The Office English course is the advanced course
we offer as part of our General English programme. The
focus is on practical introduction to the vocabulary,
expressions and language of English spoken at businesses
and by office professionals. This course is only
available part time in the evenings.
WIE’s High School Preparation course aims to
raise the level of the students’ standard of English to
that required for success in a New Zealand High School,
prepare students for study in a New Zealand High School,
assist students to communicate more effectively in a
variety of settings, and assist students to adapt to the
expectations and culture of NZ High Schools and the NZ
curriculum. We mainly focus on helping students improve
their English in various subjects so that they can meet
NZ High School requirement as well as adapt to the
future study at local high school.
The WIE Holiday Programme is designed to provide
tourists and students on summer or winter vacation to
experience life in New Zealand and learn English. The
programmes would be a combination of English classes and
tours or visits to places of interest in New Zealand. A
programme can be organised for an individual or groups.
2 Q: Should I study part time or full time?
you intend to study full time or part time for less than
or equal to 12 weeks, you need to apply for a visitor
visa. However, if you want to study full time for more
than 12 weeks, you would need to apply for a student
Our full time courses are from Monday to Thursday, 0900
– 1500 and Fridays from 0900 -1200, for a total of 25
hours per week.
Our part-time morning courses are from Monday to Friday
0900 – 1200, for a total of 15 hours per week.
Our part-time afternoon courses are from Monday to
Thursday 1300 – 1500, and the part-time evening courses
are from Monday to Wednesday 1800 – 2030, each for a
total of 8 hours per week.
Q: How much for the cost of this course?
The following is
an example of WIE fee list, which may give you some idea
about the cost of living in New Zealand. (Fees
are quoted in New Zealand Dollars)
4 Q: Do I need to get Travel Insurance or Accommodation?
WIE are happy to organise homestay accommodation for all
international students. This will take away the stress
of finding accommodation themselves in a strange and new
country. Students need to pay WIE two weeks rent and
two weeks bond in advance, which will be paid to the
homestay family. After the two weeks, students must pay
$200.00 per week to their home stay family (this will
cover 3 meals per day and their own bedroom) and remain
in a homestay for a minimum of 4 weeks. There is a one
week break during each term. We do not charge students
tuition fees during the break week, but students would
still have to pay homestay fee.
All international students are required to purchase
insurance, which WIE are happy to organise for students.
Our preferred provider is Southern Cross Insurance which
provides insurance cover for medical expenses, disrupted
travel cover, loss of deposits, personal liability,
search & rescue, and kidnap & ransom. StudentMax covers
property, but StudentEssentials does not cover property
automatically. You need to specify items that you want
cover for. Cover limits apply for both StudentMax and
StudentEssentials. Please visit their website,
for more information.
5 Q: What
visa should I apply for?
5 A: Visitor
Allows the holder to study a part time or full time
short course for less than 12 weeks. Sometimes, visitor
permit holders may apply for a seasonal Work Permit in
New Zealand. This allows people to work on Agriculture/
Horticultural farms during certain seasons when there is
a shortage of labour.
Allows the holder to study a minimum of 12 weeks or more
full time and student visa holders are able to work up
to 20 hrs per week if they have an IELTS score
of 5.0 or more and are enrolled on an IELTS course
for more than 6 months.
For more information about the visa process please click
on the Immigration New Zealand Service’s website:
6 Q: What is
the visa process?
is an example of the student visa process:
Student applies for an English language course at
WIE sends the student a Copy of WIE Letter of Offer
and Tax Invoice.
The student then must apply for their visa.
Attaching the two documents to support the
Once the visa is APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE, then the
student must pay the course fees in FULL.
When WIE have received the full payment for the
student’s course fees, we will send Immigration New
Zealand a signed and sealed Offer of a Place Letter.
Immigration then completes the process and the
student will receive their visa.
If the visa is not approved, Immigration New Zealand
will send a Letter to the student explaining why they
The student visa application process requires complete
information in order for Immigration New Zealand to
accept the application (for full details refer to their
Student visa checklist
As we do not directly work with Immigration New Zealand,
we are unable to help you with your visa application.
