Department overview

It’s a diverse learning environment with students from many different backgrounds and cultures. There are shared lunches, welcome ceremonies for new students, and student advisers who look after our international, refugee and permanent resident students.

We encourage students to practise what they learn in our language labs and Language Learning Centre. Some of our English language programmes include work experience, and our language teacher programmes include teaching practice and classroom observation.

The Department of Language Studies is also home to our award-winning IELTS Test Centre, where English language students can take the IELTS test right here on campus.

International language courses

Short courses

We also offer a range of night classes for beginners through to more advanced speakers.

Intensive language courses

Intensive courses are designed to give you a high level of language ability in a relatively short period of time. The focus is on achieving language fluency and the ability to communicate in a variety of routine situations.

Places for the Japanese exchange programme are available. If you are interested, please contact Tomoko Dallow, the Course Coordinator (tdallow@unitec.ac.nz).

For more information or to apply download the Intensive Languages Courses flyer (PDF).

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMME LEVEL DURATION CAREER OPTIONS
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2) 2 Full-time for 16 weeks Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies.
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) 3 Full-time for 16 weeks Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies.
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4) 4 Full-time for 16 weeks Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies.
Certificate in Language Teaching 5 Full-time for one semester. All classes run on Tuesday and Thursday evening and on Saturdays Language teacher in New Zealand or overseas
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) 5 Full-time for 16 weeks Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies.
Certificate in Liaison Interpreting 6 Full-time for 16 weeks (including holidays) Liaison interpreter in medical, legal and community settings
Bachelor of Arts (English as an Additional Language) 7 3 years of study at their home university (either years 1, 2 and 4 or years 1, 2 and 3); 120 credits (1 year) at Unitec. Improve your English for success in further undergraduate or postgraduate study and/or professional employment.
Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language 7 Full-time for 15 weeks or part-time options available Improve your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies.

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