About Us

The ELA is the English language school of the University of Auckland, which is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities and the highest-ranked university in New Zealand. Each year more than 2,000 students from over 35 countries around the world choose to learn English either in person at our university campus or online. We have a team of experienced and qualified teaching professionals who are committed to developing your individual language learning needs.

Our English language courses include:

The ELA is also an official IELTS, PTE Academic and Pearson VUE test centre. 

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Why Choose the ELA to Improve your English?

  • The English Language Academy is part of the University of Auckland which is one of the world's top 100 universities and the leading university in New Zealand

  • Meet your direct entry requirements to the University of Auckland and other top tertiary institutions with our University Pathways Courses

  • Learn from highly qualified and experienced teachers through a communicative language teaching approach

  • Flexible study options mean you can choose to study a range of Academic, Pathway and General English courses from home, before travelling to New Zealand for university studies 

  • Exciting regular social events, both on-campus and online

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Excellence in English Education




The ELA provides provide a seamless pathway for students progressing to further tertiary study with 10 or 20 week direct entry programmes.

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We have a dedicated student services team offering pastoral care and accommodation support.

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 Online Activities

Enhance your English study with regular online social events including virtual homestay visits, University of Auckland campus tours, and more.

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Test Centre

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Test Centre

Top class facilities offering year-round IELTS, Pearson VUE and PTE Academic testing for your residency or university visa needs

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New at the ELA

April is the middle month of autumn in New Zealand. The days become shorter: the sun rises later in the morning and sets earlier in the evening. To make the best use of daylight, New Zealand (and some other countries) has a system called "daylight savings". This means that everybody in New Zealand changes their clocks twice a year - forward by one hour in spring, and back by one hour in autumn. At 3.00 am on Sunday, April the 4th New Zealand will change its clocks back by one hour. ELA classes will continue to starts at 1.00 pm and finish at 5.15 pm NZT.
Update: 12 March 2021 As of midday, Friday the 12th of March, Auckland is at Alert Level 1. This is great news and means that from Monday the 15th of March, all students, test-takers, and staff can return to the school as normal.
Update: 5 March 2021  From Sunday the 7th of March Auckland will join the rest of New Zealand in Alert Level 2. This is great news, however, under level 2 there is still a risk of community transmission. For this reason, all lessons will continue to be taught online. From Monday the 8th of March our exams centre will reopen to registered candidates ONLY.  This will be for the duration of next week (8th - 12th March) at least. We will continue to provide updates as we receive them.

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