General English


The General English course offers an exciting opportunity for people from around the world to learn everyday English in an English-speaking environment. The programme has a general focus suitable for students who need English for everyday contexts or for students preparing to enter the Academic English programme.

Why choose a General English language programme?

The programme includes core language skills and vocabulary, fluency and accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

You can study the General English programme from a minimum of three weeks, up to six months. Classes are offered from elementary to advanced levels, and can be full-time (23 hours per week) or part-time (15 hours per week). Intakes start every second Monday, unless stated below.

Placement test

If you do not provide evidence of an external examination you will sit an English language placement test during the first week to assess your entry level with the option of further testing to move up to higher levels.

Upon completion

You will receive a University of Waikato College Certificate of Attendance. Individual graded reports are also available.


Visit the University of Waikato website to apply for this programme.

Courses will be delivered by Navitas NZ Limited (formerly named Study Group NZ Limited) on behalf of the University of Waikato.