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Off-Campus Study

ISEP NMIT in New Zealand

Come and experience the best that New Zealand has to offer whilst continuing your studies and gaining all important credits. NMIT’s Nelson and Marlborough campuses are located at the top of the South Island which gives us privileged access to some of the best outdoor activities and scenery anywhere in the world.

Our region is famed for winemaking, aquaculture and adventure tourism amongst many other things, so whether you’re keen to bottle your own vintage, get personal with mussels or go rafting, our Study Abroad programme offers you an easy pathway to come and enjoy it all.

The Nelson campus location means quick and easy access to the cafés, bars and shopping in Nelson city. You’re never far from anywhere - whether it’s quality urban time you’re after, or a break in one of the many city parks and public spaces nearby. Getting around is a breeze, especially on a bike, or using the public bus system.

Just one and a half hours’ drive from Nelson, our Blenheim campus provides a standalone study abroad experience which allows you to immerse yourself in the world of winemaking. The Marlborough region produces 78 percent of New Zealand’s grapes for wine and is the home of the acclaimed New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc variety. Study during the Semester 1 (February to June) and you can include a course that allows placement in a local winery producing your own vintage!

This program is best for a student that is independent.  A student must be comfortable with advocating for themselves on campus and comfortable with the local language to thrive in this location. Please be aware that there may not be the same access to internet or amenities to which you may be accustomed.  Student services and especially class registration may not be at all similar to what is done at the College, and may be difficult for some students to adjust.  

Learn more about the NMIT! Read the ISEP Country Handbook to learn more about visa requirements, educational system, and culture.

Program Type

Exchange or Direct


Nelson, New Zealand

Languages of Instruction


Program Dates

Fall 2018: July to November

Spring 2019: February to July

All dates are tentative and may change.  ISEP will alert all accepted students of final dates.

Please note that this site observes the Southern Hemisphere academic calendar. Lake Forest Spring Semester is referred to as Semester 1. Lake Forest Fall Semester is referred to as Semester 2.


To be eligible to participate in this program, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Good academic and judicial standing during time of application AND time of participation in program
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at Lake Forest College AND have junior status or higher before participation. 
  • At least 18 years of age by the program’s departure date. 
  • Be able to stay at the host program for the duration of the semester, including through the exam and travel periods
  • Minimum GPA of 2.75 or higher  


Students applying to ISEP must apply for an Exchange option (in any country) as a first choice but may apply to a Direct option as a back-up.  Direct options may have an additional cost.

 Chance of placement on ISEP Exchange is very limited. Chance of placement on ISEP Direct is Good.


Located on the northern coast of the South Island of New Zealand, NMIT offers a variety of attractive academic options. Students will receive great exposure to local industries as well as a large number of opportunities outside of the classroom to explore all that New Zealand has to offer.


As an ISEP student you can build your own program by choosing your courses from a variety of subject areas.  

Come and experience the best that New Zealand has to offer whilst continuing your studies and gaining all important credits. NMIT’s Nelson and Marlborough campuses are located at the top of the South Island which gives us privileged access to some of the best outdoor activities and scenery anywhere in the world.

The region is famed for winemaking, aquaculture and adventure tourism amongst many other things, so whether you’re keen to bottle your own vintage, get personal with mussels or go rafting, the NMIT program offers students an easy pathway to come and enjoy it all.

Course Description

Remember that NMIT operates in the Southern Hemisphere. Be sure to search for courses using the correct semester parameters: Semester 1 is February to June and Semester 2 is July to November. 

At NMIT study abroad and exchange students can study in the subject area of their major and include courses from other subject areas, dependent on timetable clashes and meeting necessary prerequisites.

Most of the courses are worth 15 NMIT Credits (7.5 ECTS/3.75 US Semester Credits). Choosing a full year of study would equate to between 90 and 120 credits.

Other Academic Conditions

Students applying to NMIT should list eight to nine classes on their ISEP application in order to avoid any delays in application processing.

Nursing is CLOSED to incoming students.  

NMIT follows the Southern Hemisphere calendar. 

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture:

    Agricultural Business Operations,  Animal Husbandry,  Horticulture Operations,  Plant Protection and Integrated Pest Management,  Soil Sciences,  Viticulture and Enology

  • Business: 

    Accounting,  Auditing,  Business Communications,  Business Management, Business Statistics,  E-Commerce,  Economics,  Entrepreneurship, Finance,  Human Resources Management,  International Business/Trade/Commerce,  Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management,  Management Information Systems,  Marketing, Organizational Behavior Studies,  Organizational Leadership

  • Communication:

    Advertising,  Digital Communication and Media

  • Computer and Information Sciences: 

    Computer and IT Support Services,  Computer Applications Programming , Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications,  Modeling, Virtual Environments and Simulation,  Web Page/Multimedia Design

  • Engineering: 

    Civil Engineering,  Computer Engineering,  Computer Software Engineering

  • Human Services

    Social Work

  • Visual and Performing Arts: 

    Art Studies,  Design and Visual Communications,  Digital Arts,  Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other,  Graphic Design,  Interior Design,  Music Performance, Painting,  Photography,  Printmaking,  Sculpture,  Studio Arts

