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Award-winning tertiary providers

The Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions offer quality higher education from award-winning tertiary providers. Their qualifications are designed to meet current and future labour demands, ensuring the workforce of tomorrow has the right skills.

You can choose from more than 100 study options to suit you — whether it’s online, on-campus or on-job learning to give you more flexibility in what, where and how you learn.

Deciding what and where to study is one of the biggest decisions you’ll make in your lifetime. There are tools and support available to help you determine what options are best for you.

Types of tertiary  providers

There are many education and training providers in the regions. Sometimes the subject you want to study (like business) may be available at more than one provider, and you can choose the best provider for you.

There is support to help you work through applying to various tertiary providers and the different scholarship and accommodation options available.

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Universities traditionally focused on academic subjects, but now may include work placements and internships. This can be a mix of general degrees, such as a Bachelor of Arts or Commerce, or more specialist degrees, such as a Master of Security and Crime Science. Class sizes tend to be larger (particularly in the first year of study) with a mix of face-to-face and online lectures and tutorials.

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Institutes of Technology

Traditionally institutes of technology offered a range of vocational training courses. These days, they offer degrees, diplomas and certificates (and post graduate studies) across a wide range of technical, vocational and professional education subjects, including engineering, carpentry and nursing through to business, sciences and other specialist subjects. Generally the classes are smaller in size and include work placements and practical application.

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Private Training Enterprises

Private Training Enterprises (PTEs) can give you job-specific training for a career. They offer all sorts of foundation level and tertiary level study and training, including industry training, professional qualifications, degrees and postgraduate study. They are diverse in terms of their scale of operation and areas of educational expertise and often cater for specific groups of students or industries.

Our local tertiary providers

The Waikato and Bay of Plenty regions have world-class Tertiary Education institutions with incredible courses, great campus lifestyle and student support.  All are friendly and welcoming to students from all over the the globe.

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Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology has six campuses with main campuses in Tauranga and Rotorua. They have a reputation for amazing tutors, great international support, small class sizes and a great place for making life-long friends.

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University of Waikato

There are so many reasons you should consider studying at the University of Waikato. The campuses are bursting with life and energy, it’s an internationally recognised and award-winning university, and they offer an exciting range of subjects.

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Wintec pride themselves on nurturing and guiding students, ensuring graduates are confident and equipped to navigate their way in a changing world. Based in Hamilton and with campuses around the Waikato region, Wintec offer fantastic pastoral care and support.

Student support services

Our institutes offer a variety of student support services that can help you succeed along your study and career journey.

International student support

Every institute has dedicated international student support staff to help you with study, accommodation, work and wellbeing support. They’re the best people to approach first when you have questions or concerns.

Learning and academic support

There are many ways to access study support. Teachers, lecturers and support staff are always approachable to help with your work. There are also specific courses that can assist with improving your language skills and understanding academic requirements.

Health and wellbeing support

Our institutes have Health and Wellbeing Centres, where students can see doctors, nurses, counsellors and other health professionals. These services are confidential and a safe, supportive space for students to get help.

Career support

In our secondary schools and tertiary institutes, there are people to support you with your career pathway. They can help with choosing subjects, applying to institutes, finding employment and internships, and applying for jobs.

Social and recreation support

There are many sports and recreational groups to join. These clubs are a great way to make friends, and keep busy and active. Volunteering is also a way to get involved in the community and looks great on your CV when applying for jobs.