Waikato Institute of Technology

New Zealand

The Waikato Institute of Technology is one of New Zealand's largest Institutes of Technology/Polytechnics located in Hamilton, New Zealand. Colloquially referred to as Wintec, the institute is a leading provider of vocational and professional education in the Waikato region.

Currently, there are over 1700 international students studying at Wintec, from 50 different countries. Wintec grew from a small technical college to one of Aotearoa, New Zealand's largest tertiary education institutes. Proud to offer flexibility to how students learn, they are part of a growing online, on-campus, and on-job learning network with approximately 30 vocational courses available for study.

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Campus Life

World class facilities are a central component of what makes Wintec so appealing. Students have access to state-of-the-art research testing labs, exercise physiology labs, biochemistry labs, and a dedicated biomechanics lab.

The Design Factory is an impressive learning space for students to work with people from different disciples to solve real-world problems. Wintec focuses on building the confidence of their students to prepare them for a long career. Other leading facilities provided include a modern gym, lecture theatre, library and restaurant.

City life

Waikato Institute of Technology (WINTEC) is located in Hamilton - an area home to more than 40,000 tertiary students so it is a bustling hive of activity. Restaurants, museums and nightclubs line the streets of Hamilton so you can develop a full social life alongside preparing for your future career. Blockbuster Lord of the Rings was filmed in this part of New Zealand so it also acts as a popular tourist destination.

Students might want to spend their spare time browsing Maori artifacts at The Waikato Museum, snap the colourful street art or visit some of the award-winning themed gardens in the city.


The Wintec Student Career Services was put in place to provide career support and guidance to students to facilitate a smooth transition between study and employment. Career resources such as CV reviews, interview tips, cover letter help and more are all available via workshops and online resources. 82% of Wintec degree graduates obtain employment within 6 months of graduation.


The Waikato Institute of Technology is ranked 4633rd in the QS World University Rankings.

Wintec offers a vast range of programmes in disciplines such as health and wellbeing, sport science and human performance, education, nursing, media arts and many more. Active learning is the key focus of Wintec courses so several of the programmes offer internships for students to gain the practical experience they need.
International students are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week during the academic year and full-time during any holiday periods, provided they have a valid student visa.
There are several different options for funding your studies at Wintec. The Wintec International Student Scholarship offers financial support to international students enrolling in full-time study. The New Zealand Commonwealth Scholarships provide financial support to students from Commonwealth countries while the New Zealand ASEAN Scholars Award offers financial assistance to students from ASEAN countries. Wintec International Excellence Scholarships offer financial support to high-achieving international students enrolling in full-time study.

Approx. 1700

No. of international students


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