and our responsiveness to our students, is one of our main selling points. We
understand that every student is a unique individual. Different people need different kinds of support in order to succeed. So at RELA we listen to our students carefully, and we respond.
Our location is also unique, so studying at RELA is like nowhere else in the world.
What if I have a problem when I am studying with you?
We are here to help you no matter how big or small your problem may be. On your first day at the school we will introduce you to our School Support Services staff who can help you with any problems you have and if they don’t know the answer, they will introduce you to the people who do know.
Our student handbook has lot of information about where you can get help.
You have lots of activities, does this mean it’s just a school for fun or young people?
Definitely not. Our students are very focussed on their studies during school hours. However, we believe that students should have a balanced lifestyle, so we like to reward our students on a Friday afternoon with a FREE activity to one of Rotorua’s many wonderful attractions.
This means students not only get to relax, but they also get to use their English in the real world and often experience things unique to our country and city. Follow us on Instagram or Facebook to see what our current students are up to.
At certain times of the year (January and June – August) we do offer an Activities programme where you can chose to study English in the mornings and do activities in the afternoons. More information about this can be found at https://rela.co.nz/courses/english-with-activities/
What age do you accept?
Our policy on the Age of Students can be found at https://rela.co.nz/enrolment/information/#Entry
How do I know your school is good?
At RELA, you can be assured of getting quality in all aspects of the teaching, activities and homestay. We are regularly audited and belong to associations which permit only the highest quality schools.
RELA has the 4 points of Quality Difference.
We survey all our students when they finish their time with us. Since 2014, 99.8% of these students have said that they would recommend our school to their family and friends, and 99% have rated their time at the school as either better than or as good as they had expected.
Can I study for an exam at your school?
Yes, you can. We offer classes to help you prepare for IELTS exam all year and at certain times of the year we also help students prepare for the B2 First (formerly known as Cambridge English: First (FCE)) and C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) exams
Can I go from your school to high school, Polytechnic or university?
Yes, you can. Our students have gone from RELA to study at high schools, universities, ITPs and Polytechnics all around New Zealand and the world.
We will help you enrol at the institute of your choice. If you choose a high school in Rotorua, we will take you to visit the school and to meet the key people. If you choose to study outside of Rotorua, we will help put you in contact with the right people to help you on the next stage of our journey.
When do your classes start?
You are welcome to join our General English classes on any Monday, unless it is a Public Holiday. Some courses have specific start dates, please refer to your chosen course to see these.
Will I get a certificate at the end of my course?
Yes, you will. For courses over 6 weeks you will receive a detailed report on your ability in different areas of language use.
How many levels do you have?
We have classes at multiple levels. Some classes are subject to numbers, please contact the school for more information about these.
Before you arrive at the school, you will do an online test to find out your correct level of English. This test will check your Use of English (Grammar) and listening. On your first day at school, we will give you an interview to check you spoken English. Based on the results of these tests, we will put you in a class at your level. You will study with other students of a similar level to you but from many different countries. At the end of your first week with us, we will talk to you to find out how the class is. If it is too easy, we will move you up a level, if it is too hard we can move you down.
How big are your classes?
The average number of students in a class is 7 – 8. We have a maximum of 16 students in a class.
How do I move from level to level?
Every 6 weeks you will do a test. Our courses are structured in 12 weekly cycles.
At the 6 weekly, mid-course stage a student will be considered for promotion to the next level if he or she has achieved at least 80% in all areas, has proven in class to be performing above the level of the majority, and the teacher, student and DOS believe it is in his or her best interests.
At the 12 weekly, end of course stage a student will be promoted to the next level if he or she has achieved at least 60% in all areas, has proven in class to be able to perform competently at that level overall, and displays no major ‘gaps’ in understanding or skill set. If a student has not achieved adequate test results, they may still be promoted if the teacher and DOS feel that overall their performance and abilities justify promotion.
Please email us for the test week schedule.
Where are the students from?
It varies from month to month but in any one year we normally welcome students from more than 25 different countries.
How big is the school?
This varies according to the time of the year but it is usually between 30 – 40 students. RELA is a “boutique” school where the teachers know every student. It is like a big multi-cultural family.
What is the school’s location like?
For information about our location, facilities and extras have a look at https://rela.co.nz/about-rela/the-school/
What happens on my first day at school? What should I bring?
All the information you need about your first day at the school can be found at https://rela.co.nz/enrolment/your-first-day/
How can I learn faster?
You can learn faster if you:
- study full-time
- stay in a homestay with a New Zealand family
- do 1 hour of homework and learn at least 10 new words every day
- study after school
- speak English as often as possible out of the classroom. You must speak English in the class. You might also like to become an ‘English Only Ambassador’. This means that you agree to speak only English at all times in the school grounds. It is hard work but ambassadors find it very rewarding, and their English improves quickly. If you would like to become an ‘English Only Ambassador’, please talk to the Student Services desk.
- read for pleasure – use our free library of graded readers, many with audio
- come to self-study for advice on study skills and practice materials
Your progress will sometimes be fast and sometimes a little slower. Don’t worry. This is natural, and sometimes students don’t realise how much their English is improving all the time.
Is there someone in the school who speaks my own language?
Yes we have a number of language counsellors. If you would like to come and talk to one of them please see our Student Services desk.
Are you open all year?
We are only closed for New Zealand Public holidays and for two weeks at Christmas and New Year. Our holiday dates can be found at https://rela.co.nz/enrolment/information/#pholiday
Can I use Wi-Fi at school?
Yes, Wi-Fi is available free of charge at school. You will be issued with a password at orientation.