Explaining Unfunded International Providers

Unfunded International Providers (UIP) background and how to on-board the system.

About UIP

The Unfunded International Providers (UIP) system is an automated event based data collection system which will collect individual learner and provider data from private training establishments that do not receive funding from the Tertiary Education Commission and that are signatories to the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students. It has been established to increase the timeliness, quality and breadth of information collected by the Ministry of Education on the Unfunded International Providers sector.

From 31 March 2016, UIPs will need to electronically transmit specified information to the Ministry of Education as a condition of registration, under Rule 5.1.3 of the Private Training Establishment Registration Rules 2013. Information about the change to Rule 5.1.3 is available on the NZQA website.

Temporary exemption from NZQA rule change for English language only providers

UIPs that only provide English language training will have a temporary exemption from having to submit the data listed in the NZQA rule change. Any UIPs that provide other training will still have to submit the data listed in the rule change.

During the temporary exemption, those UIPs that provide English language training do need to continue to use the current aggregated Export Education Levy (EEL) collection.

All UIPs that have “mixed” provision, (i.e. English language provision and other non-English language provision), as well as UIPs with no English language provision, will not be exempt and they must supply data using the new UIP system for all of their courses, including English language courses.

During the exemption period, if a provider that offers only English language programmes begins to provide non-English language programmes, then the exemption no longer applies for that provider. The provider must then supply data via the UIP system for all of their courses from that date, including English language courses.

An exempted UIP may choose to undertake the UIP data collection.

Find out more on the NZQA website

What do I need to do?

The content on these pages will guide you through the process of preparing for the data collection, updating your Student Management System (SMS), undertaking the SMS compliance testing process and going live. The Business as Usual (BAU) pages have information for Tertiary Education Organisations (TEOs) and system information for SMS vendors and development teams.

Once you have made the initial changes to integrate your SMS with the UIP system no further action is required. Your BAU processes within your SMS will transmit messages to the UIP system in the background.

How do I integrate my SMS with UIP?

You will need to make updates to your SMS to enable the automated data collection process. Further details can be found in the PTE Guide to integrating your SMS with UIP [PDF; 634KB].

How do I know if I am a UIP for this data collection?

Registered PTEs who are signatories on the Code of Practice for Pastoral Care of International Students and are unfunded (i.e. do not return an SDR).  See a list of current UIPs.

If you are an unfunded TEO with international students, you must complete either an SDR return or a UIP return. If you are voluntarily completing an SDR return, you may continue to do so or change to submitting a UIP return.

If you are a funded TEO with international students completing an SDR return, and change status to become an unfunded TEO, you may continue to submit an SDR return, or change to submitting a UIP return.

Reference documents

For a list of UIP resources and request forms UIP Reference documents.

If you have any issues downloading any of the documents please contact us at UIP.DataCollection@education.govt.nz.