Study Abroad in New Zealand, Easily & Affordably

Study in New Zealand, the most exotic English-speaking country in the world with a mixture of amazing nature and unique culture. 

Known for its high-quality education and welcoming attitude towards international guests, New Zealand is an ideal destination for someone studying abroad for the first time.

Study abroad for one or more semesters at the Institute of the Pacific United New Zealand, located in Palmerston North, a lush and green student city. It’s easy to apply and your study abroad placement will be quickly confirmed.

Why study in New Zealand?

  • Study in English on a remote island paradise that only few get to visit.
  • At IPU New Zealand you get to study in a multicultural environment with a touch of Japan. IPU New Zealand’s Japanese sister university brings Japanese students to New Zealand campus every year, which offers foreign students a great chance to get to know Japanese culture as well.
  • Explore the incredible nature of New Zealand. The two islands provide a great diversity and contrasts, and you will be able to find everything from sandy beaches and tropical rainforests to magnificent fjords and snowy alps.
  • Focus on enjoying the experience: New Zealand is one of the safest and most peaceful countries in the world where everything runs smoothly.
  • Learn about the fascinating Maori culture and wildlife only found in New Zealand

Find out more about studying at IPU New Zealand

Study in New Zealand, the country of world-renowned scenic beauty and a modern innovative society

New Zealand is known not only for its beautiful environment but also for its world-class educational institutes. Even though it is geographically remote, New Zealand has developed techniques and technologies to remain at pace with the rest of the world, often surpassing it. Young and free of constricting traditions, New Zealand has learned to be self-reliant and to forge its own way in the world.

New Zealand is the ultimate destination for adventure lovers. In a pristine natural environment of mountains, lakes and coast, you will find a dazzling array of pulse-quickening activities that are easily accessible and affordable. Studying in New Zealand allows you to also enjoy the hospitability of its people, who have a lively interest in other cultures.

Student hub of New Zealand

Palmerston North is located in the North Island of New Zealand and it’s the seventh-largest city in the country. A third of its population is between 15 and 30 years old, and students account for 36 % of its population. The city’s students come from over 60 countries, which makes it a cosmopolitan and vibrant community. People of like minds meet at many cultural events or sporting clubs, events, cinemas and theaters. The low cost of living compared to other cities in New Zealand and the safe and friendly environment are what draws students to the area.

  • Key facts

    Full name: New Zealand (Aotearoa)
    Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional monarchy
    Population: 4,745,062 (May 2018)
    Capital: Wellington
    Area: 268,021 sq km
    Major languages: English, Maori, Samoan, Hindi, Mandarin, French, NZ Sign
    Major religions: Christianity, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Sikhism. A large percentage of New Zealanders are nonreligious
    Life expectancy: 83,3 years (women), 80 years (men)
    Currency: New Zealand Dollar (NZD)
    Main exports: Dairy, eggs and honey, meat, wood, fruits and nuts, beverages, spirits and vinegar, fish
    GNI per capita: US $ 37,190 (World Bank, 2016)
    Time Zone: GMT/UTC +12 (summer +13)

  • Best of Palmerston North

    The Plaza

    The Plaza is the largest shopping centre in the Manawatu-Wanganui region and a key shopping centre in the lower North Island, boasting over 100 stores.

    Downtown

    Downtown on Broadway combines retail and boutique shopping and Downtown Cinemas.

    The Square

    The Square is a seven-hectare park of lawn, trees, lakes, fountains and gardens in the centre of the city. It is the centre point whence the city’s main streets are arranged. Near the centre of the park is the Clock Tower with its illuminated cross and coloured lights. You can also find the city’s iSite, the Civic Building, the City Library, Square Edge, and the commercial heart of Palmerston North’s CBD there. Retail stores (including the Plaza) and eateries line the road surrounding the park.

    Parks and recreational facilities

    Palmerston North and its surrounding areas feature roughly 100 parks and reserves. The most popular of them is Victoria Esplanade located along the northern bank of the Manawatu River, west of Fitzherbert Avenue. The esplanade gardens include serene native bush surrounding family-friendly facilities, an aviary, a café, a duck pond, the Palmerston North Esplanade Scenic Railway, the Peter Black Conservatory and walking tracks within the bush.

    Nearby the Esplanade are the multi-sport playing fields of Ongley and Manawaroa Parks, the twin turf hockey fields and Fitzherbert Park, the premier cricket ground. The Hokowhitu Lagoon is also located nearby the Esplanade and is a popular site for recreational kayaking and canoeing.

    The Lido Aquatic Centre is Palmerston North’s largest aquatic centre. It provides outdoor facilities including a family leisure pool, a 50 m pool for competitive swimming and a dive pool. Indoor facilities include a second family leisure pool, spa pool, heated pool and cafe. Freyberg Community Pool is an all-year indoor swimming pool complex located next to Freyberg High School in Roslyn.

