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Academic English

Academic English will help you improve your English language skills to prepare you for study success at university.

This programme provides you with opportunities to develop your independent learning strategies and individual needs in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Depending on your preference, the programme can focus on university skills or IELTS preparation. You will develop the language and academic skills to help you progress to the next level of English, move to one of our pathway programmes, or transition to your destination programme.

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

Course length
10+ weeks (students usually study 10 weeks at each level and can do more than one block of 10 weeks)

Entry requirements
Students are tested on their first day to determine their class level. For progression to another level, students need to achieve the required grade in the end of course test.


  • No late starts are allowed for this course – students must begin on the Monday of the first week of the course.

Repeating Students

  • Students repeating the course need to confirm their place with the Enrolments Manager no later than the first day of the course.
  • Students who have confirmed their place may commence their studies no later than the Friday of the first week of the course. 

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Grace Tandipayuk, ELA Student:
"The ELA is the University of Auckland's only English language school, so the quality is high and the location on campus is great. It's really helpful to be so connected to the University."

Dates and Fees

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You are welcome to call us from Monday to Friday, between 8am-5:30pm New Zealand time. Our dedicated staff will assist you with your enquiry.