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International Students Set to Study with WelTec

Media Release: 28 February 2014

The Wellington Institute of Technology (WelTec) this week welcomed a large cohort of international students.

A special orientation programme set the new arrivals up with all they need to know about the kiwi lifestyle while studying in New Zealand. Part of the welcome programme included a Mayoral reception by Celia Wade-Brown at Te Papa yesterday.

More than 520 students from China, India, Korea, Saudi Arabia, Vietnam, Malaysia, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and the Philippines studied with WelTec in 2013. This number is forecast to increase significantly in 2014 particularly with WelTec’s new ranking as a Category One provider, a status granted by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority to top quality education providers.

“We have attracted a much higher number of international students to Wellington this year. Our new high spec accommodation at 222 Willis Street is full which demonstrates that Wellington is an attractive destination for international students,” says WelTec Chief Executive Linda Sissons.

“WelTec along with partner institute Whitireia is one of only 25 organisations nationwide to have been selected for Immigration New Zealand’s Streamlined Visa Processing Pilot which means overseas students can enrol to study in New Zealand far more quickly than in the past and have their visa application prioritised. We anticipate the number of students from overseas wanting to study with us will increase this year as a result of the far easier administration and visa processing procedures that are now in place for international students.

“Rules for international students who wish to work in New Zealand have also been relaxed. Students can work up to 20 hours a week and work full-time during term breaks. They can also work for 12 months following their study. This means coming to study in New Zealand is now a very attractive option,” says Linda Sissons.