  • Geography and areas

    The country geographically comprises two main landmasses—the North Island and the South Island, which are separated by Cook Strait, and around 600 smaller islands. The South Island is the largest landmass of New Zealand and is the 12th largest island in the world and the North Island is the 14th largest island in the world. It is less mountainous than the South Island but it’s marked by volcanism. New Zealand is long and narrow (over 1,600 kilometres along its north-north-east axis with a maximum width of 400 kilometres), with about 15,000 km of coastline and a total land area of 268,000 square kilometres. Because of its far-flung outlying islands and long coastline, the country has extensive marine resources.

    New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long period of isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. The country’s varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand is part of Australasia, and also forms the south-western extremity of Polynesia. The term Oceania is often used to denote the region encompassing the Australian continent, New Zealand and various islands in the Pacific Ocean that are not included in the seven-continent model.

    Although the land Palmerston North is situated on is bounded by the lofty Ruahine and Tararua ranges in the east and south respectively, the city has a predominantly flat appearance. The occasional rise in elevation occurs further away from the river and is especially pronounced in the north and northeast, and also on the south side of the river. The typical urban area elevation ranges between 20–40 metres above sea level. The highest point is 760 metres above sea level. This is in the Tararua ranges, south-east of Scotts Road. The lowest Point is 10 metres above sea level. This is at the river bank near Te Puna Road. Incidentally, both these locations are in the south-west of the city, by Linton. There are 5.54 square kilometres dedicated to public reserves.

  • Climate and weather

    New Zealand’s climate is predominantly temperate maritime with mean annual temperatures ranging from 10 °C (50 °F) in the south to 16 °C (61 °F) in the north. Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch all receive a yearly average of more than 2,000 hours of sunshine. The southern and south-western parts of the South Island have a cooler and cloudier climate, with around 1,400–1,600 hours; the northern and north-eastern parts of the South Island are the sunniest areas of the country and receive about 2,400–2,500 hours. The general snow season is from early June until early October, though cold snaps can occur outside this season. Snowfall is common in the eastern and southern parts of the South Island and mountain areas across the country.

    Palmerston North has four seasons in a year: Summer is January-March, autumn April-June, winter July-September and spring October-December. The city’s climate is temperate with maximum daytime temperatures averaging 22 °C (72 °F) in summer and 12 °C (54 °F) in winter. On average temperatures rise above 25 °C (77 °F) on 20 days of the year. Annual rainfall is approximately 960 mm with rain occurring approximately 5% of the time. There are on average 200 rain-free days each year. In the ranges that flank the city, there is often sustained wind, especially in spring. Much of this land is within the city boundaries and these ranges have the reputation of providing the most consistent wind in the country.

  • Transportation and getting around

    Palmerston North is strategically located in the lower North Island of New Zealand, with the capital city of Wellington being less than two hours south of the campus.

    Air:

    Palmerston North Airport is 5 kilometres, or a 10-minute drive from the city centre and is the gateway to the Region and Central New Zealand. The airport has up to 40 scheduled flights per day from all major centres in the country. The airport is serviced by Air New Zealand, OriginAir and Jetstar. Taxi and shuttle services to the city depart from in front of the airport terminal building and many of the major New Zealand vehicle rental companies are represented at the airport.

    Rail:

    Palmerston North City is a stop on the famous Northern Explorer train between Auckland and Wellington taking in some of NZ’s most beautiful scenery. The Northern Explorer operates a six-day timetable, departing Auckland on Monday, Thursday, Saturday, and Wellington on Tuesday, Friday, Sunday.

    Travelling to and from Wellington is easy on the Capital Connection – a two-hour commuter rail service between Palmerston North City and Wellington that runs Monday – Friday (excluding public holidays).

    Bus:

    The Manawatu region has a good variety of national bus services, with NakedBus, ManaBus and Intercity giving access to the rest of the North Island.

    Buses to town leave from the campus bus stop.

    Most locals drive a car or use the bus services but in a small city such as Palmerston North, you can also easily walk some distances. If students wish to drive a car, they are required to obtain New Zealand Driver’s License and parking permit and provide IPU with proof of car insurance.

  • Food and drink

    Palmerston North is dotted with charming cafes, boutique eateries, popular delicatessens and also many take away eateries in close proximity to the campus. Even the most discerning connoisseurs will be delighted with the variety of dining options in the city. You can take your taste buds on a tour around the world with the international cuisine and indulge in some classic New Zealand lamb, seafood and steaks. The locals are very much into coffee and award-winning baristas are making their mark on the café culture of the city. You will also find a range of country cafes and pubs amongst some of the most scenic landscapes the region has to offer.

  • Currency

    The currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD). Within New Zealand, it is almost always abbreviated with the dollar sign ($), with “NZ$” sometimes used to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. The dollar is divided into 100 cents. Altogether there are ten denominations—five coins and five banknotes—with the smallest being the 10-cent coin. The New Zealand dollar is consistently one of the 10 most traded currencies in the world.

    There are plenty of ATMs in Palmerston North. New Zealanders often use an EFTPOS card as a means of paying rather than carrying cash. During orientation days students will have the opportunity to set up a New Zealand bank account to acquire this card.

  • Vaccinations

    Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B vaccinations should also be considered, especially if you plan on travelling in Asia before or after studying in New Zealand.

  • Safety

    In general, New Zealand and Palmerston North are very safe.

