Top reasons to study at NMIT

Top reasons to study at NMIT

In a bind about where to study? Hands down it’s gotta be NMIT. Here are our top reasons why.

Great part of NZ to study in


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Nelson and Marlborough are incredible study destinations. They burst with life and energy like a big city yet retain a lovely community feel. Both enjoy some of the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand (Marlborough clocked a whopping 2800 hours in one year and currently sits at number one for highest sunshine hours in NZ). 

Nelson campus is located in the heart of Nelson city. Stroll or cycle from one end of town to the other easily. Stop and enjoy one of many boutique shops, cafes and bars. From Nelson, you can drive over to Marahau and experience tramping in the Abel Tasman National Park, or stay a little closer and paddle board from Tahuna Beach to Haulashore Island. 

34 areas of study and more than 100 programmes

NMIT offers more than 100 programmes at certificate, diploma or degree level across a broad range of study areas. We also provide study in the following specialist programme areas: AquacultureAviationConservationMaritime and Viticulture and Winemaking. Need to study online? No problem. A number of our programmes are available online or involve a combination of online and onsite workshops.

Industry-savvy tutors with 360 degree understanding

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You will be taught and supported by experts from your future profession. NMIT is proud to have experienced, industry-savvy tutors and support staff from a wide range of countries. If/when you hit a stumbling block turn to your tutors who have lived and breathed your study area, can relate and provide help.

NMIT is small enough to know your name

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Class sizes are small which means we really get to know you. Your tutors care about your development and success - you are more than a number; more than a bum on a seat.

“All the tutors here are amazing helping people. They'll sit down and communicate with you as opposed to when I was school you'd be spoken at.” - Astrid Jeppesen, NMIT Arts & Media Graduate

Award-winning facilities and technologies

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Gain hands-on experience with the equipment you’re likely to use in your new career. Over $43 million has been invested in recent years in a range of modern facilities. These include the very latest Maritime simulation software suite, salmon rearing aquaculture facilities on campus, a clinical Nursing simulation space with six hospital beds, a wine sensory room on Marlborough campus, the award winning Creative Industries building and full commercial kitchen facilities for cookery students with state-of-the-art equipment.

“These guys have got it lucky.” - Australian Chef, Elijah Holland (commenting after working in NMIT’s training kitchen)

Qualifications that understand graduates and provide clear pathways

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Programmes are worded in work ready language and include a graduate profile statement. You’ll finish with the right set of skills needed in order to thrive in the workplace. You won’t need to explain how your qualification differs from someone else. You’ll be able to say "this is my qualification" and the industry will understand what that means for you and them.

Credible industry links and placements

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NMIT works with local companies, organisations and industries to provide the most current, industry-aligned programmes available. They help us develop new programmes, provide study scholarships for your benefit, sponsor new facilities and provide 'real world' work experience via placements.

You can get help when you need it

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NMIT provides a range of support services for when you need it. Learner Services is located in the Library Learning Centre of Nelson campus. It is your one stop support hub for help and advice. You can also head to SANITI - your student led association available for advice about finance and careers.

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