Bachelor of Information Technology

Otago Polytechnic

Program Description

Bachelor of Information Technology

Otago Polytechnic

Pursuing a career in Information Technology and keen to advance your skills and deepen your understanding of this diverse industry?

Discover the power of computing technology and how it can help you develop real world solutions and innovations with this stimulating, hands-on programme. Every industry, organisation and business in the world relies on computer technology in one way or another and the right qualification will create numerous employment opportunities for you, both here and overseas. There are currently far more IT jobs than there are graduates and employers are desperate for individuals with a solid understanding of the industry and a willingness to continue developing new skills. Consider a career as a Systems Administrator, Software Developer, Programmer, Business Analyst, Database Administrator or Computing Services Manager, amongst many others!

Study in a supportive and innovative environment and develop high-level technical abilities and a strong theoretical understanding of IT concepts while exercising your problem-solving skills and creativity. Focus on the professional communication skills required for working effectively in the industry and gain valuable, practical experience during an industry-based project for an external client. Benefit from the small class sizes, allowing for one-on-one attention from experienced teachers, and the chance to practise your newly acquired skills with a range of excellent equipment and software applications.

International: NZD 20,280 (first year)

Skills required

  • Good communication skills
  • Technical skills
  • Planning, organisational and problem-solving skills.

Entry requirements

International students will be individually assessed to ensure they meet degree-level entry requirements and must have achieved the equivalent of Year 11 mathematics.

If English is not your first language, you must also demonstrate English language skills equivalent to an IELTS overall band score (academic) of 6.0, with no band score less than 5.5.

Bridging options

If you do not meet the entry requirements for the Bachelor of Information Technology, the best qualification to prepare you for degree studies is the Certificate in Information Technology (Level 4). Alternatively, you can enter the Bachelor programme after completing the Certificate in IT Service and Support.

Additional documentation

You must supply certified copies of proof of identify, academic records and proof of residency (where appropriate).

Selection procedure

All eligible applicants will be accepted unless the number of applications exceeds the available places (as indicated by the Head of Department). In this case, applicants will be interviewed and ranked according to the professional judgement of the admissions panel on the basis of the candidate's likelihood to succeed in the IT industry.

Recognition of prior learning

If you have extensive knowledge and skills due to practical experience in this area, enquire about our recognition of prior learning process at Capable NZ. You may have already gained credits towards this qualification.

Apply by 13 February and 30 May


What is the minimum/maximum age to apply?

There is no maximum age to apply, provided that you are a genuine student. Usually, students beginning their programmes are at least 18 years of age.

How long will my study take?

Undergraduate degrees are three years, diplomas are usually two years and certificates are one year. Graduate and postgraduate qualifications can take one to two years to complete.

What about international recognition?

All of our qualifications are recognised internationally. You are able to take your Otago Polytechnic undergraduate degree and apply to other national and international tertiary institutions for graduate and postgraduate study.

How much can I earn as a student?

Those students who are eligible to work while studying may get causal jobs in areas like hospitality or other service industries. Your hourly wage is likely to be between NZD$13-15.

What do I need for my student visa?

Your Otago Polytechnic Offer of Place letter. This letter means you have been accepted to study. It also states your course fee, which you must pay first to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office. You will then receive a receipt of payment from us. You must submit these two documents (your Offer of Place and your receipt of fees), along with evidence that you have sufficient funds for living expenses, and a return international air ticket or evidence of sufficient funds to buy one, to your nearest New Zealand embassy, consulate or immigration office.

For programmes longer than 24 months, you will also need to provide very recent medical and x-ray certificates. If you are over 17 years of age, you will need a police certificate to show that you are of good character. See the New Zealand Immigration website for more details.

Streamlined visa applications now open!

If you are an international student who will apply for your student visa from outside of New Zealand, you might be eligible for the streamlined visa process offered by Immigration New Zealand (INZ). This allows your visa application to be processed faster by INZ because Otago Polytechnic nominates you as a suitable candidate (INZ will decide the outcome and the processing time).

Once you have received your Offer of Place from Otago Polytechnic, you may apply for a streamlined visa nomination letter from us. For more information and to submit an application, click here.

What happens when I finish my degree?

Students who have completed their degree in the normal time and have a job offer related to their studies can apply for a work visa for another two years. This entitles you to work in the job you have been offered, and may help you qualify for residence.

What about applying for New Zealand residency?

If you meet the requirements of the current immigration policy in New Zealand, it is possible for you to apply for residence at any time. Immigration policy encourages students who have completed their degree in New Zealand to apply for permanent residence.

Is there an application fee?


How long does it take to apply?

We suggest you apply at least three to four months before your programme starts so that you are organised to arrive on time.

What do I need to include in my application?

Your English language test results: IELTS, TOEFL or TOIEC. We also require certified copies of any academic results you have from your overseas high school or university. We may also require your curriculum vitae or a portfolio, depending on your programme entry requirements.

This school offers programs in:
  • English
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