    While enjoying nightlife it is recommended to stay in groups, watch your drinks and take a taxi home.

    Students should also pay attention to the Outdoor Safety Code, the Water Safety Code (and swim only on patrolled beaches) and earthquake safety tips.

    Checking out the latest weather report before venturing out on an outdoor trip is important, as New Zealand’s weather can change rapidly.

Study Abroad in the Land of the Lord of the Rings

The study programmes at the Institute of Pacific United (IPU New Zealand) are ideal for students wanting to develop their intercultural skills and expand their knowledge of international relations, international business and languages while living in the land of Lord of the Rings! You can join the programs for one or more semesters.

As a participant in the programmes you are able to combine interdisciplinary studies with an abundance of extra-curricular activities, adventures and unforgettable experiences in New Zealand’s student hub. Palmerston North is a city young in spirit and a safe environment for someone living abroad for the first time in their life.

Institute of the Pacific United

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Institute of the Pacific United (IPU) New Zealand, founded in 1990, is one of the oldest and most international private higher education institutes in New Zealand. The school’s focal point is in providing global education and the studies are catered for international students from a wide range of different backgrounds.

Thanks to its sister university, International Pacific University Japan, IPU New Zealand also offers an excellent setting to learn Japanese language and culture.

The small but active study community of IPU New Zealand makes it easy for students to widen their professional skills through engaging themselves in extracurricular activities such as student clubs.

  • IPU New Zealand in brief

    Established in 1990, on the 150th anniversary of New Zealand, Institute of the Pacific United (IPU New Zealand) is one of the oldest private higher education institutes in New Zealand. There are approximately 500 students studying at IPU New Zealand out of which almost 90% are international students coming from over 20 countries.

    IPU New Zealand specializes in internationalization. The multilingual and multicultural study community offers its students great opportunities for developing their intercultural competence and global understanding. Besides the international studies, the course selection includes studies in the fields of Japanese, English, environmental studies, tourism, and business. The small class sizes ensure the individual learning support for every student. All of the IPU’s programmes are accredited by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA).

    IPU New Zealand is located in Palmerston North, which is a city on the North Island of New Zealand. The distance between Palmerston North and the capital city Wellington is around 140 kilometers. Palmerston North is a real student city: around 40 percent of the city’s population are students. On the IPU New Zealand campus, all the teaching buildings as well as facilities such as the library, halls of residence and dining hall are all located practically close to each other.

    IPU New Zealand’s sister university, IPU Japan, was established in 2007 in Okayama city, Japan. IPU New Zealand and IPU Japan work closely together offering their students unique opportunities to get to know both cultures via exchange or double degree studies. The close relations with Japan can also be seen at the campus as up to 30% of the international students are from Japan. There is also a large number of Japanese culture clubs and organizations.

    Find out more about studying at the Institute of Pacific United and apply.

  • Courses and studying

    International students can apply to study at IPU New Zealand’s NQZA-approved Diploma and Degree programs for one or more semesters.

    The courses in the programs cover topics from the fields of social sciences and international relations, international business, tourism, environmental studies and languages.

    Find out more about studying at the Institute of Pacific United and apply.

  • Semesters and application periods

    The academic year at the Institute of the Pacific United is divided into a summer term, semester 1 and semester 2.

    Summer term: January – March
    Application deadline: End of September

    Semester 1: April – July
    Application deadline: Mid-December

    Semester 2: August – November
    Application deadline: End of April

    See the exact semester dates and application deadlines here on the Institute of the Pacific United page.

  • Fees

    Tuition fee:
    Semesters 1 & 2: 1990 EUR
    Summer term: 1790 EUR

    Application fee:
    75 EUR

    Please note that there is also a compulsory text book fee of 200 NZD for an academic year. Basically the fee is 25 NZD per course.

    See what’s included in the fees.

    Are you from outside of Europe? Find out more about the fees.

  • Accommodation

    The Institute of the Pacific United offers on-campus accommodation and homestays. You can also decide to stay in a flat or apartment in town. You can indicate your preferred accommodation option in the application form. The price for accommodation is around 5500 NZ$ per semester (click on the link for a currency converter).

    Find out more about accommodation.

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Experiences

“People here and at this school are very friendly, supportive and nice including the executive team, teachers and students. The university is not that big but have all facilities needed including small class rooms, fan-shaped library, quality dormitory and a super market nearby. Logistics is great as the local bus offers the service from the school to the down town and vice versa which is very convenient. In terms of academic, as it is a small class so no gap between teachers and students and make the class interesting. North Palmerston is quite quiet, natural and good for study but students can travel to other places from the North to the South  Island. Everywhere is beautiful and  full with many flocks of cute sheep.”

Amporn Puapradit, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Rangsit University (partner of IPU and Asia Exchange)

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Reasons to choose New Zealand

New Zealand’s dramatic scenery plays the mythical world of Middle‑earth in both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy. Explore the incredible nature of New Zealand and study in Middle-earth.

New Zealanders, also known as “Kiwis”, are some of the most friendly and welcoming people that you will ever meet.

English is the official and predominant language of New Zealand. Hence, New Zealand is a fantastic place to improve your English.

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