We have put together a pre-arrival guide to help you prepare for study in New Zealand. The guide also includes information that will help you when you first arrive to New Zealand.
International Student Handbook
The handbook includes information about:
- Adjusting to life in New Zealand
- Student support services
- What's on campus
- Immigration matters
- and other useful information
Support available to you
- Academic, social, personal and cultural support
- Accommodation placements
- Airport transfers for U18 students
- Student Activities, Tourism and Events
- Under 18 care and Homestay
- Welcome Orientation
- Get Started Programme - information sessions with information about insurance, study skills, and CV/interview preparation
For help and support, the International Centre is available Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 4.30 pm. Please email, or contact a support team member below.
|Team member||Contact number|
|Unmesha Veetil||021 198 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Aaron Zhou||021 192 email@example.com|
|Huda Fareh||021 387 firstname.lastname@example.org|
For urgent 24/7 help from the International Centre please call 021 703 730.
For urgent 24/7 help from the homestay accommodation team please call 027 429 5197.
To contact us outside of the drop-in hours, please email one of the team members listed below.
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.
International Centre team
|Girish Nair||International Director|
Student Services Team
|Karen Kemsley||International Student Services Manager|
|Aaron Zhou||International Student Services Advisor|
|Unmesha Veetil||International Student Services Advisor|
|Huda Fareh||International Student Services Advisor|
|Coco Xie||International Student Activities & Events|
Business Services team
|Robyn Hallam-Reid||Business Services Manager|
|Sally McGill||Senior Intl Student Accommodation Advisor|
|Katie Li||Intl Student Accommodation Advisor|
|Sarah Richards||Intl Travel and Accommodation Coordinator|
|Dereck Ready||Intl Finance and Contracts Advisor|
|Franklin Wang||Senior International Market Manager - Greater China, South East Asia and New Zealand onshore|
|Balraj Sharma||International Market Manager - South Asia|
|Edward Park||International Market Manager - Korea, Japan, South America and New Zealand onshore|
|Graeme Rennie||International Market Manager - Philippines|
International Partnerships team
|Aubrey Medwid and Coco Xie||Study Abroad, Scholarships and Student Exchange|
|Meg Wang||China Projects|
International Short Courses team
|Tony O'Brien||SINO NZ Project Director|
|Lilia Fan||International Business Relationship Manager|
|Diane Fountain||International Business Development Coordinator|
|Coco Xie||International Host/Delegations Coordinator|
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
- Complete one of the application forms below:
- Answer ALL questions in this form & sign and date the form.
- Email the form to: email@example.com
- Wintec will email to confirm we have received the application. Email us if you do not receive this email.
- A detailed confirmation email is sent once the accommodation is booked and confirmed.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
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
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:
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).
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.
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.
English language requirements
All Wintec mainstream programmes have an English language requirement for students whose first language is not English.
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
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.
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, 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.
Most students receive their Visa label within seven working days of applying. Students are able to retain their passport during the application period.
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.