Study Abroad at the Institute of the Pacific United New Zealand for 1 or 2 Semesters

Study international business, international relations, tourism and Japanese and Mandarin language at one of New Zealand’s highest-ranked tertiary institutions in the student hub Palmerston North! Live in the land of “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.

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icons_lightgrey-08  Studying Abroad at IPU New Zealand – Overview


Summer Term (Jan – March)
Semester 1 (Apr – July)
Semester 2 (Aug – Dec)


Social sciences and international relations, international business, tourism, environmental studies and languages


Bachelor and Master



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



Lectures and assignments


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

Studying at IPU New Zealand – Highlights

  • Enjoy the youthful atmosphere of the student city Palmerston North
  • Improve your English in the most exotic English speaking country in the world
  • Explore the breathtaking beauty of New Zealand in your free time, the land of “Middle-Earth”

Find out about courses and studies

icons_lightgrey-02  Semester dates and application deadlines

2020 (*tentative)

Summer Term Semester 1* Semester 2*
Semester dates January 21  – March 13 April 14 – July 31 August 24 – December 11
Orientation January 15 – 17 April 8 – 9 August 19 – 21
Application deadline ended September 30, 2019 December 31, 2019 May 19, 2020


Summer Term Semester 1 Semester 2
Semester dates January 28  – March 22 April 8 – July 26 August 19  – December 6
Orientation January 23 – 25 April 4 – 6 August 14 – 16
Application deadline ended September 30, 2018 ended December 15, 2018 ended May 19, 2019

Apply now

icons_lightgrey-58Studying at the Institute of the Pacific United New Zealand

Study social sciences and international relations, international business, tourism, environmental studies and languages in the youthful student hub Palmerston North! Enjoy a  large number of extra-curricular activities and explore the stunning nature of New Zealand in your free time.

Studying abroad at IPU New Zealand is for you if…

  • You’re a university student or similar
  • You want to improve your English and intercultural communication skills
  • You want to combine studies with lots of free time activities, with 40 different student clubs to join
  • You’ve always dreamed of living in New Zealand – the land of “Middle-Earth”

  • Courses & Studies

    As a visiting student you’ll participate in the same lectures as local and international degree students. The small class size of 20 students helps create close relationships between the lecturers and the students.

    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) (Available only during semester 1)

    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
    • Equivalent to Master’s degree studies
    • 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. 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • About Institute of the Pacific United

    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


    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.

icons_lightgrey-13Apply to study abroad at IPU New Zealand


DOCUMENTS  Get the required documents (see list below)


APPLICATION Fill out and submit the online application form together with the required documents


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

  • When you apply for two semesters: 100 EUR / 120 USD 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)
    • Sufficient English skills verified by an accepted English test certificate (TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge English Qualifications, OET, Pearson Test of English, LanguageCert, Trinity ISE or NZCEL). 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 (read 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. If your passport expires earlier, please apply for a new one and submit it to us by the application deadline.
    • Passport-sized photograph
    • Official International English test scores (must be NZQA-approved). See the requirements.The test must have been conducted a maximum of 24 months before submitting your application.
    • 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 approximately 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. If you have paid the tuition fee and cancel your participation after the due date of the tuition fee, no refund can be made. 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. If students choose to buy their own insurance, they are required to get written attestation from the insurance company that the insurance policy meets the minimum standards prescribed by the New Zealand Education (Pastoral Care of International Students) Code of Practice 2016. As this written attestation can be quite difficult to obtain, all students should choose Orbit Protect.

    Read more about our recommended travel insurance providers.

Apply now to IPU New Zealand

icons_lightgrey-14 Frequently Asked Questions

  • Studies & Schedules

    Q: How do I select my courses? A: You must submit your course selections during the application. You can choose courses from levels 5,6 and 7 simultaneously depending on which level you study at your home institution. All course selections must be approved by IPU New Zealand before you receive your Offer of Place.

    Q: What study level are the courses at IPU New Zealand? A: Studies at Diploma Programmes can be considered as 1st or 2nd year Bachelor studies. You can also find courses in the Bachelor Programme of Contemporary International Studies and Graduate/Postgaduate -level courses that you can choose after already having a Bachelor’s degree.

    Q: What is the maximum number of courses I can take? A: During the summer term you can take 1-2 courses. During the actual semesters you are allowed to take a maximum of 4 courses except in Postgraduate Programme the maximum number of courses is 2.

