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Why Study at BTI?

Located in Tauranga, in the sunny Bay of Plenty, we are lucky to be surrounded by some of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery, beaches, walks, mountains and lakes right on our doorstep. BTI offer part-time, full-time and distance study options across Teaching, Social Work, Counselling, Master’s and postgraduate study as well as a Level 4 certificate in study and career preparation.


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At BTI, we are a dedicated and growing community of learners who are motivated by a Christian faith that is meaningful to us and fuels our passion to be agents of positive change. Stretching our students toward excellence in their chosen field is a high priority and developing the “whole person” is an integral part of that process and is really important to us. This approach makes our graduates stand out from the crowd and, most importantly, make a difference in the lives of others.

Great Hearts and Minds

BTI is dedicated to growing our students’ hearts as well as their minds during their tertiary study with us. We know that great practice comes from great hearts and minds. 

Outstanding Staff

Our staff have years of experience and practical training in their relevant fields, many in different parts of Aotearoa New Zealand and from around the world. 

Exceptional Programmes

Our undergraduate degrees are of very high quality, provide exceptional success rates and fit our students for professional roles. Our postgraduate programmes are world-class. 

Distance or Online Learning

BTI has been teaching distance learning for nearly 20 years. Students have exclusive access to our dedicated learning portal, BTI Online and use tools of remote working.

Amazing Lifestyle

With our campus in the sunny Bay of Plenty district, studying at BTI can allow for an amazing lifestyle. You could be surfing in the morning, studying in the afternoon, then dining out or soaking in hot pools after dark. 

Tīkanga Māori

Recognising and celebrating tīkanga Māori is an important aspect to studying at BTI, whether through learning te reo in class or singing waiata together with our educators on campus. 

Successful Support

Our students get wrap-around support and pastoral care, from our educators as well as dedicated academic, library and support staff. 


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