Faculty of Arts
Certificate in Languages
The Certificate in Languages (CertLang) is a way you can take language courses at the same time as you study for any degree (including the BA). Your language study will be recognised through the award of an additional qualification.
Learning a language can give you insight into another culture. You can also add context to your study of other subjects and increase your skill set.
You have the option of converting the courses you have passed to the Diploma in Languages (provided you have not been awarded the CertLang).
You may study one or two languages for the CertLang. Note that courses may not always be available in all languages.
Go to information about entry requirements for Arts programmes.
Limits on places
Places in the CertLang are limited to 30 students in 2013.
Priority will be given to applicants currently enrolled for a University of Auckland degree. Grade Point Average and achievement in any previous language courses will be taken account of. Graduates not currently enrolled may be considered for admission.
The CertLang is taken part-time and is equivalent to one semester of full-time study. You would normally take it concurrently with enrolment in a degree. The time you take to complete will depend on how you structure your enrolment.
|Your CertLang must include:||Courses/points|
|60 points||4 courses (15 point each)|
|One or two languages||Language courses chosen from those available for the CertLang|
|Courses at more advanced levels||Courses above Stage I: at least 2|
You have considerable flexibility as to how you structure your study. It may be possible to obtain 15 points credit towards this qualification, including a General Education course.
You will combine courses for the Certificate in Languages with study for a degree. You can study one or two languages, and half your courses must be at a more advanced level. There are many possible ways you could structure your study, depending on how long you want to take to complete.
Note that the following are examples only and there are many possible patterns of study.
Selected language courses are available for the CertLang. You must choose your courses from those listed in the schedule for the Certificate in Languages.
You must enrol in the appropriate course for your level of competency. Some language courses are for beginners, while others are for more advanced learners or native speakers. Read the course description and if necessary seek advice from an Undergraduate Adviser.
Language study involves following a progressive sequence of courses, so check course prerequisites when planning your study. You may also have to meet co requisites, ie: concurrent enrolment in two specified courses.
The University limits how many courses you can enrol in per year and per semester. You may enrol in up to 170 points in an academic year. Within this limit, you can take:
- up to 80 points in each of Semesters One and Two, and
- up to 30 points in Summer School.
Language Ability Declaration
If you want to study a modern language you must submit a Language Ability Declaration. This tells the department about your background (if any) in the language and ensures you take the right course/s. You may also need to sit a placement test.
Learn more about first time enrolment in language courses.
See our information for future undergraduates on how to apply.