Academic English language programme

Academic English Language Program: Your Path to Success

Seamless Degree Entry: Gain direct access to degree programs without additional IELTS testing, simplifying your journey into higher education.

A Range of Start Dates: Choose from various program entry points to align with your schedule and academic goals.

Personalised Teaching: Experience small class sizes, led by experienced instructors, ensuring individualized attention and support.

University Student from day one: Study on the University of Waikato campus, enjoying the same services and facilities as degree-level students.

English Language Skills: Focus on improving your speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills to excel in academic and real-world settings.

About the programme

The Academic English programme focuses on maximising your progress in each of the four core English skills – 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.

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

Upon successful completion

Official Certification: Receive a University of Waikato certificate and recognition in the University's graduation ceremony booklet.

Comprehensive Assessment: Gain a report detailing your performance in language skills, along with an overall assessment comment.


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