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Southern Institute of Technology

Institute of Technology and Polytechnic

The Southern Institute of Technology (SIT) is a government institute offering tertiary education programmes. SIT is located in Invercargill, New Zealand with smaller campuses in Queenstown and Christchurch. SIT programmes are accredited and approved by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority up to postgraduate level. SIT has a proud history of providing students with quality education across a range of subject areas including Business, IT, Sports, Health Sciences, Engineering, Trades, Hotel Management, Hospitality, Digital Media and Creative Arts.SIT has around 13,000 full and part-time students and is a warm, welcoming institution. We are renowned for our southern hospitality and unique outdoors full of adventure and recreational opportunities through to extreme sports challenges.

Contact Southern Institute of Technology
Physical address

133 Tay Street
9840 Invercargill
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Phone numbers

64 3 211 2699

  • Number of students: 13,000
  • Number of international students: 800
  • Male and Female

Qualifications available

  • English language
  • Certificate II
  • Postgraduate Diploma
  • Postgraduate Certificate
  • Diploma
  • Certificate IV
  • Certificate III
  • Certificate I
  • Masters Degree
  • Graduate Diploma
  • Graduate Certificate
  • Pathways to Undergraduate/ Foundation programs
  • Bachelor Degree

School features

  • Academic guidance
  • Accommodation advisory service
  • English language support
  • Homestay placement service
  • International student services


  • Homestay
  • Onsite apartments

Religious Facilities (on-site)

  • Chapel

SIT provides comprehensive advice and support services to help make it easier for you to succeed in the classroom and beyond. The team at SIT International are trained in the New Zealand Government’s Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students.  We also have a 24 hour free-to-call number in case of any emergencies.

Other services include: Academic workshops, Chaplain, Counselling, Course advice, Disability liaison service, Employment support, Health centre, Learning assistance, Peer tutoring, Native speaker support, Pasifika student support, Student activities and Visas

Southland is a land of rugged coast and rolling plains, world-renowned Bluff oysters and the launching place for a visit to Stewart Island.

Southland’s largest centre is Invercargill. If you’re a garden lover you must see Queens Park and its 80 hectares of tree-lined walkways and diverse gardens. The city turns on the hospitality so, if you’re looking for somewhere to stay, you’ll find plenty of friendly and high standard accommodation.

Half an hour from Invercargill is the fishing port of Bluff. Known for its fabulous seafood, this is the place to taste the famous Bluff oysters. If you like bird watching, catch a ferry to Stewart Island where you’ll find a haven for native bird life and the only place in New Zealand where you have a fair chance of seeing kiwi in their native habitat.

And speaking of wildlife, head along the coast to the Catlins. The Catlins River Walk leads you through beech forest and is known for its hidden waterfalls and rare native birds. At Curio Bay you’ll find fossilized trees, over 180 million years old, embedded in coastal bedrock. And at Nugget Point you’ll find fur seals, sea lions, sooty shearwaters, shags, yellow-eyed penguins, spoonbills and a breeding colony of gannets. And if you look closely, you may see Hector's dolphins frolicking out in the waves.
Main centres: 



Bluff, Gore, Halfmoon Bay (oban), Owaka, Winton

Regional information provided by Tourism New Zealand
Study Southland is the local education organisation
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