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Bachelor of Arts (BA) majoring in Te Reo Maori

This course is available


Level of Study

Bachelor's Degree


3 years

Next start date

Expected Jul 2024


University of Canterbury


The Bachelor of Arts is a highly flexible degree that allows a wide range of choices from major and minor subjects or specialisation pathways, as well as courses from other degrees.

Te Reo Maori: Studying this language enables people to explore their identity as New Zealanders and to pass on their passion for Aotearoa to others.

Overview: Learning Te Reo Maori enables people to explore their identity as New Zealanders and to pass on their passion for this language to others. Te Reo Maori is a highly recommended study option for those who might work with Indigenous people or industries, or in education, public, or communications roles that require bicultural and multicultural competency.

What will my study involve:

Develop your reo skills and learn about language revitalisation, bilingual/immersion education, reo history, and contemporary language. Take part in wananga reo (language immersion field trips) to local marae. Be a part of our whanau at Aotahi: School of Maori and Indigenous Studies with support and guidance in and out of classes. Complete a minor in Te Reo Maori within many bachelor’s degrees to combine language skills with your other study interests.

Career Opportunities:Careers are opening up with the increasing role of Maori as a defining element of our national culture. Te Reo Maori skills are sought after in health, media, government, tourism, social services, and many other industries. Career pathways could include: community leadership journalism heritage and cultural organisations interpreting and translation.

Entry criteria

Applicants must have completed New Zealand University Entrance through NCEA; or Cambridge International Examinations (CIE); or International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) or any other equivalent overseas qualification.

Applicants must also satisfy our English language entry requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic): Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • TOEFL (IBT): Total minimum score of 80, with at least 19 in reading, writing and listening. Please note UC only accepts TOEFL iBT scores from a single test date, not My Best scores.
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English - Academic): PTE with an overall score of 50 and no PTE communicative skills score below 42.
  • CAE or CPE: Minimum score of 169 with at least 162 in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  • CCEL EAP: Level 2 with a minimum C+ grade.
  • Language Cert: B2 Communicator (LRWS) overall with High Pass.

Applications after the deadline date (8 December) will be considered if places are available.

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