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Bachelor of Information Technology in New Zealand

The Bachelor of Information Technology (BIT) is a vocational qualification exclusive to Colleges in New Zealand (internally known and grouped as Institutes of Technology, Polytechnics, and Private Teaching Establishments [ITPs and PTEs])

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Bachelor of Information Technology in New Zealand

First up, let’s clear up any confusion:

In this qualification overview we’re referring to Bachelor of Information Technology and its other variants simply as: Bachelor of Information Technology.

Quick facts:

Visa grants*:

*UCOL’s Bachelor of Information and Communication Technology (Applied) only offers a 12-month Post-Study Work Visa as it’s not mentioned on the Long Term Skill Shortage List.

This qualification is offered as:

Curriculum

The Bachelor of Information Technology curriculum varies slightly by provider, but in general:

The majority of education providers that offer a Bachelor of Information Technology require students to bring their own laptops.

Unique Characteristics

The Bachelor of Information Technology allows you to exit with a lesser qualification (and without a specialization):

Note that this is very different from New Zealand universities as they do not offer exit qualifications.

Specialisations

If you haven’t read our previous publication, the International Student’s Guide to Studying in New Zealand: ICT, Electronics and Telecommunications – Undergraduate, here’s a couple of insider tips:

When it comes to Bachelor of Information Technology and its other variants, only 4 of the 10 providers offer specializations:

And those specializations are:

The following providers do not offer Bachelor of Information Technology specializations:

If you’re not sure which specialization is right for you, or if the IT course you like doesn’t offer one, and you’d still like to graduate with a New Zealand industry-relevant qualification, here’s what you do – either:

Since you’re allowed to pick electives, it’s always a good idea to mix in a couple of business management courses into your qualification: i.e. Marketing, Management etc.

Due to the flexible nature of New Zealand ITPs and PTEs, you’ll be able to customize your Bachelor of Information Technology qualification as you go. In this case, always consult your:

Whenever in doubt, go for Software Development/Programming, or leave us a message below.

Tuition Fees

Studying for a Bachelor of Information Technology in New Zealand will cost you anywhere from NZ$17,800 to NZ$20,280 per year. This does not include insurance and any additional charges from your provider (which usually round up to about NZ$1000 per year).

Here’s a list of Bachelor of Information Technology tuition fees (sorted highest to lowest):

Start Dates

Unlike universities, New Zealand ITPs and PTEs offer flexible start dates all throughout the year:

The majority offer 2 intakes per year: February and July*, while AIS and Whitireia** offer 3 intakes per year: February, May and September.

*NMIT and SIT offer February intakes only.

**Only in Auckland.

Here’s a matrix of start dates for all the providers mentioned above:

The exact dates vary by provider – leave us a message below if you’d like more information.

Admission Requirements

All New Zealand ITPs and PTEs have exactly the same basic undergraduate entry requirements:

Some providers also require applicants to pass an internal IT proficiency assessment.

Unlike universities, New Zealand ITPs and PTEs do not require the completion of a foundation year – this means you’re eligible to enroll straight after school.

*The alternative English pathways to enroll in a Bachelor of Information Technology at any of the providers mentioned here are:

Insider tip: ITP or PTE internal English proficiency assessments allow you to enter other ITPs and PTEs, i.e. if you’ve passed the test at SIT, you can apply to study at AIS and vice-versa. The majority of NZQA-approved English proficiency assessments are offered in Auckland.

If you’d like more information about provider-specific entry requirements, leave us a message below.

How to Apply

The application process varies slightly from provider to provider, but in most cases its simple:

  1. Submit an enrolment/application form
  2. Attach the required documentation:
    1. Passport copy
    2. Secondary school completion certificate
    3. IELTS certificate (Academic only)
  3. Wait for an Offer of Place
  4. Pay your tuition fees
  5. You’re in.

That’s all there is to it.

Questions?

If you’re seriously thinking about studying for a Bachelor of Information Technology in New Zealand, leave us a message below and a representative from KIWIZONE will get back to you shortly. KIWIZONE are a free education consultancy and we welcome your questions, feedback and comments.

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