Undergraduate programmes (Bachelor)
Diploma Programmes (Level 5)
- Diploma of Japanese Studies DJAST
- New Zealand Diploma in Travel and Tourism = Level 5 Tourism and Travel Studies
- New Zealand Diploma in Business (Project Management) = Level 5 Business Studies (Project Management) (Available only during semester 1)
Studies in these programmes are considered higher education and can be cross-credited into early Bachelor degree studies on the discretion of the sending university.
Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies BCIS (level 5 – 7 which means Bachelor degree studies)
- International Business*
- TESOL & Language Studies
- International Relations
- Japanese Studies
- International Environmental Studies
*You will be able to choose papers at Level 7 according to your specialty such as International Financial Management, Advanced Financial Accounting, Consumer Behaviour, Marketing Analysis, or Management of Multinational Companies.
Graduate Diploma of International Studies (Level 7)
- For students already holding an undergraduate degree
- Equivalent to Master’s degree studies
- Studies in International Relations, International Business, Environmental Studies and Language Studies
Postgraduate program (Master)
Postgraduate Diploma of International Studies PDIS (Level 8 which converts to the first year of Master’s degree)
In what language are the courses thought?
All the courses are included in the official curriculum of International Pacific University (IPU) and are held in English.
How do I choose the courses?
Courses are called “papers” at IPU New Zealand. Credits are awarded in local credits and are transferable to ECTS credits on discretion of the sending institution. You can choose courses worth a maximum of 60 local credits (30 ECTS/ 18 US credits) in semester 1 (April – July) and semester 2 (August – December).
In the summer semester (January – March) you can choose courses worth a maximum of 30 local credits (15 ECTS/9 US credits).
In Level 5, Diploma, Bachelor and Graduate Diploma Programmes, students usually take 4 courses (semesters 1 and 2) or 1 course (summer term). Adding a second course to summer term choices is possible if IPU New Zealand agrees with the workload.
In Postgraduate Diploma Programme you can choose courses worth 60 local credits (30 ECTS/18 US credits) in semester 1 (April – July) and semester 2 (August – November) and a course worth 30 local credits (15 ECTS / 9 US credits) during summer term (January-March). Adding more courses to Semester 1 or 2 choices is possible if IPU New Zealand agrees with the workload.
Depending on your home university, Diploma Programmes (Level 5) can be considered as 1st or 2nd year Bachelor level studies. Levels 6-8 generally cover degrees, graduate and postgraduate qualifications. Graduate and Postgraduate Diplomas are between Bachelor’s and Master’s degree and can be acknowledged in your Master’s degree depending on your home university. Please make a study plan and have your courses pre-approved by your home institution’s study abroad coordinator, academic advisor or a professor. Your home university decides which level courses are acknowledged.
Please select your courses and send them together with your application so that we can submit them to the university for approval. Students can take levels 5 and 6 or 6 and 7 simultaneously depending on what level they are studying at their home university.
Please note that some courses have prerequisites and co-requisites, whereas some courses require no prior knowledge. Prerequisites and co-requisites are mentioned in the course descriptions. Bachelor students cannot take Graduate or Postgraduate level courses due to prerequisites, but Master students are free to choose Bachelor, Graduate and Postgraduate level courses. All course selections must be approved by the Assistant Deans at IPU New Zealand.
Credits are granted in local credit points and can be cross-credited to ECTS credits on the discretion of the sending institution. Most courses are worth 15 local credit points which correspond to 7,5 ECTS or 4,5 US credits.
When are the courses organised?
There are courses at Level 5, 6, 7 and 8 each semester, but please note that not every course is offered every semester. Study-in-New-Zealand.org cannot guarantee that the course you have chosen will be organized, but usually IPU is able to announce course cancellations at early notice. See the course lists to have a better idea on when the courses are organized:
There is limited choice in the postgraduate programmes. Usually there is compulsory course and some electives organized each semester.
Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies
Diploma of Japanese Studies
Graduate Diploma of International Studies
Tourism and Travel Studies
Please see the course codes and prerequisites on pages 16-20
Postgraduate Diploma of International Studies (1st year of MIS)
Please see the course codes and prerequisites on pages 11-14
The unofficial minimum attendance to pass courses is 90 % and some courses have a participation mark. If you must be absent from lectures due to illness, you will need to acquire a Doctor’s Certificate. IPU and Immigration New Zealand expect students to attend 100 % of the lectures. Students who wish to extend their studies and need to apply for a new student visa will have difficulties to do so if their attendance was low in their first year of studies.
Transcript of records
Students request a Transcript of Records at the end of their studies by sending a Doc Request Form to IPU by email. Students can pick the Transcript of Records up on campus or have it sent to the address of their choice. First copy of the Transcript is free of charge, additional copies have fees. Delivery by standard airmail is free-of-charge, delivery by registered airmail or courier service costs 20 NZD or 50 NZD respectively.