Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice 


New Zealand has moved to a Level 4 alert status since Wednesday 25 March. To ensure that the ELA follows Government guidelines, we have made the following decisions to ensure the safety and wellbeing of all of our students and staff:

•    From Wednesday 25 March, classes and all teaching are being delivered online for the next four weeks.
•    From Thursday 26 March, all ELA staff are working from home, and all students are receiving classes online.

The ELA is still very much operational and our staff are all still available as they work from home. For more information and updates follow the link below. 

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Improve your English at New Zealand's top-ranked university

Learn English New Zealand

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 at our campus. 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. 

English courses in your language 

Find about key intake dates and tuition fees. Click on your language to download our latest flyer:




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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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Enhance your English study with weekly social activities and weekend trips around Auckland and New Zealand.

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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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Latest news

Update: 19 March 2020 From the Director of the University of Auckland’s English Language Academy: As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation develops in New Zealand, I wanted to personally to update you on what we are doing to protect the well-being of our students, partners, staff and colleagues.
Congratulations to our Business English graduates who completed their course today. Well done on your hard work and enthusiasm in improving your professional communication skills over the past 4 weeks. We wish you all the best for what is ahead.    ​
Today, I want to share my memories from Wellington. Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. I went there to compete in the National Cross Country Championships. Before going there, I heard that Wellington is compact and tidy but windy. Indeed, Wellington is known as a Windy City which reflects the rugby union team name based in Wellington - Hurricanes. However, there was no wind! Once you walk by the sea, you can feel relaxed and filled because its atmosphere is quite different from Auckland. Of course, there are a lot of government offices and ancient buildings.

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