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International Prospectus Invercargill, New Zealand

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3 Welcome to the Southern Institute of Technology 4 Location 5 Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) 6 Student Services 7 Programmes 9 SIT English Language Centre 10 International Fees & Partial Scholarship 11 Application Criteria 12 Important Information 12 International Student Refund Policy 13 Enrolment Procedures

Contacts International Manager Southern Institute Of Technology Private Bag 90114 Invercargill, New Zealand Tel:  +64 3 2182599 Fax:  +64 3 2181609 Mobile:  +64 21707 152 Email: Web:

Welcome to the Southern Institute of Technology The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) has a proud history of vocational education and training and is located in Invercargill, New Zealand, with smaller campuses in both Christchurch and Gore. For over 30 years SIT has been providing students with quality education across a range of subject areas and at a variety of levels. SIT offers over 130 programmes. These include certificates, diplomas, degrees and postgraduate study, as well as SIT2LRN Flexible Learning, vocational preparation and personal development courses. The variety enables you to enter your training at the level that suits you and to progress as you are ready. Many of our programmes link 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.

Invercargill Campus

SIT has around 13,000 full and parttime students. It is big enough to offer variety and a student culture, yet small enough to retain a friendly atmosphere. Also, the cost of living in the South is competitive, whether you choose to live in a Hall of Residence or live in a flat. However, our real drawcard is our southern hospitality and unique outdoors; full of adventure and recreational opportunities through to extreme sports challenges. Southern Institute of Technology is at the heart of the innovative South and we look forward to you joining us soon.

Penny Simmonds, CEO

Location Southland – A genuine Kiwi experience! Southland is New Zealand’s southern most province and is a region of rich natural contrasts, beauty and wildlife, boasting quality tourist destinations. The population of Southland numbers around 100,000 people, who have an international reputation for being incredibly hospitable to visitors coming to the region. Primarily known as an agricultural economy, in more recent times, Southland has gained a top reputation nationwide as a region for producing innovative, high quality, tertiary education programmes. Invercargill, the capital city of Southland, has a population of 55,000. It is big enough to cater for your lifestyle needs, yet small enough to provide a stable and friendly atmosphere in which to focus on your study. Few regions in New Zealand can better the diversity of mountains, lakes and fiords, historic goldmining towns and lush countryside that Southland has to offer. Invercargill is situated on the southern coast of New Zealand. The commercial heart of Southland, it is a flat, spacious place, where it is easy to find your way around and enjoy a variety of shops, restaurants and cafes. Accommodation and living costs are considerably less than in other major cities in New Zealand.

Stewart Island


Invercargill is the gateway to popular tourist destinations, such as, Queenstown, Stewart Island and Catlin’s, which are all within driving distance for a good day out and a return trip before evening.


Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) is one of 20 Government polytechnics and Institutes of Technology offering tertiary education programmes throughout New Zealand. All programmes are accredited and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority up to post graduate level. SIT was established in 1971 under the name of Southland Polytechnic

and changed its name to the Southern Institute of Technology in the year 2000. SIT employs over 300 academic and allied staff, to deliver over 130 programmes to approximately 13,000 full and part-time students throughout New Zealand. Class sizes average around 20 students and international students’ enrolments make up around 2% of the full-time student body.


Intensive English Language Certificate

SIT students

Current overseas partnerships/ exchanges have been established with Chinese, Japanese, Australian and the United States tertiary institutions. SIT is the leading provider of tertiary education in the province of Southland.

Student Services SIT provides a warm and friendly campus environment and students are supported in their study through the following: Facilities On campus SIT offers all the modern facilities you would expect for an institution of its size. ß Library ß Computer labs with 24 hour access ß Cafeteria ß Gym ß Hairdresser ß Massage Centre ß International Kitchen and Common room. Guidance and Support

Accommodation Kiwi Homestays – homestays can be arranged by the international office. Students should first identify their preferences on the application form. Information on alternative forms of accommodation, such as boarding and flatting, can also be provided and recommended by the international office. Health and Counseling Our Health Centre provides a free and confidential service to all students, with a registered nurse on duty daily to help students with any health-related issues.

someone about them, a counsellor is also available. Counselling can help you look at the issues and make changes if you want to. The Nurse and Counsellor are located in the Student Centre of the Tay Street campus. Academic Support The Learning Assistance Unit provides workshops and individual assistance in almost anything that might help students improve their study habits, along with other problem areas. All services provided at the Learning Assistance Unit are completely confidential.

