OPUS New Zealand

OPUS English courses - work and study in New Zealand

OPUS English courses provide a fantastic opportunity to work and study in New Zealand, greatly improving your English, and gaining valuable working experience to boost your CV. We will help you secure up to three job meetings, with typical jobs including waitressing, fruit picking, farm work and retail jobs.

What are Work and Study New Zealand Courses?

OPUS English courses allow you to study English in New Zealand, and then set you up with 3 job meetings for positions in the service, retail, and hospitality industries (jobs may vary). This allows you to gain valuable work experience when you’re fresh out of senior school or university.

Your dedicated OPUS coordinator will provide application support and organize up to three job meetings for you. The type of work you may do could vary from working in hotels and retail stores to waiting tables in bars and restaurants, picking fruit in the fields or cleaning. Your level of English and visa type will determine your length of study and your ability to work – so please check out the visa requirements.

Course Facts

  • Location: New Zealand: Auckland
  • Start Dates:
    Every Monday
  • Course Length
    OPUS 5 English: 20 weeks English + 3 job placement assistance (3 meetings)
    OPUS 6 English: 24 weeks English + 3 job placement assistance (3 meetings)
    OPUS 9 English: 32 weeks English + 3 job placement assistance (3 meetings)
    OPUS Working Holiday: 12 weeks English + 3 job placement assistance (3 meetings)
  • Minimum Age: 18
  • Requirements:
    OPUS 5 English: Higher Intermediate, Student Visa
    OPUS 6 English: Intermediate, Student Visa
    OPUS 9 English: Pre Intermediate, Student Visa
    OPUS Working Holiday: Intermediate, Working Holiday Visa
  • Class Size: 10–15
  • Lessons per Week: 28 General English (21 hours) (+ 3 job meetings in total)
  • Timetable: All courses are Monday-Friday, with morning and afternoon classes only (general timetable below)
Click here to view a general timetable.

Course Structure

45 mins per lesson for a minimum of 12 weeks.

28 Lessons of General English:

Focuses on the four main aspects of language: reading, writing, listening and speaking. These courses offer a semi-intensive English education that will help you learn quickly and effectively.

3 Job Meetings (in total):

Meetings can take the form of trials or informal chats. Previous experience may be required for some roles. 
Student Visa holders will study while undertaking their work placement, where as Working Holiday Visa holders will study before commencing their work placement.


At the end of the course, receive a Kaplan International Colleges Certificate of Achievement documenting your language level and attendance.


Student Testimonial

"From my point of view the OPUS programme is really a good idea to help students combine English studies and work and to get the best life experience ever!"
petra benesova
Auckland School Testimonial