COVID-19 update

Updated 18 May 2020


New Zealand is now at COVID-19 Alert Level 2.

While many MIT programmes will continue to be taught online, more students will be coming back to our campuses.

Your lecturers will let you know if and when you need to come to class.

We are making sure our facilities are safe learning environments during this time.

You can help us by following our health and wellbeing guidelines:

  • Sickness: if you’re unwell please don’t come to MIT. Instead call your GP or Healthline on 0800 611 116.
  • Social Distancing: where possible - in class - keep a distance of one metre between you, your fellow students and teaching staff. Out-and-about on campus, this increases to two metres, particularly around people you don’t know.
  • Contact Tracing: MIT staff are required to record who is on campus, where they go and at what times to assist with COVID-19 response. Be aware that you may be asked to provide your name and contact details to them for this purpose. You can help us by keeping your time on site to a minimum. Ideally, students will arrive, attend lectures or study activities, then leave.
  • Shared Spaces: If you have long breaks between classes consider spending these at home. Shorter breaks should be spent at our cafeterias or libraries where staff will be keeping track of who is on site. If you are going to places at MIT other than designated areas such as classrooms, car parks, cafeterias and libraries please keep a record of it.
  • Hygiene: Wash your hands regularly. Hand sanitizer will be available. Coughs and sneezes should be covered with tissues or your elbow. However, if you find yourself doing this often, you shouldn’t be on site at MIT.
  • PPE: in some courses - like hairdressing – where close contact is unavoidable, personal protective equipment (PPE) will be made available. Make sure you follow your lecturer’s advice on how to use this correctly.

If you have any questions about life at MIT under Alert Level 2, please contact your lecturer.

Further advice on the rules of Level 2 is available here.

Student support

MIT understands this will raise questions for our students. Please click on the link below for a list of Frequently Asked Questions and their answers.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

We encourage you to get in touch with your lecturer for specific advice on study including new course dates and assistance with online learning. For other services; including support around Studylink, financial assistance and counselling etc., contact the Student Support team 0800 696487 or email

COVID-19 Support package for Tertiary Students

The Government has announced a new support package for tertiary students whose study has been impacted by the COVID-19 Level 4 Alert.

Key measures include:

  • Helping to cover extra costs by increasing student loan course-related costs from $1,000 to $2,000 on a temporary basis.
  • Continuing support payments for students unable to study on-line for up to 8 weeks to allow providers enough time to enable distance learning.
  • Technical changes to ensure study being discontinued in 2020 as a result of COVID-19 does not affect student loan life-time limits and students’ Fees Free entitlement.

Read the full Ministry of Education bulletin on this here

More information is available at


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