English for Otago offers a pathway to degree programmes at the University of Otago
The English Language Centre now offers the English for Otago programme online. Dates, entrance requirements and tuition fees will be the same as those for the programme run for students in New Zealand. It allows students who are unable to travel, or who are looking for a cost-effective option to study in their home country before travelling to start their future degree at the University of Otago. All classes will be delivered live online, so students will need to have a reliable, fast Internet connection and a good computer with a webcam and microphone. A headset, second monitor and a printer would also be useful.
Key advantages of the English for Otago programme
- Pathway to Otago from your home country
- Learn in a live virtual classroom with other international students from around the world
- Interact with other students and teachers using the University of Otago’s online platforms
- Make new friends with other students who will be studying at the University of Otago with you
- Save money with no travel, visa or accommodation costs
- Know whether you have passed before you travel to New Zealand
English requirements for the University of Otago
There are no 'special examinations' for students who fail English for Otago.
Students must achieve a minimum of a 'C' grade to pass the English for Otago course.
In achieving this grade, students meet the English language requirements for admission to most undergraduate or postgraduate programmes at the University of Otago.
Admission to English for Otago
This is an intensive course requiring a high entry standard. You are required to pass the entrance exam in order to enter EFO or have achieved the following English proficiency level before the course start date.
If you are not sitting the English for Otago entrance test, these are the entrance requirments:
|Undergraduate programme||IELTS||5.5 (no band below 5.0)|
|IELTS Indicator||5.5 (no band below 5.0)*|
|TOEFL iBT||70 (writing 15)|
|Paper-based TOEFL||525 (TWE 4.0)|
|Computer-based TOEFL||193 (essay rating 4.0)|
|GCE O-Level English||Grade C6|
|HKDSE English||Level 2|
|HK ALE Use of English||Grade D7|
|SPM Bahasa Inggris||Grade 4|
|Pearson Test of English (Academic)||PTE (Academic) score of 42 with no band score lower than 36|
|English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment||Level 1|
|Postgraduate programme||IELTS||6.0 (no band below 5.5)|
|IELTS Indicator||6.0 (no band below 5.5)*|
|TOEFL iBT||80 (writing 20)|
|Paper-based TOEFL||550 (TWE 4.5)|
|Computer-based TOEFL||213 (essay rating 4.5)|
|Cambridge Certificate in Advanced English (CAE)||Grade B|
|Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)||Grade C|
|APIEL (Advanced Placement International English Language) Examination||Grade 3|
|GCE A-Level General Paper (English)||Grade C or higher|
|Pearson Test of English (Academic)||PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42|
|English New Zealand Accredited Pathway Assessment||Level 2|
* These test results are temporarily accepted for those applicants in countries where test centres are closed.
Start dates, study load and assessment
- Mid-February to mid-June
- Mid-October to mid-February
Full-time – 23 hours per week
Assessment is continous throughout the course.
Information about University programmes
Before you study English for Otago papers, you should have an offer of place from the University of Otago International Office to be eligible for admission to an undergraduate or postgraduate programme.