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The English Language Academy (ELA)
Level 5, 67 Symonds Street, Auckland
(University of Auckland's City Campus)

This is a department of University of Auckland

The English Language Academy (ELA) is part of the University of Auckland, which is ranked in the world’s top 100 universities and the highest-ranked university in New Zealand.*

The ELA provides a range of English Language programmes including General English, Academic English, Business English, group courses, teacher training, and IELTS preparation courses.

Our courses provide a seamless pathway for students progressing to further tertiary study or if they want to improve their English proficiency.

*QS World University Rankings 2019



Why study at the ELA? 
Global reputation: Choose to study at the English language school of the University of Auckland, a world top 100 university and the leading university in New Zealand.

Facilities and support: We have a dedicated student services team offering pastoral care and accommodation support. A Study Centre open 6 days a week and study labs with computing facilities equipped with learning technology. We also provide help with arriving in Auckland and finding accommodation. We have weekly exciting social, sporting, and cultural activities

International connections: Meet, make friends and learn English with people from around the world. Each year the ELA welcomes students from over 35 countries into our English language courses.

Teaching excellence: Learn from highly qualified and experienced teachers.The ELA employs experienced teachers with degrees and TESOL qualifications, who are all dedicated to helping you reach your goals. ELA teachers use a communicative language teaching approach, where interaction and communication are the main aims of study. Lessons involve active learning through pair and group work, in which teachers facilitate communication and provide you with every opportunity to practice your language skills.

Direct pathways into New Zealand’s top tertiary institutions: Meet the English language requirements for entry to programmes at the University of Auckland and some other New Zealand tertiary institutions.

English language testing: We are an accredited IELTS and PTE Academic testing centre. 

Key information

  • Male and Female

    Male and Female

  • 400

    Total number of students

  • 400

    International students

More about The English Language Academy (ELA)

  • University of Auckland


  • Classroom


  • Classroom


  • Academic support

    Academic support

  • Pastoral Support

    Pastoral Support

  • ELA


  • ELA


  • Mission Bay

    Mission Bay

  • Studying


  • Students


  • ELA group of students

    ELA group of students

  • Accredited IELTS and PTE Academic/Pearson Vue testing centre
  • Dedicated Student Services team offering pastoral care
  • Help with arriving in Auckland and finding accommodation
  • Exciting social, sporting, and cultural activities
  • CELTA and TKT teacher training courses available 



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