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Unitec Institute of Technology

Unitec Institute of Technology was founded in 1976 under the name Carrington Polytechnic. In 1994 it received its present name.

Today Unitec is one of the most innovative institutions in New Zealand. It has led the country in the field of applied disciplines for over three decades.


Unitec consists of three campuses in Auckland. The main campus, Mt Albert, is considered one of the most beautiful in New Zealand. It is close to the seafront and town centre.

Waitakere campus is located 10 minutes from the main campus, where a variety of programmes are focused on health and social work.

North Campus, located in Albany, offers short courses in business and commerce. There is a regular free shuttle bus between campuses.

Student numbers

Each year, Unitec trains more than 23,000 students from 80 countries.

Popular programmes

Unitec offers more than three hundred programmes at various levels (certificate, diploma, post-diploma, Bachelor’s degree, and Master’s degree) in the following departments:

  • Architecture
  • Health care
  • Business
  • Design
  • Application technology
  • Humanities and social sciences
  • Computers
  • Appliances
  • Environmental protection

Duration of studies

Length of study depends on the selected programme or course – from one semester to three years.

Tuition fees

Fees depend on the selected program; the base price is NZ$11,000 per year.

Admission Requirements

Foreign students must have IELTS 6.0-6.5 points depending on the programme. Admission to the Art and Design programmes requires applicants to submit a portfolio of creative work.

Accommodation options

Students can live in a homestay or in a University hostel. The cost ranges from NZ$166 to $282 per week.

Additional services

Unitec campuses have four libraries, several computer labs, sports and medical centres, and employment offices; there is free wireless internet, numerous power points and more.

Interesting facts

“The University of Tomorrow” is the focus of Unitec; innovation is one of the main principles of the institution.
When selecting teachers, Unitec prefers professionals working in their field rather than professors or theorists.


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