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Intensive English

Two modules are included within the 24-hours per week lesson schedule:

  • Core and IELTS Academic English
  • Project-based English

Core and IELTS Academic English

This module works on skills development with a strong focus on examination skills. Students spend 16 hours each week developing their English language usage, language structure, vocabulary, reading, listening and writing skills using a set topic. The module includes:
– Receptive skills: Listening and Reading
– Productive skills: Writing and Speaking
– Core language skills: Vocabulary, Grammar and Pronunciation

Project-based English

Students spend eight hours each week using the skills they learned in the above module to develop a weekly presentation, which may include:

-Newspaper production
-Video creation
-Podcast creation
-Public speaking

Elective module

Available to students at Academic Level 2 or higher, the Elective module develops English proficiency in a variety of contexts. Students spend an additional six hours a week practising their English skills on a broad range of topics. This is useful for students planning to continue their academic studies after reaching the required English level.

UP International College
English Studies Academic Level    
IELTS Equivalent


Level 1 IELTS 4.0
Level 2 IELTS 4.5
Level 3 IELTS 5.0
Level 4 IELTS 5.5
Level 5 IELST 6.0

Subject to sufficient enrolment

Entry dates: Every Monday* (the school operates year round)
Course length:
 1–48 weeks
Hours of tuition:
 24 hours per week
 Minimum age of 12

*or Tuesday if Monday is a public holiday

UP International College assessment

Placement test

All new students take a 90-minute placement test as part of our Orientation programme to determine which level you start in.

Promotion test

This tests covers listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, speaking and writing, and is given twice each cycle. If you gain high marks in all skill areas, you may be promoted to the next curriculum level.

Achievement test

Held in the final week of each cycle, this test covers listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and writing. If you successfully complete all skill areas, you may be promoted to the next curriculum level.

UP International College English Language Test

Available to students throughout the year, this test assesses language proficiency using content independent of the course. Successful students are guaranteed entry to the University of Auckland Certificate in Foundation Studies, the AUT University Certificate in Foundation Studies and Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Studies Programme.

The test has three parts:

  • Listening, consisting of an IELTS-type listening test
  • English usage, with 50 questions
  • Writing, consisting of an academic essay at pre-university level

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