International students in New Zealand

If you are living in New Zealand or would like to study with Open Polytechnic whilst living in New Zealand select one of the following options.

Studying directly with Open Polytechnic

International students studying in New Zealand will pay international course fees. The international course fees can be found by selecting the qualification or course you are interested in, and selecting ‘See International’ under the 2014 Fees information.

Admission requirements

We can accept international students who are in New Zealand on a valid work permit studying part-time and enrolling in a qualification authorised by their employer as part of their job.

If the study is not work related a variation of conditions is required. We do not accept international students on a visitor visa or student visa. If you are an international student living in New Zealand, you must provide verified evidence of your right to study in New Zealand with your application for enrolment.

Enrolment application process

Please see the flow chart for more information on the application process.


Studying with Open Polytechnic through a partner institute

Study an internationally recognised qualification in New Zealand through one of our accredited partners.

You’ll have the best of both worlds

Our unique partnerships means that you’ll receive pastoral care and face-to-face support plus Open Polytechnic’s first-class distance learning services.

Open Polytechnic can also provide you with the security and certainty of being government owned and accredited, with nearly 70 years’ experience helping students to succeed in distance learning.

Get high quality support from Open Polytechnic

As well as receiving face-to-face support from our partners, Open Polytechnic’s distance learning services include high quality learning resources, online course forums, library, learning centre, online campus and email or Freephone contact with your Open Polytechnic tutor.

Find out more

To find out how you can get a world-class learning experience in New Zealand, contact one of our approved partners in the regions listed below.




Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students

Open Polytechnic has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. To access a copy of the code of practice, and for information about immigration, health services and insurance, see the International students section under our Student rights and conduct web page.