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New Zealand

International Education


Vocational Education and Training at the Southern Institute of Technology New Zealand

Southern Institute of Technology has a proud history of vocational education and training. Established as Southland Polytechnic over 30 years ago and more recently known as Southern Institute of Technology, we provide students with quality education across a range of subject areas and at a variety of levels.

Many of our programmes staircase to higher level qualifications at SIT and other institutions in New Zealand and throughout the world. We are constantly developing these relationships to ensure that our graduates have maximum mobility.

Small classes, interactive learning and a mixture of theory and practice will characterise your study at SIT.  Our learning environment has up-to-date technology and equipment, with 24 hour access to computer facilities. The caf and courtyard provide an ideal social facility to mix with friends and colleagues.  There are also a number of social activities organized throughout the year for your enjoyment.

The southern-most Institute of Technology in the world, SIT is nestled at the bottom of New Zealand's South Island in the city of Invercargill.  SIT specialises in English language study, applied learning and vocational training and has been the leading provider of tertiary education in Southland since its establishment in 1971.

Accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, Southern Institute of Technology offers a variety of degree, diploma and certificate programmes with flexible learning times, modern facilities and small class sizes, designed to meet students' needs and empower learners.  SIT offers you a quality education in a safe, caring environment.

Southern Institute of Technology has also established links with international education providers to enhance understanding and share ideas, including:

  • Holland College, Prince Edward Island, Canada (internationally recognised for its expertise in competency based education).
  • Rissho University, Kumagaya, Japan
  • Various tertiary institutions in Australia and Thailand.

SIT is just three minutes walk from Invercargill's city centre - the third biggest city in the South Island with a population of about 50,000.  It's a friendly campus with strong student support networks and an emphasis on encouraging each student to reach their full potential when they study.

Invercargill, the commercial heart of Southland, is a flat spacious city it's easy to find your way around and enjoy a variety of shopping, cafes, and entertainment.  Accommodation and living costs are considerably less than in New Zealand's major cities.  Enjoy the special welcome only Southlanders can offer you.  Best of all, it's surrounded by some of New Zealand's most spectacular tourist destinations from the energy and adventure of Queenstown to the tranquillity and undisturbed beauty of Fiordland.  It's the ideal location in which to study.

Programmes for International Students

>We welcome your inquiries about our programmes available for international students.  The programmes range across all our Faculties and include Certificate, Diploma and Degree courses.

>School of Design & Visual Arts

Certificate in Visual Arts

Diploma in Computer Graphic Design

Diploma in Professional Photography

Southern School of Construction

Diploma in Architectural Technology

National Certificate in Joinery - Introduction

National Certificate in Joinery - Cabinetry

Certificate in Solid Wood Processing

Certificate in carpentry Pre Trade

School of Computing

Bachelor of Information Technology

Diploma in Business Computing

Diploma in Electronic Multimedia

Certificate in Call Centre Operations

National Certificate in Business Administration & Computing

National Certificate in Computing

School of Business

Master of Electronic Commerce

Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise

Certificate in Business

Diploma in Management

Accounting Technicians CertificateNZ Diploma in Business

Bachelor of Commerce

Diploma in Aviation - Fixed Wing

Diploma in Aviation - Rotary Wing

School of Social Services

National Certificate in Social Services

School of Mechanical Engineering

National Certificate in Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering - Basic Mechanical Engineering Trade Skills

National Certificate in Manufacturing & Mechanical Engineering - Fabrication/Welding

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

School of Applied Life Sciences

Diploma in Environmental Management

National Certificate in Veterinary Nursing

National Certificate in Horticulture

>School of Hair Technology

Hairdressing Foundation Programme

National Certificate in Salon Support

School of Hospitality & Catering

Bachelor of Hotel Management

Diploma in Hospitality Management

Certificate in Hospitality - Cookery Levels 2 and 3

Certificate in Hospitality - Cookery Level 4

Peter Arnett School of Journalism

Certificate Radio and Journalism

National Diploma in Journalism (Print Option)

Southern School of Music & Performing Arts

Bachelor of Contemporary Music

Diploma in Sound Engineering

Certificate in Contemporary Music

Diploma in Performing Arts

Nanny School

National Nanny Certificate

School of Beauty Therapy & Pharmacy Services

National Certificate in Beauty Services (Cosmetology)

Certificate in Beauty Therapy

National Certificate in Pharmacy Assistant

School of Exercise, Sport & Leisure

Bachelor of Sport & Recreation

Diploma of Sport & Recreation

National Certificate in Outdoor Recreation (Assistant Leadership)

Certificate in Elite Sports Performance - Basketball

Certificate in Elite Sports Performance - Golf

School of Health Sciences and Natural Therapies

Bachelor of Health Science - Therapeutic Recreation

Certificate in Massage (Relaxation)

Bachelor of Therapeutic & Sports Massage

Pre-requisite is Certificate in Massage (Relaxation)

Diploma in Aromatherapy

Certificate in Natural Therapies

School of Tourism & Travel

National Certificate in Travel Levels 3 and 4

Certificate in Tourism and Adventure Tourism

National Diploma in Tourism Level 5

National Certificate in Tourism & Travel - Core Skills

School of Electrotechnology & Security Services

Certificate in Security Services

Certificate in Electrical Engineering Trade Skills

National Certificate in Electronic Security

Diploma in Electrotechnology

School of Automotive Engineering

National Certificate for Entry to Automotive Trades

National Certificate for Entry to Motorbody Trades

School of Nursing

Postgraduate Diploma in Health Sciences

Bachelor of Nursing

Bachelor of Nursing for Registered Nurses

If you have questions please email us:


Southern Institute of Technology133 Tay Street



New Zealand

Phone: +64 3 218 2599

Fax: +64 3 214 4977





Southern Institute of Technology

133 Tay Street



New Zealand
Phone: +64 3 218 2599

Fax: +64 3 214 4977




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