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Waikato Pathways College

Waikato Pathways College comprises the University’s foundation and bridging programmes, English language programmes for students with English as an additional language, international study tours for international vocational, professional and academic individuals and groups. The College has a key role in contributing to the distinctiveness, excellence and international connectedness of the University.

Academic English

The Certificate of Attainment in English Language (Levels 1-3) and the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (Levels 4-8) are full-time courses with 23 hours per week for 10 weeks. There are a number of intakes each year and at the start of each intake new students are tested and placed in an appropriate level from Elementary to Advanced. On successful completion of the course, students receive a University of Waikato Certificate of Attainment in English Language or Certificate of Attainment in Academic English. All students study a core programme which helps students improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Higher level classes focus on skills needed for successful university study such as academic writing, listening and note-taking, academic reading, and oral presentation skills. Attaining specific grades in the upper levels of the programme gives students the English language entry requirement to enter Foundation Studies and University undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. For more information, see Pathways Programmes online:

General English

General English is a course designed for students to improve their everyday English and is suitable for students preparing to enter the Academic English programme. The programme includes core language skills and vocabulary, fluency and accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing.
General English is a full-time programme of 23 hours per week or part-time for 13 hours per week. Students can start every 2nd Monday and study for 3 weeks to 6 months (except New Zealand public holidays).

International Study Groups

Study programmes are customised for visiting international groups and combine English with almost any other activity or specialist area, according to academic, professional or vocational need. Programmes run for a minimum of two weeks (students must be 16 years or older). Groups and Study Tour programmes include the following: English plus Specialised Training (based on any of the degree programmes at the University of Waikato); English and New Zealand Life and Culture (offering a choice of activities and weekend trips to Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, horse riding, jet boating, kayaking, hot pools, farm visits, black water rafting); English for University preparation (experience of life at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, including meeting students and staff, and attending university lectures); English and International Business (lectures on international business at the Waikato Management School, for students with at least an upper intermediate level of English).

Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies

See Pathways Programmes.

Certificate of University Preparation

This programme is offered in collaboration with Wintec. For more information, see Pathways Programmes.

Short Bridging Courses

Waikato Pathways College is responsive to the needs and aspirations of adults wishing to study by providing a range of bridging and refresher programmes. These courses are for those wishing to return to or begin University study. Varied in length, timing and content, these courses are designed to suit the needs and commitments of a range of adult learners to ensure they are prepared for tertiary study. Completion of bridging courses can assist with special admission to the University, or to gain support for entry into qualifications requiring competency standards. Courses offered include New Start, Bridging for Women, QuickStart (University Study Skills), Science Foundation (Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics) and Getting Comfortable with Science (Basic ideas of the Living World, Material World, Physical World, Planet Earth and beyond).

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Office

The University of Waikato is the IELTS testing centre for the Waikato region. IELTS is designed to assess the English language proficiency of candidates who need to study or work in English.

Further information is available on the website:

Further information about IELTS is available on the website:

IELTS Preparation Courses

IELTS preparation courses are available through the year to help prepare students to sit the IELTS test and to enable students to become familiar with the test and its tasks.

Teacher Education

The Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) is an initial four-week intensive training course in practical aspects of teaching English as a foreign language. It is internationally recognised as the first step for those intending to make a career in teaching English as a foreign language.

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