Every year over one thousand international students from 35 different countries study here.

They leave after a year or semester with a huge boost to their knowledge and skills, both academically and with real-world learning. They rave about NMIT’s excellent facilities, and also the once-in-a-lifetime adventures they cross off their bucket list on their trips around the South Island.

Love your classroom and explore all New Zealand has to offer with a year or a semester at NMIT.

About NMIT

NMIT is the largest education and training provider in the region and is government owned. It is based across two campuses in Nelson and Marlborough, both at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. The institute has a strong industry focus and is known for producing work-ready graduates with internationally respected qualifications. Programmes are developed – and even delivered – in partnership with local organisations and industries, and many courses include work placements. The tutors are experts in their fields and have strong links to local industry.

NMIT offers specialist programmes that reflect the business and industry demands of the local and international job market. Its programmes in Aquaculture, Aviation Engineering, Marine Science, Adventure Tourism, and Viticulture and Winemaking are very highly regarded. If any of these correspond with your Major then it’s time to seriously consider the trip.

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Beyond the specialist programmes, the institute has a broad offering with over 100 courses to choose from. International students can study in the subject of their Major and include courses from other subject areas.

Investment of over $43 million in recent years has resulted in each faculty having world-class facilities designed to industry standards. This includes the award-winning Creative Industries building with recording studios, Computing labs with a 3D printer and Oculus Rift, and Nursing facilities with a high tech training mannequin and clinical practice hospital suite.

NMIT is also home to the International Maritime Institute of New Zealand. Among the incredible facilities are New Zealand’s only three storey maritime fire-fighting training facility, a fast rescue boat, an engine room control room and the Maritime simulation suite.

The small class sizes mean personal attention from the tutors who closely monitor students’ progress and are there to support them. There is a culturally diverse learning environment with 22% of students from overseas. NMIT has a dedicated support team for international students too, there to help with non-academic matters or accommodation enquiries.

NMIT Campus Life

The Nelson Campus is located in the coastal city of Nelson, New Zealand’s 12th biggest city. With a population of around 46,000, the city is a breeze to get around with a laid-back and friendly vibe. Nelson is known for its sunshine, festivals and thriving arts and crafts scene. The Nelson campus sits on park-like grounds in a single city block, with a Library Learning Centre, sports facilities, and cafes.

Nelson is the largest fishing port in Australasia and a centre for the maritime industry. Other major industries in the region include horticulture and tourism. If you plan to study Aquaculture, Business, IT, Arts, English, Maritime or Nursing programmes, you’ll be based on the Nelson campus.

What can I study?

NMIT has a variety of courses to choose from. Below are the most popular choices among students:

Nelson and beyond!

Being based at the top of the South Island puts an array of adventures on your horizon, with three national parks on your doorstep. Pretty much every outdoor activity is catered for here, from hiking to jet-boating to stand-up paddle boarding. Nelson Tasman is one of the few places in New Zealand with temperatures suitable for swimming and other water activities all year round.

You could spend a weekend in Abel Tasman National Park sea-kayaking, mountain biking, canyoning or even sky-diving. Explore untouched beaches in hideaway coves, subtropical forest, and keep an eye out for seal pups, penguins, dolphins, and whales. If you somehow ever get tired of the outdoors, there’s plenty of artist studios and galleries in Nelson to explore.

At A Glance
Semester at NMIT
Start Date
20 July - 27 November 2020
Fall Semester

22 February - 2 July 2021
Spring Semester
1 semester or 2 semesters
Apply By
15 March - Fall Semester (July start)

15 November - Spring Semester (February start)


What's included?

Airfare, materials for class, and spending money aren’t included.

Application fee

€95 Non refundable

Commitment fee

€500 Non refundable

*Application and Commitment fees are in addition to the programme fee.

Up to €1000