About AIS

Established in 1990, Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS) is one of New Zealand’s largest private degree-granting institutions.

We provide a wide range of NZQA-approved qualifications, including certificate, diploma, undergraduate degree, graduate diploma, and postgraduate diploma and degree programmes for domestic and international students. AIS offers a variety of courses in business, tourism management, hospitality management, information technology and business administration. Our fast-growing MBA programme is one of the largest in New Zealand, and our English Language Centre offers qualifications in EFL, EAP, IELTS Preparation and Business English.

We are located in Mount Albert in Central Auckland and operate from two attractive campuses. Our St Helens campus is situated in a park-like setting next to Chamberlain Park Golf Course, and was once the St Helens Auckland Maternity Hospital. Our Asquith campus is located a five minute walk away, close to St Lukes shopping centre and with excellent transport links to the city and the central and western suburbs.

The AIS flexible three-semester system and cross-credit recognition allows students to fast-track their studies and to get a head start on their careers. We provide assistance to students on employment issues during and after their studies – this includes assistance with CV preparation and interview skills, job placement and internships. Our Online Visa Office allows international students to process visas on campus. 

We ensure that a friendly, nurturing environment balances and supports our rigorous and demanding academic programmes. Students at AIS experience expert personalised education in small classes – our experienced and approachable teaching faculty value personal contact with students.

We give our students, whether from New Zealand or overseas, everything they need to feel comfortable and confident while studying with us. We ensure that they are well-equipped to succeed once they complete their qualifications.


AIS is New Zealand's most international private tertiary institute, with a roll of around 1000 students from over 35 different countries. Over 20,000 students have passed through our doors in this period, and over 4,200 degrees and higher diplomas have been awarded.


The institute was established in Auckland’s Downtown Centre as a School of Language offering courses in English language to international students.


A School of Business was opened offering a Diploma of Business Studies.


A School of Travel and Tourism was added to expand the scope of international studies offered to the domestic market. An Advanced Diploma in Business was also developed as part of the progression towards degree-granting status. 


Expanding student numbers led to a move to the present site of the St Helens Campus in Mt Albert. The property was formerly a St Helens maternity hospital (1968 to 1990), one of a number of state maternity hospitals named ‘St Helens’ which were originally established in New Zealand in 1904 by New Zealand’s longest-serving prime minister, Richard Seddon, who was born near St Helens in Lancashire, England.


The institute's first degree, a Bachelor of International Business, was launched.


A School of Graduate Studies offering an MBA in International Management, and a School of Language and Culture offering a Bachelor of Language and Culture, were opened.


The institute received a New Zealand Services Exporter of the Year Award from Trade New Zealand in recognition of its success in international markets.


A joint venture was established with the University of Otago to offer a Foundation Year for international students moving into Commerce and Arts degrees. A new MBA in International Business and a Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL) were launched.


AIS celebrated its 10th anniversary.


The institute opened its second campus, the Asquith Campus, at a nearby property.


The first of the institute’s Information Technology programmes were launched. 


A Graduate Diploma in Information Technology was launched.


A Bachelor of Tourism Management was launched.


Specialisations in the Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of International Business degree were added, and the Bachelor of Language and Culture was renamed as the Bachelor of Arts with two specialisations.


Hospitality programmes were launched with a National Certificate in Hospitality (Food and Beverage Service) (Level 3).


A Graduate Diploma in International Business, a Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management, and a postgraduate diploma within the MBA programme were launched.


AIS celebrated its 20th anniversary with the launch of a Bachelor of Information Technology.


A new Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, based on the Bachelor of Information Technology, was launched, along with two new diplomas in Hospitality Management.


The institute launched its sixth degree - a Bachelor of Hospitality Management.


The institute’s first offshore site at Manav Rachna International University in Faridabad, India, received NZQA accreditation for the delivery of diplomas in International Business and Information Technology, with students graduating with Level 6 diplomas since 2015.


The institute rebranded from AIS St Helens to Auckland Institute of Studies (AIS), with a focus on four guiding values: quality education, supportive environment, individual focus and real world success. A major external review by NZQA resulted in the achievement of “Category 1” status.


25th anniversary celebrations throughout the year marked the first quarter-century of AIS. A Graduate Diploma in Hospitality Management was launched.


NZQA approval was granted to rename the BIB to Bachelor of Business to broaden its appeal, and the first New Zealand diplomas were approved in Tourism and Travel, and Hospitality Management.


Programme development has continued with the approval of a Postgraduate Diploma in Information Technology, and accreditation of a site in Wellington for the Graduate Diploma in Tourism Management.