Study English language: AUT English Pathway Programme (AUTEPP)

If your English is at an intermediate level or above, you can study English language through the AUT English Pathway Programme (AUTEPP) and enrol in an academic English course or IELTS preparation course at AUT in Auckland’s central business district. You can progress through these courses to prepare yourself for studying AUT university programmes.

These English language courses have fixed start and finish dates.

To enrol you need to be at least 18 years of age.

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AUT academic English course

The AUT academic English course offers a direct path for students with a conditional offer from AUT for most undergraduate or postgraduate studies. You will develop essential academic skills needed to succeed in your AUT programme. Meeting the academic requirements for your chosen AUT programme remains essential.

Course details

2024 dates for the AUT academic English course

  • 25 March 2024 - 14 June 2024
  • 15 July 2024 - 4 October 2024
  • 14 October 2024 - 24 January 2025

Course dates are subject to change.

Duration of the AUT academic English course

  • 12 weeks
  • Full-time (23 hours per week)

2024 costs for the AUT academic English course

  • NZ $6580 for the Academic English Course (12 weeks)
  • NZ $202.50 insurance for the 12-week full-time course

Fees include:

  • AUT student association membership
  • GST (Government Goods and Services Tax)
  • AUT student card
  • Student service levy

Fees are subject to change.

To be eligible, you need to have a minimum 5.5 IELTS overall score, 5.5 in both Reading & Writing, 5.0 in Listening & Speaking, or an equivalent English Proficiency Test.

You can find the IELTS equivalent table in our information on English language requirements

It’s important to note that some health and education programmes require IELTS, and you can apply to our IELTS preparation course.

IELTS preparation course (full-time)

The IELTS preparation course is designed for students with a conditional offer from AUT who need IELTS to progress in the chosen programme. You will develop your English language skills for the IELTS test and your study skills for academic study at AUT. You can progress through the different levels.

Course details

2024 dates for the IELTS preparation course at AUT

  • 25 March 2024 - 14 June 2024
  • 15 July 2024 - 4 October 2024
  • 14 October 2024 - 24 January 2025

Duration of the IELTS preparation course

  • 12 weeks

2024 costs for the IELTS preparation course

  • NZ $6280 for the full-time IELTS preparation course (12 weeks)
  • NZ $202.50 insurance for the 12-week full-time course

Fees include:

  • AUT student association membership
  • GST (Government Goods and Services Tax)
  • AUT student card
  • Student services levy

Fees are subject to change.

To enrol in the IELTS preparation course you need:

  • IELTS overall 5.0 minimum

How to apply AUT’s English language programmes

To enrol in AUT’s academic English course or IELTS preparation course you need to:

  1. Complete the Application Form and return it to:
  2. Your Application Form will be processed by the Admissions team, and if you are successful, an Offer of Place will be sent. You will need to pay your fees as per the Proforma Invoice which is sent with your offer
  3. Accept your Offer of Place by signing the Offer and returning it to autadmissions@aut.ac.nz
  4. Once the invoice is paid, you will receive a receipt of payment and can apply for your student visa
  5. Apply for your student visa as early as possible to allow at least 8 weeks for processes

New Zealand public holidays

There are no classes on the days below as it’s a public holiday in New Zealand:

  • 1 January 2024 - New Year’s Day
  • 2 January 2024 - Day after New Year’s Day
  • 6 February 2024 - Waitangi Day
  • 29 March 2024 - Good Friday
  • 1 April 2024 - Easter Monday
  • 2 April 2024 - Easter Tuesday
  • 25 April 2024 - ANZAC Day
  • 3 June 2024 - King’s Birthday
  • 28 June 2024 - Matariki
  • 28 October 2024 - Labour Day

AUT closes for the Christmas and New Year holiday period. The dates are to be confirmed, once it’s announced, you’ll see the update on this webpage.

Contact us

Email academicenglish@aut.ac.nz

Location of our English language programmes:
Level 1, WU Building
AUT City Campus
46 Wakefield Street, Auckland 1010

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