Tertiary Education

Southland has many tertiary options, including the Southern Institute of Technology, offering postgraduate diploma, degree, diploma and certificate programmes, as well as vocational and personal development courses.
Study at the Southern Institute of Technology

Southern Institute of Technology (SIT)

Southland's most popular tertiary institute, the Southern Institute of Technology (SIT), is a New Zealand government institution renowned for its innovation. With a history dating back to 1885, SIT offers over 160 programmes at master's, postgraduate, graduate, degree, diploma and certificate levels. SIT's main campus is in Invercargill and it has smaller campuses in Queenstown, Gore and Christchurch. Thanks to its leading-edge facilities, qualified staff, and strong links to industry, SIT prepares graduates for success in New Zealand and around the world.

College of Education, University of Otago

At the Southland Campus, you can study Early Childhood and Primary Education. Selected specialised Subject Studies and Education papers as well as specialised programmes in Te Pōkai Mātauranga o te Ao Rua (Primary Bicultural Education) are also available to students studying here. 

The Invercargill Campus has an attractive and well-resourced library, newly refurbished teaching spaces in a purpose-built facility, and a range of services for students and teachers.

English language for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

ESOL training is available at SIT in partnership with the Southern Lakes English College. It delivers General English classes plus Examination Preparation (Training Scheme) and NZQA approved English proficiency assessments.

Southern Institute of Technology

The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) - a great choice for a quality education and the home of the Zero Fees Scheme.

SIT entrance with students

University of Otago College of Education

At the Southland Campus, you can study Early Childhood and Primary Education.

Study to become an inspiring teacher in Southland

English language for speakers of other languages (ESOL)

A variety of ESOL training options exist to assist in the study of English as a second language.

International student group