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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 University of Waikato 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 University of Waikato 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 University of Waikato 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 on campus) with one-week orientation.

Available online for level 4 and up.

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

2021 Dates

Block Orientation Dates Block Dates
2021 Block 1 Tuesday 9 February 2021 15 February to 30 April 2021
2021 Block IntensiveWednesday 5 May 2021 10 May to 2 July 2021
2021 Block 2Monday 10 May 2021 17 May to 23 July 2021
2021 Block 3Monday 2 August 2021 9 August to 15 October 2021
2021 Block 4Tuesday 26 October 2021 1 November to 17 December
5 January to 21 January 2022

2022 Dates

Block Orientation Dates Block Dates
2022 Block 1 Monday 31 January 20228 February to 14 April 2022
2022 Intensive Wednesday 27 April 20222 May to 24 June 2022
2022 Block 2 Monday 2 May 20229 May to 15 July 2022
2022 Block 3 Monday 25 July 2022 1 August to 7 October 2022
2022 Block 4 Tuesday 25 October 202231 October to 16 December 2022
4 January to 20 January 2023

How to apply

Students can apply online through the University of Waikato College online application form

Tuition Fees

2021 Fees $5300 per block plus up to $792 Student Services Levies per year*

*Fees are subject to change

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Key information

Block: .36
CertAttainEngLang Study Locations:Hamilton, Online
Papers offered differ by location. The Catalogue of Papers has full location info.
Start Dates: See above start dates.
Estimated 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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University of Waikato College - Te Kura Huanui

You can find out more about the University of Waikato 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 7 838 4610
Email: [email protected]

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