Southern Institute of Technology

About Southern Institute of Technology

The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) is a government institute offering tertiary education programmes. SIT is located in Invercargill, New Zealand with smaller campuses in Queenstown and Christchurch. SIT programmes are accredited and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority up to postgraduate level. SIT has a proud history of providing students with quality education across a range of subject areas including Business, IT, Sports, Health Sciences, Engineering, Trades, Hotel Management, Hospitality, Digital Media and Creative Arts.SIT has around 13,000 full and part-time students and is a warm, welcoming institution. We are renowned for our southern hospitality and unique outdoors full of adventure and recreational opportunities through to extreme sports challenges.

SIT Student Outcomes

When you study at SIT, we're committed to offering you a high quality education that will help you achieve your ambitions. Our 2014 Graduate Destination Survey (graduates of the 2013 academic year) showed that:

  • 93% of graduates would recommend their programme of study to others
  • 93% considered the programme represented good value for money
  • 94% of graduates were overall satisfied with the quality of the programme they undertook
  • SIT has four campuses, over 13,000 students and 180+ programmes
  • SIT has the second largest International student body in the South Island
  • SIT is renowned for the quality and nature of its facilities and equipment, with many programmes boasting industry-leading products
  • Zero Fees Scheme(applicable for domestic students) has also meant SIT has been able to keep fees for international students low
  • Zero Fees Scheme has been extended to international students, in the form of the Zero Fees English programme

Employment Outcomes & Further Study

  • 98.5% of graduates surveyed were studying or working
  • 76% working or self employed
    • 40% employed in Southland
    • 19% employed in Canterbury
  • 36% studying or intend to do more study

Southern Institute of Technology SCHOLARSHIPS

The following is a list of scholarships that prospective and current SIT students may apply for. Please note that the scholarships are administered by a variety of different institutions and organisations, not just SIT. Eligibility criteria and application processes will differ depending on the scholarship and administering body.

A free printout of this list can be picked from the Marketing Department in the main administration building of the Tay Street campus if required.

  • Zerofees English (ZFE) Scholarships
  • John Wright (JW) Scholarships
  • Zerofees Foundation (ZFF) Scholarships

CLICK HERE for more Information on Scholarship.

How to apply at Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)

  • Complete a universal student application form, with the necessary documents

     Make sure you include copies of you

  • Visa or birth certificates
  • latest IELTS, TOEFL or comparable English capability test outcomes (if accessible), as affirmed by NZQA
  • Transcripts and academic accomplishments with English interpretations (if appropriate)

You may likewise need to give the accompanying data (check the prerequisites of your specific program from our site):

  • curriculum vitae
  • Letter of goal disclosing to us why your chosen programmer
  • Character or work references
  • Portfolio or field-tested strategy.
  • All archives must be in English or converted into English AND confirmed by an education organization or enlisted Justice of the Peace/Notary Public
  • Send it to us by email to
  • You can likewise send it to us by fax or post
  • When we get your application, they will survey it and inform one regarding the accompanying results:
  • All section criteria met including English > they will give you with a full Offer of Place (OOP) > You can apply for a Student Visa
  • All passage criteria met aside from English > they will give you with a Conditional Offer of Place (COOP) > You can apply for a Student Visa once you have met our English conditions

Passage criteria not met > they may demand additional proof, recommend another examination program or decrease your application

  • Apply for a student visa

Southern Institute of Technology English Language Requirements

IELTS 6.0 band with no band less than 5.5 6.5 band with no band less than 6.0
TOEFL 60 79  With a writing score of 21
PTE PTE (Academic) score of 50 with no band score lower than 42 PTE (Academic) score of 58 with no band score lower than 50


Southern Institute of Technology Highlights

University Type Public University
Campus Setting Urban
Establishment Year 1971
No. of Students 13,758
Cost of Attendance 8,000-26,000 NZD (annually)
Applications Accepted Online/Offline
Work-Study Available
Intake Type Semester wise
Mode of Program Full time and online

Southern Institute of Technology Average Tution Fees

Programmes Course Fees Resource Fee Total Fees Duration
Masters NZ$24,000 NZ$2,400 NZ$26,400 Per 18 months
Postgraduate Diploma - Business NZ$18,000 NZ$2,100 NZ$20,100 Per 18 months
Postgraduate Diploma NZ$18,000 NZ$2,100 NZ$20,100 Per 12 months (42 weeks)
Postgraduate Certificate NZ$18,000 NZ$2,100 NZ$20,100 Per 12 months (42 weeks)
Postgraduate Certificate NZ$9,000 NZ$1,650 NZ$10,650 Per 6 months (20 weeks)
Graduate Diplomas NZ$17,000 NZ$2,000 NZ$19,000 Per year
Graduate Certificates NZ$8,000 NZ$1,000 NZ$9,000 Per 17-21 weeks
Bachelor Degrees NZ$17,000 NZ$2,000 NZ$19,000 Per year
Diplomas NZ$14,000 NZ$2,000 NZ$16,000 Per year
Certificate programme NZ$14,000 NZ$2,000 NZ$16,000 Per year
Certificate programme NZ$7,000 NZ$1,000 NZ$8,000 Per 17 weeks or less
Certificate programme NZ$9,500 NZ$1,000 NZ$10,500 Per 17-25 weeks
English language NZ$320 NZ$0 NZ$320 Per week
SIT2LRN Distance Learning
(from overseas only)
NZ$100 per credit   NZ$100 Per credit


New Zealand Living Expenses

In addition to your tuition and insurance fees, you will need between $20,000 and $25,000 per year ($380–480 per week) for accommodation/rent, food expenses, transportation costs, phone bills, internet usage and entertainment. No matter what your tuition or course fee is, the average living expense will be same for everyone. Please note that these amounts are just recommendations, Immigration New Zealand requirement is $15,000 per year plus return airfare or additional $2,000.

General expenses Cost
(in NZ dollars)
Rent (per month) $800–$950
Groceries (per week) $100–$150
Gym membership (per year) $300
Entertainment (per week) $50
Milk (per litre) $3
Coca Cola (per can) $2
Cup of Coffee $3–$5
Lunch from University food hall or campus café $7–$12
Local calls made from a cell-phone $0.50–$1.50
Taxi - 5 km ride $10–$12
Movie ticket $10–$14
Visit to doctor $45–$85

Average Tuition Fee Per Year


$ 19,000


$ 20,100

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

$ 14,805

Campus accommodation

$ 7,431

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

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