Undergraduate English language requirements

If you are an international applicant and your first language is not English, you will need to provide satisfactory evidence of your English proficiency.

English is considered the first language of citizens of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States of America, Canada and Singapore.

If you are a domestic applicant and your first language is not English you may be asked to provide evidence of your competence in written and spoken English.

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).

Students studying NCEA, CIE or IB in New Zealand

You must meet the standard literacy requirements for admission.

If you are entering the University on the basis of National Certificate of Educational Achievement (NCEA), University of Cambridge International examinations (CIE), or International Baccalaureate (IB) taken in New Zealand, you must meet the standard literacy requirements for admission.

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) and other English language tests listed below are not replacements for these literacy requirements. See, New Zealand secondary school applicants.

International applicants entering the University on the basis of qualifications other than NCEA, CIE or IB taken in New Zealand must meet the English language proficiency requirement through an IELTS test or an approved alternative as outlined below.

Minimum undergraduate English-language requirements

Every programme page on our website specifies an IELTS score as the minimum English-language requirement for that programme. See Find a study option.

You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting. The results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate to commencement of study at the University of Auckland.

If you have taken a different English-language test or qualification, the table below lists what the University accepts as the equivalent scores or marks you need to match the IELTS grade for your programme.

Due to professional registration requirements, only IELTS can be accepted for the Bachelor of Education (Teaching) and Bachelor of Social Work.

IELTS Academic equivalencies

IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 6.0 and no bands below 5.5
Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) Overall score of 80 and a written score of 21
Paper-based TOEFL
Overall score of 550 and an Essay (TWE) of 4.5
C1 Advanced (previously - Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE))
Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162
C2 Proficiency (previously - Cambridge English Proficiency (CPE))
Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162
Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP)
Grade of C-
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic* Overall score of 50 and no PTE Communicative score below 42
Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 80
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE) ISE II with distinction in all 4 components

*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?

English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes

You can meet undergraduate English-language requirements by successfully completing:

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

Equivalent qualifications

If you have successfully completed study in the English medium, you may not have to take a language test. Please see the documents below for approved alternatives to our IELTS requirements.

Academic English Language Requirement (AELR)

You must meet the AELR if you are admitted to a University of Auckland bachelor’s degree programme and you are:

  • a domestic student
  • an international student applying on the basis of a New Zealand secondary school qualification
  • an international student applying on the basis of results at another New Zealand tertiary institution

The AELR may be met through your entry qualification or through satisfactory completion of an approved course in your first 12 months of study.

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)