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Study Abroad - Outbound Exchange

As a degree student, you can complete part of your programme in Europe, America, Asia, or Australia. Wherever you go, you’ll only pay your regular Unitec tuition fees, and you’ll still get your StudyLink allowance. It won’t increase the length of your studies and you can even cross-credit eligible courses to your programme here in NZ.

Reasons to study overseas with Unijet

  1. Experience life in another country
  2. Study at an internationally recognised partner institution
  3. Spend one or two semesters abroad
  4. Make new friends
  5. Enhance your CV
  6. Cross-credit eligible courses to your degree
  7. Continue receiving your StudyLink allowance
  8. No extension to the length of your programme
  9. Open to domestic AND international students

See the world while you study

Unitec has partner institutions all over the world and where you go is up to you. Learn a new language, immerse yourself in an ancient city, or snowboard all semester long. Check out the countries you could study in the list below and get excited by the possibilities!

Countries (click to expand)

North America

  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • Mexico


  • Austria Germany
  • United Kingdom
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • France
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Switzerland



  • Vietnam
  • India

The inside scoop on studying abroad

Hear from Desmond Lam, a Bachelor of Architecture student, who spent a Semester in Germany. Listen to his experiences and highlight of his trips.

How do I apply (click to expand)

Follow the steps below to apply for the Outbound programme.

STEP 1 - Check eligibility

Study Abroad and Exchange (Outbound) programme is open to domestic and international students and is available for most degree programmes. There are a few criteria you need to meet before you can apply.

To be accepted, you need to:

  • Be enrolled in a full-time Unitec degree programme
  • Have completed at least 2 semesters at Unitec with a minimum B grade average
  • Be at an appropriate level of study as determined by your department
  • Demonstrate a high standard of spoken and written English
  • Demonstrate that you will be a good ambassador for Unitec and New Zealand

STEP 2 - Identify potential host institutions

Research and identify at least one partner institute you hope to study at. A list of partner institutes can be found above. You will need to research the courses offered at the partner institute and identify courses that are relevant to your Unitec degree. You should seek advice from your Programme Leader when choosing your courses.

STEP 3 - Apply

Fill in and submit the Unijet Outbound Exchange application form. Download the referee form, fill out part one of the form and ask your referee to fill out part two and email directly to

You can also start discussing course approvals with your Programme Leader, using this form.

Get in quick! Applicants are selected against the criteria above. We reserve the right to refuse entry to the programme.

STEP 4 - Interview

Once we receive your application and referee form, we will invite you in for an interview, usually in mid-September for semester 1 applicants, and mid-April for semester 2 applicants.

You will be advised of the outcome of your application and the next steps.

Please note:

  • Throughout your exchange programme you’ll be enrolled as a Unitec student and pay tuition fees to Unitec, not to the host university.
  • You’ll continue to receive your StudyLink allowance while you’re overseas.
  • Most exchange students pay for their travel and living costs through a combination of StudyLink and savings.
  • Lots of exchange students live on the university campus. Some of our partner institutions can also help you find accommodation before you arrive.

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