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Study business and management and invest in your future

Develop the skills and knowledge to have a successful business career that contributes to a strong and dynamic economy.

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Why study business or management in New Zealand?

Kick-start your business career by studying abroad in New Zealand. You’ll gain internationally-recognised qualifications and the practical skills to transform existing businesses or start your own.

Leading academics will support you to think critically, develop your own ideas and relate them to real-life business situations. You’ll carry out project work in industry, network with business leaders, and take part in internships, study tours and business competitions.

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Stay safe by choosing New Zealand for your business or management studies overseas. Friendly, welcoming and inclusive, New Zealand is ranked the fourth most peaceful nation on Earth.

Our relaxed lifestyle encourages you to balance your studies with time off to follow your interests and explore the country. New Zealand has it all, from beautiful natural environments to vibrant modern cities – without the crowds.

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Working while studying can be a good way to gain New Zealand work experience and help support you while you’re studying abroad.

Student visa holders may be able to work up to 20 hours per week and full-time during scheduled holidays, depending on their programme of study. Masters by research or PhD students may work full-time throughout their studies.

You can find out more about working while studying on Immigration New Zealand’s Study + Work website.

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Business or management students in New Zealand gain a world-class education and globally-recognised qualifications. They develop vital capability skills such as flexibility, teamwork and project management; learn to be effective in multicultural and Western business environments; and develop strong networks of contacts.

If you want to stay here after graduating, New Zealand is a great place to do business. It was ranked second out of 189 countries on the World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business Index in 2015, third out of 42 countries on the Heritage Foundation’s Index of Economic Freedom in 2015, and 17th out of 144 countries on the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitive Index in 2014-15.

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Case study

Students build their business networks

As a budding entrepreneur, Malaysian student Sri Themudu appreciates the practical learning and networking opportunities available at Otago Business School.

"I had four days of classes every 45 days, with more practical elements emphasised in class than theoretical elements. The best part is that the lecturers bring in entrepreneurs to talk to us," he says.

“Inbetween classes we have assignments, networking events and workshops."

“We are also given the flexibility to explore New Zealand business. Being an entrepreneur is all about networking, and we are able to go out to talk to businesses and build our networks. I’ve been able to meet CEOs of companies through the university."

“Otago has a one-month orientation for scholarship students. It’s such a good transition period to the culture and the language that I didn’t feel homesick at all."

“They even showed us where we could find the cheapest place to get a haircut or a jacket, and gave us advice on budgeting. I really appreciated all they did for us.”

Sri Themudu, 

Master of Entrepreneurship, Otago Business School

Case study

An easier way of living

Indonesian tourism student Dini Mariska decided to study in New Zealand after speaking to graduates of the Otago Business School course.

“The alumni recommended New Zealand to me. They said I’d be able to study in a relaxed environment with an easier way of living, and with friendly people who are accepting of other cultures and religions”, she says.

Having now studied in New Zealand, Dini says she’d give the same advice to other international students.

“I would encourage other Muslim friends to study here. There is a mosque near the university, and this is a safe place to live as well as a good place to study.

“The international office staff are very helpful and approachable. They make me feel at home here.”

“A Kiwi friend and her father served me halal meat when I went to eat at their house. They didn’t ask me if I needed halal meat – they just did it for me. I think Kiwis are very concerned about other people’s feelings.”

Dini Mariska, 

Master of Tourism, University of Otago’s Otago Business School

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Gaining work experience through internships

Natasha Chevtchenko, from the Republic of Belarus, is looking forward to a business internship organised by her institution, the Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec).

“We’ll be able to work in local companies and gain experience,” says Natasha, who is studying sales and marketing.

“Wintec has links with industry, so students aren’t just learning theory – you’re going into industry and practicing your knowledge. Employers will be able to look at our papers and see who we’ve worked for here.”

Natasha also appreciates the New Zealand style of learning.

“Back home you have to make notes during lectures and memorise textbooks. If you don't do this, you fail. But here you listen and discuss. In New Zealand it’s important to start thinking: to use your brain.

“My tutors expect me to say what I’m thinking, not just what is written in textbooks. It’s great – it’s freedom!”

Natasha Chevtchenko, 
Republic of Belarus

Graduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing, Waikato Institute of Technology

Case study

Business degree brings networking opportunities

Leadership and networking opportunities have been two of the major advantages of studying in New Zealand for Bachelor of Business student Bin Xu.

Bin, from China, chose to study at AUT in Auckland because of its interactive classes and approachable lecturers.

"My study at AUT has been amazing so far. The staff are wonderful and they're always willing to help," says Bin.

"There are so many opportunities to develop your skills and make valuable industry contacts. For example, I participated in AUT's Shadow a Leader programme and was lucky enough to follow the CEO of Ports of Auckland for a day.

"Another highlight for me was my final-year industry placement, which I completed at a chartered accountants' firm in Queenstown."

Bin was also able to spend two semesters studying at the highly-ranked Nanyang Business School in Singapore as part of his degree, which he says helped him expand his networks in Southeast Asia.

"You learn so much by pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. You also meet so many interesting people and gain exposure to a different culture."

Bin Xu, 

Bachelor of Business in Finance and Accounting, AUT

Study pathway

Business and management qualifications range from certificates and diplomas through to a Bachelor of Business or a Master of Business Administration. There are also many opportunities for postgraduate study.


Post graduate

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  • Year 3
  • Year 4
  • Year 5
  • Year 6
Bachelor of Business or Commerce, with a wide range of majors
A Bachelor of Business or Commerce, with or without Honours, is a three or four-year business degree offered in a wide range of majors.
Graduate Diploma and Certificate in Business or Commerce
Graduate Diplomas and Graduate Certificates are designed for people who have an undergraduate degree and want to develop further business skills and knowledge.
Postgraduate Diploma and Certificate in Business or Commerce
Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates provide an advanced education in specialist business areas.
Master of Business or Commerce, or of Business Administration
A Master of Business or Commerce allows you to learn more about your chosen subject area and carry out independent research.
A PhD is the highest tertiary honour. It involves writing a thesis - a major piece of research - over three to five years.

This is a generic pathway. Length of study may vary depending on how students choose to structure their degrees.

Jobs involving business or management include:

  • Entrepreneurs generate business ideas and commercialise these ideas into new products or services.
  • Human resources advisors are responsible for staff and personnel matters in an organisation.
    Human resources advisor
  • Policy analysts gather and analyse information to help with the planning, development, interpretation and review of government or industrial policies.
    Policy analyst
  • Public relations consultants plan and develop information to promote an organisation’s reputation.
    Public relations consultant
  • Project managers manage the strategic, financial, operational and technological aspects of projects.
    Project manager

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