If you have issues that are troubling you, and you want to talk to

All SIT students have access to the following services while studying at SIT: ß Pastoral Care ß International Student Advisor – available on campus to discuss and assist with life issues and accommodation and even student visa and academic concerns. After hours the International Student Advisor can be contacted on a 24 hour free to call number. ß Native Speaker Support – SIT provides native speaker support for Japanese, Korean, Thai and Chinese speakers. This service would need to be requested through our International Student Advisor. ß Airport Pick up: When you arrive at Invercargill, our staff or your host family will meet you and take you to your homestay accommodation.

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Programmes SIT offers over 130 programmes - 12 degrees, 21 diplomas and many certificate courses, all designed to provide you with both the academic and practical skills required, to then undertake a job in your desired profession with confidence. Below, our programmes have been listed in their respective Faculties and Schools. For further current information with regard to any programme content /NZQA level and term intakes, please refer to our website. For information on SIT’s study anywhere distance delivery, please contact us.

Faculty of New Media, Arts and Business Peter Arnett School of Journalism Bachelor of Applied Media Arts (Journalism) Certificate in Radio and Journalism National Certificate in Journalism (Introductory) National Diploma in Journalism School of Audio Production Bachelor of Audio Production Certificate in Audio Production Certificate in Music and Sound Engineering (Pre-Entry) School of Business Accounting Technician’s Certificate Certificate in Business Diploma in Aviation (Fixed or Rotary Wing). Diploma in Human Resource Management New Zealand Diploma in Business NZIM Diploma in Management NZIM Small Business Entrepreneurs Certificate Postgraduate Diploma in Business Enterprise The University of Otago Programme at SIT School of Design & Visual Arts Bachelor of Applied Media Arts (Visual Media) Certificate in Applied Arts Certificate in Foundation Art and Craft Certificate in Pattern Making and Garment Construction Diploma in Fashion and Design School of Music Bachelor of Contemporary Music Certificate in Contemporary Music Certificate in Music and Sound Engineering (Pre-Entry) Certificate of Introduction to Contemporary Music School of New Media Bachelor of Digital Media National Certificate in Film and Television Sir Anthony Hopkins School of Dramatic Arts Bachelor of Applied Media Arts (Dramatic Arts) National Certificate in Performing Arts General

Faculty of Health, Humanities and Computing School of Computing Bachelor of Information Technology Certificate in Business Administration and Computing Certificate in Call Centre Operations Certificate in Computing (CIC) Certificate in Technical Computing National Certificate in Business Administration National Certificate in Business Administration and Computing National Certificate in Computing School of English Language Certificate in Intensive English Language School of Health, Exercise and Recreation Bachelor of Health Science (Therapeutic Recreation) Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Bachelor of Therapeutic and Sports Massage Certificate in Adventure New Zealand Certificate in Massage (Relaxation Massage) Certificate in Outdoor Recreation Leadership Certificate in Surf and Surf Life Saving Diploma in Sport and Recreation School of Nursing Bachelor of Nursing Certificate in Careworking Certificate in Introductory Health and Childcare Certificate in Nurse Assistant Certificate in Pre-Entry to the Bachelor of Nursing Diploma in Mental Health Support Work National Certificate in Mental Health (Mental Health Support Work) National Certificate in Support of the Older Person New Zealand National Nanny Certificate Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma in Health Science School of Social Services

School of Vocational Preparation Certificate in Focusing on Employment Certificate in Foundation Studies (Teaching) Certificate in Teacher Aiding Certificate in Vocational Foundation Studies Pre-Entry Certificate with Strands in Sport and Recreation Environmental Management Veterinary Nursing

Faculty of Trades and Technology

School of Joinery Carpentry Knowledge Programme Certificate in Foundation Trades with Strands in Joinery Certificate in Joinery Furniture Making Programme Joinery Design Programme Woodturning Programme School of Mechanical Engineering Certificate in Applied Technology (Engineering) Certificate in Applied Technology (Plumbing and Gasfitting) Certificate in Foundation Trade with Strands in Welding Certificate in Mechanical Engineering

School of Applied Life Sciences Certificate in Veterinary Nursing Diploma in Environmental Management Diploma in Veterinary Nursing National Certificate in Animal Care Trainee Ranger Certificate School of Automotive Engineering Certificate in Automotive Engineering Certificate in Automotive Heavy Trades Certificate in Foundation Trades with Strands in Automotive School of Construction School of Electro technology Certificate in Applied Technology (Renewable Energy) Certificate in Electrical Trade Skills Certificate in Foundation Trades with Strands in Electrical School of Hairdressing, Beauty and Pharmacy Certificate in Beauty Services (Cosmetology and Nail Technology) Certificate in Elementary Hair Design Diploma in Beauty Therapy School of Hospitality and Tourism ATTTO Diploma in Tourism Management Bachelor of Hotel Management Certificate in Café and Bar Service Certificate in Hospitality (Cookery) Certificate in Tourism Certificate in Travel Diploma in Hospitality Management Services Introduction to Hospitality Certificate

