International Events, Jet Boating

International orientation and events

It is compulsory for all new international students to attend a welcome orientation session and a student online learning session upon arriving in New Zealand.

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. Please scroll down to see what's coming up next, or click here to see all events for Semester 2, 2021, and download our calendar.

We also organise day trips to some of our country's most visited destinations.

Possible trips could 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
  • Waihi Beach

On top of this, you will also be invited to a range of engaging workshops to help you get the best out of your time at Wintec and in New Zealand, including advice on finding employment, staying safe in New Zealand, and caring for your wellbeing.

Wondering what we offer international students beyond study? Take a look at our summer break video below, which saw our students traversing New Zealand on some epic adventures, from go-karting in Rotorua to bunjy jumping, jet boating, and the hot pools in Taupo. 

Upcoming international events


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Black Widow

Join us for what will be one of Marvel's greatest movies to date! At birth, the Black Widow (aka Natasha Romanova) is given to the KGB, which grooms her to become its ultimate operative. When the U.S.S.R. breaks up, the government tries to kill her as the action moves to present-day New York, where she is a freelance operative. 

$10 per student, including a new release movie, popcorn, and soft drink

Wednesday, 28 July at Hoyts Metro, Centre Place 

Click here to register.


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International Lunch

Each month, rotating between the City Campus and the Rotokauri Campus, join the International Student Support team for a FREE lunch! This could be anything from pizzas to samosas. You don't need to register for this event, but be sure to keep an eye out on our Facebook page for a reminder before, and on, the day. 

Next lunch: Tuesday 3 August 2021
Time: 12 pm - 1 pm
Food: Fried dumplings 

Look for the Wintec yellow International Student Services banner on the green outside of A Block.

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Maori Culture Workshop

Come along to the marae on Saturday 7 August for a taste of New Zealand’s indigenous culture. During the workshop you will get an overview of Māori culture and creativity, experience a powhiri, be introduced to the Wintec Marae, partake in Māori songs, learn the famous haka, and find out about Māori manners and social behaviours.

Saturday 7 August 2021
Wintec marae
Cost: TBC

Morning tea and lunch will be provided.

Click here to register.

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Tenpin Bowling Tournament, Pizza & Fries

We were going to tell you a really bad bowling pun but decided to spare you. Join us for what will be a fun night at the Sky City Tenpin Bowling lanes, enjoy some gourmet pizza, and indulge in hot fries while you bowl — can you get a strike or take home the trophy as the top bowler for Wintec International?

Thursday 12 August 2021, from 5.30pm
$20 per student, including 2 bowling games, gourmet pizza, and hot fries.

Where: Bowl & Social at Sky City — directly across the road from Garden Place near the City Campus.

Click here to register.

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Rotorua and the Luge Tour

Visit Rotorua, with its geothermal activity — bubbling mud pools, geysers, and colourful terraces.

7.30am     Depart Hamilton
9.00am     Rotorua Gondola and Luge
12.30pm   Lunch
1.30pm     Lake Tarawera hidden carvings
2.30pm     Government Gardens / Lake Front
3.30pm     Depart Rotorua
5.00pm     Arrive back in Hamilton

Saturday 21 August 2021 

Morning tea, lunch, snacks, and drinks are all provided throughout the tour.

Click here to register.

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Fast and Furious 9

Dom Toretto is living the quiet life off the grid with Letty and his son, but they know that danger always lurks just over the peaceful horizon. This time, that threat forces Dom to confront the sins of his past to save those he loves most. His crew soon comes together to stop a world-shattering plot by the most skilled assassin and high-performance driver they've ever encountered - Dom's forsaken brother.

$10 per student, including a new release movie, popcorn, and soft drink.

Wednesday 23 June 2021 at Hoyts Metro, Centre Place.

Click here to register.

Welcome orientation

Welcome orientation is designed to welcome all new international students to Wintec and get you all set to start on your Wintec journey. It is a great way to meet new friends and learn essential information about student services and campus facilities. 

You will also receive a great Wintec goodie bag at the session and enjoy a free lunch.  

Please attend one of the welcome sessions below.

Date and timeLocation
Tuesday 13 July 2021, 12pm-2.30pm
A1.08/Events Room 1, City Campus 
Wednesday 14 July 2021, 12pm-2.30pm
rkLg.23, Rotokauri Campus 

Student online learning session

Get comfortable learning about the Wintec Student Portal, how to access important information and use Moodle. These sessions are taught on a computer/laptop.

Please attend one of the learning sessions below.

Please arrive on time to the session.

Date and timeLocation
Tuesday 13 July 2021, 3pm-4pmDlg.25, D Block ground floor, City Campus
Wednesday 14 July 2021, 3pm-4pmrkG1.19, Q Block level one, Rotokauri Campus

Student feedback

Do you have feedback about the welcome orientation and online learning session? Please click here to fill in your feedback.


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)

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.

Student in village accommodation studying at desk

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.

Woman seated at desk using laptop in Student Apartment bedroom
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

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 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.

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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 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,

Visa renewal on campus

An online service for Student Visa Renewal is available for Wintec 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 the Wintec City Campus.

Most students receive their Visa label within seven working days of applying. Students are able to retain their passports during the application period.

Click 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.​

Meet the team

Student Support team

Karen Kemsley

Karen Kemsley

International Student Services Manager

Aaron Zhou

Aaron Zhou

International Student Services Advisor

Unmesha Veetil

Unmesha Veetil

International Student Services Advisor

Coco Xie

Coco Xie

International Student Activities and Events

Susan Ye

Susan Ye

International Student Services Advisor

Sally McGill

Sally McGill

International Accommodation Advisor

Business Development team

Tony O'Brien

Tony O'Brien

International Business Development Director

Diane Fountain

Diane Fountain

International Business Development Coordinator

Aubrey Midwed

Aubrey Medwid

Study Abroad, Scholarships, and Student Exchange

Market managers – student recruitment

Edward Park

Edward Park

International Market Director – Korea, Japan, South America, Africa, Russia, Indonesia, Pacific, and New Zealand onshore

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 
Edward ParkInternational Market Director - Korea, Japan, South America, Africa, Russia, Indonesia, Pacific, and NZ onshore
Graeme RennieInternational Market Manager - Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia
Balraj SharmaInternational Market Manager - South Asia
Other AreasFor China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong, please contact Tony O'Brien from the Business Development team
Student Services 
Karen KemsleyInternational Student Services Manager
Unmesha VeetilInternational Student Services Advisor
Aaron ZhouInternational Student Services Advisor
Susan YeInternational Student Services Advisor
Sally McGillSenior International Student Accommodation Advisor 
Coco XieInternational Events and Activities
Business Development 
Tony O'BrienInternational Business Development Director
Diane FountainInternational Business Development Coordinator
Aubrey MedwidStudy Abroad, Scholarships, and Student Exchange