  • Biology:

    Anatomy,  Animal Physiology,  Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Biometry/Biometrics,  Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,  Endocrinology, Genetics,  Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography,  Marine Sciences, Microbiology and Immunology,  Parasitology,  Physiology,  Toxicology, Wildlife Biology,  Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Hospitality and Tourism:

    Hospitality Management,  Tourism Management

  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation:

    Environmental Science,  Marine Resources Management,  Sustainability Studies

  • Psychology

    Counseling Psychology


Academic support is available free of charge with our NMIT Learning Support team. The learning advisors are here to advise and assist you with any aspect of your learning. The team offers one-to-one training as well as a range of seminars or small group training sessions. Their aim is to help students to become independent effective learners. You can make an appointment with the appropriate tutor in regards to general skills, academic writing or maths, or download one of our many information hand-outs. (Available for ISEP students free of charge).  

 Here is a link to the Website for Course Availability!

Academic Environment and Teaching Style

Please understand that the academic system is quite different. Classes are usually lecture-based, instead of discussion or group work. Classes are often much larger than those found at Lake Forest College. Grades are based heavily, at times almost entirely, on one end-of-term exam, though some courses will also offer a midterm.  Professors are often more formal than those in the United States.

All courses/modules may have prerequisites.  Some departments may have limitations on numbers of courses that can be taken within or outside it.  Be aware of these limitations.

Can review the country handbooks for ISEP here as well:


ISEP Placement info: http://www.isep.org/Coordinators/us_placement_notes_english.asp

Course Approvals

Check to see if your department has pre-approved courses here. If not, don’t worry. You can work with your advisor.

Experiential Opportunities


Students coming to NMIT for one semester or a year have the opportunity to select programmes that include internships or research placements with industry. Internships provide you with the opportunity to gain real world experience, to demonstrate and acquire skills, grow confidence and receive a reference to help you in your search for future employment. NMIT has strong connections with our local industries and can link you with people who are in the field that you are passionate about. 


In the Nelson region locals really get involved with volunteering in their spare time. Volunteer Nelson is an excellent organisation that can connect you with a wide range of volunteering opportunities. This can range from assisting at the International Film Festival, replanting forest areas, helping at the local animal shelter, working in the wildlife sanctuary and so much more! 

Student Life


SANITI (your student association) in conjunction with NMIT has arranged a number of activities for you to get involved with during your time with us, starting with orientation, then moving on to a variety of activities throughout the year. There is a dedicated International Student Activities calendar that all international students can take part in throughout the year. Past excursions have included the Abel Tasman National Park, white water rafting, Golden Bay, Pelorus, The Brook Sanctuary, Kayaking, Kaiteriteri Beach and more! They also run a range of cultural events and festivals that you can participate in and meet new friends from all around the world. The majority of these are free of charge and provide an excellent opportunity to explore the region with your peers. (Available for ISEP students and is part of your compulsory Student Services Levy). 

Community Engagement

The Nelson Community is very inviting and welcoming to newcomers to the region. There are lots of opportunities for you to partake in community engagement in Nelson.  

Housing and Meals

Self-Catered Housing or Homestay Housing options are available. For more information please follows this link! A stipend which covers a large part of costs for housing and meals is provided.

Financial Information

For all approved programs for guaranteed financial aid transferability, students pay their Lake Forest College tuition plus a program fee. The program fee for a semester with the ISEP Exchange program includes orientation, on-site director, college fees, housing and a stipend to cover the equivalent of 19/meals per week.

Direct fees are set by the host university and may be different than that of Exchange, which tend to be less expensive to promote more exchange opportunities for all schools.  

Here is an estimated budget for the Fall 2018/Spring 2019:

Budget Item





Lake Forest College Tuition



Program fee (estimated)

Note: Spring may have added cost



College Deposit (credit)



Total Expected Billed by Lake Forest College



ISEP Fee due on Stage 2 Application



College Deposit due on Acceptance (non-refundable, but shows as credit on bill for off-campus term)



ISEP-required health and repatriation insurance ($90/mo estimated)

Note: Some countries require national insurance. Check ISEP.


(included in program fee)

Additional Meals



Estimated Airfare



Estimated Personal Expenses (passport, visas, immunizations, textbooks, supplies, personal expenses, additional national insurance if required, travel insurance, additional travel etc.)



Total Out-of-Pocket Expenses








Tuition rates and program fees are subject to change each year, but this information was up-to-date as of February 2018. We will notify applicants, and update this page if the program fee or other estimates change.

Keep in mind that you may spend more or less in certain areas like personal expenses, travel, meals, or airfare, depending on exchange rates and your own spending habits. Classroom or lab fees are not included in this estimate, nor fees to enroll in courses at partner institutions, and will depend on your course registration choices.  

Don’t forget to apply for scholarships! A great listing can be found here.  

Do check your student account on My.Lakeforest for your aid awards, as much of this will go with you. If you want to compare your program to the cost of being on campus, those numbers can be found here: https://www.lakeforest.edu/admissions/tuition/fees.php

You can discuss with Financial Aid your specific aid package and your expected family contribution.