University of Auckland Language Standalone Program

Language Standalone
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
Single Term

About the Program

In the beautiful harbor city of Tamaki Makaurau/Auckland, the University of Auckland is the highest ranked New Zealand university. Founded in 1883, the university is the country’s largest, with over 40,000 students, and a pre-eminent research-led institution. Gifted with the new Maori name Waipapa Taumata Rau, this is a place where diverse world views are shared and lifelong journeys of inquiry, learning, and service begin.

On sunny North Island, Auckland is NZ's largest, highest ranked university

8 faculties, 2 research institutes, and multidiscipline specialist centers

City, beach, and countryside adventures all minutes from each other

Explore NZ culture, from Māori heritage to its history of extreme sports

Program Advisor

Student Counselor SAFFY
Your Student Counselor is your study abroad ambassador and supporter. They join your application journey when you’ve confirmed you’re interested in studying abroad. At this point, they guide you through each stage of the application, notify you of the documents you need, let you know when your admission results are in, and walk you through the next steps, including class enrollment and organizing pre-arrival tests.
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At a Glance

Language of Instruction:
Language Prerequisite Level:
Academic Level:
Academic Strengths:
Biological & Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Business, Economics & Finance, Computer Science, Engineering
Visa Required:

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I made several good friends during my stay in the host university. Basically, it was a really fascinating and exhilarating experience that I would really want to have more. 

University of Auckland SAF Alumni

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About the University

University of Auckland

New Zealand’s largest and highest ranked university in the QS World Rankings, University of Auckland grew out of its 1883 college of 95 students and four professors to nurture, inspire, and transform tens of thousands of students each year from across New Zealand, Asia-Pacific, and the world. Auckland Uni was the birthplace of programming language R, popular with statisticians and data scientists, and enjoyed economy research and lectures led by Phillips-curve founder William Phillips, the influential economist. Still today teachers at University of Auckland create a vibrant atmosphere in both on- and offline lectures and classes, encouraging active participation and lively discussion that drives students towards success and deepens respect for the essence of what makes people different.

Learn more at the University of Auckland's official website


University of Auckland's Academic Approach

The University of Auckland conducts teaching and learning in eight faculties, two large-scale research institutes, and specialist centers that enable cross-disciplinary research.

Home to the largest and most highly ranked science faculty in New Zealand and one of the best law schools in the world, it is also a respected center for creativity, research, teaching, and practice across a wide range of disciplines.

Even digitally, you study with faculty who promise an unconditional commitment to quality teaching and research in topics that are forward-focused and relevant to your future career.


  • SAF students will be taking classes from General English program.
  • Students are tested on the first day of the program to determine the level of classes for registration.
  • The courses focus on improving student’s ability to communicate in English in social and work situations. Students will also gain English proficiency required for further academic studies at the university level.
  • The curriculum is comprised of classes in speaking, listening, reading, and writing tasks. Students learn these language skills through various class activities, individual, in pairs and in a group.
  • For students who enter at the intermediate level or above, they can choose an elective class in Communication skills, Business English, and IELTS preparation.
  • Enrollment hours: 20 class hours per week

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

Application Requirements

When applying to study abroad, you must meet the entry requirements set by the host university—and SAF is here to set you up for success.

The requirements outlined in this section include the language proficiency scores you may need to demonstrate your language skills, a guide to the GPA range and other academic prerequisites required by your host university, and a list of documentation and other application materials you will need to finalize your application. You may need to supply additional information throughout the process, and you will be alerted through your emails and SAF Student Portal if this is the case for you.
  • Language Proficiency
  • Academics & GPA
  • Application Documents & Materials

Language Test Score Requirements

It is highly recommend that students have met the English language proficiency level that is equivalent to the following test scores at the time of application. If a student does not have an official language report, they will be tested on their first day of class to determine the class level. However, if the student is tested into a lower level than the scores provided below, they will not be able to join the program.

IELTS: 3.5


CEFR Level A1

Learn More About Language Requirements

Program Dates

When studying abroad, you will want to consider the time of year and how long you are away. Most programs follow the host university's academic calendar.

The dates shown below are general estimates, and as you get closer to the start of the term, you will get more detailed information from SAF. If you have any questions, your Student Counsellor and Program Specialist are always here to support you and point you to the correct information.

Housing Information



The SAF homestay program fee covers a homestay with a friendly, local family. You may share the living space, kitchen, and laundry facilities, which is the perfect opportunity to practice your language skills.

*Housing is subject to availability. For specific questions regarding housing please contact SAF.

Student Health & Safety

We champion health, safety, and security. As part of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad organization, we’ve set the standard for health and safety in study abroad for decades. Regardless of your type of study, we have your back and support your health and safety in the virtual world, too.
24/7 Emergency Phone Support

Total coverage to support you throughout your enrollment

Program-Specific Information

Heath and safety information prepared based on your program

Help In Your Language

Highly trained multilingual staff to connect you to wellbeing services

Dedicated Expertise

Protection by a Dean of Students Office that advocates for your interests


Admissions Support

We guide you through your digital admission process and help you interact with your intended university

Exclusive Welcome

Meet your tutors, SAF Staff, fellow SAF Scholars at the beginning of your study abroad virtual experience

Connect With Classmates

We arrange digital social activities and cultural events, so you meet other SAF Scholars and local students

Get Digital

We get you set up and settled into your secure digital learning campus, so you’re confident in your new

Beyond The Classroom

The pre-course tailored virtual orientation encourages you to get the most of your digital overseas study experience

Advising and Support

The process of studying abroad could quickly feel overwhelming, but we have been doing this for decades and do everything we can to support you through it. 

Many SAF staff are alumni and have walked this path. They have real-life experience to draw on as they advise and support you through every step of our comprehensive services. They’re in your corner, taking care of all the details and explaining what you need to do next.

Take the first step in your study abroad journey by scheduling a consultation with your closest Student Counselor. You can discuss your for-credit academic courses and language programs and explore internships, research programs, and study tours. When you know what you want to do, we guide you through the pre-program steps, help you arrange your visa and transport, and finalize your accommodation or digital experience.

Get To Know Our Application Process

From academics to visa requirements, our structured process helps you choose the right program and university for your goals. Complete a strong application, and prepare for success abroad.

Personalize Your Study Abroad Plan With Your SAF Counselor

Each student has unique academic goals for a study abroad experience. As you think about studying abroad, your SAF Counselor will help you plan for success and support you every step of the way.

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Why Travel With SAF?

Studying abroad is an unforgettable experience, one that stays with you in your career, your contacts, your future. It can define you. At any of our prestigious university partners, you can build personalized for-credit programs that can last up to a whole year.

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