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International Pacific College (IPC)


In August 1987, teachers and higher education authorities from the Asia-Pacific region gathered together in Honolulu, Hawaii to discuss the future of education. The result of this symposium was the proposition and development of the “International Pacific University Plan”. The goal of this Plan sought to build an extensive educational network between various local tertiary institutions, and in addition, provide students with international educational opportunities across the region. In this dynamic environment, students could develop cross-cultural communication skills in a variety of fields – including business, education or sports.

A special delegation then presented this plan to the New Zealand Government, with a proposal to establish a private tertiary institution providing international education in New Zealand. This was an unprecedented event, as at that time the provision of tertiary education in New Zealand was strictly the domain of existing universities and polytechnics. After months of discussion and negotiation, the government approved the establishment of a private tertiary institution as part of New Zealand’s educational reform. The new institution was aptly named “International Pacific College” (IPC).

Many graduates with a degree or diploma start their own businesses or have found employment with internationally recognised hotels, companies, and organisations either in New Zealand or in their home countries. IPC is also known for its strong academic programmes, in which students gain not only professional knowledge but also practical skills in international business, international relations and international languages.

IPC is one of several tertiary institutions in Palmerston North. Students make Palmerston North a young person’s city. A third of its population is aged between 15 and 30 years. With students from over 60 countries, it boasts a cosmopolitan and vibrant community. The city centre is a haven for students, offering lots of choices of restaurants, cafes, shopping malls and boutique stores. People gather at many of the cultural events held in the city's square. They take part in social and community activities, join sports clubs, or enjoy exhibitions, shows and performances throughout the year.

IPC Rugby Programme

Study at International Pacific College (IPC)

All applicants must have completed a minimum of twelve years of primary and secondary education, or be able to demonstrate academic ability equal to that of a high school graduate, attain a specified level of English proficiency and complete any introductory studies specified for the undergraduate academic programme in which he or she proposes to enroll for.

The minimum academic standard for entry into the post-graduate programme is generally a Bachelors degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised institution.

Master of International Studies
Postgraduate Diploma of International studies

Both of these qualifications are of an interdisciplinary nature. Students study a mix of business, politics, environment and science in order to foster awareness for sustainable decision-making. The programme addresses key issues from environmental science, with emphasis on how science and technology underpin modern economic and political realities. The programme of study is designed to provide students with an interdisciplinary qualification in business, international relations and sustainable development, all of which demonstrate rapidly growing global opportunities.

Graduate Diploma of International Studies
The Graduate Diploma of International Studies (GDIS) is a one-year undergraduate programme designed to meet the needs of students who have completed a Bachelor’s degree and who wish to undertake further studies in specialised, internationally-oriented papers. The Graduate Diploma is ideal for those who want to further their knowledge and skills in their chosen field. Students take eight papers at the second and third year undergraduate level that reflect various specialties within the Bachelor of International Studies programme: linguistics and cultural studies, international business, international relations, or environmental studies.

Bachelor of International Studies
The Bachelor of International Studies (BIS) is a versatile qualification, applicable to the international business, political and physical environments. It is a fully NZQA-accredited three-year interdisciplinary degree programme. Students enrolled in the BIS programme explore four key areas: international relations, international business, environmental studies and language studies. Students can, if they wish, choose one of five majors (international business, international relations, language studies, environmental studies, or Japanese studies) in order to pursue a variety of career opportunities. IPC provides various professional Internship opportunities to any of its students majoring in International Business, International Relations and Language/Japanese studies.

Diploma of Japanese Studies (DJAST)
The Diploma of Japanese Studies is centred on a core of compulsory papers that emphasise the development of a firm foundation in Japanese language skills and an understanding of traditional and contemporary Japanese culture as well as modern society, politics and business.

Diploma of International Sport Studies (DISS)
The Diploma of International Sport Studies (DISS) is a fully accredited NZQA programme, consisting of nine level 3-5 papers, each worth 15 credits, for a total of 135 credits. The programme combines three key areas: coaching, injury prevention and high performance development and analysis. Papers are directed towards each student’s respective sporting discipline, and comfortably accommodate the needs of students to train and develop their own personal skills at the same time.

IPC Rugby Programme
New Zealand International Rugby Programme (NZIRP) is a New Zealand based rugby academy programme in an international environment with international connections. It is a unique model that focuses on achieving both high performance rugby and academic success for individual players considering a representative / professional rugby career in NZ or overseas. Opportunities and pathways at all levels of rugby are available to those in the programme.

Foundation English Programme
IPC offers a Foundation English Programme to first year students, enabling them to achieve English language proficiency and a set of useful study skills, as well as developing their critical thinking in preparation for a tertiary level education.

All courses    NZ$ 20,375

*the fee includes:
•    tuition fee for the entire program
•    application fee of NZ$ 125
•    facility fee of NZ$ 1,250

*the fee DOES NOT include:
•    visa fee
•    health insurance fee (visa requirement)