A. Overview

Welcome to the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT), a great choice for a quality education and the home of the Zero Fees Scheme, which means we cover your tuition fees, so all you have to pay for are the direct material costs for your course.

SIT is a government accredited tertiary provider of NZQA programmes at certificate, diploma, bachelor degree, postgraduate and masters level, with campuses in Invercargill, Queenstown, Christchurch, Gore and Auckland. You can also study selected programmes online via SIT2LRN Distance Learning.

You can study with SIT at one of our four campuses in the stunning South Island, at our new campus in the heart of Auckland city, or anywhere in New Zealand or the world through SIT2LRN, our distance education faculty.

SIT Invercargill Campus
Enjoy some of the best industry-standard facilities in New Zealand at our main Invercargill campus. Choose from a huge list of courses.

SIT Christchurch Campus
Specialise in a range of fields at our Christchurch campus, enjoying small class sizes and personal attention from your tutors.

SIT Queenstown Campus
Live and learn in New Zealand’s adventure capital of Queenstown. Study a range of courses in purpose built spaces with stunning views.

SIT Gore Campus
Prepare yourself for further study or train while you work at our Gore campus, with a range of short and longer term courses to choose from.

SIT Auckland Campus
Located in the heart of central Auckland’s education and business precinct, in partnership with major English language specialist DynaSpeak, part of TeWānanga o Aotearoa, SIT Auckland campus delivers SIT English courses and National Diploma in Business levels 5 and 6.

SIT2LRN Distance Learning
You can study at home or anywhere around the world thanks to SIT2LRN, our distance learning faculty. Choose from a wide range of courses delivered by a combination of an online blackboard system, hard-copy workbooks and educational television.

B. Why study with Southern Institute of Technology

There are so many great reasons to choose SIT. Here are just a few of these reasons :

Quality you can trust
With a history dating back to 1880, SIT has four campuses and over 13,000 students. All our 180+ programmes are accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority, listed on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework and link to a wealth of employment or further study options in New Zealand and overseas.

Innovative qualifications
Southlanders are renowned for their ingenuity and you can expect nothing less at SIT. Not only are our qualifications cutting-edge, they will also encourage you to think outside the square. You will also benefit from our strong links with business and industry.

Flexible programmes
Many of our programmes offer multiple intakes every year. From our English Language Institute which offers intakes almost every week to our business programmes which offer between four and nine intakes a year, we make it easier to start studying.

Expert staff
Our staff make the difference. Our academic and industry qualified staff from Southland and around the world are leaders in their fields. Small class sizes mean you get personalised attention from our friendly academics.

Affordable fees
Thanks to strong community support, SIT can keep its fees low for students. Unlike many other institutions, we don't have lots of different fees and charges: our course fee and resource fee covers the vast majority of services you'll need. You will struggle to find better value for a world class education.

Stunning landscapes
The Invercargill and Queenstown campuses are situated in New Zealand's most picturesque region. Fiordland National Park, New Zealand's first UNESCO world heritage area and the sixth largest national park in the world, is just a few hours drive away. There are few more inspiring regions to study in.

Safe and friendly location

Southerners are known for being friendly and welcoming. Study at SIT and you will have countless opportunities to meet the locals. You can also choose to live with a local family – an ideal way to experience Kiwi culture first hand.

Help to find work
If you're eligible to work, our dedicated SIT employment officer will work one-on-one with you to help you find employment. From workshops to interview techniques to receiving job opportunities in your inbox every week, you will be supported to find employment. Southland has one of the lowest unemployment rates in the country.

Simply a great place to live
The cost of living in Southland is much lower than other New Zealand cities. But you won't just be protecting your pocket: by studying at SIT you will be choosing one of the best lifestyles around.

Available Courses

- Agriculture, Horticulture & Floristry
- Architectural Technology
- Art, Design & Photography
- Audio Production
- Automotive & Road Transport
- Beauty Therapy
- Business & Commerce
- Chinese Language
- Computing & IT
- Communications & PR
- Construction
- Education
- Electrotechnology
- Engineering
- English Language
- Environmental Management
- Fashion
- Film & Animation
- Hairdressing
- Health & Safety
- Hospitality
- HR & Coaching
- Joinery
- Marketing Management
- Massage Therapy
- Music
- Nursing & Health Science
- Project Management
- Social Services & Mental Health
- Sport, Exercise & Recreation
- Te Ara Reo Māori
- Travel, Tourism & Hotel Management
- Veterinary Nursing & Animal Care
- Masters
- IT and Applied Management
- Postgraduate Diploma
- Business
- Postgraduate Diploma
- IT
- Postgraduate Certificate
- Graduate Diplomas
- Graduate Certificates
- Bachelor Degrees
- Diplomas
- Certificate programme
- Certificate programme
- English language
- SIT2LRN Distance Learning


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