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International FAQs

SIT’s 12,000 students come from many different backgrounds and parts of New Zealand and the world. 


Over 75 different countries from around the world are represented in our student body.  81 per cent are European, 15 per cent are Maori, 6 per cent are Asian and 3 per cent are Pacific Islander. 


Fifty-one per cent of our students are female, 49 per cent male. 


Twenty-two per cent of our students are under 20 years of age, 21 per cent are between 20 and 24, 33 per cent are between 25 and 39 and 24 per cent are over 40.

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With over 12,000 students, SIT is New Zealand’s sixth largest Institute of Technology and is a well established and respected International student destination. We have the second largest International student body in the South Island.  SIT has five campuses: our main Invercargill campus and satellite campuses in Christchurch, Gore, Queenstown and Auckland.

SIT has more than 200 programmes, ranging from short courses to Bachelor degrees, Graduate, Postgraduate and Masters study options. 


For a full list of our programmes, click here.

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SIT is a New Zealand Government Institute of Technology renowned for its innovation. 


Established in its present form in 1971, but with a history dating back to the 1880s, SIT has developed a distinctive profile in providing innovative and cutting-edge qualifications which prepare graduates for success in New Zealand and around the world. 


SIT’s 200+ qualifications have strong links to industry.  Real-life learning means you will be obtaining a qualification which employers seek and have the skills and ability to get ahead when you enter the workforce.  Our graduates go on to jobs right across New Zealand and the world. 


Expert academic staff combine with small class sizes to provide you with the attention and challenge you need to succeed in class and in your career. 


Add all that to our affordable fees24 Week English ScholarshipsJohn Wright Scholarships, two weeks accommodation on arrival, and range of international student events and activities, and you can see SIT is a unique place to study.

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SIT is a New Zealand Government Institute of Technology established under the Education Act.  It has decades of experience in preparing students for success in a range of fields. 


SIT holds quality assured status from the New Zealand Qualifications Authority and is required to undertake external evaluation reviews at regular intervals, providing assurance to all who receive education from SIT.


SIT’s programmes are accredited and approved by NZQA up to postgraduate level.  SIT has over 200 programmes, from short courses to degrees and Masters study, across a wide range of subject areas.


SIT’s degree-teaching staff are obliged to engage in research work.  Research activity is reviewed annually by NZQA.  SIT’s research outputs draw praise and endorsement from our degree monitors. 


SIT undertakes leading-edge research.  The recently completed Committed Learners project, undertaken by three SIT research staff, is a work of importance to the New Zealand tertiary education sector.  The findings have been distributed to institutes of technology throughout the country.


The SIT International team, along with key staff across SIT, are all trained in the New Zealand Government’s Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.

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