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English for Otago (EFO)

Enter the University of Otago through our EFO programme

To help students to achieve their goal of studying at Otago, the University of Otago Language Centre offers a pathway for students to meet the English language requirements for undergraduate or postgraduate study.

The English for Otago course meets the undergraduate or postgraduate English language requirements for admission to the University of Otago.

English for Otago also provides excellent preparation for academic study at the University of Otago.

There are two courses available - one for undergraduate students and one for postgraduate-level students.

The courses start in February and October for both undergraduate and postgraduate levels.


English For Otago flyer 2019.pdf


English for Otago may suit:

  • Students who already have a conditional offer from the University of Otago and are required to improve their English
  • Students who have an unconditional offer from the University of Otago and who have not studied at a New Zealand tertiary institution.


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.

Please contact the International Office for details:


Admission to English for Otago

This is an intensive course requiring a high entry standard.

Students are required to pass the entrance test in order to enter English for Otago or have achieved the following results within 6 months before the start date of the course.


Entrance requirements (if not sitting the EFO entrance test):



Entrance Requirement

Undergraduate programme


5.5 (no band below 5.0)


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

Postgraduate programme


6.0 (no band below 5.5)


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


Level 4

APIEL (Advanced Placement International English Language) Examination

Grade 3

GCE A-Level General Paper (English)

Grade C or higher

International Baccalaureate


Frequently Asked Questions


For questions regarding admission to undergraduate or postgraduate programmes please refer to:

University of Otago International Office

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