Study abroad at Institute of the Pacific United New Zealand

Study international business, international relations, tourism and Japanese and Mandarin language at one of New Zealand’s highest-ranked private tertiary institutions in the student and transportation hub Palmerston North where the students and staff are of over 20 nationalities! Live in Middle-earth, enjoy exceptional natural beauty of New Zealand, and learn English in an authentic environment. It’s easy to apply and your study placement will be quickly confirmed.

Semester dates and application deadlines


Summer Term Semester 1 Semester 2
Semester dates January 21  – March 13 April 8 – July 26 August 19  – December 6
Orientation January 15 – 17 April 4 – 6 August 14 – 16
Application deadline ended September 30, 2018 ended December 15, 2018 April 30, 2019

Find out more about studying at IPU New Zealand

Key facts about Institute of the Pacific United New Zealand

The Institute of the Pacific United is a New Zealand private tertiary institution. It is closely linked with its sister university IPU Japan in Okayama, accredited by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and IPU New Zealand offers their students double degree pathways in Japan. IPU New Zealand is also part of the Soshi Educational Group that spans throughout New Zealand, Australia, Japan, China and Vietnam. IPU New Zealand offers a diverse range of international programs on all higher education levels, taught by highly qualified faculty members with international backgrounds.


Institute of the Pacific United
57 Aokautere Drive,
Palmerston North 4410
New Zealand


University’s website

Studying abroad at the Institute of the Pacific United New Zealand

You can apply to study at IPU New Zealand’s NQZA-approved Diploma and Degree programs in either April-July (Semester 1), August-November (Semester 2) or January-March (Summer term). You can also apply for two semesters.

The courses cover topics in the fields of social sciences and international relations, international business, tourism, environmental studies and languages. You’re able to combine interdisciplinary studies with a large number of exciting extra-curricular activities, adventures and unforgettable experiences in New Zealand’s student hub.

You’ll participate in the same lectures as local and international degree students.This gives you the chance to get new friends from all over the world, build your international network and improve your intercultural communication skills.

  • Who are the programs for?

    If you’re interested in developing your intercultural skills and expanding your knowledge of international relations, international business and languages while living in the land of Lord of the Rings, these programs are just the right fit for you!

    Palmerston North is a city young in spirit and a safe environment for someone living abroad for the first time in their life. The boutique, park-like IPU New Zealand campus promotes relaxed and inspired minds. The 40 sports, social and academic clubs ensure that you are always around friends at the university. Depending on the length of your studies and the number of courses you are taking, you might also be eligible for part-time work during your studies.

  • Studies

    Courses at IPU

    Courses from the following Programmes are available on the Palmerston North campus:

    Undergraduate programmes

    Diploma Programmes (Level 5)

    • Diploma of Japanese Studies DJAST
    • New Zealand Diploma in Travel and Tourism = Level 5 Tourism and Travel Studies
    • New Zealand Diploma in Business (Project Management) = Level 5 Business Studies (Project Management)

    Studies in these programmes are considered higher education and can be cross-credited into early Bachelor degree studies on the discretion of the sending university.

    Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies BCIS (level 5 – 7 which means Bachelor degree studies) 

    • International Business*
    • TESOL & Language Studies
    • International Relations
    • Japanese Studies
    • International Environmental Studies

    *You will be able to choose papers at Level 7 according to your specialty such as International Financial Management, Advanced Financial Accounting, Consumer Behaviour, Marketing Analysis, or Management of Multinational Companies.

    Graduate Diploma of International Studies (Level 7)

    • For students already holding an undergraduate degree
    • Studies in International Relations, International Business, Environmental Studies and Language Studies

    Postgraduate programme

    Postgraduate Diploma of International Studies PDIS (Level 8 which converts to the first year of Master’s degree) 

    Teaching language

    All the courses are included in the official curriculum of International Pacific University (IPU) and are held in English.

    How to choose the courses (papers)

    Courses are called papers at IPU New Zealand. Credits are awarded in local credits and are transferable to ECTS credits on discretion of the sending institution.

    You can choose courses worth a maximum of 60 local credits (30 ECTS/ 18 US credits) in semester 1 (April – July) and semester 2 (August – December). In the summer semester (January – March) you can choose courses worth a maximum of 30 local credits (15 ECTS/9 US credits). In Level 5, Diploma, Bachelor and Graduate Diploma Programmes, students usually take 4 courses (semesters 1 and 2) or 1 course (summer term). Adding a second course to summer term choices is possible if IPU New Zealand agrees with the workload.

