The Open Polytechnic of New Zealand
NZIS offers two degree pathways in conjunction with the Open Polytechnic of New Zealand (OPNZ). Students can enrol in the third year of the Bachelor of Applied Science degree after completing the NZIS Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Prescription (Level 5) AND the NZIS Advanced Diploma in Exercise Prescription (Level 6). Students can enrol in the third year of the Bachelor of Applied Management degree after completing the NZIS Diploma in Sport Management and Exercise Prescription (Level 5) AND the NZIS Advanced Diploma in Sport Management (Level 6).
Students enrolled in these qualifications are supported at NZIS with dedicated staffing to encourage the completion of the degree programme. The link with NZIS by being able to still call NZIS their “home” gives the students the very best opportunity to be able to complete all their studies. NZIS alumni students Sam Bos states “It’s good to have the tutors at NZIS to help while still having the independence of studying by correspondence”.
Victoria University – Melbourne
Since 2012 NZIS students have been able to pathway directly from its Diploma programme to study at Victoria University in Melbourne through a collaboration arrangement. A significant number of students have achieved their Bachelor in Human Movement and 2014 saw Sosaia Tufui being the first NZIS student accepted onto the Victoria University Masters programme.
Students have the opportunity to study at the state of the art facilities at Footscray with a newly opened $70 million exercise science block. With the reciprocal arrangement with Australia, New Zealand students are only required to pay the equivalent of domestic student tuition fees (as opposed to international student rates), however they are not eligible for student loans and allowances. Graduate Chaz Monaghan, has gone onto become the Personal Training recruitment manager for Steiner Cruise Lines.
The relationship with Victoria University is a very special one as they were very supportive to NZIS after the earthquake in Christchurch and sent a container load of equipment to assist NZIS in their rebuild.