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Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

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About Open Polytechnic of New Zealand

Open Polytechnic is New Zealand's leading distance and online learning provider. Our focus is on student success for over 31,000 students each year, who use the flexibility of our distance and online learning services to gain the skills they need to progress in their jobs and careers.

We’re an international leader in the field of flexible distance learning, with 70 years’ experience helping students throughout New Zealand and overseas gain qualifications that are highly valued by employers.

When you enrol with us you’ll have access to a range of support services that are designed to help you learn where and when it suits you. These services include:

  • online learning
  • high quality learning resources developed specifically for distance learning
  • tutors and lecturers experienced in distance teaching
  • support to help you plan your studies.

Many of our qualifications can be studied anywhere in the world. If you have a good academic background or a strong desire to succeed, it is likely you will be able to study with us. Some qualifications have specific entry requirements that you need to be aware of before you enrol, you can find out about these on the individual qualification pages of our website.

We can accept international students who are in New Zealand on a valid work permit studying part-time and enrolling in a qualification authorised by their employer as part of their job. If the study is not work related a variation of conditions is required. We do not accept international students on a visitor visa or student visa. If you are an international student living in New Zealand, you must provide verified evidence of your right to study in New Zealand with your application for enrolment.

Campus information

Located in Lower Hutt near New Zealand’s capital city Wellington.

The city centres on the lower (southern) valley of the Hutt River, to the northeast of Wellington. The valley widens as the river nears its mouth, so the central urban area of the city forms a triangle with its longest side along the shoreline. In the upper reaches of the city the Western and Eastern Hutt Hills become closer, culminating in the Taitā Gorge at the northern end of Lower Hutt, separating the city from neighbouring Upper Hutt.

Lower Hutt includes the cluster of small settlements that extend down the eastern coast of Wellington Harbor. Island.


Courses available 10

Architecture, Building 1 Business, Management 2 Computer Science, IT 1 Education and Teaching 1 Engineering 1 Humanities & Social Sciences 3 Mass Communication & Media 1


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