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English Language

Our English language programmes are ideal for migrants and refugees who wish to improve their opportunities in both work and study in New Zealand.

Students enter the programmes at a level that best corresponds to their current capability and can progress all the way through the New Zealand Certificates in English Language. Following completion, you can continue on to study at Wintec or beyond across a large array of programmes.

We are an authorised International English language testing centre and our students have the opportunity to take both academic and general IELTS, including ORS and OET exams.

Explore our programmes below and find more information about our IELTS centre and OET exams, including upcoming exam preparation courses and exam dates.

"Before I came to New Zealand, I couldn’t speak much English at all. Some friends studied English at Wintec after previously studying elsewhere and convinced me it was a great place to study. I am now in my second year and want to complete further levels of English study. My long-term dream is to become a nurse."

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"I am so glad I chose to study with Wintec because the environment feels very safe. The teachers are very supportive and patient. It makes me want to work hard with my studies to achieve my future goal of becoming a Police officer. Studying English at Wintec provides me with a future pathway. "

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Our on-campus programmes

Our offshore/online programmes


IELTS assesses all English skills including reading, writing, listening and speaking, and is designed to reflect how students will use English at study, at work, and at play, in their new life abroad.

Wintec is a testing location for the IELTS test in Hamilton. We offer both computer and paper-based options with speaking, listening, reading and writing tests all in one day. We also offer OSR (One Skill Retake) allowing you to retake any one component of the test without redoing all four sections.

We also offer an IELTS preparation course to help students prepare for the test.

Find information and test dates here or by clicking the yellow below.

Occupational English Test (OET)

Wintec is an official testing venue for the Occupational English Test (OET). OET is the leading English language test specifically designed for healthcare professionals. Click here to find out about our OET preparation course.

The OET test:

  • Is designed to test the English language proficiency of health professionals in 12 specific fields
  • Is valid and reliable, developed and revised by subject experts
  • Tests reading, writing, listening and speaking skills using real healthcare scenarios
  • Ensures profession-specific English language skills to safeguard patient safety and quality of care

To register for the test visit

Test dates

DateProfessions available
27 January 2024Nursing, medicine
24 February 2024Nursing, medicine
23 March 2024 Nursing, medicine
20 April 2024Nursing, medicine
18 May 2024Nursing, medicine
22 June 2024Nursing, medicine
20 July 2024Nursing, medicine
17 August 2024Nursing, medicine
31 August 2024Nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, radiography
28 September 2024Nursing, medicine, dentistry, dietetics, occupational therapy, optometry,
pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, veterinary science
26 October 2024Nursing, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, physiotherapy, radiography
23 November 2024Nursing, medicine, dentistry, dietetics, occupational therapy, optometry,
pharmacy, physiotherapy, podiatry, radiography, speech pathology, veterinary science
7 December 2024Nursing, medicine


English language pathway diagram

To check what you need to gain entry to a course, review the entry criteria available on each programme page. These assist you in understanding what qualifications or experience are typically required to gain entry. You can contact our team at or 0800 2 Wintec at any time for further guidance.

About the faculty

The Centre for Languages provides English programmes at all levels for students for whom English is a second or other language.

Permanent residents, new migrants and international students from a number of different countries, and spanning the ages of 16 to 80, take part in these programmes.

A priority for the centre has been to facilitate access to learning by making programmes as flexible as possible. This flexibility includes:

  • The use of ICT, multimedia and on-line resources
  • The incorporation of special interest topics
  • Academic, vocational and survival language options
  • ​Development of supported learning pathways into mainstream studies

Prospectus (course guide)

The Wintec Prospectus (otherwise known as a course guide) outlines everything you need to know about Wintec. It contains information about the Wintec campuses, student life, and the programmes that are on offer.

Access your copy of the Wintec Prospectus

The Wintec Prospectus (course guide) is available by downloading the file - click on a document below to access the file. Alternatively, to request a copy via email or the post, please complete the form below.

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