English Requirements

English Language Requirements

 Test/QualificationAll UCIC Programmes

English language proficiency tests recognised for admission to UCIC


Score must be achieved in a single test. Combining results from multiple tests is not acceptable





IELTS (Academic)Overall 5.5. All band scores minimum of 5.0
TOEFL Internet based test (iBT)Score of 46 with a minimum writing score of 14
Cambridge English Qualifications -B2 First or B2 First for schoolsScore of 162. No less than 154 in each skill.
OET (Occupational English Test)Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests
NZCEL - New Zealand Certificate in English Language

Foundation Studies - Level 3 (Applied)

UTP programmes - Level 4 (General) or (Employment)

Pearson Test of English (Academic)Score of 42 with no band score lower than 36

Foundation Studies - B2 Communicator International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

UTP programmes - B2 Communicator International ESOL Written (LRW) HIGH PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

Trinity ISE

Foundation Studies - ISE II with no less than pass in any band

UTP programmes - ISE II with no less than merit in any band

NCEA Level 3 with University EntranceQualification completed and awarded
Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA)Qualification completed and awarded
International BaccalaureateQualification completed and awarded. (Teaching and assessment must have been conducted in English).
Cambridge International A Level QualificationPassing grade in one A Level Examination. (Teaching and assessment of this subject must have been conducted in English).
Schooling completed in English languageStudent who have completed either (1) all years of primary education and three years of secondary education OR (2) completed five years of secondary education - in one of the following countries New Zealand, Australia, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States, Canada and South Africa may be exempted from the English language test requirements outlined above. To be granted the exemption, a student must provide a letter from their school confirming the dates of their enrolment and the language of instruction at the school.

Don't Meet the English Requirements?

If you don't meet the English language requirements then you may wish to enrol in an intensive English language course. The Christchurch College of English Language (CCEL) is based on campus at the University of Canterbury and offer a range of programmes that pathway students direct to UCIC and the University of Canterbury. For more information on English language programmes contact us at admissions@ucic.ac.nz

English Language Programmes

Please contact UCIC Admissions for further details on available English language programmes.

Other Requirements

Academic Requirements

Enrolment Conditions