• Known as one of the sunniest places in New Zealand, Nelson is renowned for its stunning natural landscapes, close access to sandy beaches, ecologically diverse forests and rugged mountains, all within minutes of town. 

• Take courses in unique subject areas that New Zealand is known for including aquaculture, viticulture, and sports science. 

• Thrive with the support of the campus Wellbeing Support Team and have access to resources for mental health, academic success, and DEI to ease transitioning to life in a new culture. 


Surround yourself in the warm weather and welcoming community of Nelson, a city known for its artistic culture and vast stunning landscapes! Enjoy all the activities the city has to offer in your new home away from home while living just a few minutes away from Nelson’s vibrant city center. 


Live in a modern on campus student apartment within walking distance of the beach and city center! All apartments are fully furnished with full kitchen facilities, and access to coin operated laundry facilities. 


Prepare meals alongside new international friends in a fully equipped shared kitchen in your apartment. The prime location of student housing has quick access to artisanal farmer’s markets and several major grocery stores near campus. Embrace the foodie culture of Nelson while sampling fresh seafood and traditional Māori dishes made with local ingredients such as pikopiko (fern shoots) or Kōwhitiwhiti (watercress). 


Take in the wonder of New Zealand with world-renowned outdoor and artistic activities available all around you. Take a water taxi to explore Abel Tasman National Park or spend a weekend sampling local specialties at a vineyard or along the craft beer trail. New Zealand is an outdoor lover's dream and offers endless opportunities to mountain bike, go on a scenic hike, or swim in a freshwater spring. The airport is located less than a 15-minute car ride away from campus, providing quick access to top destinations in New Zealand like Auckland, Christchurch, and Milford Sound. 


Nelson is the perfect backdrop to explore unmatchable immersive and adventurous cultural activities. Whether you are looking to kayak along the sun-kissed shore or listen to live music while wandering through the art-filled streets downtown, there is something beautiful to take in around every corner. 


Online and in-person services are available to support your physical, mental, and academic wellbeing. At NMIT, the Wellness Support Team works with international students to make sure they have a safe, supportive and inclusive experience abroad. Services are also available for students seeking accommodation for mobility hearing, visual, speech and learning concerns. 

What We Love About Nelson 

Nelson is home to an incredibly welcoming community and offers endless opportunities to engage with the culture during a semester abroad! From the mesmerizing natural views to the thriving arts scene, there is always endless beauty surrounding you to take in. 

Program Website

Course Description

Programs at NMIT Te Pūkenga are taught in English and designed alongside industry to create work ready graduates that meet local and international job market’s needs. You’ll find the tight knit community at NMIT Te Pūkenga takes great care for student success, and classes are small enough that they know you by name. Popular subjects include Business, Viticulture, Visual Arts, Engineering, Sport Studies, and Marine Sciences. 

For Direct students only, NMIT Te Pūkenga also has a great offering of graduate-level Courses in Business Management; International Business; and Logistics & Supply Chain Management. Please reach out to your ISEP Student Services Officer if you have any questions about graduate-level offerings at NMIT Te Pūkenga. 

At NMIT Te Pūkenga study abroad and exchange students can study in the subject area of their major and include courses from other subject areas, dependent on timetable clashes and meeting necessary prerequisites. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 45-60 NMIT credits which ISEP recommends is the equivalent of 12-15 U.S. Credit Hours. Each course will be worth 15-20 credits. 

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Classes Available: 


Marine Science 


  Computer Generated Imagery (CGI)   


Sport, Recreation, and Exercise 


Viticulture and Winemaking 




Aquatic Life Support and Animal Husbandry 


3D Modeling 


Introduction to Sport and Exercise Science 


Āronga Māori and Viticultural Practices 


Organisations in the New Zealand Context 


Aquatic Biology 


Lighting and Post Production 


Skill Learning and Technique Development 


Wine Production 


Business Planning 


Tokanga Tiaki Moana and Aquacultureand Marine Science   


Dynamic Effects 


Exercise, Sport, and Recreation Issues in Society 


Wine Chemistry and Analysis 


Organisational Behavior 


Applied Marine Science 


Advanced Animation 


Applied Anatomy 


Te Tai Ao and Vineyard Management 


Operations Management and Compliance

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Honorah Maggio 703-504-9989 | Thanks for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I'll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture:

    Agricultural Business Operations Animal Husbandry Horticulture Operations Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management Soil Sciences Viticulture and Enology

  • Biology:

    Anatomy Animal Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Marine Sciences Microbiology and Immunology Physiology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Auditing Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics E-Commerce Economics Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Computer and IT Support Services Computer Applications Programming Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation Web Page/Multimedia Design

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering

  • Health Sciences

    Community Health Services/Counseling

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Hospitality Management Hotel and Restaurant Management Tourism Management

  • Human Services

    Social Work

  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation:

    Environmental Science Marine Resources Management Sustainability Studies

  • Psychology

    Counseling Psychology

  • Sports Studies Recommended!

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art Studies Design and Visual Communications Digital Arts Drawing Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Game and Interactive Media Design Graphic Design Interior Design Music Performance Painting Photography Printmaking Sculpture Studio Arts

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 2.75 or higher
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 20
  • Institutional TOEFL Score: 550
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • IELTS Writing Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Reading Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Listening Score: 5.5
  • IELTS Speaking Score: 5.5
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS for the following countries: Austria Belgium Switzerland Germany France Liechtenstein Luxembourg Monaco Netherlands United Kingdom
  • LPR Writing Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Reading Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Listening Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
  • LPR Speaking Score: B2 - Intermediate High-Advanced
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Business:

    Business Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management

Academic Requirements

  • TOEFL iBT Score: 80
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS
  • LPR Writing Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
  • LPR Reading Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
  • LPR Listening Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
  • LPR Speaking Score: C1 - Advanced Plus-Superior
LPR = ISEP Language Proficiency Report

Special Application Instructions

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

Nursing is CLOSED to incoming students.   


NMIT Te Pūkenga offers internship opportunities for incoming exchange students. All internships are credit bearing and are integrated into a full semester of on-campus study. Students need to have a background in their chosen subject area in order to be eligible to participate, except for internships in Tourism. 

Eligible students can participate in internships in the following fields of study (subject to availability): Tourism, Viticulture & Winemaking, Aquaculture & Marine Conservation, Information Technology, and Sports & Recreation Science. 

See here for a profile of a study abroad student from the US who completed a Tourism internship/volunteer experience through one of her NMIT Te Pūkenga courses! 

Remember that NMIT Te Pūkenga operates in the Southern Hemisphere. Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Semester 1 is February to June and Semester 2 is July to November. 

Semester Dates 

Fall Schedule (Spring in New Zealand): 

Arrival: Second week of July 

Start of Classes: Third week of July 

End of Classes: Mid-November 

Exams: Mid-late November 

Spring Schedule (Fall in New Zealand): 

Arrival: Second week of February 

Start of Classes: Third week of February 

End of classes: Mid-June 

Exams: Mid-late June 

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible. 

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here

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