Ideal for people learning English as a second language, this course will give students the key skills they need to communicate on an everyday basis and with with a course structure that supports and encourages success.

IPU New Zealand’s Level 1-5 English Language Studies programmes will help you develop your English language competence. You will participate in learner-centred communicative classrooms where each class will focus on one of the four skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing.

Your lecturers will encourage you to produce the language in natural settings and are experienced in developing students to be successful at higher levels of study in New Zealand tertiary environments. Your programme will lead to the New Zealand Certificate in English Language at the level appropriate to your language ability.


It is vitally important for students to possess a high level of reading, listening, writing,
speaking and comprehension skills if they are to succeed at any tertiary institution.

In the English Language Studies programme, students attend small classes according to their level of English ability. The programme provides students with the necessary tools for developing their English communication skills to the required level of entry for tertiary education. In addition to gaining academic English skills, students can also improve their conversation and comprehension skills that are crucial for enjoying everyday life in English-speaking countries.

IPU New Zealand offers the English Language Studies Programme to first-year students, enabling them to achieve English language proficiency and a set of useful study skills, as well as developing their critical thinking in preparation for a tertiary-level education.

Students require a basic set of study skills in order to benefit from their learning environment. At IPU New Zealand, students are encouraged to answer the following types of questions:

  • How does one clearly structure research questions and goals?
  • Where does one find the necessary information? Is the information justified?
  • How does one collect and analyse the required information?
  • How does one arrange and present their findings in a logical order?

It is the student's responsibility to take an active approach when studying at IPU New Zealand. Lecturers advise them to follow the mantra "Gain knowledge for yourself, and do not believe in everything that you are told."


  • Discussions and debates
  • Preparation for specialty education
  • Presentation skills
  • Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills
  • Study skills (research/computer skills)



We have a friendly team of international lecturers. We boast small class sizes (max 18) where the lecturers will help you develop your all-round English skills and help you prepare for your future studies. You will also have the opportunity to learn about New Zealand and Māori culture through various activities outside the classroom. We look forward to welcoming you soon.


  • Graduation from high school in your home country
  • The English proficiency requirements for entry into each level are:
  • Level 5 = IELTS 6.0 or equivalent with no band score lower than 5.5
  • Level 4 = IELTS 5.5 or equivalent with no band score lower than 5.0
  • Level 3 = IELTS 4.5 or equivalent with no band score lower than 4.0
  • Level 2 = IELTS 3.5 or equivalent with no band score lower than 3.0
  • Level 1 = IELTS 2.5 or equivalent with no band score lower than 2.0

Students who do not have a recognised English test score will sit a placement test upon arrival and be placed in a level accordingly.



Previous English language study.



  • 60 credits per level
  • Four skills: listening, reading, speaking, writing.



Successful achievement of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 4, Academic) will enable graduates to work in positions that require interpersonal communication, an understanding of context-specific professional and/or technical texts, writing context-specific records and reports as well as interaction in a team. The Level 4 programme is equivalent to IELTS 6.0.

Successful achievement of the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 5) will enable graduates to work in positions that require complex interpersonal communication, understanding of complex content-specific texts, writing complex, content-specific communications, interaction, effective processing and dissemination of information. The Level 5 programme is equivalent to IELTS 6.5.

Students who complete and pass an NZCEL programme will have earned 60 credits on a nationally-recognised qualification.

Our NZCEL graduates have gone on to study English at higher levels (including at Bachelors and Masters level). Some go into courses at other institutions and study subjects like carpentry and aviation.

NZCEL also leads to a number of work opportunities. Our graduates are employed in administration, hospitality and retail roles.