At a glance

CCEL's English for Academic Purposes (EAP) - pathway courses are for students who want to improve their academic English skills for tertiary study in an English speaking country and/or gain direct entry (without IELTS) into CCEL's partner institutions, the University of Canterbury (UC) in Christchurch and Massey University Business School in Auckland.

They also prepare students for their studies at our partner UC International College (UCIC) in Christchurch. Students will need to take an NZQA-approved test for entry into UCIC.

Start dates

(EAP1) 25 February 2019 : (EAP2) 25 March 2019 : (EAP1&2) 24 June 2019 : (EAP1&2) 14 October 2019

Course length

12 weeks

Hours per week

20 hours per week in class + 5 hours of workshops (*class size of workshops is 14+) and 5 hours of online study per week

Levels available

Intermediate to Advanced

Course fees

2 - 11 weeks: $460 per week | 12+ weeks: $460 per week

An additional enrolment and materials fee applies.

Find out more

CCEL Auckland and CCEL Christchurch

What you will learn

  • Academic reading and writing skills
  • Academic vocabulary
  • Skills for understanding lectures
  • Skills for giving presentations
  • Skills for participating in academic discussions


Minimum entry levels apply. Placement in an English for Academic Purposes course will depend on level assessment. Please contact us for entry requirements. The CCEL level assessment can be taken overseas before arriving in New Zealand.


Course assessment is continuous throughout EAP1 and EAP2 and includes tests, assessed presentations and academic essays. EAP1 students on a pathway to UCIC, also need to pass an approved entry test. Please note the cost for this test is not included in the fees.