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International FAQs

On your first day at SIT you will sit an English pre-entry test.  The results of your test will determine which English class you are enrolled in.

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If you do not meet the English requirements for your mainstream programme at the end of 26 weeks, you can purchase extra English lessons.  Additional English tuition is NZ$2720 for half a semester, or NZ$320 a week.  We can assist with your visa renewal if required. 

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SIT’s English Language Institute offers four qualifications for students.  You can gain a Certificate in English Language at Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Upper-Intermediate or Advanced levels. 

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You may be able to work if you have IELTS 5.0 and have been provided with a Variation of Conditions on your student visa to allow you to work up to 20 hours per week. 

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If you are coming to study English Language at SIT, then you are not required to provide IELTS when applying for your student visa.

If you are applying to study a mainstream programme directly, you will need to show SIT evidence that you have met the English entry criteria for your chosen programme.  You will need to provide a recent IELTS test report or equivalent. 

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No, SIT has an internal English test which students sit before they go onto the mainstream programmes.  This test is free. 

However there are a couple of exceptions, with the main one being the Bachelor of Nursing and Diploma in Enrolled Nursing programmes where International students are required to provide IELTS 6.5 across all bands.  This is a New Zealand Nursing Council requirement that SIT must adhere to.

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To apply for an English scholarship, simply complete the standard International Student Application Form and indicate you wish to study on the English scholarship. 

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SIT offers the 26 Week English Scholarships for students who want to improve their English ability.  This allows you to study up to 26 weeks of English before going into a one year or longer mainstream programme.  Find out more here.

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