Support Services for International Students
Waiariki Institute of Technology have support programmes available for international students to give you individual assistance should you need it.
Waiariki Institute of Technology has two fully accredited accommodation options for international students: Waiariki House and Homestay accommodation with a New Zealand family read more>>
The English Language Centre offers a range of English language programmes specifically for those for whom English is a second language. read more>>
Waiariki is an official IELTS (International English Language Testing System) testing centre. IELTS tests provide proof of English competency for entry into mainstream qualifications. read more>>
Facilities / Student Services
Waiariki Institute of Technology offers a range of facilities for our students. Computers, copy centre, hair cuts, automotive workshop and more. read more>>
Health and Counselling
Waiariki Institute of Technology provides services to all students in the areas of health, counselling and disability support. This support will be free and confidential. read more>>
Library Learning Centre
The Library Learning Centre provides a wide range of resources and services designed to enhance students learning and complement staff teaching here at Waiariki read more>>
Waiariki Institute of Technology Student Association (WITSA)
The Waiariki Institute of Technology Students’ Association, a.k.a. WITSA, Te Runanga Tauira o Waiariki, is here for you, our students.
Immigration and Visa Information
Information on application for student visas will be sent to you by the International Centre.
||Requirements to obtain a Visa as an International Student coming to New Zealand
International students may be granted a New Zealand student visa for up to a maximum of 4 years.
On this visa you may work part time (up to 20 hours in any given week during the academic year) while studying full time if you can tick one or more of the boxes below:
- You are studying at a tertiary institution in New Zealand for at least 2 years
- Your qualification requires practical work experience
- During the Christmas/New Year holiday period (if your qualification is at least 12 months long)
- Your qualification is at least 6 months long and you can prove that the main purpose is to develop your English language skills and you have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) overall band score of 5.0 or above
- You are studying (tertiary level) for at least 12 months as part of an approved tertiary student exchange system
|Working Holiday Scheme
Mexico - 200 places available annually for a 12 month stay in New Zealand. Under this scheme you can enrol in one or more qualification of up to 3 months duration in total during the 12 month stay. Places on this scheme will become available from 31 March 2010.
Brazil – 300 places available annually (same conditions for study as for Mexico). Places on this scheme will become available from 1 September 2010.
Chile – 1000 places available annually (same conditions for study as for Mexico). Places on this scheme will become available from 1 October 2010.
Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry (MAF) Biosecruity New Zealand
When you enter New Zealand from overseas, it's important to follow New Zealand law. That means you must declare or dispose of biosecurity risk goods at our international borders. You might have goods with you that could be carrying pests and diseases. These pests and diseases could cause millions of dollars in damage to our country's environment and economy.
When you arrive at a New Zealand border you will need to:
- Correctly fill out your Passenger Arrival Card. Any risk goods must be declared - for a full list of biosecurity risk goods, visit www.biosecurity.govt.nz.
- Dispose of any risk goods you have not declared in the amnesty bins.
- Present your Passenger Arrival Card to the MAF Biosecurity Inspector. Declared risk goods may then be inspected.
Your bags may be sniffed by detector dogs, x-rayed or searched.
If you have any questions ask one of the MAF Biosecurity Inspectors.
Travel and Medical Insurance
Travel and medical insurance is compulsory for all international students studying at Waiariki. We will arrange your medical insurance on your behalf. Medical insurance will cover you once you have arrived in New Zealand. For more details regarding healthcare contact:
Uni-Care Educational Travel Insurance Service
Waiariki Institute of Technology Code of Practice
Waiariki is committed to observing the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students, therefore ensuring you have access to the necessary pastoral care and assurance outlined in the Code of Practice. www.minedu.govt.nz
Rotorua is located in the heartland of New Zealand, attractive for its cultural and geological wonderlands. The city is one of the country's premier tourist destinations attracting 2.5 million tourists annually.
The city has a population of around 68,000, and has the largest Maori population in New Zealand, making it the centre of indigenous culture.
Rotorua is conveniently located by public transport and private vehicle to other major cities such as:
Auckland (3 hours by car or 30 minutes by plane)
Hamilton (approx. 1 hour by car)
Mt Maunganui (45 minutes by car)
Taupo (1 hour by car)
For more information on Rotorua, visit the offical Rotorua website: www.rotoruaNZ.com
Study at Waiariki
If you need further advice on the acceptance of your qualification or information on our entry requirments, please contact the
Waiariki International Centre
A Block Extension (Mokoia Campus)
The International Centre at Waiariki has experienced and dedicated staff who provide pastoral care and support to you while you study at Waiariki. Waiariki aims to make your stay in New Zealand an enjoyable and rewarding experience. Our friendly and helpful staff can assist you with the following queries: enrolment, orientation, pastoral care, accommodation, medical insurance, study support, visa applications and renewals. We have staff who speak Cantonese, Mandarin, Japanese, Norwegian, Swedish, Danish, German, French, Hindi and Tamil.
Phone: +64 7 346 8712 or
+64 7 346 8842
Monday - Friday,
8:00am - 4:30pm