You will need to contact Immigration New Zealand for
7 Q: Am
I from a visa free country?
Please click on the Immigration New Zealand link to see
if your country is a visa free country:Visa-free Countries
If you are from one of these countries,
WIE highly recommends that you come to New Zealand for 3
months and then we will help you to apply for a student
permit once you arrive. Please be aware that we cannot
guarantee that your visa application will be approved
once you are in New Zealand. However, we will do our
best to help you.
8 Q: What if I am not from a visa free country?
To obtain a visa to enter New Zealand, you would need to
prove to the Immigration New Zealand Service that you
are genuinely interested to study in New Zealand. Some
of the factors that would determine this are:
Good academic history
Verifiable evidence of funds to meet the educational
and living expenses,
Regular source and sufficient income of financial
Intended course relevant to applicant’s educational
background/work experience and/or career path
Clear Health and Character requirements, if
Applicants who meet most or all of the above mentioned
factors are more than likely to be considered as genuine
students. However, these are not the only factors that
will be taken into consideration. Please be aware that
some countries would have more requirements than
others. For more information, please go to Immigration
New Zealand’s website:
Q: Can I work while I study in New Zealand?
8 A: Working is not an option on either a student or
visitor visa. Students will not be granted a visa if
they mention that they are interested in working while
they are here in New Zealand.
Please click on this Immigration New Zealand website for
Working while studying
WIE are unable to help support anyone wishing to apply
for a working holiday visa, as we are a private language
Work Visa: The holder may study part time in their own
personal time after they finish their days work i.e.
evenings. Please click on the Immigration New Zealand website
to see if you qualify to work while studying
in New Zealand:
Working while studying
Please click on the Immigration New Zealand website to
see if you qualify for a working holiday scheme:
A working holiday in New Zealand
When can I pay for the course?
9 A: WIE HIGHLY recommends that you DO NOT pay
any money to WIE for your course UNTIL your visa has
been APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE. This will protect you in
case your visa is not approved as WIE cannot guarantee
that you will receive a FULL REFUND.
Students will probably not be approved a visa if they
can not prove that they have enough money. Please refer
to the Immigration New Zealand website to see the amount
of money you will need to have to support your time in
The requirements for a student
visa or permit
10 Q: When
Can I start my study?
10 A: Our courses are run 47 weeks of the year and are
split up into 4 12 weeks blocks. There is a 1 week’s
holiday between each block, however at the end of each
year we break for 4 weeks during the Christmas/New Year
We take enrolment for students any Monday apart from
public and term holidays.
11 Q: How do you know what class to put me in?
11 A: For each student that arrives to our school, we
have a number of placement tests for the students to
sit. Once they have completed these tests we mark them
and then we are able to determine what class would suit
The student has up to 1 hour to complete this test.
12 Q: Can you give me a Letter of Offer and Tax Invoice?
12 A: Once we have received your online application
forms, we will process this information and will then
send you a copy of WIE Letter of Offer and Tax Invoice.
These two documents you will need to help support the
visa application forms. If Immigration New Zealand has
any inquiries about the course you have chosen, they can
contact us directly. As a note, Immigration New Zealand
do not accept visa applications if the students purpose
is to come to New Zealand to work.
13 Q: Is the qualification for your course recognised?
13 A: Waikato Institute of Education is registered as a
private training establishment and accredited by the New
Zealand Qualifications Authority under the provisions of
the Education Act 1989 and its subsequent amendments.
For more information, please click on the following
If the student completes their course successfully, WIE
give the students a farewell party and are awarded a
certificate from our school. Each certificate will have
the learning outcomes on the reverse side of the
14 Q: Where is WIE?
14 A: WIE is based in the heart of Hamilton’s busy
central business district. We are situated close to the
central shopping, eateries and local banks and only a
few minutes walking distance from Hamilton’s local
transport centre, making it easy for all learners to get
to and from school.
Please click on the Hamilton City website for more
information about our town, a city map etc:
. Or you
can click on
WIE Google map for more information about