Undergraduate English language requirements

International applicants whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of their English proficiency. English is considered the first language of citizens of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States of America and Canada.

Domestic applicants whose first language is not English may be asked to provide evidence of their competence in written and spoken English.

Students studying NCEA, CIE or IB in New Zealand

All students entering the University on the basis of NCEA, CIE (NZ) or IB must meet the standard literacy requirements for admission. IELTS and other English language tests listed below are not replacements for these literacy requirements.
Please refer to the entry requirements for admission to the University

English language tests

English language tests and the scores shown below meet our English language requirements. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting, the results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate.

If you have an offer of place conditional on English, you may wish to consider applying for entry to a pathway English language course at the University’s English Language Academy (see below).

Minimum undergraduate English language requirements for 2017

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.0 and all bands 5.5 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 80 plus a written score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 550 plus Essay (TWE) of 4.5
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): Overall score of 169 and all bands 162 or better
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic: Overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42. You must authorise the University to view and verify your PTE scores. See How can I submit verified PTE Academic results to the University of Auckland?
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80

Programmes with higher requirements

Bachelor of Education (Teaching)

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.0 and all bands 7.0 or better. Due to professional registration requirements, only IELTS can be accepted.

Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (including conjoint programmes)

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and all bands 6.0 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 plus a written score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 plus Essay (TWE) of 4.5
  • CAE and CPE: Overall score of 176 and all bands 169 or better
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • MELAB: 85

Bachelor of Health Sciences (including conjoint programmes)

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and all bands 6.0 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 plus a written score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 plus Essay (TWE) of 4.5
  • CAE and CPE: Overall score of 176 and all bands 169 or better
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • MELAB: 85

Bachelor of Laws (Part II)

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.0 and all bands 6.5 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 100 plus a written score of 24
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 600 plus Essay (TWE) of 5.0
  • CAE and CPE: Overall score of 185 and all bands 176 or better
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 65 and no PTE communicative skills score below 58
  • MELAB: 90

Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB)

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.5 and all bands 7.0 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 106 plus a written score of 24
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 625 plus Essay (TWE) of 5.0
  • CAE and CPE: Overall score of 191 and all bands 185 or better
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 73 and no PTE communicative skills score below 65
  • MELAB: 92

Bachelor of Nursing (including conjoint programmes)

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and all bands 6.0 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 plus a written score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 plus Essay (TWE) of 4.5
  • CAE and CPE: Overall score of 176 and all bands 169 or better
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • MELAB: 85

Bachelor of Optometry

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and all bands 6.0 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 plus a written score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 plus Essay (TWE) of 4.5
  • CAE and CPE: Overall score of 176 and all bands 169 or better
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • MELAB: 85

Bachelor of Pharmacy

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 6.5 and all bands 6.0 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 90 plus a written score of 21
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 575 plus Essay (TWE) of 4.5
  • CAE and CPE: Overall score of 176 and all bands 169 or better
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 58 and no PTE communicative skills score below 50
  • MELAB: 85

Bachelor of Social Work

  • IELTS (Academic): Overall score of 7.0 and all bands 6.5 or better
  • Internet-based TOEFL (iBT): Overall score of 100 plus a written score of 24
  • Paper-based TOEFL: Overall score of 600 plus Essay (TWE) of 5.0
  • CAE and CPE: Overall score of 185 and all bands 176 or better
  • PTE Academic: Overall score of 65 and no PTE communicative skills score below 58
  • MELAB: 90

English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes

If you have an offer of place from us that is conditional on meeting English language requirements, you may be considered for English Pathway courses from the University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA)

You can fulfill undergraduate English language requirements by successfully completing:

  • The Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP), or
  • The English Pathway for Undergraduate Studies (EPUS).

The ELA grades shown below are deemed to be equivalent to the following IELTS bands for admissions purposes.

  • IELTS 7.0: A- in FCertEAP or EPUS
  • IELTS 6.5: B- in FCertEAP or EPUS
  • IELTS 6.0: C- in FCertEAP or EPUS

Approved alternatives to IELTS requirements and English language waivers

If you have successfully completed study in the English medium, you may not have to take a language test. Certain conditions apply, including when the English study was undertaken. For approved alternatives to IELTS and English language waivers see,

Academic English Language Requirement (AELR)

This requirement applies to:

  • Domestic and international students applying with New Zealand secondary school qualifications
  • International students applying with results from another New Zealand tertiary institution

You must meet the Academic English Language Requirement at admission or during the first 12 months of study, in addition to a University Entrance Literacy standard. See Academic English Language Requirement (AELR).

Contact

Phone: +64 923 5025 (within Auckland)
Phone:  0800 61 62 63 (outside Auckland)
Phone: +64 9 373 7513 (from overseas)
Email:admission@auckland.ac.nz (domestic applicants)
int-questions@auckland.ac.nz (international applicants)