About Us

The ELA is the English language school of the University of Auckland, which is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities and the highest-ranked university in New Zealand. Each year more than 2,000 students from over 35 countries around the world choose to learn English either in person at our university campus or online. We have a team of experienced and qualified teaching professionals who are committed to developing your individual language learning needs.

Our English language courses include:

The ELA is also an official IELTS, PTE Academic and Pearson VUE test centre. 

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Why Choose the ELA to Improve your English?

  • The English Language Academy is part of the University of Auckland which is one of the world's top 100 universities and the leading university in New Zealand

  • Meet your direct entry requirements to the University of Auckland and other top tertiary institutions with our University Pathways Courses

  • Learn from highly qualified and experienced teachers through a communicative language teaching approach

  • Flexible study options mean you can choose to study a range of Academic, Pathway and General English courses from home, before travelling to New Zealand for university studies 

  • Exciting regular social events, both on-campus and online

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Excellence in English Education




The ELA provides provide a seamless pathway for students progressing to further tertiary study with 10 or 20 week direct entry programmes.

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We have a dedicated student services team offering pastoral care and accommodation support.

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   Online Activities 


 Online Activities

Enhance your English study with regular online social events including virtual homestay visits, University of Auckland campus tours, and more.

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Test Centre

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Test Centre

Top class facilities offering year-round IELTS, Pearson VUE and PTE Academic testing for your residency or university visa needs

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New at the ELA

We are happy to share good news from our Exam Centre. Under the Orange setting of the Protection Framework, we can restart offering exams onsite at the ELA. From Saturday 15th January 2022 we will again be running PTE and IELTS tests. In line with the University of Auckland's policies, all candidates must be vaccinated or exempt, use the COVID Tracer App when on campus, and follow infection control and health measures in place to keep everybody safe.
The ELA will be closed from 24th December 2021 and reopen on 10th January 2022. Enrolments received during this time will be processed in the week of 10th January. Our pastoral care and emergency services will continue to be available for our students during the holiday period. Wishing you a peaceful end to 2021 and prosperity in 2022.  
Yesterday the NZ government has announced a staged reopening of our borders next year. This is very welcome news. Fully vaccinated individuals will be able to travel to NZ from 30 April 2022, possibly staged by visa category and with certain requirements.

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