    In Postgraduate Diploma Programme you can choose courses worth 60 local credits (30 ECTS/18 US credits) in semester 1 (April – July) and semester 2 (August – November) and a course worth 30 local credits (15 ECTS/ 9 US credits) during summer term (January-March). Adding more courses to Semester 1 or 2 choices is possible if IPU New Zealand agrees with the workload.

    Depending on your home university, Diploma Programmes (Level 5) can be considered as 1st or 2nd year Bachelor level studies. Levels 6-8 generally cover degrees, graduate and postgraduate qualifications. Graduate and Postgraduate Diplomas are between Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and can be acknowledged in your Master’s degree depending on your home university.

    Please make a study plan and have your courses pre-approved by your home institution’s study abroad coordinator, academic advisor or a professor. Your home university decides which level courses are acknowledged. Please select your courses and send them together with your application so that we can submit them to the university for approval.

    Students can take levels 5 and 6 or 6 and 7 simultaneously depending on what level they are studying at their home university.

    Please note that some courses have prerequisites and co-requisites, whereas some courses require no prior knowledge. Prerequisites and co-requisites are mentioned in the course descriptions. Bachelor students cannot take Graduate or Postgraduate level courses due to prerequisites, but Master students are free to choose Bachelor, Graduate and Postgraduate level courses as well. All course selections must be approved by the Assistant Deans at IPU New Zealand.

    When are the courses organized?

    There are courses at Level 5, 6, 7 and 8 each semester, but please note that not every course is offered every semester. Asia Exchange cannot guarantee that the course you have chosen will be organized, but usually IPU is able to announce course cancellations at early notice. See the course lists to have a better idea on when the courses are organized.

    There is limited choice in the postgraduate programmes. Usually there is compulsory course and some electives organized each semester.

    Course descriptions

    Undergraduate Study Guide 2018

    Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies
    Diploma of Japanese Studies
    Graduate Diploma of International Studies
    Tourism and Travel Studies 

    Please see the course codes and prerequisites on pages 16-20

    Postgraduate study guide 

    Postgraduate Diploma of International Studies (1st year of MIS)

    Please see the course codes and prerequisites on pages 11-14

    Course requirements

    The unofficial minimum attendance to pass courses is 90 % and some courses have a participation mark. If you must be absent from lectures due to illness, you will need to acquire a Doctor’s Certificate. IPU and Immigration New Zealand expect students to attend 100 % of the lectures. Students who wish to extend their studies and need to apply for a new student visa will have difficulties to do so if their attendance was low in their first year of studies.

    Course and Semester dates

    Semester 1 and 2 last for 15 weeks and summer term lasts for 8 weeks.  Semester 1 runs from April to July, semester 2 from August to November and summer term from January to March. The semester starts with an academic and informational two/three-day orientation event, that the students should attend. Students can arrive at IPU New Zealand within a week before the 1st orientation day, earlier arrival can be discussed on a case-by-case basis. Each student shall inform IPU New Zealand of their arrival date at Palmerston North domestic airport as soon as they have received their student visa, so a representative of IPU can meet you there and bring to the campus. On arrival each student will be welcomed to their new accommodation, checked in to their room and given a tour of the campus and the orientation pack.

    Statutory public holidays can be found in the academic calendar.

    You can apply all year round. Please apply before the application deadline of the semester of your choice

    Transcript of Records

    Students request a Transcript of Records before the end of their studies by sending a Doc Request Form to IPU by email. Students can pick the Transcript of Records up on campus or have it sent to the address of their choice. First copy of the Transcript is free of charge, additional copies have fees. Delivery by standard airmail is free-of-charge, delivery by registered airmail or courier service costs 20 NZD or 50 NZD respectively.

  • Credits

    Credits are granted in local credit points and can be cross-credited to ECTS credits on the discretion of the sending institution. Most courses are worth 15 local credit points which correspond to 7,5 ECTS or 4,5 US credits. Read more about the credits.

  • Activities outside class

    The Recreation Center at the campus houses a gym and weight room, dojo as well as a spacious multipurpose court. The campus also has various tennis courts and a large playing field for rugby and football, a performing arts centre and a library. In addition, there are 40 sports, social and academic clubs with wide range all the way from martial arts and outdoor clubs to traditional Japanese dance and paper art.

  • Student visa

    All students accepted to study at least one semester longer than 3 months abroad at Institute of the Pacific United New Zealand (IPU) need to acquire a student visa. Read more about the student visa for New Zealand.

  • Institute of the Pacific United accreditation

    New Zealand educational system consists of 8 state-owned universities, around 20 Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITP) and 500 Private Training Establishments (PTE).
    All ITPs and PTEs in New Zealand are accredited by New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA). IPU New Zealand, a PTE, has received the highest NZQA accreditation.

  • 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.

  • 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 around 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.

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“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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 Get the required documents (See the list below)



Fill out and submit the online application form



You’ll get a confirmation of your
study placement within 2 weeks

  • When you apply for two semesters: 100 EUR discount on the second semester
  • Get access to comprehensive information materials such as an Asia Exchange Guide after you apply.

  • Who can apply

    Minimum requirements

    • A minimum age of 18 years (you must be 18 years old at the time of your application)
    • You should be currently enrolled at an institution of higher education (university, university of applied sciences or similar) or have proof of completed studies in High School or tertiary institute (depending on the programme you wish to apply to)
    • You should have sufficient English skills (at least B2 level). You will need to submit an accepted English test certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge English Qualifications, OET, Pearson Test of English, LanguageCert, Trinity ISE or NZCEL) together with your application. See required attachments below.

    See the additional requirements.

  • Required documents
    • An official transcript of records in English (stamped or signed by your home institution) or a high school certificate
    • IPU New Zealand application form (instructions)
    • A copy of the identification page of your passport.  Please note that your passport must be valid for at least 3 months after leaving New Zealand.
    • Passport-sized photograph
    • Official International English test scores (must be NZQA-approved). See the requirements
    • List of the courses that you would like to take
  • Application instructions
    • Get the required documents in PDF format
    • Fill out the online application form below and submit it with the required attachments.

    Uploading and submitting the attachments

    • Please upload the attachments in PDF format (electronic passport photo in JPG format).
    • If possible, please submit all the attachments together with the application. If you’re missing some attachment(s) when you first apply, you can send the missing document(s) later. However, please note that we won’t process applications without any attachments whatsoever.
    • All attachments must be sent to us within 30 days of submitting the application or by the application deadline at the very latest.
    • You can submit all the documents electronically. Please don’t send anything via regular mail.
    • There is a late application fee for applications or attachments submitted after the application deadline.

    Confirmation and Offer of Place

    You’ll get a conditional confirmation of your study placement within 1 week, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents.

    You’ll receive the electronic Offer of Place in approximately 2 weeks, starting from the day your application is complete with all the required documents.

    You need the Offer of Place to apply for a student visa.


    The application fee invoice will be sent to you soon after the initial acceptance letter. This fee will be due within 10 days of receiving your confirmation. The application fee is non-refundable even if you decide to cancel (see below). You’ll receive the invoice for the tuition fee right after the application deadline at the latest and it’s due appr. 2,5 months before the start of the semester.


    If you’re unable to participate in the study abroad semester, you have the right to cancel your participation until the due date for tuition fee payment (the application fee will not be refunded, however). Let us know about your cancellation by writing us an email at info[at] Cancellations notified via phone, SMS or by any other means will not be considered. For more detailed information on our cancellation policy, please see terms and conditions for cancellation.

    We also reserve the right to cancel your participation if any of your fees becomes overdue. For more information, please see our terms and conditions.

    Travel insurance

    International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand.

    IPU New Zealand recommends insurance coverage for all students with Orbit Protect. See the flat fees chart for monthly fees. Alternatively, students can choose another insurance company, however it must comply with the minimum standards required by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. If you arrange your own insurance cover, you must supply your Certificate of Insurance and Schedule of cover, in English to the Information and Enrolment Centre at IPU New Zealand.

    Read more about our recommended travel insurance providers.

  • Frequently asked questions

IPU New Zealand Application Form

Quick facts

 Level of studies
Bachelor and Master

 Fields of Study
Social sciences and international relations, international business, tourism, environmental studies and languages.

 Next application deadline
April 30, 2019

 Semester duration
Semester 1 & 2: 4 months
Summer term: 2 months

Max. Credits
Semester 1 & 2: 30 ECTS / 18 US credits
Summer term 15 ECTS / 9 US credits

 Tuition fees
Semester 1 & 2: 1990 EUR
Summer term: 1790 EUR
+ Application fee: 75 EUR

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

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% of Palmerston North population are students


different staff and student nationalities


tuition fee

Reasons to choose IPU New Zealand

IPU New Zealand conducts market research nationally and internationally to identify future career development opportunities for students interested in international studies, and designs its programs to meet employers’ need.

Small classes of 20 students help create close relationships between lecturers and students.

40 sports, social and academic clubs and modern sports and recreational facilities. On-campus accommodation in a park-like boutique campus inclusive of three meals per day.

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