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Eastern Institute of Technology



Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) is an Institute of Technology/Polytechnic (ITP) and was established in 1974. EIT has the distinction of being considered as an exemplar for tertiary education providers in New Zealand, by both the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and Ministry of Education NZ (MOE). EIT is a category one institution having achieved highly confident ratings for both self-assessment and educational performance in the institution's previous New Zealand Qualifications Authority (NZQA) External Evaluation and Review (EER).

EIT is a highly respected provider of applied vocational and professional education, with over 10,500 students in 2019, including 1,450 international students from 45 different countries.

EIT's portfolio of academic programmes have been developed in response to industry needs both nationally and globally. EIT is committed to delivering applied learning with a focus on preparing students for real jobs.

EIT has an academic programme portfolio of 158 programmes and qualifications. The institution offers programmes at master's degree, postgraduate diploma, bachelor's degree, graduate diploma, diploma and certificate level.

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What's new

What's new

Eastern Institute of Technology's academic programme development aligns closely with regional and global industry needs. EIT also develops programmes which give opportunities for students, with different academic profiles, to progress into the level of study they intend to pursue. EIT has introduced the following programmes in 2020:

These courses are delivered by faculty who are industry experienced professionals and in smaller classes, ensuring that students receive personal attention.

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Teaching quality

Teaching quality

EIT lecturers and teachers are highly qualified, many have PhDs and are research active. It is often stated that academic teaching is underpinned by research. EIT has been rated as one of the top institutes of technology in New Zealand for research excellence by the Tertiary Education Commission (TEC) and has achieved world-class research rankings.

Many of EIT's lecturers are industry experienced professionals who are able to teach the practical application of theoretical learning and bring their industry networks and contacts to bear in supporting their teaching at EIT. Lecturers work closely on research projects with businesses and organisations at national and international levels. These contacts enable lecturers to impart their knowledge to students from a more practical perspective, enabling the students to have several kinds of practical experience that will help them acquire the skills and knowledge to get ahead in their careers. Many EIT academic programmes have a work-based learning component. This could be an internship, work placement or an industry generated business project.

At EIT, students will receive the support they need to help facilitate their academic achievement. There are smaller classes which enables more personal attention, where discussion is encouraged, and students have ready access to their lecturers. EIT aims to ensure students are treated as individuals with one-on-one attention, as well as the opportunity to prepare for the work environment after their course of study is complete. Students will be supported by faculty who are highly accessible and can receive guidance and help with everything from planning their studies to applying to work after they graduate. EIT offers a free essential academic skills course to assist students to transition to graduate level study.

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Subject areas

Subject areas


Studying business at EIT enables students to gain a competitive advantage by equipping them with one of EIT's comprehensive qualifications. Students can specialise in the highly sought after and innovative fields of applied management, digital business and logistics and supply chain. Skills will be developed in communication, management, accounting and marketing, setting students up for their future careers in the stimulating and varied industry of business both nationally and on the world stage.


EIT students can discover the exciting world of computing and gain the future skills for the fast-growing Information Technology sector. EIT's practical, applied programmes with industry-based placements, prepare graduates for rewarding career opportunities from website and software development to user experience design along with consulting and management for high-flying companies.

Viticulture and wine science

EIT is a specialist provider of cutting-edge, industry-relevant viticulture and wine science programmes providing students with up-to-date and comprehensive knowledge in the field. Students are taught in state-of-the-art facilities at the EIT Napier campus in Hawke's Bay by faculty with a breadth of experience as chemists, microbiologists, consultant winemakers and academic researchers. As the most diverse wine growing region in New Zealand, Hawke's Bay offers a wide range of wineries where students can engage in practical learning.

Health science

EIT's interdisciplinary master's and postgraduate level health science programmes provide the opportunity for qualified health professionals and health service managers to develop advanced practical knowledge and critical analysis skills.

Creative industries

Students who are creative at heart with an inquiring mind are able to choose from a range of exciting programmes, including the Master in Professional Creative Practice.

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How to apply

How to apply

Students who wish to apply to EIT must do the following:

Step 1 - Students must complete the online international application form. The institute will assess a student's application and let them know the outcome as soon as possible. They will be sent an offer of place and details of the fees payable (which should not take longer than five days if the application is complete and there are no documents pending).

Step 2 - Students should pay their fees and apply for their visas. They will need their EIT receipt for their tuition fees when they apply for their visa.

Step 3 - Once the visa has been approved, students can book their flights. They need to send a copy of their visa details to the institute, when available.

Students also need to inform EIT about their arrival details by email, so that they can be picked up at the airport in Napier when they arrive and can be given the correct details about their arrival in Auckland.

Step 4 - Accommodation will be arranged (on request) for students who have the option to live in a homestay, flat or the student village in Napier, if they apply quickly due to high demand. Students can contact the institute with their requirements for all three campuses in Napier, Auckland and Gisborne.

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Facilities and campus life

Facilities and campus life

EIT has three campuses in Napier, Auckland and Gisborne. The main campus is in Napier, Hawke's Bay. Each campus is unique and has its own features, catering to all types of students.

EIT Hawke's Bay is one of New Zealand's most attractive campuses with 27 hectares of gardens and distinctive regional architecture, giving the feeling of space and providing a beautiful environment. The Napier based campus offers the widest range of programmes and enrols domestic and international students. Tairāwhiti, the campus in Gisborne, provides options for international students in nursing, business, IT, horticulture and cookery. Both Napier and Gisborne offer a relaxed small city lifestyle with temperate weather, easy access to beaches, mountains, lakes and rivers, along with New Zealand's oldest winery.

Auckland offers students a city experience as a graduate school enrolling only international students. The Auckland campus is located on Queen Street in a great central location with easy access to the big city life.

All campuses have specialised student-centric learning technology and spaces for teaching groups and learning individually. Campus life and student integration is facilitated by student learning and student support systems. These include academic mentors and career guidance services, international pastoral care and accommodation specialists, and Napier's Student Association, Younited.

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Graduate outcomes

Graduate outcomes

Student success is EIT's priority. EIT's strategic priorities include developing students who:

  • are engaged in relevant programmes
  • are successfully supported in their learner journey
  • are well prepared and work-ready
  • achieve educational and career success
  • are sought after by employers

EIT's programmes are developed with the following graduate attributes as a focus:

  • Lifelong learners who take responsibility for their own learning
  • Effective communicators, networkers and team workers
  • Active participants in and contributors to New Zealand society
  • Confident studying, working and living in an international context

Further to this, EIT provides free one-to-one counselling on employment in New Zealand. Its specialised careers counsellors will help students:

  • Develop skills and knowledge to plan and manage their careers
  • Provide information relating to the job market
  • Provide information on job search strategies
  • Assist with the preparation of job applications, including assisting with writing a resume and covering letter, and completing online job applications.
  • With interview techniques
  • With industry engagement evenings with a view to networking with employers as well as presenting student projects to them.

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