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Institute of International Education's (IIE) Generation Study Abroad Partner

Unitec is proud to announce that we have joined the Institute of International Education's (IIE) Generation Study Abroad initiative to help more Americans gain international experience through study abroad programmes.

IIE's Generation Study Abroad seeks to mobilize resources and commitments with the goal of doubling the number of U.S. students studying abroad by the end of the decade. Under the new partnership, Unitec will take concrete, action-oriented steps to expand opportunities for study abroad through breaking down perceptions of study abroad and New Zealand to educate students about the on-going benefits. Unitec offers a university standard education in an applied learning environment so that students get hands on practice learning about their chosen subject.

Inbound Exchange Students

If your home University is a partner institution to Unitec, you may apply as an Inbound Exchange student. Your application must be approved by your University’s International Office.Please speak with your International Office to find out if this is an option for you.

Study Abroad Students

Study abroad is a fee-paying programme enabling students to earn credits at Unitec to put towards their degree at their home institution.

Entry Requirements

At Unitec, we aim to put students in classes at a level that relates to your previous study experience and skills.


As a Study Abroad/ exchange student, you must meet equivalent requirements in your home country for entry to degree programmes.

English Language

You must demonstrate your proficiency in the English language by submitting one of the following:

IELTS (Academic Format)- as per the regulations of the degree programme;


evidence that the student meets one of the following criteria for existing English proficiency: (i) completion of all primary education and at least three years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand primary school years 1 to 8 and within secondary school years 9 to 13) at schools using English as the language of instruction 


completion of at least five years of secondary education (that is, the equivalent of New Zealand years 9 to 13) at schools using English as the language of instruction.

If you are coming via a partner institution please refer to the International Office of your partner institution.

Academic year 2019

There are two intakes per year for Study Abroad students:

Semester One 2019

25 February to 28 June 2019

Semester Two 2019

22 July to 22 November 2019

How to apply

Applying early gives you a better chance of getting your first programme choice.The closing date for applications are as follows:

For our February (Summer) Semester intake: October 12th 2018

For our July (Winter) Semester intake: May 3rd 2019

Fees and payments

The Study Abroad tuition fees for 2019 per semester are as follows:

  • NZ$ 9,000 Standard tuition fee per semester

On the Study Abroad programme, you pay your tuition fees directly to Unitec. Inbound Exchange students do not pay Unitec tuition fees and you liaise directly with your home institution.

Contact Us:

For further information or enquiries, please email us on international@unitec.ac.nz