Studying from overseas with Open Polytechnic

We specialise in supporting students studying in their own time and place wherever they might be.

Distance delivery by Open Polytechnic allows you to gain New Zealand-accredited vocational qualifications while studying in your own country. Once you complete your study, we can also help you to continue to study at partner education providers in New Zealand.

While studying overseas, you will be able to use Open Polytechnic’s full range of learning support services, including our online study services. Your lecturers will be available to you via email, phone and fax. You can also make arrangements with us to sit examinations overseas, if the courses you choose require an exam. There may be costs associated with this. See our examinations page for more information. Some courses have special requirements – see the course information for the course you are interested in for more details.

Global qualifications for international students

We have the qualifications listed below for international students studying from overseas.

International students will pay international course fees plus an international handling charge. The international course fees can be found by selecting the qualification or course you are interested in, and selecting ‘See International’ under the Fees information. If you have any questions regarding studying as an international student with Open Polytechnic, please email the Academic Registrar.

Undergraduate degrees

Bachelor of Business

Bachelor of Business
Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
Bachelor of Business (Management)
Bachelor of Business (Accounting and Management)

Bachelor of Applied Science

Bachelor of Applied Science
Bachelor of Applied Science (Environment)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Information and Library Studies)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication and Environment)
Bachelor of Applied Science (Communication and Psychology)

Bachelor of Applied Management

Bachelor of Applied Management

Graduate diplomas (Level 7)

Graduate Diploma in Business
Graduate Diploma in Professional Accounting

Graduate Diploma in Human Resource Management
Graduate Diploma in Strategic Management

Graduate certificates (Level 7)

Graduate Certificate in Business
Graduate Certificate in Sustainable Management


Level 5

Diploma in Applied Management
Diploma in Information & Library Studies 
Diploma in Communication Studies
Diploma in Psychology
Diploma in Health & Human Behaviour
Diploma in Design and Decorating 

Level 6

New Zealand Diploma in Business
National Diploma in Architectural Technology
National Diploma in Construction Management
National Diploma in Quantity Surveying
Diploma in Information & Library Studies
Diploma in Organisational Psychology
Diploma in Child & Adolescent Psychology
Diploma in Public Relations and Communication Management
Diploma in Records & Information Management


Level 4

Certificate in Tertiary Study Skills

Level 5

Certificate in Cataloguing
Certificate in Web Design and Writing

Certificate in Designing & Facilitating E-learning

Certificate in Technical Communication

Certificate in Quality Assurance
Certificate in Advanced Sterilising Technology