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Wintec | Te Pūkenga brings the Institutes of Technology and Polytechnics (ITPs) and the arranging training activities of certain Industry Training Organisations (ITOs) together to create a national network. This gives our students more choices and flexibility in what, where, and how they learn.

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
Amazing facilities
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Supporting Pacific scholars to gain skills to benefit their home communities

Pacific Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarship (STTS) recipients are studying at Wintec | Te Pūkenga to gain skills they can take home to improve their local communities. 
Pictured left to right: Back row - Robert (Solomon Islands), Brendon (Solomon Islands), Barao (Kiribati), Anderson (Papua New Guinea).

Front row - Puasina (Samoa), Dovena (Solomon Islands), Susan (Wintec | Te Pūkenga International Student Services Advisor), Vali (Papua New Guinea).

After a three year break due to Covid, Wintec | Te Pūkenga is again home to a vibrant group of scholars from the Pacific Islands, thirsty for knowledge and skills that they can take back with them to improve their communities. The group of eleven scholars are here in New Zealand for between 6 months and a year, thanks to Manaaki New Zealand Short Term Training Scholarships (STTS). The scholarships are funded through the New Zealand International Development Programme, and administered by Education New Zealand Manapou ki te Ao, on behalf of the New Zealand Government.

The scholars have come here from Tonga, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati and Tuvalu, and range in age from 25-51. Studying a wide range of subjects across all three Wintec | Te Pūkenga campuses in Hamilton, their chosen careers are as diverse as their homelands, spanning business to horticulture, engineering to IT, and electrical to automotive.  

Anderson is one of the scholars here from Papua New Guinea studying Accounting. His parents back home are self-employed and he’s equipping himself to take over the business one day, “I must know some basics of business and financial things so that hopefully I can expand or grow the business and make opportunities for my people back home.” 

One month into their stay, we met with eight of the scholars along with Susan Ye, Wintec | Te Pūkenga International Student Services Advisor to find out a bit about their journey. From the outset it was obvious the newfound friends, who are living together in a central Kirikiriroa hostel just down the road from the Wintec City Campus, are settling in well and have already formed a tight-knit and supportive group. 

This is not least due to the care and support they have received from Susan and the rest of the International Student Services team to get them settled and ensure they have everything they need to succeed. 

Brendon who is here from the Solomon Islands studying Horticulture for six months said, “Susan is really here for us. She’s like a mother to all of us.” This sentiment was echoed by all the scholars, who have clearly formed strong bonds with Susan.

Arriving in New Zealand on a long weekend, Susan and the team wrapped them in support from the minute they arrived. With some coming unprepared for the colder weather in New Zealand, one of the first trips Susan took them on was to go shopping for warmer clothes and other things they needed. As well as the shopping, this trip had an unexpected highlight for the group, who were abuzz at having their first drive in an electric car. “I didn't hear it but it just moved, like magic! And it had the screen that you could see when you reversed,” said Robert, who along with the others got lots of photo. 

Robert, who is here from Solomon Islands studying engineering said of the International Services team supporting the group, “if we need anything, they will just come. So yeah, I rate them 100%. I feel at home and I really appreciate it.”

For Susan, she says sometimes she feels like she has a second family. “I really enjoy spending time with everyone, they are just very positive and very caring. I like to go see the scholars during their dinner time and I love the hugs from them when I go home. Like that's the purpose of why I'm doing this job. That's why I'm here.”

Pastoral support is so important to the scholars, who have moved to a new country leaving behind their family support networks. For some, like Dovena who has come from Solomon Islands to study accounting, it has also meant having to leave behind children to take up the opportunity. “I have a 3 year old girl at home and that will be a challenge for me as a mother.”

Add to the family aspect the colder weather, unfamiliar food and new technology to learn, and there have been many challenges and hurdles to navigate. Most of the scholars were used to pen and paper as their main communication tools back home, so our heavy use of technology that we take for granted, has been a challenge for many and something they have had to learn quickly. 

Susan reflects on the many things we take for granted, which are new for many of the scholars, “every time I go home after spending time with the scholars, I think how I should appreciate what I have in my life and not take things for granted like a laptop, internet and time with family.” 

When the scholars arrived, Susan and the team took them to pick up their laptops, which had been funded through their scholarships, and helped get them used to a new way of working. As they have come to grips with the technology, it has proven to have lots of other benefits for them too, including allowing them to communicate with their families face-to-face via video chats to help them to feel closer to their loved ones. 

After spending some time chatting with the group, one of their highlights of their experience so far has definitely been the people here in Aotearoa.

