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Focus On English

A flexible full-time English language short course for international students. 


Focus on English is a full-time short course delivered at our Mt. Albert campus and designed for international students, who are able to complete the course while on a visitor or student visa. 

The course is shared with our New Zealand Certificate in English Language programmes, though Focus on English students complete this short course without being enrolled in a full 16-week programme. 

Focus on English prepares students for a career in many different industries, or for study on certificate level programmes including Construction Trade Skills, Business and Electrical Engineering. Students will improve their reading, writing, speaking and listening English skills.

The course is very flexible, allowing students to choose how long they would like to study for, from between 2 and 12 weeks. Please note: Individual study periods must begin within the first 4 weeks of our four terms.

2022 Study Dates

Term 1A: Students can start anytime between 28 Feb 22 and 28 Mar 22
Term 1B: Students can start anytime between 25 Apr 22 and 23 May 22

Term 2A: Students can start anytime between 25 Jul 22 and 22 Aug 22
Term 2B: Students can start anytime between 19 Sep 22 and 17 Oct 22


Indicative fees for Focus on English are $460 per week, therefore the total fee for the course will depend on how long a student decides to study for. 

Please note: International applicants may need insurance for this short course. Please see our Insurance page for more information.

Application Process

Please note, this programme is only open to international students aged 16 and above, who are on a visitor or student visa.

You can apply via our Enrolment Portal and select Professional Development Courses, majoring in 'Focus on English'.

You will need to sit a Language Studies English Language Placement Test so that we can ensure that you study at the appropriate English Language Level. Details of this will be sent to you by our Enrolment Manager once you’ve applied. 

Please note: Your individual timetable will be discussed and determined during your placement test.  

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Moving to Te Pūkenga

Vocational education in Aotearoa (New Zealand) is changing to better meet the needs of learners like you.

As part of this transformational change, in 2023 Unitec will become fully part of Te Pūkenga, a national network delivering skills training in a wide range of locations throughout Aotearoa.

This means that while you are enrolling with Unitec now, from Semester 1, 2023 you will become a Te Pūkenga learner.

Te Pūkenga has the success and wellbeing of learners at its heart, and a review of all programmes is currently underway to help support this, including this programme. The aim is to make qualifications more portable, consistent and closely aligned with the needs of industry, and more in tune with where the world is headed.

The information contained here is correct at the time of publishing, but as the programme review is ongoing, the courses outlined may be liable to change over time.

Rest assured that we will notify you of any material changes to delivery that might impact what you study, where you study or the ways you learn.