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Graduate Diploma in Information Technology in New Zealand

Thanks to our previous publication, the International Student’s Guide to Studying IT in New Zealand – Undergraduate, we’ve got a lot of questions about studying for a  Graduate Diploma in Information Technology in New Zealand. So here it goes. The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (GDIT) is a postgraduate Information and Communication Technology (ICT/IT) diploma popular in New Zealand among international students who:

Graduate Diploma in Information Technology in New Zealand

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Graduate Diploma in Information Technology in New Zealand

This qualification is offered as:

Due to their similarities in structure and academic and employment outcomes, in this overview we’re referring to all above qualifications collectively as: Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (GDIT).

Quick facts about the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology in New Zealand:

Visa grants:

*Immigration New Zealand (INZ) may grant these on a case by case basis. Make sure to leave us a message below to find out if your chosen GDIT qualification is eligible for these visas.

Unique Characteristics

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology in New Zealand is essentially a compressed bachelor degree designed specifically for international students.

Curriculum

GDIT usually comprises 7-8 courses (core and elective) covering a wide range of IT related disciplines including analysis, design, development, implementation and maintenance of business information systems. Papers (aka subjects) become progressively difficult towards the end of the course. Being an ITP/PTE-exclusive course, the GDIT is designed to give you a complete set of practical skills necessary to work in ICT industries.

Specialisations

The majority of New Zealand GDIT providers offer generalist IT graduate diplomas without an option to specialize. Conversely, AIS, CPIT, MIT, SIT and UCOL offer the following specializations:

Insider tip: you can work out the popularity of a given specialization purely based on the number of providers that offer it.

Internships

NMIT is the only provider that offers funded internships (up to 8 weeks) to international students following successful completion of their GDIT course. Next best thing (or THE best, depends on how you look at it) is AIS: they offer unpaid 3-month-long internships to all international IT students.

If you are looking to study GDIT with a view to settle in New Zealand and are hoping to significantly increase your career prospects, consider taking an internship after completing your course. Contact us for more information.

Tuition Fees

Studying for a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology in New Zealand will cost you a total anywhere from NZ$17,500 to NZ$20,880. This does not include insurance and any additional charges from your provider (which usually round up to about NZ$1000 per year). The majority of education providers that offer GDIT (except AIS) also require students to bring their own laptops.

Here’s a list of 2016 GDIT tuition fees (sorted highest to lowest, rounded to the nearest dollar):

Start Dates

The following GDIT providers offer only one intake per year:

CPIT, MIT, UCOL and WelTec offer 2 standard university-like intakes per year:

AIS, Whitireia and Wintec offer 3 intakes per year:

Otago Polytechnic offers 5 intakes per year:

Insider tip: you can work out the popularity of a given GDIT provider and their courses purely based on the number of intakes they offer per year.

Admission Requirements

All GDIT providers have exactly the same basic entry requirements:

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

If you’d like more information about provider-specific entry requirements for a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology in New Zealand, 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. Tertiary education transcripts (bachelor degree)
    3. IELTS certificate (Academic only)
  3. Wait for an Offer of Place
  4. Pay your tuition fees
  5. You’re in.

Questions?

If you’re seriously thinking about studying Graduate Diploma in Information Technology in New Zealand, leave us a message below and a representative from KIWIZONE will get back to you shortly. We welcome your questions, feedback and comments.

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