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Students and Rotary on a mission to raise US$1million for Hospice care in Nepal

A child with cancer in hospital in Nepal. Image supplied by the Hospice Nepal Project.

A child with cancer in hospital in Nepal. Image supplied by the Hospice Nepal Project.

A leading hospice in Nepal desperately needs a new building, more beds and a children’s ward. They need US$1million and a team from Fairfield Rotary Club are working with two Wintec students to make this happen.

With just nine beds, Hospice Nepal staff and volunteers deal with around 100 deaths a year, providing care for patients at the end of their lives so they can die painlessly and with dignity. A New Zealand project team, all Rotary members, heard about their struggle and wanted to help.

The three Rotarians, lawyer Michael Grayson, retired Army Major, Mike Cahill, and palliative care specialist, Dr Stuart Brown, share good project management skills but they needed help with getting their message out.

“We’re very project driven” says Michael Grayson, “but we needed to get more people engaged in the project with a range of skills, and that’s where the students come in.”

They approached Deniss Yeung who teaches Marketing at Wintec’s Centre for Business and Enterprise where work-based experience and industry research projects are an integral part of learning.

“Our students benefit greatly from real-world projects like this, and the Hospice Nepal project is particularly valuable as they are using their marketing skills to engage with our community to create a positive outcome for the people of Nepal.”

The students, Phoebe Deng from China and Jeffrey Son from South Korea are studying towards a Graduate Diploma in Sales and Marketing. Both students also have work placements with Michael Grayson’s law firm, Grayson Clements.

“It’s a real project and while it is part of our assessment, it’s a lot more than that,” says Phoebe.

“This project has a beautiful story, so it’s an interesting one for us to be part of, as we are helping other people.

“In China, we tend to donate in times of disaster but this project is different. We are reaching out to the community and working towards a cause.”

Jeffrey Son says the Nepal project is a good opportunity to experience voluntary work in New Zealand.

“In South Korea we give money to charity. Koreans typically work hard and for long hours, and we donate, but we don’t participate,” he says.

“This is an opportunity for me personally and a valuable experience during my time in New Zealand.”

The Project Nepal team
Members of the Hospice Nepal project with their Wintec support crew, (L to R) Phoebe Deng, Mike Cahill, Michael Grayson, Jeffrey Son and Deniss Yeung.

Mike Cahill says the students are using their IT skills to build a website as a base to fundraise for the new hospice through the Rotary network.

“We are all giving in different ways,” he says. “While the students are getting work experience, they are really adding to this project by using their online and engagement skills to help us reach across our community.”

We see this as a real advantage says Michael. “Having the students translate the fundraising campaign into their own languages is important as we have a strong and growing Rotary presence in China and South Korea.”

Mike says the doctors, nursing staff and volunteers have struggled for 18 years in a limited facility with high demand but they’ve achieved so much in that time.

“Professor Rajesh Gongol and his medical team are angels, but they need more beds, modern facilities, a children’s ward and a training centre so that more people particularly in the rural communities can receive quality palliative care.”

“We may be planning to build a 25-bed facility but hundreds of people will get care there.

“This project is more than just bricks and mortar.”

Michael says funding is a big challenge for Hospice Nepal, which operates on donations.

“Patients are charged for oxygen and medication if they can afford it, but more often they have exhausted their funds by the time they reach the hospice, so treatment is provided at no cost.

“We’re committed to working with the Nepal Palliative Care group and the Government and we’re doing this in a number of ways.

“The Nepalese Government is very supportive, but when you have so much need, where do you place your limited resources?”

Phoebe and Jeffrey are now familiar faces at Rotary Club meetings where they are helping to gather the support of members to assist with the project. They are actively seeking support from every Rotary club in New Zealand to help raise funds for ‘Project Hospice Nepal’.

Professor Rajesh Gongol and patient at Hospice Nepal. Image supplied by the Hospice Nepal Project.
Professor Rajesh Gongol and patient at Hospice Nepal. Image supplied by the Hospice Nepal Project.

There are close to 29 million people living in Nepal. Because of late diagnosis and poor access to care, almost 90% of approximately 60,000 people diagnosed with cancer in Nepal annually will die within one year of diagnosis. Proximity to the limited services for their care is also a challenge and the project team aims to build a 25-bed facility with a garden, a guesthouse for relatives to better meet the patients’ medical, spiritual and mental needs as well as a training centre.

