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International orientation and events

Pre-arrival information sessions

To welcome you, we have a series of information sessions that will help you prepare for study at Wintec I Te Pūkenga and student life in Kirikiriroa, Hamilton. These sessions are held online using Microsoft Teams, and a link will be emailed to you closer to the session dates.

SessionDateTime Location
Information Session OneWednesday 12 June 20243pm-4pmOnline via Teams
Information Session Two (nursing only)Thursday 13 June 2024
3pm-4pmOnline via Teams
Information Session ThreeTuesday 2 July 20243pm-4pmOnline via Teams

International Student Orientation

Orientation is designed to welcome all new international students to Wintec | Te Pūkenga and get you all ready to start on your study journey. It is a great way to meet new friends and learn essential information about student services and campus facilities.  

There are compulsory sessions that you need to attend as part of our International Orientation. It is compulsory for all new international students to attend the sessions. Your attendance will be recorded on the day.

Wednesday 17 July 20249am-4pm
rk.Gg.25, G Block,  Rotokauri Campus
Friday 19 July 20249am-4pm
A1.04, A Block, City Campus

You will receive a great goodie bag and also enjoy a free lunch. Nursing students have a separate orientation that will be arranged and communicated via email. Please check your emails regularly.

International student events

Regular social events are run throughout the year, giving you the perfect opportunity to meet new friends and take a well-earned break from study. These events include everything from BBQs and lunchtime get-togethers to cinema movie nights and on-campus celebrations for important cultural holidays. We also organise day trips to some of our country's most visited destinations.

Trips can include:

  • Hobbiton and Mount Maunganui
  • Taupo with jet boating and bungy jumping
  • The geothermal wonders of Rotorua including the Luge
  • Cathedral Cove and paddleboarding in the Coromandel
  • Snowboarding and Skiing (overnight trip)
  • Waitomo's famous glow worms
  • Raglan (Bridal Veil Falls and Ngarunui (Ocean) Beach)

In addition, you will be invited to a range of engaging workshops to help you get the most out of your time at Wintec and in Aotearoa, New Zealand. These include advice on finding employment, staying safe in New Zealand, and caring for your wellbeing.

Take a look at our upcoming events below.

Semester 2 events

Friday 2 August 202412pm-1pmInternational students shared lunch
Bring a plate to share lunch together and engage with us and your peers.
The Hub, City Campus
Saturday 24 August 2024TBCDay trip: Waitomo Caves
Waitomo is home to our famed glow worms, along with unique caves, and beautiful forest walks.
Tuesday 20 August 2024TBCWorkshop: StudentSafe Medical and Travel Insurance
Find out how it all works and what are you covered for.
Tuesday 27 August 2024TBCWorkshop: You Have Got This
This session focuses on wellbeing and social skills that will help you thrive this semester.
TBC, City and Rotokauri Campus
Friday 6 September 202412pm-1pm
International students shared lunch
Bring a plate to share lunch together and engage with your peers.
The Hub, City Campus
Thursday 12 September 2024TBCWorkshop: Employment Skills
Learn CV (resume), cover letter, interview, and work skills.
Tuesday 17 September 202412pm-1pmMoon Festival
Come celebrate with us! Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival, we will have moon cakes, snacks, and tea to enjoy.
The Hub, City Campus
Wednesday 18 September 202412pm-1pmMoon Festival
Come celebrate with us! Also known as the Mid-Autumn Festival or Mooncake Festival, we will have moon cakes, snacks, and tea to enjoy.
The Hub, Rotokauri Campus
Thursday 26 September 202412pm-1pmWorld Dumpling Day shared lunch
Come and make dumplings with us in the Wharekai.
Wharekai, Marae, City Campus
Thursday 10 October 2024TBCWorkshop: Maximise your brain power
Learn how to prepare your mind for upcoming exams and how to be your best self.
TBC, City and Rotokauri Campus
Saturday 19 October 2024TBCDay trip: Rotorua with the Luge and the Gondola
Rotorua is renowned for its geothermal activity - bubbling mud pools, geysers, and colourful sinter terraces. Join us for a tour of this tourist hotspot.
Monday 28 October 2024 Labour Day (public holiday)
Campuses closed
Wednesday 30 October 202412pm-1pmDiwali cultural celebrations
Join this vibrant, Indian cultural event, the Festival of Lights! Celebrate with music, dance performances, henna, Diwali food, and sweets.
The Hub, City Campus
Thursday 31 October 202412pm-1pmDiwali cultural celebrations
Join this vibrant, Indian cultural event, the Festival of Lights! Celebrate with music, dance performances, henna, Diwali food, and sweets.
The Hub, Rotokauri Campus
Friday 8 November 202412pm-1pmInternational students shared lunch
Bring a plate to share lunch together and engage with your peers.
The Hub, City Campus
Thursday 21 November 2024TBCEnd of year BBQ
Celebrate the year with a kiwi classic BBQ.

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.


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:

Form in envelope

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.

Tick box

Place confirmed

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

Airplane taking off

Travel plans

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

Arrow pointed up

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.

Airplane taking off

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

Click here

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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