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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.

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Rocketspark and Wintec partner to get local business online for free

Wintec Diploma Supply Chain and Logistics students have built 80 websites for local businesses

Wintec students studying supply chain and logistics have built 80 websites for local businesses.

A partnership with a purpose has seen Wintec students using Rocketspark’ s five-star web building platform to create free e-commerce sites for Waikato businesses.

More than 80 ecommerce websites have been built by Wintec students studying the Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Logistics since 2019 for start-ups and existing businesses.

Rocketspark, a small Cambridge-based software company, has a big heart when it comes to lending a helping hand to support IT education and making operating online a reality for local businesses.

Supporting local business owners facing the effects of a Covid-19 hampered economy and new startups are areas in need and Head of Partnerships at Rocketspark, Jason Tiller, says they will continue to supply their award-winning website builder and work with students to continue the successful programme.

“Every business needs a website and the students can design a bespoke ecommerce website for a local business, for free.

“This partnership is creating a path for business to sell online, and it proves you don’t need to outlay massive amounts of money to launch into the e-commerce space.”

Once the site is designed, Wintec students ‘hand over the keys’ to the new owners who can then choose to go onto Rocketspark’s paid subscription plans and launch their websites.

The Rocketspark team celebrating local business success at the 2019 Waipa Business AwardsThe Rocketspark team celebrating local business success at the 2019 Waipa Business Awards.

Paula Sutton is well known in the Hamilton business world as Chief Operating Officer of Waikato Chamber of Commerce, but she also operates a small business with her sister, Amy creating artworks that celebrate New Zealand.

They had no visible presence online until Paula worked with Wintec students last semester on a new ecommerce website for Ampa.

“Working with the students from Wintec was an absolute pleasure,” says Sutton.

“The students took their time in getting to know us and understand what we wanted from a new website that more accurately reflected our brand. Our new online presence now echoes our passion for creating good quality artwork that celebrates New Zealand.”

Tiller adds that while the world has changed in many ways due to COVID-19, ecommerce has grown significantly.

“When New Zealand went into its first lockdown phase from March to May this year, ecommerce grew significantly when only the stores providing essential products could trade. This trend accelerated as restrictions were lifted from Level 3 and beyond.”

This ecommerce graph from Rocketspark shows the effect of COVID-19 on businessThis graph from Rocketspark demonstrates the steep growth in online sales from the outset of Level 4 to the easing of Level 2 in New Zealand.

Wintec academic Ehsan Yaeghoobi tutors the Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Logistics, a programme for people who already have a degree, or relevant work experience and want to upskill into supply chain and management positions.

“Supply chain logistics is an increasingly exciting and vital space connecting suppliers, distributors, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers to end users. Ecommerce is an important link, and Covid-19 has shown that being able to sell online and deliver in contactless ways is now more important than ever.  It is a vital link in the supply chain,” says Yaeghoobi.

The students’ work is overseen and mentored by Rocketspark Design Partner Rachel Bauer from Luna Solutions. Rocketspark’s award-winning Customer Success team is also made available to students throughout the programme.

Wintec and Rocketspark’s practical website design programme aims to give Wintec students real-life insight into what’s required for a business to operate online, the ecommerce web building process and how to set it up in a way that Google likes, so it can be found by potential customers.

“Once our students have completed their projects, the website is handed over to the business owner who will then be able to edit their content and go live with a special offer from Rocketspark for ongoing hosting,” adds Yaeghoobi.

“Our business partners get a website that meets current industry best practice and our students benefit from the experience of building that site, understanding customer requirements and focusing on what works for them and their customer base.”

Wintec Group Director Business and Enterprise, Sam Cunnane says the partnership is a great example of students benefitting from an authentic experience as part of their programme of learning.

“Rocketspark has been incredibly generous with their expertise and their software, and our students and the businesses that have come to us are at the winning end of this.”

Business owners interested in getting a free ecommerce website designed by Wintec students, can contact Ehsan.yaeghoobi@wintec.ac.nz.

Find out more about studying supply chain and logistics at Wintec.

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International Prospectus

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

*Correct at time of print (September 2020)
*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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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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Homestay

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

Are you moving out of your homestay?

If you are thinking of leaving your homestay, click the button below for the check out form, what you need to do and a handy guide to help you transition.

Accommodation costs

Click the button below to find current fees and information about all the Wintec accommodation options.

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: international.accommodation@wintec.ac.nz
  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 email to the international accommodation address below 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 international.accommodation@wintec.ac.nz.

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).

Fees*

*GENERAL DISCLAIMER
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.

Refunds

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.

Click here for more information about refunds

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 verified or notarised supporting documents to international@wintec.ac.nz. You can learn more about supporting documents here.

Alternatively, you can post a completed application form with supporting documents to:

Student Enrolment and Information Centre
Wintec
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).

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Sign offer

Sign the Acceptance Page of the Offer Letter, with all applicable boxes ticked and return to our Enrolment Team: international@wintec.ac.nz.

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Immigration

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

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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:
international.accommodation@wintec.ac.nz.

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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 2021 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.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

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, www.immigration.govt.nz

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.​