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Graduate Certificate in Academic English

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16 weeks
Start date: 20-July-2020
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The Graduate Certificate in Academic English (GCAE) provides a language and study skills bridge to postgraduate study for students with an undergraduate degree who have yet to meet English Language admission requirements. Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate, students will be eligible to enter postgraduate study at Lincoln University.

This graduate certificate is the only one of its kind offered by a New Zealand university and is a CUAP-approved qualification. Where a New Zealand university course requires an English language level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent, the Graduate Certificate provides this.

Students who study the Graduate Certificate in Academic English prepare for postgraduate study not only in English Language but also in academic skills, connecting them through their course resources to their intended areas of future study in Lincoln University’s faculties.

Prospective students who wish to enter the Graduate Certificate in Academic English but who do not yet meet the required English Language admission level may enrol in Lincoln University’s English Language Programme first.

The GCAE has start dates each month from January to November.

Entry criteria

Completion of an undergraduate degree from an accredited higher education institution in New Zealand, or an approved equivalent status (ad eundem statum).

If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that your English is good enough to study successfully at university. Lincoln University recognises achievement through a limited number of recognised tests of English Language. Below are the minimum standards for entry to the programme:

  • IELTS academic score of 6.0 overall, with no individual component less than 5.5
  • TOEFL (iBT) overall score of 60 (with at least 18 in writing)
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) and First (FCE) overall score of 169, with no individual component less than 162
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) overall score of 50 with no communicative score of less than 42
  • Lincoln University English Language LU EL 65%.


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