What will I learn?

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 speakers who can already use intermediate-level English in everyday settings but want to improve their English for study or work. 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.

When you complete this programme you will be able to: understand the main points and details of spoken and written information on familiar topics, speak with confidence about familiar topics, write about familiar topics in a way that is easy to understand.

Your workload: 22 hours a week in class, guided by your teacher, 10-14 hours a week for self-directed study

Next step: You can enrol in other certificate programmes, but we recommend that you complete New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Academic) (Level 4).

Study options

Full Time (17 weeks)

Tuition fees
NZ $7,290 for the entire course
Start date

21 February 2022, 18 July 2022


Otago Polytechnic

Dunedin Campus,

Forth Street,


North Dunedin,

9054, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) or equivalent.

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.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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