Why Study With Us

Bay of Plenty Polytechnic is a New Zealand government owned and funded institute of technology that offers the largest range of New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) approved programmes in Tauranga and the Western Bay of Plenty. Local and international students can pick from over 120 certificate, diploma and degree programmes in a range of subjects, all taught by our industry experienced tutors.

We've joined forces with the University of Waikato and share facilities in Tauranga to create pathways for students to move easily from diploma into bachelor degrees.


Nirosh Wijesinghe, Sri Lankan student at Bay of Plenty Polytechnic"I wanted to come to New Zealand because I’m a big fan of nature. I did some research and learned about Tauranga and about its sports and recreation, the forests, the sea, and the beaches.

The best way to describe New Zealanders is ‘friendly.’ When I first started my classes I expected them to be scary, but they weren’t, because the lecturers and tutors were so helpful. Now I’ve been here for one and half years.

On my weekends I work as a Venue Attendant at a very busy arena and sports facility. I’m definitely enjoying Tauranga. It feels like home. I have told everyone in Sri Lanka that they should just get here."

Nirosh Wijesinghe, N.Z. Dip. Bus. (Level 6) and University of Waikato BBA


Miaoran Yang

"Tauranga is a beautiful city with friendly people. Studying at the Polytechnic is a really good way to learn a skill and get a job. I find the course very interesting. My classes are small. I have the best tutors ever and this helps me to learn a lot more.

I love coming to class every day and have already found part-time work in a café."

Miaoran Yang (Chrissy), Cert. Cookery (Level 4)


For further information on working while studying in New Zealand as an International Student, visit the New Zealand Study Work website.