- Up to 17 weeks full-time; part-time options available (Dunedin) | 16 weeks full-time (Auckland)
- Dunedin: February, July and September
Auckland: January, February, March, April, June, August, September, October and November
Auckland International Campus13 January 20206 March 2020 - 23 March 2020
Auckland International Campus10 February 20209 March 2020 - 20 March 2020
Auckland International Campus23 March 202018 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
Auckland International Campus20 April 202018 May 2020 - 29 May 2020
Auckland International Campus1 June 202024 July 2020 - 10 August 2020
Auckland International Campus29 June 202027 July 2020 - 7 August 2020
Auckland International Campus10 August 20202 October 2020 - 19 October 2020
Auckland International Campus7 September 20205 October 2020 - 16 October 2020
Auckland International Campus19 October 202011 December 2020 - 11 January 2021
Auckland International Campus16 November 202014 December 2020 - 8 January 2021
Auckland International Campus11 January 20218 March 2021 - 19 March 2021
Auckland International Campus22 March 202117 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
Auckland International Campus7 June 20212 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
Auckland International Campus16 August 202111 October 2021 - 22 October 2021
Auckland International Campus25 October 202120 December 2021 - 7 January 2022
Dunedin22 February 2021
Dunedin19 July 2021
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.
At our Auckland International Campus, this programme is offered by Future Skills Academy due to a sub-contract arrangement with Otago Polytechnic. Auckland study block dates >
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.
- The New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4) is only offered to students who intend to study a Level 7 programme at the Auckland International Campus.
- 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.
*Subject to final approval. This criteria is based on the Level 7 programme entry criteria of IELTS 6.0 - which students are expected to reach upon completion of New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4).
When you complete this programme you will be able to:
- understand the main ideas and key supporting details of moderately complex spoken and written information on familiar and unfamiliar topics
- participate effectively in sustained, spoken academic discourse
- write detailed, well developed and moderately complex academic texts
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
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.
You will 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.
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.