Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics

Study options

New Zealand’s Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) are state-owned organisations that provide vocational and applied education and training.

ITPs offer courses that are equivalent in merit to university courses, ranging from certificate level courses to full degree and postgraduate level studies. Historically, universities focused on academic studies while polytechnics focused on vocational training. However in recent years both types of institution have expanded their programmes, creating an overlap. 

ITPs have two semesters – February to June and July to November – with holidays similar to secondary schools. Some half-year courses start in July. ​