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SIT English Language Centre Overview

English Students

Established in the early 1990’s, the SIT English Language Centre offers a full-time Intensive English Language Certificate (IEL) for speakers of other languages. Situated within the main SIT campus in Invercargill, the Language Centre has access to all campus facilities, and students have plenty of opportunities to mix with Kiwi students studying mainstream programmes. The fulltime programme consists of 23 hours of classroom study per week and access to an extra 4 hours of academic support, held on 2 afternoons after class each week. Class Schedule Class for IEL 101 /102/103/104 9.00 am until 3.00 pm Monday to Thursday 9.00 am until 12 noon Friday


Academic Support Classes Held on 2 afternoons per week from 3.30pm -5.30pm by a qualified ESOL tutor. The Programme Morning Programme The morning programme is skillsbased, often with a thematic approach. The programme seeks to improve your English language skills through: General English Content ß Building grammatical and structural English and vocabulary using a thematic approach. ß Developing conversational, discussion and social skills. ß Questioning, using interviews and role plays. ß Pronunciation practice. ß Giving directions and instructions. ß Reading a variety of texts. ß Writing in a range of genres.

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Afternoon programme From 1.00 pm - 3.00 pm opportunities are provided to: ß Continue General English study with a strong oral-based programme. ß Develop skills and confidence in project work and assignment writing; discuss and offer options; build a broad vocabulary base across a variety of topics. One-to-one tuition is available at extra cost. IELTS Preparation Classes There is also an optional IELTS preparation class scheduled in the afternoon session (1-3pm) , which has proven successful in preparing students for further academic study here at SIT. Activities Group activities are arranged by the School on a monthly basis, normally on a Friday afternoon – these include BBQ’s, tenpin bowling, pool/snooker and movies. From time to time, day trips and off-campus excursions to visit places of interest are also organized. All international students are encouraged to participate in recreational, community, or sports-based activities during their free time. Classes Classes are small and friendly with caring and professional staff. The sizes range from 8 –16 students and on average, have around 5 different nationalities. Assessment Students will be carefully assessed on entry and throughout their course of study. A written progress report is given each semester. At the end of the course, students will receive a Southern Institute of Technology attendance certificate and a report on their proficiency in English.

International Fees & Partial Scholarship All fees quoted below are in New Zealand dollars and include GST (goods and services Tax) Bachelor programmes NZ$16,000 per year Diploma programmes NZ$14,000 per year Certificate programmes 17 weeks NZ$ 7,000 17-25 weeks NZ$ 9,500 34 weeks NZ$14,000 Intensive English Language Certificate NZ$320 per week Registration fee NZ$150 Homestay placement fee NZ$100 Homestay fee NZ$175 per week Medical and travel insurance is also a compulsory requirement to be enrolled in an SIT programme. Please contact us for a competitive quote.

SIT International Tuition Scholarship The SIT International Tuition Scholarship is a scholarship program that awards partial tuition scholarships to academically talented, highly motivated international students who intend to pursue undergraduate studies at the Southern Institute of Technology. The scholarship focuses on international students of outstanding promise who seek to become leaders in business, education, government, and professions in other industries. Please email us directly at for the academic standard equivalency, for your specific country. Guidelines Each year, SIT will offer limited scholarship places across all programmes. For Bachelor programmes there is an annual tuition scholarship of $5,000. For diploma programmes there

is an annual tuition scholarship of $3,500, while Certificate programmes offer a potential tuition scholarship of $3,500 for a 1 year programme and $1,750 for a half year programme. Selection Criteria The SIT International Tuition Scholarship seeks to identify students who will excel academically, show exceptional leadership potential, and make an impact on their communities through service to others. Recipients are selected in January and May, prior to the start of each semester’s intake. On receipt, applications are screened by an International Scholarship Committee. Applicants will receive notification of receipt within 5 working days. Application Deadline Applications must be postmarked no later than December for February intakes and May for July intakes. Scholarship Conditions The SIT International Tuition Scholarship applies to non-New Zealand residents and citizens only - The tuition scholarship is to be used to partially reduce the tuition fee for the programme applied for, in the relevant academic year. Successful applicants can continue their scholarship in subsequent years of study, if they maintain a B grade average across all subjects/papers while studying at the Southern Institute of Technology. This scholarship does not apply to distance/flexible learning programmes.

