Otago Polytechnic

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2)



Up to 17 weeks full-time; part-time options available

On campus 

February and July (full semester study); October and December (Dunedin Summer School); anytime for weekly study
Want to study in English and take part in daily life?

This Level 2 programme is ideal if you can already use English in some everyday settings but want to improve so you can study in English. 

Please note: Depending on your situation, you may not be enrolled into the Certificate level that you apply for. When you arrive at Otago Polytechnic, you will be tested and we will then place you at the right level. 

Entry requirements
  • You will be tested and placed at the right level when you arrive.
  • If you plan to study with us for more than three months, international students will need a visa.
You will learn how to

When you successfully finish this programme, you will have the English language skills to:

  • take part in spoken conversations and how to use things like simple instructions and descriptions
  • listen to and understand short, simple texts 
  • begin to read simple texts to gain information 
  • write a simple, easy to understand text. 
Next step

You could progress into the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) to further improve your English. You may also have the ability to work in some jobs that require a basic level of English language skills.

Student loans and allowances

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.

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