Southern Institute of Technology/Te Pukenga



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Total: 14000

International: 12%


Undergraduate: 102

Postgraduate: 10

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Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) was founded in cosy and friendly Invercargill, the southernmost and westernmost city in New Zealand, in 1971. It hosts more than 13 000 students annually. The institute is famous for its free education for domestic students and Zero fees English Scholarship for international students. SIT offers over 250 programmes in a wide range of New Zealand qualifications, including certificate, diploma, bachelor, graduate and postgraduate levels. SIT students can save a fortune and get a tertiary qualification from a governmental institute and, if needed, continue their career path anywhere in New Zealand.


SIT has several campuses located in Invercargill, Queenstown, Auckland and Christchurch. SIT Invercargill Campus is the main campus that has many facilities and services to make students' study experience comfortable and exciting. It includes a great student lounge with SKY TV, pool table, table tennis and computers; a cafe, serving barista coffee, delicious cookies and snacks; a restaurant, SIT's hospitality training venue that offers great food and service at an even greater price; a childcare centre and a gym.

SIT has a range of accommodation options to choose from. You can live with a Kiwi family, stay in a student village, rent a flat or a house. SIT's dedicated staff is ready to provide any assistance in finding the right option for you! Moreover, SIT offers the first two weeks of accommodation for free! 

The Invercargill and Queenstown campuses are situated in New Zealand's most picturesque region. Fiordland National Park, the sixth-largest national park in the world, is just a few hours drive away.

In general, Invercargill is a great place for families and students of all ages. The cost of living in Southland is much lower than in other New Zealand cities.


SIT's academic and industry qualified staff from Southland and around the world are leaders in their fields. SIT makes sure that all students get personalised attention, so they can achieve well academically. Student support services may assist with employment, activities, events, cultural support and more. 

There are more than 30 academic areas: business and commerce, environmental management and agriculture, computing, health care and sport, architecture and construction, engineering, design and arts, music, travel and hospitality, veterinary. 

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