Faculty of Engineering

English language requirements

The University of Auckland sets standards for English language proficiency for admission to the University for international applicants.

All applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide satisfactory evidence of their proficiency in English. As an undergraduate or postgraduate student, you can satisfy the English language requirements in a number of ways depending on your circumstances. In order to meet the requirements you must fulfil one of the options below.

Academic English Language Requirement (AELR)

n 2016, the University introduced an Academic English Language Requirement (AELR) into all its bachelors degree programmes. The aim of the AELR is to ensure you have a sufficient level of competence in academic English to support your study at University. This will not affect whether you are offered a place in a programme.

The requirement may be met on entry (depending on how you have gained University Entrance e.g. through NCEA) or it can be met through the completion of an approved course in your first 12 months of study.

You must meet the AELR if you are admitted to a University of Auckland bachelors degree programme and you are a domestic student, or an international student applying on the basis of a New Zealand secondary school qualification, or an international student applying on the basis of results at another New Zealand tertiary institution.

Applicants who have not met the AELR through their entrance qualification will be provided with advice at the time of enrolment. For further information, see www.auckland.ac.nz/aelr


Minimum entry requirements for Engineering programmes

You can use the English language tests in the table below to meet the University’s English language requirements for all Engineering programmes, undergraduate and postgraduate. You must satisfy the requirements in one sitting and results are valid for two years from the date on the test certificate.

English language test Score
IELTS (Academic) Overall score of 6.5
and all bands 6.0 or better
Internet-based TOEFL (iBT) Overall score of 90
plus a writing score of 21
Paper-based TOEFL Overall score of 575
plus essay (TWE) of 4.5
CAE CAE score of 58 or higher
No individual language skill below Borderline
CPE CPE score of 45 or higher

PTE Academic Overall score of 65
No PTE communicative skills score below 58