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Certificate of Attainment in English Language

If you are an international student who is not currently in New Zealand, you can start this programme online until you are able to join us on campus in New Zealand. Click here for more information.

This Academic English programme, offered at the Waikato Pathways College, prepares international students for the Foundation Studies programme or a range of undergraduate or postgraduate degrees at Waikato University.

The Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) is offered at the Waikato Pathways College, has eight levels, from Elementary to Advanced.  You can enter into the course at a level dependent on your current English level.

Classes focus on the skills needed for successful study in higher education in New Zealand such as academic writing, listening, note-taking, reading, and oral presentation skills. Higher levels can provide direct entry to university programmes - please see below for further details.

Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Attainment in English Language  (Level 6), you can progress to the Foundation Studies programme at the Waikato Pathways College. Upon successful completion of the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (Levels 7-8), you can progress to most degree courses at the University of Waikato.


Each level is taught in a 10 week block (23 hours of tuition per week) with one-week orientation.

Levels 6, 7, & 8 are also taught in an intensive 8 week block, with a half-week orientation.

2020 Dates

BlockOrientation DatesBlock Dates
2020 Block 1Monday 3 February 202010 February to 24 April 2020
2020 IntensiveWednesday 6 May 202011 May to 3 July 2020
2020 Block 2Monday 11 May 202018 May to 24 July 2020
2020 Block 3Monday 3 August 202010 August to 16 October 2020
2020 Block 4Tuesday 27 October 20202 November to 11 December
5 January to 29 January 2021

2021 Dates

BlockOrientation DatesBlock Dates
2021 Block 1Tuesday 9 February 202115 February to 30 April 2021
2021 IntensiveWednesday 5 May 202110 May to 2 July 2021
2021 Block 2Monday 10 May 202117 May to 23 July 2021
2021 Block 3Monday 2 August 20219 August to 15 October 2021
2021 Block 4Tuesday 26 October 20211 November to 17 December
5 January to 21 January 2022

How to apply

Students can apply online through the Pathways College online application form

Tuition Fees

2020 Fees $5200 per block plus up to $750 Student Services Levies per year*

2021 Fees $5300 per block plus up to $800 Student Services Levies per year*

*Fees are subject to change

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Key information

Block: .36
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: See above start dates.
Fees (International): $5,300 per block
Area of Study:
*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Entry requirements

For all tests that we will accept as part of English language proficiency please visit our Entry Requirements page under the Pathways Options tab.

Scholarships and prizes

New to Waikato? The International Excellence Scholarship is worth up to $10,000.

Visit our Scholarship Finder for information about possible scholarships

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Waikato Pathways College - Te Huanui

You can find out more about the Waikato Pathways College, as well as make an online enquiry if you have any questions about the pathway programmes.

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Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

Phone: +64 7 8384610
Email: [email protected]

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