Certificate in Languages


If you are interested in languages and are studying an alternative degree programme at UC, you can do a course or two in your language of choice per year and graduate with an extra qualification.

The Certificate in Languages (CertLang) is also available to study part-time. 

Entry requirements

Admission to UC with University Entrance, or equivalent, is required to enrol for a Certificate in Languages. For information on gaining admission to UC please see how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.

Some certificates have additional entry and course requirements; please check the Regulations for the Certificate in Languages for full details.

You are also required to meet UC’s English language requirements.

Qualification structure and duration

The CertLang is made up of four language courses (a maximum of 60 points) at 100 and/or 200 level.

Typical qualification structure for Certificate in Languages

Year 1Year 2
    Language courses
Each small block represents a 15-point course. However, some courses may be 30 points or more.

Subjects and courses

You can choose up to two of the four languages offered:

There is a prescribed list of courses available to choose from. Please check the Regulations for the Certificate in Languages for an up-to-date list.

* Subject to Universities New Zealand CUAP approval, due December 2017.

How to apply

Find out how to apply for undergraduate qualifications.

More information

For the full certificate requirements see the Regulations for the Certificate in Languages. For more information on facilities, resources and staff see the College of Arts | Te Rāngai Toi Tangata.

For more information email info@canterbury.ac.nz or freephone 0800 VARSITY (827 748).

For assistance with planning your programme of study contact the Liaison Office (new students), or a College of Arts Student Advisor (advancing students).

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