To find out more about ‘Project Hospice Nepal’, email or phone 021 328 084.

Find out more about studying business and management courses at Wintec here.


International prospectus

The International Prospectus contains programmes we recommended for International Students. Prospectus was current at date of print. For current programme information, please refer to the programme web pages.

*Correct at time of print (July 2019)
*Correct at time of print (October 2019)

Student Village

Only a five minute walk from the Wintec City Campus and downtown Hamilton, the Wintec Student Village offers a relaxed atmosphere, a pastoral care environment and a range of social and cultural activities through the year.

Bedrooms include a bed, study desk, cupboards and a wardrobe, with access to a phone, internet, kitchenette (excluding oven), separate toilet and shower. There is a shared full kitchen, TV lounge, games room and laundry.

Three main meals are provided on weekdays and two main meals on the weekend.

Students walking outside village accommodation
Student in village accommodation studying at desk
Students playing pool in recreation room of village accommodation

Wintec Apartments

Wintec Apartments offer a modern, self-catered style of accommodation situated in a three-level apartment complex building located on the Wintec City Campus. Wintec Apartments include four apartments per level, each containing 5 or 6 rooms, separate shower and toilet facilities, plus full kitchen and dining facilities.

Each level of the building offers a large common room/ study area, with shared laundry facilities and storage for bicycles and other large items available on the lower ground floor.

Services include telephone for local calls and full access to Wintec’s high speed wireless internet available free to students staying in the apartments. Security features include - swipe card access into your own apartment and into your individual room, sitewide CCTV and Wintec security patrols.

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Exterior photo of Student Apartments
Students hanging out together in apartment lounge


Homestay is where you stay with New Zealand families, in their homes. Our Homestay hosts are carefully selected for their kind and caring nature.

You will get to improve your English by talking to them; you will also be able to enjoy family activities, celebrations, religious practices, and sporting events.

When living in a homestay, the host will provide you with:

  • A clean, comfortable home with a happy and relaxed atmosphere
  • A furnished bedroom with a bed and comfortable mattress. A wardrobe or chest of drawers for clothing storage
  • A desk or small table with a chair and lamp for study
  • A heater (if required in winter)
  • Access to Wi-Fi
  • Access to kitchen facilities, laundry & ironing
  • Three meals a day, 7 days a week (includes lunch for school) and
    access to snack

Accommodation costs

Accommodation options

Cost (approx. NZD)

Homestay (includes 3 meals a day, 7 days a week)

$250** - $270** per week

Wintec Apartments (includes all outgoings, not including meals)

$220* per week

Wintec Student Village (includes 3 main meals per week day, 2 main meals on the weekend)

$300* per week


YWCA Hostel (single room/double room)*

$150 - $165 per week**

Accommodation placement fee


Airport transfer (one way)$85
Insurance (for 24 weeks approx)$16.67** per week

* Additional fees apply. ** Applies to Semester 2 2019 – Effective as of 1 January 2018. Placement is subject to availability and minimum stay conditions apply to each accommodation option.

Apply for accommodation

International students applying to live in Student Village, Wintec Apartments, or a Homestay, must follow the process below.

Please note: *Under the NZQA Code of Practice for the Care of International Students, Wintec requires all students who are under the age of 18 to be housed in the Wintec approved Student Village.


  1. Complete one of the application forms below:
  1. Answer ALL questions in this form & sign and date the form.
  2. Email the form to:
  3. Wintec will email to confirm we have received the application. Email us if you do not receive this email.
  4. A detailed confirmation email is sent once the accommodation is booked and confirmed.

Airport transfers

If you require an airport pickup to be arranged, please complete the form below and return to the International Centre two weeks before you arrive in New Zealand. If your travel plans change, please immediately notify our accommodation team.

Our international accommodation email address is

All students aged under 18 must be collected by a Wintec assigned shuttle service and taken to their Wintec approved accommodation (unless other arrangements have been approved by Wintec).


Although care has been taken to ensure the accuracy, completeness and reliability of the information provided, the user of the information agrees that the information is subject to change without notice. Wintec (Waikato Institute of Technology) will not accept liability for any errors or omissions contained in this brochure nor for any subsequent actions that may arise as a consequence of decisions made based upon its contents.


Refund policy

By accepting a place in a programme or paying fees at Wintec, a student enters a contract with Wintec for the period of the programme.

