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 short courses

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

Programmes and study path

Start with a programme that suits your qualifications and/or experience, then progress to a level that achieves your goals.
PROGRAMMELEVELDURATIONCAREER OPTIONS
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2)2Full-time for 16 weeksImprove your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies.
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3)3Full-time for 16 weeksImprove your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies.
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4)4Full-time for 16 weeksImprove your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies.
Certificate in Language Teaching5Full-time for one semester. All classes run on Tuesday and Thursday evening and on SaturdaysLanguage teacher in New Zealand or overseas
New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5)5Full-time for 16 weeksImprove your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies.
Certificate in Liaison Interpreting6Full-time for 16 weeks (including holidays)Liaison interpreter in medical, legal and community settings
Graduate Certificate in English as an Additional Language7Full-time for 15 weeks or part-time options availableImprove your English for work in a professional field or continue your studies.

Staff