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Wintec is one of New Zealand's largest Institutes of Technology/Polytechnics (ITPs) and a leading provider of high quality, vocational and professional education in the Waikato region. There are over 1700 international students studying at Wintec, from 50 different countries.

Why you should study at Wintec

Broad range of course offerings
Dedicated international centre
Access to student support
Accommodation options to suit your needs
Tutors who have worked in industry
Practical learning style
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This student has IT in her jeans

Wintec student Eunji Min is upcycling jeans into backpacks that connect the owners.

Wintec student Eunji Min is upcycling jeans into backpacks that connect the owners.

Buy one of Eunji Min’s backpacks and you can track the recycled denim back to its source in New Zealand, thanks to technology developed by Wintec students.

Eunji Min is in the third year of her fashion design degree at Wintec School of Media Arts and she was looking at ways to upcycle denim jeans into bags, connect the ‘owners’ and encourage sustainable living. The result is the Contrisumer project.

Eunji says ‘Contrisumer’ is a combination of the words 'contributor' and 'consumer' and the project’s aim was to develop an app for the consumer to connect them to the contributor, or at least source the denim for her Cheong Ba. G, brand bags.

“Cheong means clean, blue, denim in Korean. Cheong ba ji also means jeans in Korean so I named my brand Cheong Ba. G.”

 Cheong Ba. G products are made with recycled denim sourced from friends and second-hand shops.

Her tutor, Rebekah Harman challenged the class to explore collaborations with other classes and students. Eunji’s Contrisumer project is a collaboration between the design student and a tutor and students from Wintec’s Centre for Information Technology who have designed the Ba-G app.

Every Cheong Ba. G bag features a QR code that links to Ba. G – the Contrisumer app. The bag owner can track the denim source on a map and discover the story behind it. The app also has the potential to connect the donor and the end user (that’s optional).

“This project is a great example of a design degree student working across schools and utilising different disciplines to achieve something really great,” says Julie Ashby, Spatial Design Manager at Wintec School of Media Arts.

“Making it in a complex world has better possibilities when we don’t stick to our knitting. We need to ask what is possible and how do we get there.

“Collaborations bring different skillsets together and they result in new thinking and innovation. Tech and design are often combined but our design students are also looking at how things are made. So, collaborations with trades, engineering or business, marketing and communication make sense too.”

Eunji is an international student from South Korea and she’s no stranger to the world of tech.

After majoring in business administration, she worked in an IT company and was also a junior teacher in Korea before going to Ireland to study fashion in Dublin.

“It all helped me to be here,” she says. “I enjoyed studying in Ireland but New Zealand’s beautiful nature and environment inspires upcycling, which is good for the world and the people in the fashion industry which is generating too much waste.

“Fashion and pop music are very trendy in South Korea and I want to let people know that upcycling is an important thing to do nowadays, and that it is possible to enjoy fashion and protect the environment.”

“I see upcycled denim as a potential tool for communicating with people and encouraging sustainable living. For example, through a workshop - where people can gather and make upcycled denim grocery bags.

 “My tutors have guided my fashion knowledge but they have also helped me to understand New Zealand culture. I also like their approach. Especially suggesting project collaborations!

“I feel very lucky to have done this collaboration with the IT team who took my tracking system idea and made it a reality.”

In 2018, Wintec academic Joe Citizen brought students from trades, design and IT disciplines together to produce Tōia Mai, the innovative tech-driven sculpture that tells the Matariki story. The sculpture was gifted to Hamilton City and is now at the Ferrybank Landing. It’s an ongoing project for Wintec IT students who will continue to develop and refine its technology.

Wintec students are also collaborating through Design Factory NZ on Wintec’s campus where interdisciplinary students work to solve industry and community problems using design thinking.

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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.

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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.​