University of Waikato College

The University of Waikato 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.

Certificate of Attainment in English Language

The Certificate of Attainment in English Language is a full-time course of 23 hours per week for 10 weeks, with one intensive block of 30 hours per week for 8 weeks. There are a number of intakes each year. Students are placed according to a recent English Language test result (such as IELTS) or are tested upon arrival 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. 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, the International Diploma and University undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
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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 15 hours per week. Students can start every 2nd Monday and study for 3 weeks to 6 months (except New Zealand public holidays).
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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

The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies is a full-time one or two trimester programme for international students that have not met the academic entry requirements for undergraduate study at a New Zealand university.  This programme will teach students skills for successful tertiary study within New Zealand, with compulsory English language and elective papers across a range of study areas.  Classes include New Zealand students to encourage international students to improve their English and make New Zealand friends.
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Certificate of University Preparation

The Certificate of University Preparation programme is a full-time one-trimester programme for students who do not meet the entry requirements for study at a New Zealand university, or who need additional academic preparation.  This programme will introduce students to an adult learning environment including lectures, tutorials and workshops.  The Certificate of University Preparation is an academically approved qualification that covers skills such as note-taking, research, essay writing, time management and critical thinking.  Students can have up to 17 hours of class per week with a further 20 hours to be spent on assessments and revision.
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International Diploma (Business and Computer Science)

From 2020 the College will launch new programmes to provide pathways for international students into the second year of some degrees. The International Diploma (Business) will consist of the first year of the Bachelor of Business, with additional supporting papers in academic English and academic study skills. The International Diploma (Computer Science) will provide a similar preparation which leads to majors in the area of computing.

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: