Frequently Asked Questions
Where is WIE?
What course should I enrol on?
Should I study part-time or full-time?
How much will the course cost?
Do I need to get Insurance or Accommodation?
What visa should I apply for?
What is the visa process?
Am I from a visa-free country?
Can I work while I study in New Zealand?
When must I pay my course fees?
When can I start my course?
How do you know what class to put me in?
Is the qualification for your course recognised?
1. Where is WIE?
Our campus is located in the city heart of Hamilton.
WIE’s location is convenient, attractive and close to
everything Hamilton has to offer. Cafes, shopping,
cinemas, gardens, theatres, restaurants, libraries,
transport, river walks and the Hamilton lake are all
only minutes away.
We are across the road from the Hamilton Transport
Centre, making it easy for students to get to and from
About Hamilton for more information or visit the
Hamilton City website. For activities and
attractions in Hamilton, see the
Tourism Waikato website.
What course should I enrol on?
With courses for both adults and juniors, WIE has a wide
range of programmes to suit every individual.
The course that is best for you will depend on your
reason for study.
For example, if you are here for a short time and want
to improve your English for everyday use, work or travel
General English course would be best for you.
If you plan to study at a University or Polytechnic in
New Zealand, you will need to pass the IELTS
requirements to gain entry. Our
Preparation course can help you do that.
Want to study at High School?
School Preparation course will prepare you for
success in a New Zealand high school and help raise your
level of English to that required.
WIE offers many other courses, for a full list please
see Courses & Fees.
3. Should I study part time or full time?
your plan is to study for less than 3 months, you can
choose to study either full-time or
If you plan to study for 3 months or more, you will need
to study full-time to get a student visa.
Full time hours
9am - 3pm, Monday to Friday (25 hours per week)
9am - 12pm, Monday to Friday (15 hours per week)
Afternoon: 1pm -
3pm, Monday to Friday (10 hours per week)
6pm - 8pm, Tuesday & Wednesday (4 hours per week)
4. How much
will the course cost?
To view our current fees list, please visit
Courses & Fees.
If you would like a quotation, you can fill out our
application form and our team will send you a Letter
of Offer & Tax Invoice with the total fees payable.
5. Do I need to get Insurance or Accommodation?
All international students are required to have
insurance that covers the period of their visa. You can
arrange this yourself, or we can organise it for you.
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.
WIE are happy to organise homestay accommodation for all
f you are under 18 years old you are
required to live in a WIE-approved homestay
or with a caregiver who is approved by your
For more information on Homestay and other
types of accommodation please see
visa should I apply for?
The type of visa you can apply for will
depend on your length of study. For
Information for International Students
or visit the
Immigration New Zealand website.
7. What is
the visa process?
For information on the visa process see
for International Students
I from a visa free country?
Please view the list at
countries to see if your country of nationality is
If it is not listed, you will need to apply
for a visa to come to New Zealand.
9. Can I work while I study in New Zealand?
If you want to work while you study, you will need to
have a visa that allows you to work. There
are several options:
Allows the holder to work up to 20 hours per
provided you meet the following conditions:
Working Holiday Visa:
Allows the holder to
work and study during the period of their
visa. Suitable for applicants aged 18 – 30
years old. For eligibility requirements and
available schemes visit Immigration New
website. You would need to
apply for a working holiday visa BEFORE you
travel to New Zealand. WIE has special
discounts for Working Holiday Visa holders,
please ask us!
Work Visa: The
holder may study up to three months for
full-time study, or longer for part-time
study. Please visit the
website to see if you qualify for a
temporary work visa.
For a list of work opportunities in New
When must I pay my course fees?
If you are from a a
visa free country and you are studying
for less than 3 months, we recommend you pay
If you are applying for a student visa, you
will need to pay your fees in FULL before
you can get the visa.
If you are not from a
visa free country, we highly recommend you DO NOT pay
your fees UNTIL your visa has
been APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE. This will protect you in
case your visa is not approved. Once your visa is
APPROVED IN PRINCIPLE you will need to pay
your fees in FULL to get your visa.
are not likely to get a visa if they do not
have enough money to live in New Zealand
(approximately NZ $1250 per month, less
pre-paid accommodation costs). For a
list of requirements please see
Immigration New Zealand's website.
can I start my course?
You can start any Monday of our school year
(not including Public Holidays).
Our courses run 47 weeks of the year and are
split into four Blocks of approximately 12 weeks (Block
1 has only 11 weeks). There is 1 weeks
holiday between each block and at the end of the year
there is 2 weeks holiday during Christmas/New Year's.
you are applying for a student visa we
recommend applying to start your course at
least 3 months in advance, as it can take
time for Immigration to process your visa
2014 Academic calendars.
12. How do you know what class to put me in?
When you start your course you will sit a
placement test, that assess your writing,
listening, grammar and speaking. Your test
results will tell us your English level and
we can place you in the appropriate class.
If you find your class too hard or too easy,
you can talk to our Director of Studies
about changing levels.
13. Is the qualification for your course recognised?
WIE 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
If you complete your course successfully, WIE
will give you a farewell and you will be
awarded with an Achievement Certificate from
our school. Your certificate will have the
learning outcomes on the back.