Courses at IPU
Courses from the following Programmes are available on the Palmerston North campus:
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 can be cross-credited into BCIS degree (DJAST and NZ Diploma in Business to 1st year of studies)
Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies BCIS (level 5 – 7)
- 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 Diploma of International Studies PDIS (Level 8)
Master of International Studies MIS (Level 9)
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. 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) 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). 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 agrees with the workload.
In Postgraduate Diploma Programme you can choose courses worth 60 local credits (30 ECTS) in semester 1 (April – July) and semester 2 (August – December) and a course worth 30 local credits (15 ECTS) during summer term (January-March). Adding more courses to Semester 1 or 2 choices is possible if IPU agrees with the workload.
In Master Programme you choose one course out of the four options worth 90 local credits (45 ECTS) and lasting the whole academic year.
Depending on your home university, Diploma Programmes (Level 5) can be considered as 1st or 2nd year Bachelor level studies. Levels 7-10 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, where as some courses require no prior knowledge. Prerequisites and co-requisites are mentioned in the course descriptions. Bachelor students cannot take Graduate, Postgraduate or Master 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.
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.
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 (latest version)
Postgraduate Diploma of International Studies (1st year of MIS)
Master of International Studies
Please see the course codes and prerequisites on pages 11-14
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 three-day orientation event, that the students should attend. Students can arrive at IPU within a week before the 1st orientation day. Each student shall inform IPU about their arrival date at Palmerston North domestic airport, so a representative of IPU can meet them 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 at 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.