New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 2)



Up to 17 weeks full-time; part-time options available

On campus 

February and July
  • Location
    Study breaks
  • Dunedin
    22 February 2021
  • Dunedin
    19 July 2021

Want to improve your English skills?

Study English at Otago Polytechnic to prepare for further study, make new friends and experience New Zealand culture.

When you study with us you will:

  • learn English from teachers who are very patient and understanding.
  • work in small groups to practise your speaking.
  • meet native speakers and listen to guest speakers.
  • gain study skills through self-directed learning and group work.

This Certificate is for speakers who can use basic English in everyday settings but want to improve their English for study or work. It is a nationally-recognised qualification. It can lead to academic study at Otago Polytechnic, or you can use it to transfer to other study institutes in New Zealand.

Entry requirements
  • We will test you and place you at the right level when you arrive. You may not be enrolled into the Certificate level that you apply for. 
  • International students need a visa to study with us for more than three months. 
What you will learn

When you complete this programme you will be able to:

  • take part in conversations and understand simple instructions and descriptions in English
  • listen to and understand simple texts 
  • begin to read simple texts
  • write a text that is easy to understand 
Your workload
  • 20 hours a week in class, guided by your teacher
  • 10-14 hours a week for self-directed study
Additional Costs

You will need to buy the course textbook at the start of your course. This will be available from your lecturer for a discounted price of $60.00. 

Next step

Study the New Zealand Certificate in English Language (Level 3) to keep improving your English.

Student loans and allowances

Student loans and allowances are for domestic students only. For information about student loans and allowances please visit the Studylink website. It is important to apply for your student loan/allowance at the same time as you apply for this programme, due to the length of time Studylink take to process. Loan/allowance applications can be cancelled at any time if you decide to withdraw your programme application or if it is unsuccessful.  

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