University of Auckland Virtual English Language Standalone Program

Language Standalone
Globally Recognized
Delivery Method:
Single Term

About the Program

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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.

The top NZ university with a global reputation for quality teaching

6th for impact and pursuing sustainability with research and teaching

Staff have won awards for their quality of teaching and supervision

The country’s highest concentration of top-ranked researchers

Program Advisor

Saffy Winter
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

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Academic Strengths:
Biological & Physical Sciences, Chemistry, Business, Economics & Finance, Computer Science, Engineering

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Chloe Teoh

I found myself drawn to the unique teaching and learning methods that I might never have the chance to experience again.

SAF Alumni

Chloe Teoh

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.

Explore Beyond the Classroom

SAF Beyond the Classroom is a collection of services provided to students enrolled in virtual courses with SAF. Join weekly virtual classes exclusively available to SAF students to enhance your online coursework experience.

Participate in:

  • Weekly discussion groups
  • Virtual campus tours
  • SAF-only university-hosted private virtual events
  • Western culture experiences
  • Expert lectures
  • Career advice
  • Trivia nights
  • …and more

Students who successfully complete an SAF program receive a program completion certificate from SAF, alongside their Western universities completion certificates, and potentially can receive support in obtaining any recommendation letters from their professors.


Your classes are a mix of offline activities, such as discussion forum posting, and live interactive Zoom sessions on coursework topics with your tutors. Zoom sessions can be one-to-one or small group tutorials.

You attend 10 live synchronous sessions each week in a foundation skills class and an elective class. Your tutor sets tasks, checks back in, divides you into break-out rooms, and provides feedback and explanations. You also practice with other students.

This course has four levels: EAP Intro, EAP1, EAP 2, EAP3. Each level has two sessions of lessons every day:

  • EAP Intro: Academic English (session 1) + IELTS or university study skills (session 2)
  • EAP1: Academic English (session 1) + IELTS or university preparation skills (session 2)
  • EAP 2: Academic English (session 1) + IELTS or university preparation skills (session 2)
  • EAP3: Academic English (session 1) + IELTS or university preparation skills (session 2)

 If you wish to improve your IELTS band scores, you may choose:

  • Academic English (session 1) + IELTS (session 2)
  • Take an IELTS test upon completion of the course at ELA's official IELTS Test Centre.

 If you wish to improve your English for future tertiary studies, you may choose:

  • Academic English (session 1) + university preparation skills (session 2)

You will need to take the ELA online placement test on the first day of class. You also need to submit a writing task and have an individual speaking test via Zoom with a tutor. You will then be classed and emailed all the information as needed to log in to your virtual classes.

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

There are no requirements to join this program. A language test when you arrive determines your skill level.

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.

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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