Academic English

Entry requirements
Sample Timetable
Enrolment Details

Academic English will help you improve your English language skills to prepare you for study success at university. This course provides you with opportunities to develop your independent learning strategies and individual needs in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

This course has 4 levels: EAP Intro, EAP1, EAP 2, EAP3. Each level has two sessions of lessons every day as per below: 

EAP Intro :  Academic English (session 1) + IELTS or university study skills (session 2)
EAP1:  Academic English (session 1) + IELTS or university preparation skills (session 2)
EAP 2: Academic English (session 1) + IELTS or university preparation skills (session 2)
EAP3: Academic English (session 1) + IELTS or university preparation skills (session 2)

If you wish to improve your IELTS band scores, you may choose:

  • Academic English (session 1) + IELTS (session 2)
  • Take an IELTS test upon completion of the course at ELA's official IELTS Test Centre. 

If you wish to improve your English for future tertiary studies, you may choose: 

  • Academic English (session 1) + university preparation skills (session 2)

You will develop the language and academic skills to help you progress to the next level of English, move to our FCertEAP pathway course, or transition to your destination programme.

A course for students interested in studying General English prior to their Academic English course can be arranged.

This programme is offered on campus and online. 


Course length
Students can take more than one block of 10 weeks depending on their needs. Each block is 10 weeks; except Summer School, which is 7 weeks1.

Total hours
200 hours; Plus optional workshops available in Blocks 1 - 4 (January - November)

Course dates
26 June – 1 September 2023 (10 weeks)
11 September – 17 November 2023 (10 weeks)
20 November 2022 – 19 January 2024 (7 weeks)


1Due to the Christmas break, the Academic English course commencing in November is typically 7 weeks long, but the course hours remain 200 hours in total.

  • You are tested before your course begins to determine your class level. There are four levels of English for Academic Purposes (EAP) offered, from Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B1 to B2+ to C1. For progression to the next level, you need to achieve the required grade in the course. Further details on CEFR levels can be found at:
  • A recent IELTS score may be given as evidence of level, but if there is a significant difference between the placement test score and the IELTS score, the Academic English manager will determine the appropriate level for the student. IELTS Indicator can also be accepted during 2022 until further notice. 
  • If you are below the level required for Introduction to English for Academic Purposes (EAP Intro), your enrolment will be changed to the General English course to build your language foundations.
  • If you would like to get an idea of what your English level is before you enrol, please click HERE to complete our Online Placement Test.


Academic English English Levels 

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Please note this is a sample timetable only. Your classes may run in the morning session or afternoon session.

All online classes are from 1pm to 5:15pm NZT for all levels.

*Please note electives are dependent on student numbers. 


Upcoming course dates and fees information can be found HERE.

*Other fees may apply. 2023 fees subject to change. 

  • Depending on your English level, you will either be placed in a morning or afternoon session. Please click here for an example timetable.
  • Students repeating the course need to confirm their place with the Enrolments Manager no later than the first day of the course. 
  • Students must pay the tuition fees for their Study Programme to ELA at least four (4) weeks prior to the commencement of their Study Programme, except in the following case: Students from the People’s Republic of China are not permitted to pay the tuition fees before INZ has granted “Student Visa Approval in Principle”

  • Please note students taking Academic English will need to have their own device, i.e. laptop or tablet.


 Academic & Pathway English course


Learning English comes with many great benefits. Listen to Lee Waddingham, the ELA's Academic Manager, as he shares how you can gain the English skills you need to progress into a New Zealand university with our Academic English or University English pathway programmes.

Hear from our Academic English students 


Ahmed (Saudi Arabia) successfully completed his course in Academic English. He especially enjoyed the activities and friendly staff at the ELA while improving his English for university studies. 






"I joined the Academic English course at ELA to prepare for an IELTS test and to learn University-level English. For the elective class, I chose the Uni-prep elective class.  From the first day, I had no idea how I could survive this class. However, I believed in the teacher who led me step by step…and the result was more effective than any other IELTS preparation schools. (All of my classmates agreed!)
I was also able to develop my ideas logically and learn to think critically, thus, I gained the ability to respond to any writing subject given during the IELTS test. In fact, the Elective class at ELA covers much more academic topics than normal topics that you will see in an IELTS test so once you complete this course, an IELTS test seems easier. 
When I sat an official IELTS exam after I had finished the Academic English course, I achieved an unbelievably high grade of overall 8.0. The ELA course focused on writing essays and papers which are required at a higher university level rather than only studying IELTS. I believe this contributed to me being able to achieve a good IELTS grade."

- Subin Na, Studied Academic English

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