“I love the friendliness. I love the smiles. The hellos and kia oras,” said Vali who is here from Papua New Guinea studying business and leadership. She enjoys hearing our Māori language spoken, having previously only seen ‘kia ora’ written in emails from the High Commission. “We are learning words in another language on top of our own and its good.”

Brendon from Solomon Islands loves the practical aspect of his horticulture course and the collaboration with his classmates, “my classmates are really good and friendly. No one does things by themselves, we just all share ideas and always help each other.

Barao, an Internal Auditor from Kiribati, is studying IT and really appreciates the help he gets from his fellow students, “it's quite new for me so it's challenging. I am very thankful for my friends in my class. They've been helping me out with all the activities.” He also really noticed how peaceful it is and how safe he feels relative to home, “when I accidentally left my equipment behind in the hub, I went back later it is still there!”

Studying business and leadership after not being in education for ten years, Puasina says it’s a blessing to be here, “everyone around me and where we stay is very supportive and helpful.” She works in a library back in her home in Samoa and is very lucky to be here on a bond with her employer, so she is able to receive half of her salary while studying. She found it challenging leaving her kids to come here but she’s positive about the leadership skills and management knowledge she will be able to take back with her.

Karen Kemsley, Wintec | Te Pūkenga International Student Services Manager, is always proud to see the strong, heartfelt and genuine relationship that Susan and the team build with our international ākonga. 

“We have had the opportunity to welcome, settle, nurture and uplift each of our Pacific scholars by extending our usual manaakitanga processes, pastoral care and support systems, and we cherish the thoroughly authentic, two-way learning and development that has taken place from having them in our care."

The Pacific scholars enjoy one of their many opportunities to explore Kirikiriroa and New Zealand, with a trip to Hamilton Zoo.
Pictured left to right: Back row - Brendon (Solomon Islands), Matapoga (Tuvalu), Dovena (Solomon Islands), Robert (Solomon Islands), Fatu (Tuvalu), Susan, Vali (Papua New Guinea) and Puasina (Samoa).
Front row - Barao (Kiribati), Amelia (Tonga) and Keukeu (Tuvalu).


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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.

Programme brochures


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 private, furnished bedroom with a bed, study space, and storage
  • Pillows, sheets, blankets, and towels
  • A heater (if required in winter)
  • Access to Wi-Fi internet
  • Access to shared spaces; kitchen, lounge, dining, laundry, backyard
  • Fully catered; meals, lunches, and snacks

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.

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.

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 access to a telephone for local calls and full access to 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.

Accommodation costs

Click the button below to find our accommodation options and information including current fees and shuttle fees.

Apply for accommodation

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

Please note: Students under the age of 18 must live in Wintec-approved accommodation, either in Homestay Accommodation, in the Wintec Student Village, or with an approved caregiver.

  1. Complete one of the application forms below:
  1. Answer ALL questions in this form and 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 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

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.

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 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
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 three options for accommodation, homestay (living with a family), Student Village or Wintec Appartments. 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.


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,
To apply for your student visa you will need supporting documents (ie Paid Offer, Attendance, and Academic Transcript) these documents can be applied for through the Student Enrolment and Information Centre at either the City or Rotokauri campuses. 
Alternatively please complete the International Document Request Form and email it through to

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.​

Meet the team

Senior management team

Girish Nair

Girish Nair

International Director

Karen Kemsley

Karen Kemsley

International Student Services Manager

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Mark Liu

Transnational Education Manager

Student Support team

Unmesha Veetil

Unmesha Veetil

International Student Services Advisor

Li Li

Li Li

International Student Services Advisor

Cassandra Wallace

Cassandra Wallace

International Student Homestay Advisor

Market managers – student recruitment


Balraj Sharma

International Market Manager – South Asia: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Middle East, and Africa


Graeme Rennie

International Market Manager – Philippines

Susan Ye

Susan Ye

International Market Manager – Greater China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, and Malaysia

International Centre

From the moment you arrive in New Zealand, our dedicated International Centre team is here to provide all the help and support you need. At Wintec, you will not be just another student at a tertiary institute, you will be an important part of a lively community learning with and about each other.

We can help you with your accommodation needs, getting you settled into your studies, emergency assistance and pastoral care.

We also organise events and activities throughout the year to make you feel at home and celebrate your cultural diversity.

Girish NairInternational Director
Market Managers - Student Recruitment 
Graeme RennieInternational Market Manager – Philippines
Balraj SharmaInternational Market Manager – South Asia: India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Middle East, and Africa
Susan Ye
International Market Manager – Greater China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia, Singapore, and Malaysia
Student Services 
Karen KemsleyInternational Student Services Manager
Unmesha VeetilInternational Student Services Advisor
Li LiInternational Student Services Advisor
Cassandra WallaceInternational Student Homestay Advisor

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