Institue of Pacific United (IPU)


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Graduate Diploma of Contemporary International Studies

Take your degree further with our Graduate Diploma of Contemporary International StudiesThe program ..

Tution Fees: $18,710

Level 5 Business Studies (Project Management)

Students in the Level 5 Business Studies (Project Management) program gain general and specialized k..

Tution Fees: $18,710

Level 5 Tourism and Travel Studies

IPU New Zealand’s Level 5 Tourism and Travel Studies program is a first step into the wide world of ..

Tution Fees: $18,710

Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies

The Bachelor of Contemporary International Studies (BCIS) is a fully NZQA-accredited three-year degr..

Tution Fees: $18,710

Diploma of Japanese Studies

The Diploma of Japanese Studies (DJAST) is centered on a core of compulsory papers that emphasize th..

Tution Fees: $18,710

Master of Contemporary International Studies

The Master of Contemporary International Studies (MCIS) aims to shape students’ attitudes and thinki..

Tution Fees: $18,710

Postgraduate Diploma of Contemporary International Studies

The Postgraduate Diploma in Contemporary International Studies (PDCIS) exposes students to a wide ra..

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Institute of the Pacific United(IPU) is a Japanese and New Zealand tertiary educational institution based in Palmerston North, New Zealand.


It  is a unique and successful international tertiary institution in New Zealand with students and teaching staff from over 30 different countries. IPU is proud to be one of the first private tertiary institutes established in New Zealand.


Since 1990, IPU has earned a reputation for delivering a global vision for education. IPU New Zealand, is  renowned for  friendly, multicultural environment, and interdisciplinary approach to learning. New Zealand and international students alike learn to live and work flexibly in this radically changing world through their studies at IPU New Zealand. Students from all over the world help make IPU a truly multilingual and multicultural academic environment for the 21st century. Degree, diploma, and postgraduate programmes delivered at IPU include International Business, International Relations, Language (TESOL) Studies, Japanese Studies and Environmental Studies/Ecotourism.


Dedicated teachers and support staff go beyond the usual level of student care to ensure that every learner receives the best possible care and personalised attention, from when they begin their studies at IPU New Zealand, right through to finding their ideal job.


You get the unique experience of studying alongside both New Zealand and international students, while realising your leadership potential. You gain a wide range of employable skills through the numerous clubs, committees, events, and other opportunities available.

Undergraduate qualifications

If you want to study towards a Bachelor Degree (excluding teaching degrees), Certificate of Proficiency, Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma, or Graduate Certificate or Diploma you must have one of the following:

•             IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking

Postgraduate qualifications

If you want to study towards a postgraduate qualification, eg a Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, or PhD you must have one of the following:

•             IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking


For international students, an applicant must have completed a minimum of twelve years of primary and secondary education, or demonstrate academic ability equal to that of a high school graduate.


Subject to a bachelor's degree or equivalent certificate issued by a recognized institution with an average score of at least 50%.

  • You can choose to stay in the  beautiful campus or with a host family. If you are over 22 or have met the conditions to move off campus, you can stay in a flat or apartment in town.
  • All rooms are subject to availability. Students cannot reserve a particular hall or room, but we will endeavour to allocate your choice wherever possible.
  • Temporary accomodation is available..


Homestays are a great way to learn about New Zealand culture and improve your English. Your family will provide you with a single bedroom, meals and clean bed linen and towels. Living with a new family for the first time can be challenging for students and host families. 

A student homestay bedroom includes basic furniture such as a bed, study table, chair, wardrobe and/or cupboard. Students are entitled to uninterrupted study time in their bedroom. 

Flatting (renting) by yourself

Flatting is a popular way that students in New Zealand live, where students share an apartment or house (‘flat’) and household expenses. Flatting is usually cheaper than living in student accommodation or hostels, although flatting has other challenges.

Flatting may be a good option for second year students, older students, and those who are familiar with living in New Zealand.

Hostels and other accommodation

New Zealand has many independently run hostels and other student accommodation. Hostels provide your own bedroom but generally you have to share a bathroom.

The institute is proud to  offer a limited number of scholarships for students whom it  believe will contribute to IPUNew Zealand. It is  always looking to help develop its students into the global leaders of the future and scholarships are one way it can show its support.


The SEG Scholarship is funded by the Soshi Educational Group, which spans throughout Japan, Australia and New Zealand. With more than fifteen educational institutes throughout the Asia-Pacific  region (including schools, tertiary institutes and other educational organisations) the SEG provides facilities for all learners of all ages – from small children to senior citizens. The SEG offers educational opportunities to meet the changing needs of society in the 21st century.


SEG Scholarship A NZ$7,000/year

SEG Scholarship B NZ$5,000/year

SEG Scholarship C NZ$3,000/year


Scholarships A and B only apply to undergraduate programmes. Scholarship C applies to all programmes.



The Mayor’s Goodwill Ambassador Scholarship (MGAS), sponsored by the City Council of Palmerston North, is used to promote Palmerston North as a venue of study for international students and promote events/activities by international students in Palmerston North.


NZ$1000 towards the first year’s tuition.


Quick Facts

Institution TypePRIVATE

Founding Year1990




Fees 19,000 NZ$

Cost of Living

It is difficult to suggest to you exactly how much money you will need to support yourself, as each person's circumstances will be different. We recommend that you budget to cover other costs, including accommodation, food, transport and social activities. But a minimum of 15,500 NZ$ is estimated cost for a yearly expenses

Ranking of Universities

World Ranking                     :         14153

Country Rank                       :          31


57 Aokautere Dr, Fitzherbert, Palmerston North 4410, New Zealand

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