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New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4)

Location

Dunedin, Auckland or online for international students outside of New Zealand

Duration
Dunedin: Up to 17 weeks full-time; part-time options available | Auckland or online: 17 weeks full-time
Delivery

Face-to-face learning on campus in Dunedin or Auckland OR online learning by distance for international students outside of New Zealand

Credits
60
Level
4
Start
Dunedin: February, July and September
Auckland or online: February, April, July and October
Apply
Anytime
  • Location
    Intake
    Study breaks
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    25 January 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    7 April 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    7 June 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    16 August 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    18 October 2021
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 January 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 January 2021
    22 March 2021 - 2 April 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 April 2021
    31 May 2021 - 4 June 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    7 June 2021
    2 August 2021 - 13 August 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    16 August 2021
    11 October 2021 - 15 October 2021
  • Auckland International Campus
    18 October 2021
    13 December 2021 - 4 February 2022
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    8 February 2022
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    26 April 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    25 July 2022
    19 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
  • Online for international students outside of NZ
    10 October 2022
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
  • Auckland International Campus
    8 February 2022
    11 April 2022 - 22 April 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    26 April 2022
    27 June 2022 - 22 July 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    25 July 2022
    19 September 2022 - 7 October 2022
  • Auckland International Campus
    10 October 2022
    12 December 2022 - 3 February 2023
  • Dunedin
    21 February 2022
  • Dunedin
    8 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.

Find Auckland Campus study block dates here > 

Entry requirements

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 

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:
  • We will test you when you arrive to ensure that we offer you the correct level of English tuition. 
What you will learn

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.
Studying online

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.

Your workload

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. 

Additional costs

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.

Study options after English

This programme prepares you for further study in our certificate, diploma and degree programmes. Find out more information here.

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. 

Disclaimer

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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