Information for migrant learners – PELT

Information for migrant learners – PELT

Last updated 14 May 2024
Last updated 14 May 2024

The Pre-purchased English Language Tuition (PELT) programme enables eligible migrants to take English language courses in New Zealand.

Eligibility

Migrants who have paid Immigration New Zealand for English language tuition before arriving in New Zealand are eligible for Pre-purchased English Language Tuition (PELT) courses.

Balance of entitlement

The amount of funding you can receive to pay for courses is called your “balance of entitlement”.

Your balance of entitlement depends on:

  • your level of English when you applied for your visa, and
  • how much money you paid to Immigration New Zealand.

It will be between NZ$1,531.82 and NZ$6,131.82. If you gained residency under the Parent Category, your balance of entitlement will be NZ$1,531.82.

You (or someone on your behalf) can find out your balance of entitlement by contacting our Customer Contact Group by email at customerservice@tec.govt.nz, or by phone on 0800 601 301. Please provide your name, date of birth and passport number.

Enrolling in Pre-purchased English Language Tuition

Tertiary education organisations (TEOs) offer different English language courses to suit different needs. You don't have to spend all of your entitlement on one course, or pass a test at the end of the course.

If a course costs more than your balance of entitlement, you will have to pay the difference. 

To enrol in a PELT course:

  1. Contact our Customer Contact Group by email at customerservice@tec.govt.nz, or by phone on 0800 601 301, to find out your balance of entitlement.
  2. Find a TEO and a course you want to enrol in, in the Pre-purchased English Language Tuition (PELT) Directory of Providers (PDF 5.6 MB).
  3. Contact your chosen TEO to enrol. Please have your passport and visa available.

You can also find an English language course near you on the Find an English language class interactive map.