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Covid-19 Impacts: The New Zealand government is carefully controlling entry into the country to stop the spread of Covid-19. To study with us on-campus, you will need to be in New Zealand already, or be able to enter New Zealand and complete any required quarantine before your study begins. Please visit the Immigration NZ website for more information.

This page provides information on our application process and requirements:

Admission Requirements

Our student body is diverse and inclusive, including both women and men, various cultural and ethnic backgrounds, and ranging in age from high-school graduates through to retirees. The common thread is love in Christ, and an eagerness to seek God's will and a biblical foundation for their life.

To be accepted for study, applicants must:

  • be at least 18 years old when they begin their study

and satisfy SPBC that they are:

  • of good moral character and in agreement with the special Christian character of the South Pacific Bible College

  • able to work at an academic level equal to levels 5 and 6 or higher on the New Zealand Qualifications Framework (NZQF), and

  • proficient in the English language. Read 'English Language Requirements' on the Preparing to Study page.

Additional requirements may apply to specific programmes of study: see the course page for pre-requisites.

The Admission Process

Our admission process is as follows.

    1. Enquiry:
      When you first get in touch, we will discuss your study and spiritual goals and help you with any questions you still have after browsing our website.

    2. Application:
      Following our initial contact with you, we will give you an application form to complete and sign. You will also need to provide supporting information, as listed on the application form. For example:

  • a personal statement about your intentions for study

  • evidence of your previous education and relevant experience

  • proof of your identity and citizenship

  • proof of English Language proficiency (international applicants only).

Depending on your course, you may also need to provide:

  • contact details for up to three referees, who we will contact directly

  • a placement agreement

  • vetting information

  • any other relevant supporting information.

    1. Processing and Outcome:
      When all application requirements have been met, we will process the application and advise you of the outcome in writing.

    2. Accepting:
      To finalise your place, accept the offer to study with SPBC and pay your fees.

    3. Getting Ready to Study:
      Once your place to study has been confirmed, you will need to make sure all other arrangements are in place for your study (and travel, where relevant). Our Student Affairs Office can assist with these steps. Find more details at our Preparing to Study page.

      • Visa application

      • Health and travel insurance

      • Living costs (including possible fundraising efforts)

      • Accommodation arrangements

      • Applying for credit transfers or recognition of prior learning

Scroll to the bottom of this page to enquire or apply now.

Admission is granted at the sole discretion of the college administration or their representatives.

Application Due Dates

    • International applications (including all supporting documents) are due no less than three months before the course start date. Where possible, allowing more time is strongly recommended. This allows for visa processing by New Zealand Immigration, over which SPBC has no control. (Note: You can only apply for a visa after you have received your offer letter and paid your fees.)

    • Domestic applications (including all supporting documents) are due no less than three weeks before classes start. Enquiries after this cut-off date will be handled case-by-case.

See Preparing to Study for a definition of Domestic and International students. In most cases, Australians are classed as domestic.

Preparing to Study? Find more information in one place, with the
SPBC Prospectus.

Enquire or Apply Now

Applicants to on-campus study: Email SPBC Student Director <gill@spbc.org.nz> with details of your intent to study.
Applications to online study: Apply now using the form on the relevant qualification page.