NZ Certificate in English Language (NZCEL)

Study Options



16 weeks


Level 1 Foundation - Level 5, except Auckland which is Level 4 and 5 only


EIT’s English Language Centre has established a reputation for excellence for teaching international students and new immigrants. EIT offers a range of programmes to meet your needs for general language development and for preparing you for further study.

EIT’s NZ Certificate in English Language programmes are designed to help you to “Live the Language.”  You will learn practical and academic English skills, how to communicate with people in a variety of familiar and unfamiliar contexts, work to widen vocabulary knowledge and gain confidence in using English whatever your level.

2022 Dates

EIT Hawke’s Bay – Napier

There are two entry dates per year:

  • 21 February 2022
  • 25 July 2022

Career Opportunities and Outcomes

Students who complete and pass an NZCEL programme will have earned 60 credits on a nationally recognised qualification.  For students who take the academic strand at NZCEL 3 and above, they will have access to mainstream programmes at EIT and some other NZ tertiary providers.  The options open to you will be dependent on your NZCEL level.


Entry Requirements


Study general or academic English and get a nationally recognised qualification.

Study may be classroom based or in the language lab and include offsite visits giving you the opportunity to “live the language”.

Subject areas include:

  • Reading, writing, listening and speaking skills
  • Vocabulary development
  • Options of specialisation of General/Academic subjects from Level 3 upwards

You will have access to a language laboratory, library facilities and computer suites to support your learning.  One-to-one tutorials are an integral part of the course in order for you and your tutor to monitor progress.  You can also sign up for further help at the library or with our International Mentor if required.


EIT offers a variety of scholarships across various subjects and programme levels.  Some scholarships are based on your age, some are specific to the subject you want to study.  Not all scholarships are based on your academic ability and anyone wanting to study should investigate what scholarships are available to them.  

You can find a list of EIT scholarships here however there are many more scholarships offered nationally.  Information about these is on an database called “givME”. givME is accessible at EIT or at some public libraries. If you would like to come to EIT to look through the giveME database don’t hesitate to contact or call in for a chat.