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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology

  • Nelson, New Zealand
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Get a world-class education in beautiful New Zealand. You'll be joining over 1,000 international students from around 35 different countries who choose to study with us each year. We can't wait to meet you!
We know that choosing to come to another country to study is a big decision. You need an institute that understands your needs. We are experienced in welcoming international learners and we have great support services in place to help you succeed.
New Zealand is an English-speaking democracy in the south Pacific region, approximately 1,600 kilometres south-east of Australia. It consists of two main islands – the north island and the south island as well as several smaller islands. It is similar in geographical size to Japan.

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Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


  • Nelson

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  • Fall
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Program Details

Academic Program

Come and experience the best that New Zealand has to offer whilst continuing your studies and gaining all important credits. NMIT’s Nelson and Marlborough campuses are located at the top of the South Island which gives us privileged access to some of the best outdoor activities and scenery anywhere in the world.

The region is famed for winemaking, aquaculture and adventure tourism amongst many other things, so whether you’re keen to bottle your own vintage, get personal with mussels or go rafting, our Study Abroad programme offers you an easy pathway to come and enjoy it all.

Most of the courses are worth 15 NMIT Credits (7.5 ECTS/4 US Semester Credits).

Choosing a full year of study would equate to between 90 and 120 credits.

Nelson Campus

  • Art, Media and Design
  • Business
  • Computing and Information Technology
  • Marine Science
  • Social Work and Counselling
  • Sport, Recreation and Exercise
  • Elective courses in Maori Studies, Adventure Tourism, Civil Engineering and Contemporary Music

Course Descriptions and Syllabi

Review NMIT’s website for more information regarding course offerings.

General Education Information for UAlbany Students

Credits earned on this program will automatically satisfy the International Perspectives requirement. Three credits of foreign language study will satisfy the Foreign Language requirement. No additional approval is required for you to earn these general elective credits.

Major/Minor Information for UAlbany Students

Courses may also satisfy major and minor requirements, upon approval by the department.


All courses taken abroad count towards UAlbany General Elective credits. Credits and grades will appear on your UAlbany transcript. You may file a request to have additional courses approved for equivalency as necessary. 

Your Instructors

Your courses are taught by local faculty. 


Nikau Apartments is the accommodation option located directly on NMIT’s Nelson campus, and they are the preferred location for Study Abroad students to live. Applications for Nikau Apartments should be completed at the earliest possible opportunity when applying to study abroad at NMIT as rooms are limited in number. Learn more and apply on the Nikau Apartments website

Other accommodation options near the campuses.


There are many places to eat on and near campus! A meal plan is not included with this program. 

Estimate of Costs

New Zealand NMIT NON-Exchange 2019-20  

For Reference: New Zealand NMIT 2018-19 Exchange

*There are a limited number of low-cost exchange student spaces available. Additional non-exchange spaces are available for an additional cost. You will be selected for an exchange slot based on the overall quality of your application. UAlbany students are given preference and grades and number of credits completed will be taken into consideration. 

More Information

Click for more information on Program Costs and Financial Aid.

Remember to speak with the Office of Financial Aid at your home campus to determine how your aid package could apply towards your program abroad.

Academic Requirements

Juniors, seniors and exceptional sophomores in all majors with at a least 2.5 GPA are welcome to apply. If you have a lower GPA, you should consult with the study abroad program coordinator.

Experiential Learning

There is lots to explore in New Zealand. There are organized trips around the region every semester for you to enjoy.  

Student Clubs and Organizations

SANITI is the student organization at NMIT. SANITI stands for the ‘Student Association of Nelson-Marlborough Institute of Technology Incorporated.’ They provide events and more! 

Funding Opportunities

Most financial aid and academic awards will apply to semester programs.

External scholarships, listed on our website, are a good way to partially fund your study abroad experience. In addition, the Center for International Education and Global Strategy offers two scholarship programs for UAlbany students studying abroad on UAlbany or 4-year SUNY programs.

More information on applying to these scholarships is located on the Scholarships web page.

Go Overseas offers a scholarship specific for New Zealand Study Abroad! 

In Their Own Words

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Program Advisor

Curry, Mark

About the City

Why study in New Zealand?

The people

New Zealand has a population of just over 4 million and New Zealanders (or Kiwis as they are sometimes known) are renowned for their friendliness. First settled by Maori (the indigenous people) more than 800 years ago, the country today is ethnically diverse. Pakeha (New Zealand Europeans) make up 67.6% of the population followed by Maori 14.6%, Pacific Islanders 6.9%, Asian 9.2% and other 12%. 

Don’t be surprised to be made to feel right at home. New Zealanders will welcome you to their country and encourage you to make the most of being here, to get out and explore the mountains, beaches and cities.

It is often said that everyone in New Zealand migrated here at some point, this means it is well embraced and our communities are highly multi-cultural.

Travel Documents

A valid passport is required to participate in this program. A student visa is also required. You will apply for your visa immediately after acceptance to the program and visa processing takes about 6 weeks. More information regarding the visa application process is available upon acceptance to the program.

Application Availability

Applications become available online one semester before the program start date, based on the following timeline:

  • Spring programs: July
  • Fall/Year programs: December

Program Dates

Fall 2019

7/21/2019 to 11/30/2019

Spring 2020

2/24/2019 to 7/3/2019

More information on the NMIT Academic Calendar can be found online. Typically the calendar runs from late February – early July and late July to late November.  The calendar is different than that of UAlbany!

About the Program

Why study with NMIT?

  • Our qualifications are internationally recognized and developed in partnership with industry to make sure they reflect current and future workforce trends. You will work on real-world projects and gain practical experience as well as theoretical knowledge.
  • Experienced, industry-savvy teaching staff who will get to know you by name
  • Award-winning facilities, modern learning environments and all the latest technology
  • We have been welcoming international students for over 20 years. We know what you need and we have a dedicated International Student Support team here to help you.
  • We are a Government-owned institute established in 1905. Our 100+ qualifications are approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to the highest Category 1 standard.
  • In a 2015 survey of first impressions, 99% of international students said NMIT ‘met or exceeded’ their expectations
  • We have two vibrant campuses, located in Nelson and Blenheim. Each offers a different mix of programs from certificate to postgraduate level.

Program Orientations

Upon acceptance to the program, you will be required to attend a mandatory pre-departure orientation. During this time, you will have the opportunity to meet other program participants, discuss in-depth the details of your program, and prepare of the overall education abroad experience. The fall semester pre-departure orientation will be conducted the Saturday before the end of Spring UAlbany classes and in late November/early December for the spring term abroad.

Upon arrival at NMIT, you will attend a mandatory program orientation. This is an important and informative set of sessions organized by International Office of your host university.

Support Services

UAlbany’s Office of Education Abroad staff assists you during the application process, in your preparation to travel abroad, and on-site if necessary.

NMIT’s International Office staff serve as an experienced resource for resolving issues that you may encounter in while abroad.