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English language requirements

If your first language is not English you need to show you meet our English language requirements

We accept a number of International tests and results, and students from some countries may be able to use their previous studies to demonstrate their language level. Check the language results we accept and if you meet the minimum requirements in the table below.

You can submit your application without an English result and provide this at a later date. The English language test must have been taken within two years of the proposed study start date.

Undergraduate English language requirements

IELTS IELTS score of 6.0 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0)
Internet-based TOEFL Score of 80 (writing 20)
The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483
Paper-based TOEFL Score of 550 (TWE 4.5)
The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483
Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Overall score of 176 (with no individual band below 169)
CIE E grade or higher in any one of AS English Language, AS Literature in English or AS Language & Literature in English; OR meeting the NCEA literacy requirements
GCE A or AS English Language, Literature in English, Language and Literature in English Grade C or higher
GCE AS level General Paper (English) Grade C or higher
International Baccalaureate English at Higher or Standard level in Language A: literature, Language A: language and literature, or at Higher Level in Language B
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Overall score of 58 with no communicative skills score below 50
University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Undergraduate
Academic Purposes (EUAP) – Grade C or higher
University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes Successful completion of the English Pathway for Undergraduate Studies (EPUS) with a C Grade.
University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) Successful completion of the certificate with a C Grade.
Denmark A minimum GPA of 6 in A-level English or a minimum GPA of 9 in B-level English when graduating from Upper Secondary School Diploma
Fiji Year 13 Certificate English score of 50% or higher
Germany B or higher in each of the four components of the University English Language Proficiency test from the English department of the home institution, or B or higher in the old DAAD test, or C1 or B2 overall in the new DAAD test
Hong Kong Level 4 or better in English language in the Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)
India 70% in English for the All India Senior School
Certificate (CBSE) or the Indian School Certificate (CISCE)
Malaysia GCE ‘O’ Level English 1119 – Grade B4 or higher
Netherlands Grade 7 in the VWO-Gymnasium or the VWO-Atheneum A or B
NCEA Please note all international students seeking admission on the basis of NCEA will be required to demonstrate literacy by achieving 10 credits at Level 2 or above from the specified list (5 credits in Reading and 5 credits in Writing). You cannot use any of the tests listed below to meet these requirements.
Norway Grade of 4.0 or higher in English in the student’s final year of studying high school English in the Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole
Samoa A score of B3 (60%) in English A in the University Foundation Certificate of the National University of Samoa
Singapore GCE ‘O’ Level English – Grade C or higher or the
General Paper H1 level – Grade C or higher
Sweden A minimum grade of C (VG) in English 5 & 6
(English A & B) in the Slutbetyg/Examensbevis från Gymnasieskolan

Applicants for the Bachelor of Teaching or Bachelor of Education Studies are required to provide an IELTS of 7.0 with no individual band below 7.0.

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Postgraduate English language requirements

IELTS Score of 6.5 in the academic module (with no individual band below 6.0)
Internet-based TOEFL Score of 95 with a minimum writing score of 22
The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483
Paper-based TOEFL score of 587 (TWE 4.5)
The University of Otago TOEFL institution code is: 9483
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CAE) Minimum of 176
Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) Minimum of 176
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic Overall score of 64 with no communicative skills score below 57
University of Otago Language Centre ‘English for Otago’, English for Postgraduate Academic Purposes (EPAP) Grade C or higher
University of Auckland English Language Academy (ELA) pathway programmes Successful completion of the English Pathway for Postgraduate Studies (EPPS) with a B Grade.
University of Auckland Foundation Certificate in English for Academic Purposes (FCertEAP) Successful completion of the certificate with a B Grade.

Students enrolling in courses leading to the Diploma for Graduates (regardless of content or endorsement) must meet the standard postgraduate English requirements.

The following programmes require higher levels of achievement than the minimum requirements listed above:

  • Postgraduate Diploma/Master/PhD in Public Health: IELTS of 7.5, this must be provided before applications will be considered
  • Master of Teaching and Learning / Graduate Diploma in Teaching: IELTS of 7.5 with no individual band below 7.5
  • Postgraduate Dentistry, Law, and Surveying courses: Internet-based TOEFL of 102 or better with a minimum of 24 in each section; or Paper-based TOEFL of 600 or better with a TWE (Test of Written English) of 5.0 or better; or IELTS (Academic) of 7.5 overall with a minimum of 7 in each band
  • Master of Dietetics: IELTS 7.5 with no individual band below 7.0

Students enrolling in courses leading to the Diploma for Graduates (regardless of content or endorsement) must meet the standard postgraduate English requirements above.

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Don’t meet the English language requirements?

The University of Otago Language Centre English for Otago programme offers a pathway for Undergraduate and Postgraduate students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate and postgraduate study.

Learn more about English for Otago.

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