Study Abroad - Inbound Exchange

Exchange suspended for 2022

Please note that exchange for Semester 1, 2022 has been suspended due to the continued impact of Covid-19, globally. All existing exchange applications for Semester 1, 2022 can be deferred to Semester 2, 2022. Later this year, we will provide an update regarding the status of exchange for Semester 2, 2022 but please note that it does not look feasible at this stage to that we will be proceed with exchange for Semester 2, 2022 due to the current border restrictions.

The Study Abroad and Exchange (Inbound) programme allows you to spend a semester or two studying with us, while earning credits towards your home qualification.

If your home institution is a partner institution with Unitec, you may apply as an Inbound Exchange student. To see if this is an option for you, you should speak with your home International Office first.

Your Inbound Exchange student application must be approved by your home International Office before you can apply for the Study Abroad and Exchange programme.

Entry requirements

If you want to study with us, you’ll need to consider the course or programme’s entry requirements: 


After your application has been approved by your home institution to participate in the Study Abroad and Exchange programme, you must meet the academic requirements for Unitec’s courses that you want to enrol in.

There may be additional entry requirements for some courses and these can differ depending on the programme you’re applying for.

English Language

International students from a country where English is not the first language, and who want to study in New Zealand, must provide evidence of their English proficiency.

English is considered to be the first language of citizens of the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the United States of America and Canada. If a student is a citizen of one of these countries, the following does not apply.

All other students need to provide evidence of one of the following: 

  • IELTS (Academic)
  • TOEFL (iBT)
  • TOEFL (pBT)
  • University of Cambridge English Examinations
  • Pearson’s Test of English (PTE)

Academic dates

We have two semester intakes per year for Study Abroad and Exchange (Inbound) students:

Semester One 28 February 2022 to 3 July 2022

Nominations Close October (the year prior)

Applications Close November (the year prior)

Semester Two 25 July 2022 to 27 November 2022

Nominations Close February (the same year)

Applications Close March (the same year)

Application process

Once your application has been approved by your home institutions international office, and we have accepted your selection, you’ll need to apply through our Enrolment Portal.

Go to Unitec Enrolment Portal

Tips to help you apply in the Enrolment Portal

Helpful tips for first-time users in our enrolment portal:

  • Select ‘I’m new to Unitec’, and then select ‘International
  • Make sure that you select ‘Certificate of Proficiency’ as your study choice
  • Select the semester you’ll be studying with us, and then make sure that you select ‘Study Abroad and Exchange

Make sure you track your application dashboard to see if you’ve completed all the tasks required for your application. When you’ve completed all tasks, you’ll then receive an offer – please make sure you accept your offer.

For more information and frequently asked questions (FAQs) around applying, visit our How to Apply section.

Tuition fees

On the Exchange (Inbound) programme, you should pay your tuition fees directly to your home institution. You don’t need to pay tuition fees to Unitec.

If you’re on the Study Abroad programme, then you’ll need to pay the tuition fees directly to Unitec. The current tuition fee for study abroad students is $9,000 (NZD)* per semester.

If you’re not sure which programme you fall under, please make sure you contact us, contact details below.

Please note that international students must have insurance while studying with us, for more information visit our Insurance page.

*The tuition fee is reviewed on an annual basis and is subject to change.

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