The student is required to pay the fee for one year or the length of the programme (if less than one year). No refund will be given after the course or programme has commenced.

If there are insufficient numbers or enrolments, the programme may be cancelled and a refund will be given.

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Application process

1. Submit an application

If you are applying to study through an agent:

Apply to study at Wintec by completing an International Application Form

Please complete ALL sections of this form, attach the required verified documentation and sign and date the declaration at the end. As programmes are very popular, please apply early while spaces are still available.

Your agent will arrange for your completed application to be sent to Wintec.

If you are not applying through an agent please send your completed International Application Form and supporting documents to:

Student Enrolment & Information Centre


Private Bag 3036

Waikato Mail Centre

Hamilton 3240

New Zealand


Please note: It is compulsory for all International Students to have appropriate and current Medical and Travel Insurance while studying in New Zealand. It is a Wintec requirement for International Students to be covered from the day the student leaves their home country to the expiry date of their Visa plus one week. Proof of current Medical and Travel Insurance is required before your enrolment can be finalised.


Now that you've applied to study at Wintec, here's what happens next:

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Receive your offer letter

Congratulations, you’ve been given an offer of placement. (If your offer is conditional, once the condition(s) of the Conditional Offer Letter are met, a new Unconditional Offer Letter will be issued to sign).


Sign offer

Sign the Acceptance Page of the Offer Letter, with all applicable boxes ticked and return to our Enrolment Team:



Take your offer letter to Immigration NZ to obtain your student visa approval in principle. Find your nearest Visa Application Centre.


Pay fees to Wintec

Note: A Fee Receipt cannot be issued until Wintec has receive an Acceptance Form, Payment of all applicable fees, The INZ Officers name, email address and your student’s INZ application number.

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Place confirmed

You will receive a Paid Offer Letter and programme induction information. You can find pre-departure information in the Wintec Orientation Handbook.

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Travel plans

You’ll need to notify the Wintec Accommodation Officer of your accommodation requirements and travel plans by emailing:

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Accommodation and airport transfers

Our international centre team can arrange accommodation placements and airport pickup. There are four options for accommodation, home-stay (living with a family), hostel or flatting. Learn more about accommodation and airport transfers.

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Arrive in New Zealand

Once you’ve arrived in New Zealand, visit Wintec and complete your enrolment at the Student Enrolment and Information Centre. See campus maps.

Entry requirements

English language requirements

All Wintec mainstream programmes have an English language requirement for students whose first language is not English.

TABLE for Internationally recognised English Proficiency Outcomes​

Concurrent programmes:
IELTS 5.5 with a minimum of 5.0 in all bands, or equivalent

Programmes level 4 and below:
IELTS 5.5  with a minimum of 5.0 in all bands, or equivalent

Programmes levels 5 to 7:
IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all bands, or equivalent

Programmes level 8 and above:
IELTS 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in all bands, or equivalent

Additional requirements:
2 year validity period for all assessments. External bodies may influence some programme specific IELTS levels. You must provide evidence of your proficiency in the English language.

Gaokao Scores for 2019 Enrolment

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Academic Entry Requirements

Wintec has set minimum requirements for academic entry to programmes for International Students. 

The requirements are listed by country.


Visas, permits and immigration

All International students must hold a valid student visa for the duration of their studies.

Full details of visa requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying and reporting requirements are on the New Zealand Immigration Services website,

Visa renewal on campus

An online service for Student Visa Renewal is available for Wintec's international students, in partnership with the New Zealand Immigration Service.

Wintec students can access this service by applying through the Student Enrolment and Information Centre on Wintec's City Campus.

Most students receive their Visa label within seven working days of applying. Students are able to retain their passport during the application period.

Click here for more information

Visa renewal through immigration

Medical and travel insurance

All International students enrolling with Waikato Institute of Technology (Wintec) (including group students) MUST have appropriate and current medical and travel insurance while in New Zealand. Your insurance must cover you from the beginning of your studies until at least the expiry date of your student visa. This is a New Zealand Government requirement as outlined in the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students and under Immigration New Zealand policy.

You will be automatically enrolled into the Wintec insurance scheme and a policy charge will be added to your tuition fees invoice at your enrolment. Details of the Wintec insurance scheme may be found here​ . Students who have opted to purchase an alternative approved policy will have this charge removed when you have presented your policy to Wintec at the Student Enrolment and Information Centre.​