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 


 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

Monday October 24th is a public holiday in New Zealand - Labour Day. ELA will be closed. ELA will reopen on Tuesday 25th October. 
Update: 21 September 2022 Reminder: In New Zealand, daylight saving starts each year at 2am on the last Sunday in September and ends at 3am on the first Sunday in April. This year, daylight saving falls on the 25th of September, which means New Zealand will turn its clocks forward by one hour and 2am will become 3am. Classes will continue to be at 1pm NZ Time, however, this means that for our overseas students, class times may start and finish an hour earlier.
Update: 15 September 2022 This month, the Prime Minister welcomed international students back to Aotearoa New Zealand at a function at the University of Auckland's Unleash Space. Two of our ELA students - Kyeongmin from Korea and Fuki from Japan were invited to attend this special event.

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