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International Student Application Guidelines

The academic entry guidelines stated below are only a guide for applicants; each application will be assessed on a case by case basis.  Please also check the programme entry requirements for any other criteria you may need to meet. 

If you do not meet the entry requirements, remember that you can enrol in one of SIT’s specialist foundation programmes on campus or from your home country.

Country Diploma programmes
Equivalent to New Zealand Year 12
Bachelor programmes
Equivalent to New Zealand Year 13
Argentina 1 st Division Pass in Titulo de Bachillerato Successful completion of one year tertiary study
Australia Successful completion of year 12 Successful completion of year 12
Brazil Certificado de Ensino Médio Successful completion of one year tertiary study
Brunei Brunei/Cambridge GCE O level with pass in four subjects or equivalent Brunei/Cambridge GCE A levels (with a minimum of 2xE grade academic subjects) or equivalent
Chile Licencia de Educacion Media Successful completion of one year tertiary study from recognised university
China High school graduates High school graduates
Colombia Completion of Bachillerato/Diploma de Bachiller Successful completion of one year tertiary study
Fiji Fiji School Leaving Certificate with passes in four subjects including Maths and English Fiji form 7 with an aggregate over four relevant subjects of 250 out of 400 (including min. 50% English) or successful completion of the USP Foundation Studies Programme or equivalent
Germany Mittlere Reife Realshlabschluss Abitur or Zeugnis der Allgemeinen
Hong Kong HK Certificate of Education (HKCEE) Three subjects in the GCE A or HK A levels with one subject in a minimum C grade
India 60% average across 4 academic subjects (excluding Hindi or local language). English mark should be a minimum of 60% 75% average across 4 academic subjects (excluding Hindi or local language). 
Indonesia Successful completion of SMU, SMK,SMA. Successful completion of one year tertiary study from a recognised institution.
Japan Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho Successful completion of one year of tertiary study from a recognised tertiary institution
Korea High School Diploma High School Diploma + one year successful study at a recognised institution
Malaysia SPM or CUE STPM or MICSS
Nepal Higher Secondary Certificate in 1st Division Successful completion of one year tertiary study in 1st Division from a recognised university
New Caledonia Baccalaureate with minimum grade 10 Baccalaureate with minimum grade 12

Pacific Islands

(not Fiji)

Successful completion of PSSC with a minimum grade 4 Successful completion of a University preparatory programme
Peru Completion of the Certificado de Educacion Secundaria Comun Completa Successful completion of one year tertiary study
Philippines Successful completion of high School, or a pass in the University Admission Test.     Successful completion of one year tertiary study from a recognised institution
Russia Certificate of Secondary Education Successful completion of one year tertiary study from a recognised institution
Samoa Completion of high school Successful completion of one year tertiary study
Singapore GCE O Level in four subjects GCE A Levels with passes in three subjects
Sri Lanka Sri Lankan GCE O level with a minimum C grade pass in four subjects Sri Lankan GCE A level with passes in three subjects with minimum grade C
South Africa Senior Certificate Senior/Matriculation Certificate with a minimum aggregate of C with English as a first language
Thailand Matayom 6 (with grade point average of 2.5) Matayom 6 (with a grade point average of 3.5) or successful completion of one year
Tonga Successful completion of year 12 (6th form) Tertiary study at a recognised institution
United Kingdom GCE O level or equivalent Successful completion of year 13 (7th form) GCE A Level
United States of America High School Diploma with a C grade average up to grade 12 level High School Diploma with C grade average + SAT I and SAT II score of minimum 500/part or Advanced Placement Examination
Vietnam Secondary School Graduation/National University Entrance/Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc Examination with a score of 5.0 or above Tot Nghiep Pho Thong Trung Hoc + successful completion of one year tertiary study at a recognised institution

International Students Application

The Southern Institute of Technology International Application Form is available as an Adobe PDF file.

Enrolling as an international student at SIT

It’s easy to enrol at SIT as an international student.  Simply follow these six easy steps to start your journey towards a world class future with SIT. If you are a New Zealand Permanent Resident or Australian citizen please follow the domestic student application process

All documents must be in English or translated into English AND verified by an education agency or registered Justice of the Peace/Notary Public

1. Choose your programme

You can find information on and choose from over 216 programmes here. If you have any questions about your preferred programme, feel free to contact us.

2. Complete an international student application form

You can find the form here (Adobe PDF file). Please write clearly in English.

3. Attach the required documents

Make sure you include copies of your:

  • Passport or birth certificate
  • Recent IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent English proficiency test results (if available), as approved by NZQA
  • Transcripts and academic achievements with English translations (if applicable)

You may also need to provide the following information (check the requirements of your particular programme from our website):

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Letter of intent telling us why you wish to study your chosen programme
  • Character or work references
  • Portfolio or business plan.

All documents must be in English or translated into English AND verified by an education agency or registered Justice of the Peace/Notary Public

4. Send it to us

The easiest way is to send it by email to applications@sit.ac.nz

You can also send it to us by fax or post  

Once we receive your application, we will assess it and advise one of the following outcomes:

All entry criteria met including English > We will issue you with a full Offer of Place (OOP) > You can apply for a Student Visa

All entry criteria met except English > We will issue you with a Conditional Offer of Place (COOP) > You can apply for a Student Visa once you have met our English conditions

Entry criteria not met > We may request further evidence, suggest an alternate study programme or decline your application

5. Apply for a student visa

If your application is successful, we will send you an Offer of Place and an invoice.  Use these documents to apply for your student visa.  For assistance with the student visa application process, refer to our helpful visa guide. You can find your nearest Immigration New Zealand branch here.

6. Tell us when you will arrive

Once your visa is Approved in Principle you then pay your fees and book your flights.  Advise us of your arrival details and we will book your airport pickup, insurance and first two weeks accommodation – all at no additional cost!

That's it!

That’s it: six easy steps towards the future of your dreams.  Our team is ready to receive your application.  Don’t delay as many of our programmes fill quickly.

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