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Application Criteria All students must be over the age of 18 years and have completed high school qualification in their home country. English language requirement is normally assessed by the following internationally recognised tests – IELTS and TOEFL. Students who successfully complete the Intensive English language programme in Invercargill will not require IELTS. Programme





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No individual band less than 5.0


* English language requirements for National Diploma in Journalism, Bachelor of Nursing and the Diploma in Commerce are different from the above. Please contact for further information. Students wishing to study English Language at SIT, just need to be 18 years of age or over.

Certificate in Adventure New Zealand

Certificate in Hospitality (Cookery)


Bachelor of Audio Production

Important Information

International Student Refund Policy


Medical and Travel Insurance

Full details of visa and permit requirements and advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying are available through the New Zealand Immigration Service, and can be viewed on their website at www.immigration.govt. nz You can also download the forms from the website.

SIT requires all international students to have comprehensive medical and travel insurance. We will arrange insurance for the period of your enrolment. To be exempt from this insurance you must provide us with proof (translated to English) that your medical and travel insurance adequately covers you during your enrolment at SIT.

Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students SIT has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the code are available on the Ministry of Education’s website at www. Eligibility for Health Services Most international students are not entitled to publicly-funded health services while in New Zealand. If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full cost of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publiclyfunded health services are available through the Ministry of Health, and can be viewed on their website at

SIT’s preferred insurance provider is Unicare, who have specifically tailored their policy to meet the needs of SIT students. Accident Insurance The Accident Compensation Corporation provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand. You may still be liable for all other medical and related costs. Further information can be viewed on the ACC website at

The formula for calculating a refund is as follows: Student Visa denied Full refund. 14 days or more prior to commencement of study Full refund of tuition fees less 10% administration fee. No refund of registration fees. Less than 14 days prior to commencement of study Full refund of tuition fees less 10% administration fee. No refund of registration fees and homestay placement fee. In first seven days of study A deduction of 30% of tuition fees to cover administration expenses. No refund of homestay placement, registration or agent’s fees. After seven days No refund. International students may, in certain circumstances, apply in writing for a compassionate refund. This is only considered when withdrawal circumstances are beyond a student’s control.    12

Enrolment Procedures How to enrol at Southern Institute of Technology: 1. Request information about course 2. Choose a programme 3. Read International Student handbook. 4. Complete an application form, print and then fax to us at +64-3-218-1609. The enrolment form is available to be downloaded as an Adobe PDF file here... or email us requesting a copy of the enrolment form to be sent to you. When enrolling in a Degree, Diploma or Certificate programme, please also supply the following documentation: a. A copy of a recent IELTS, TOEFL or equivalent English proficiency test result.

b. A certified English transcript of your academic records, and/or c. Details of relevant work experience. d. A letter in English telling us why you wish to study your chosen programme. e. A portfolio of work (if required).

7. Proceed by transferring your fees, as stated on the invoice, to the Southern Institute of Technology. As soon as your fees arrive, we will courier a receipt back to you. You will require this receipt, along with the Offer of Place, to obtain your Student Visa.

5. Please read the enrolment form and conditions carefully. Then send it directly, with a passport photo and verified supporting information to:

Payments can be made by bank transfer or credit card. Please remember to include the student name and student ID number in the transfer as the reference. The details of Southern Institute of Technology’s bank are as follows:

International Department Southern Institute of Technology Private Bag 90114 Invercargill New Zealand You may fax your enrolment form, then send the original and photo by airmail. 6. If your enrolment is successful, we will send you an Offer of Place and invoice for the programme.

Bank of New Zealand Cnr Kelvin and Esk Streets P O Box 811 Invercargill, New Zealand A/C no. 02-0924-0133516-000 8. Please note: Fax our International office to confirm that your bank transfer has been sent. Please tell us the name of the bank, the person who has paid, the name of the student, the amount and the date this was completed. 9. Applications for a Student Visa should be sent to your nearest New Zealand Immigration office, which can be located through the following link, www.immigration. Please remember to enclose your Offer of Place and receipt with your application. If you do not want us to organise your accommodation, you will be required to organise your own guarantee of accommodation and send it with your student visa application. 10. Inform us of your travel details as soon as possible, so that we may confirm your accommodation arrangements and send you a Welcome Pack, including maps. On arrival at Invercargill an International Department staff member will meet you and take you to your accommodation – there is no charge for this service.

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