Dunedin, Auckland or online for international students outside of New Zealand
- Dunedin: Up to 17 weeks full-time; part-time options available | Auckland or online: 16 weeks full-time; part-time not available
Face-to-face learning on campus in Dunedin or Auckland OR online learning by distance for international students outside of New Zealand
- Dunedin: February, July and September
Auckland or online: February, April, July and October
Online for international students outside of NZ8 February 202211 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
Online for international students outside of NZ26 April 202227 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
Online for international students outside of NZ25 July 202219 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
Online for international students outside of NZ10 October 202212 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
Auckland International Campus8 February 202211 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
Auckland International Campus26 April 202227 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
Auckland International Campus25 July 202219 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
Auckland International Campus10 October 202212 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
Dunedin21 February 2022
Dunedin18 July 2022
Want to improve your English skills?
Study English at Otago Polytechnic to prepare for further study, make new friends and experience New Zealand culture.
When you study with us you will:
- learn English from teachers who are very patient and understanding
- work in small groups to practise your speaking
- meet native speakers and listen to guest speakers
- gain study skills through self-directed learning and group work.
This Certificate is for upper-intermediate English speakers who want to do further English-language or subject study in an academic context. It is a nationally-recognised qualification. It can lead to academic study at Otago Polytechnic, or you can use it to transfer to other study institutes in New Zealand.
Onshore international and domestic students studying in Dunedin
- We will test you and place you at the right level when you arrive. You may not be enrolled into the Certificate level that you apply for.
- Alternatively, you can provide:
Offshore international students studying in Dunedin
- You will need to provide:
- International students need a visa to study with us for more than three months.
All students studying at the Auckland International Campus (OPAIC)
At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is delivered through Future Skills Academy in a sub-contract arrangement between Otago Polytechnic and Future Skills.
- You must provide:
- New Zealand University Entrance OR
- Overall Academic IELTS 5.5 (achieved in one test completed in the last two years)
- Reading band 5.0
- Writing band 5.5
- Speaking band 5.0
- Listening band 5.0, OR
- Acceptable alternative evidence of the required IELTS (see here for NZQA proficiency table and here for list of recognised proficiency tests).
- We will test you when you arrive to ensure that we offer you the correct level of English tuition.
On campus delivery
- You will need to provide us with a valid My Vaccine Pass before 1 February 2022 if you want to study with us.
- All locations where our teaching occurs face-to-face are classed as an Otago Polytechnic site.
- You will be asked to provide us with your My Vaccine Pass during your application and enrolment process.
- In exceptional circumstances, exemptions may be granted to this. You can find out more about this in our vaccination policy. If you think you have grounds to be exempt from our vaccination requirements, please email Covidfirstname.lastname@example.org
Online delivery for offshore learners
- As this programme is delivered fully online, you do not need to provide us with a My Vaccine Pass.
When you finish this programme you will be able to:
- understand the main ideas and key supporting details of quite complex spoken and written information on familiar and unfamiliar topics
- take part effectively in sustained, spoken academic conversation
- write detailed, well-developed and quite complex academic texts.
Your offshore, online study journey will begin with an online orientation. This session will cover introductions to staff, tips for academic success, and wellbeing information, among other things.
All courses offered at the Auckland Campus use Moodle, which is an online learning management system (LMS). The use of the Moodle LMS means that no matter where you are, you have great access to all your course content.
You also get access to Office 365, including Microsoft Teams. This means you'll be able to collaborate with your classmates and work on certain tasks which you have been given by your lecturers.
And, online students have access to the same services as students on campus. This includes online learning support, which will be available via Microsoft Teams. All online students will also have remote access to our library.
If studying at our Dunedin Campus
- 20-22 hours a week in class, guided by your teacher
- 10-14 hours a week for self-directed study
If studying at our Auckland International Campus/online
You will be expected to spend about 38 hours per week (or 300 hours per Study Block) on your course work. This includes both scheduled class time and self-directed study.
For our Dunedin-based programme, you'll need to buy the course textbook. This will be available from your lecturer for a discounted price of $90.00.
This programme prepares you for further study in our certificate, diploma and degree programmes. Find out more information here.
Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.
While every effort is made to ensure that this sheet is accurate, Otago Polytechnic reserves the right to amend, alter or withdraw any of the contained information. The fees shown in this document are indicative ONLY. Both domestic and international fees are subject to change and are dependent on the development and implementation of Government policies. Please note that additional fees may from time to time be required for external examination, NZQA fees and/or additional material fees.