University of Waikato College

Academic English language programme

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Offshore international students can study this programme online until you are able to join us on campus in New Zealand. Our Certificate of Attainment in English Language and Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (Academic English preparation programme) is designed for students who need to improve their English language skills in order to study an academic course. 

Why choose an Academic English language programme?

The Academic English Language programme provides direct entry to degree study without the need for further IELTS testing. The programme offers flexible intakes, with multiple points of entry during the year.

Our qualified, experienced, and caring teachers foster a supportive and personalised learning environment, with a maximum of 22 students per class, giving you more individualised attention. You will be taught on the University of Waikato main campus where you have the same access to the services and facilities as degree-level students.

About the programme

The Academic English Language programme focuses on maximising your progress in each of the four core English skills courses – speaking, writing, reading, and listening. You will also learn study skills to help you learn faster with greater confidence and prepare you for study at the University.

Upon successful completion

You will receive a University of Waikato certificate and will be included in the University of Waikato graduation ceremony booklet. You will also receive a report, which shows the grade for each of the four language skills and a final grade with a comment noting your overall success.


Visit the University of Waikato website to apply for this programme. Courses will be delivered by Navitas NZ Limited (formerly named Study Group NZ Limited) on behalf of the University of Waikato.

Programme dates

2023 dates

Block 17 February 2023 -
21 April 2023
Levels 6, 7 and 8 only
8 May 2023 -
30 June 2023
Block 215 May 2023 -
21 July 2023
Block 37 August 2023 -
13 October 2023
Block 430 October 2023 -
19 January 2024

2024 dates

Block 15 February 2024 to Friday 19 April 2024
Levels 6, 7 and 8 only
6 May 2024 to Thursday 27 June 2024
Block 213 May 2024 to 19 July 2024
Block 35 August 2024 to 11 October 2024
Block 429 October 2024 to 17 January 2025

Programme breaks

2023 dates

Block 1 to Intensive24 April to 5 May 2023 (2 weeks)
Block 1 to Block 224 April to 12 May 2023 (3 weeks)
Block 2 to Block 324 July to 2 August 2023 (2 weeks)
Block 3 to Block 416 October to 27 October 2023 (2 weeks)

Orientation for new students will be held the week before the course starts

2024 dates

Block 1 to Intensive22 April to 3 May (2 weeks)
Block 1 to Block 222 April to 10 May (3 weeks)
Block 2 to Block 322 July to 2 August (2 weeks)
Block 3 to Block 414 October to 25 October (2 weeks)

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Entry requirements

A guide to the academic and language requirements to study at University of Waikato College

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Find information about tuition and accommodation fees, health insurance and other costs

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Visa information

Find out more about the requirements you need to meet to apply for a student visa