    Q: Are there English language proficiency requirements for studying at IPU New Zealand? A. Yes, there are. The requirements depend on the Programme that you are applying for. Accepted English test certificates are TOEFL, IELTS, Cambridge English Qualifications, OET, Pearson Test of English, LanguageCert, Trinity ISE or NZCEL. DAAD Certificate is unfortunately not accepted by New Zealand Qualifications Authority.

    Q: How do I get to the campus? A: After receiving your visa (for summer term after receiving the Offer of Place), please inform your contact person at IPU New Zealand of your arrival time and flight details. IPU New Zealand will arrange for a representative to meet you at the airport and bring you to the campus.

    Q: Is it mandatory to participate in the orientation days? A: All students should participate in the orientation days as you will get all important information during that time and the institution can also help you to open a local bank account which is convenient during your semester.

    Q: What is the required course attendance? A: The unofficial attendance requirement is 90 % but due to Immigration New Zealand’s requirements students are expected to participate in all classes.

    Q: How is the weekly schedule at IPU New Zealand? A: The contact lectures will usually take place Mon-Wed and Fri between 9 am and 5.30 pm. Thursdays are reserved for independent studies. In general, you will have 4 hours of contact lectures per week per course.

    Q: When do the exams take place? A: All exams will take place during the official semester dates mentioned on our website.

  • Visa & Travel

    Q: What type of visa do I need to have in order to study in New Zealand? A: You will need to apply for a Fee-Paying Student Visa from Immigration New Zealand. Most nationalities can apply online. If you study only the summer term and come from a visa waiver country, no visa is needed.

    Q: When can I apply for my visa? A: You can apply for your visa after you have paid your tuition fee and IPU New Zealand fees and received confirmation of those. This will happen approximately 1,5 months before the semester starts.

    Q: Can I travel outside of New Zealand during the semester? A: Most likely your visa will be single entry so it is not possible to travel outside of New Zealand during your semester. We recommend travelling outside New Zealand before or after your semester.

  • Accommodation

    Q: What are the available accommodation options when studying at IPU New Zealand? A: You can choose either a small or large private room on campus, a homestay option with a local family close to the campus or search for off campus accommodation independently online. Read our accommodation guide here.

    Q: I want to find accommodation independently. Where can I get some information? A: You can find rooms for rent and search for roommates for example in this Facebook group.

  • Health & Safety

    Q: Which vaccinations do I need to take? A: For studying in New Zealand, you should have up-to-date routine vaccines such as measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine and polio vaccine. 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.

    Q: Is an insurance required? A: International students must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand. IPU New Zealand recommends purchasing Orbit Protect insurance that you can choose when applying. This option is very affordable.

  • Fees & Costs

    Q: What fees do I have to pay when studying at IPU New Zealand and how do I pay these? A: We will invoice you for the application and tuition fee. IPU New Zealand will invoice you for the textbook fee of NZD 25 per course. You will also be invoiced for the accommodation + insurance fees with the Offer of Place in case you have opted for on-campus/homestay accommodation and Orbit Protect insurance.

    Q: What kind of costs should I be prepared for? A: In addition to the above fees, you should be prepared to pay for the student visa, flights, accommodation and other living costs. The general costs of living New Zealand and at the same level or slightly higher than in many Western countries. Find a list of general living costs here.

    Read more about budgeting your study abroad semester.

  • Documents

    Q: I need to have my learning agreement/certificate of enrollment signed. What should I do?
    A: Please fill out the document and send it to We will forward it to IPU New Zealand for signing.

    Q: When will I receive the Offer of Place?
    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.

    Q: When will I receive my Transcript of Records?
    A: You must submit a Doc Request form to IPU New Zealand before the end of the semester. You can choose to either pick up the Transcript at IPU Office or have it sent to the address of your preference. The first copy of the Transcript is free of charge.

See other frequently asked questions

icons_lightgrey-04 Student experiences of Studying at IPU New Zealand

“Meeting new people from all around the world was easily the highlight of my time at IPU New Zealand. It was surreal that so many nationalities get together in such a pristine little campus like IPU. I truly enjoyed the colourful cultural experiences there, especially the Ohanami Festival every September. It’s nice to know that a lot of the countries that I go to, I know some IPU friends living there! The experience taught me self-confidence, independence, resourcefulness, a multi-cultural approach to things, global perspectives, and the ability to express myself better… It was one of the greatest milestones of my life and made up a big chunk of my life experience. It really shaped who I am today.”

– Olivia Mazuki, former student at IPU New Zealand

Said about IPU New Zealand

“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 New Zealand and Asia Exchange)

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