Whitireia New Zealand, previously called Whitireia Community Polytechnic (Maori: Te Kura Matatini o Whitireia) is a government owned and funded tertiary education institute in New Zealand. It has grown since its establishment in 1986 on the shores of Porirua Harbour, to have student numbers in excess of 13,500 with campuses in Auckland, Wellington, Kapiti and Porirua.
Currently more than 120 programmes from certificate courses to postgraduate degrees are offered that cover areas as diverse as film-making and music and nursing and journalism. All programmes offered by Whitireia are accredited and recognised by the government and offer a firm foundation for a relevant career to students.
The key factor that make it so popular for international students are the small class sizes and friendly, approachable teaching staff. Pathway opportunities allow students to enter programmes and staircase from certificate or diploma study and gain credits from undergraduate degrees. All programmes are of a practical and vocational nature offering students first hand industry experience with real-life projects.
If you want to study towards a Bachelor Degree (excluding teaching degrees), Certificate of Proficiency, Undergraduate Certificate or Diploma, or Graduate Certificate or Diploma you must have one of the following:
• IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.0, with a minimum of 5.5 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
If you want to study towards a postgraduate qualification, eg a Postgraduate Diploma, Masters, or PhD you must have one of the following:
• IELTS Academic with an average score of 6.5, with a minimum of 6.0 in reading, writing, listening and speaking
Evidence of successful completion of high school studies overseas or relevant recent tertiary study at Level 4 and/or relevant work experience (paid or unpaid); application considered on a case-by-case basis with entry granted at the discretion of the Faculty Dean
There are a range of accommodation options available to you when you study here.
We strongly recommend homestay accommodation when you first arrive. Homestay providers are carefully selected. A homestay experience is a great way to learn about New Zealand and its culture. You will be provided with a bedroom and you will share evening meals with your host family.
Other accommodation options available include rented accommodation either on your own or sharing with others and student hostel accommodation. A small amount of on-campus accommodation is available for international students who study at our Porirua campus.
Through the strategic partnership with WelTec, students who study here in Wellington and Porirua also have access to 222Willis, a safe and secure modern apartment style of student accommodation.
There are a range of scholarships available to students beginning or continuing their studies at Whitireia.
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