Polytechnic is a government-funded tertiary institution, established in 1986. We
specialise in vocational training and our courses help people get good
jobs. Our courses are British based and we offer more than 120 courses
including short six-month certificates, two year diplomas and our Degree
Programmes. We can offer a kiwi experience studying in Wellington at
Whitireia’s main campus in Porirua with 6000 local and international
students or an international experience studying in downtown Auckland,
New Zealand’s largest city.
makes us special? We are the only New Zealand Polytechnic that offers
special fast track programmes in Business and Computing.
Diploma in Business can be completed in 18 months (Auckland &
Diploma in ICT (Level 5-6) can be completed in 18 months (Auckland
Polytechnic prides itself as a multicultural centre of educational
excellence and international students have attended since 1988.
Our classes are small (up to 30 max) so we can ensure our
international students have personal attention.
Our free learning support service means that there is always
someone there to help you with assignments and essays.
Porirua campus is 20km north of Wellington sited beside the scenic
Porirua harbour close to beaches where swimming, surfing and boating are
popular recreational activities. It is in the heart of the fastest
growing part of the Wellington region with easy access to four golf
clubs, banks, shopping complexes, a modern art gallery, gymnasiums,
restaurants and public transport including rail.
are two satellite campuses in Kapiti and Wellington. The Kapiti Campus is situated in a farm-like environment,
surrounded by rolling hills. The Wellington City Campus in central
Wellington is a short distance from Parliament and it caters for
professionals looking at re-training or for career advancement
have also established a new International Campus in downtown Auckland.
Auckland is NZ’s largest city with a million people and is the centre
of commerce and industry. This campus is solely aimed at international
students, consisting mainly of Chinese, Korean and Japanese. It offers
all the key Whitireia facilities and pastoral care as well as quality
teaching. Students study fast track programmes in Auckland and many move
to Wellington to complete their degrees.
(Wellington & Auckland)
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Polytechnic offers a wide range of nationally recognised education and
training programmes in vocational areas such as business, computing,
catering and hospitality, the arts, nursing, teaching, engineering and
horticulture, as well as in more general areas of study such as English
Language. Over 120
full-time programmes of study are available.
Many programmes can be taken part-time.
At present there are over 6000 local students enrolled in
full-time and part-time programmes.
range from Certificate level to National Diploma or Degrees.
The School of Nursing and Health Studies offers several
post-graduate programmes as well as a Nursing Degree.
The School of Computing offers a three-year Bachelor Degree in
Information Technology. We are also offering three new degrees in 2004
-Bachelor of Applied Business Studies, Bachelor in Social Work and
Bachelor of Health Science (Paramedic). Most of the Diploma Courses
require IELTS of 5.5, and Degrees require IELTS 6.0. Certificates and
Foundation Programmes require IELTS 4.5 to 5.0.
ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROGRAMME
Whitireia English Language School based in Wellington and Auckland
campuses offers a variety of English language programmes, including
courses to improve everyday English speaking and to prepare students for
IELTS or further polytechnic and university studies.
The courses are aimed at people who want to improve their English
language skills either for employment or to study other subjects in the
future, such as business studies, computing, teaching, electronics and
tourism. They can also study special options such as Business English.
Our classes are small (up to 15 max).
Students can join any Monday. There is no entry level –
everyone is welcome.
programme includes English language and communication and a range of
optional courses to meet individual students’ needs at an appropriate
level. Students are
encouraged to develop independent learning strategies and there is a
language laboratory for practice. There
are generally four classes ranging from beginners to advanced.
ESOL staffs are fully trained and qualified teachers with post-graduate
qualifications in TESOL and have lived and worked overseas in Asia and
The English Language Options
Teaching effective communication in everyday situations and
development of listening, reading and writing skills.
There are at least four levels from beginners to advanced.
for Further Studies:
Preparing you for IELTS, or further studies at polytechnic or
you learn English not only in class but also, very importantly, by
participating. It is very
important to us that your learning needs are met.
The English Language School is open throughout the year (except
three weeks Christmas holiday). You
can start your classes any Monday of the year (preferably the beginning
of each month) and you can decide how long you wish to enrol (minimum
two weeks). Each class has
a maximum of 15 students.
can choose your preferred English Language option – to study full-time
(23 hours per week) or part-time (15 hours per week or 8 hours/week).
You can also choose to study English combined with another
programme of study (e.g. part English and part Business Studies).
However you will need to satisfy the NZ Immigration Service requirements
for class attendance in order to avoid visa problems later.
special options include:
Preparation for IELTS exam
(5.5 to 6.5)
Prepare to study business
Conversation and writing
speaking and writing skills
How to use a computer
(Word, Excel, Spreadsheets, Database)
year full-time or by semester or by arrangement
or by arrangement
This is a foundation programme designed to help students upgrade
their qualifications to meet entry requirements for other tertiary
programmes. Mature students
are particularly welcome, and part-time or semester enrolments are
sometimes available. There
are three options available.
to Health Science, leading to:
to Business, leading to:
Degree in Information Technology
Bachelor of Applied
New Zealand Diploma in
Diploma in Accounting,
Management or Marketing
to Social Science, leading
students in this option complete the core subjects of Communications,
Mathematics and Word Processing. In
all subject areas NZQA Units are taught where appropriate.
Specialised subjects studied are:
Health Science –
Biology, Chemistry and Social Science
Economics/Management and Computer Studies.
Social Sciences – Social
Psychology, Nutrition and Applied Science
programme has open entry apart from minimum level of IELTS
applicants are interviewed and need to show a willingness and commitment
to complete the programme.
stay is a great way to learn about New Zealand culture.
New Zealand host families are carefully chosen for you to stay
with. Your family will
provide you with a single bedroom, three meals per day and clean bed
linen and towels.
Students are encouraged to ask questions of their home
It is great
for their English conversation to talk with them as much as possible.
the main Porirua campus, home stay costs NZ$150.00 per week, for 3 meals
per day. There is a
NZ$50.00 home stay placement fee. . Being outside of the main city, Wellington,
means cheaper living costs and Porirua is a very safe
environment. Most students
can walk or take a bus or train ride to Whitireia Polytechnic.
main Porirua campus also offers a hostel
in the recently renovated Porirua Hospital, 10 minutes walking distance
from the school at a cost of $160.00/week for 2 meals /day.
students studying at the Auckland Campus, the homestay cost is NZ$200
per week because Auckland is a more expensive city.
Postal Address for
Polytechnic (Main Campus)
+64 4 237 3100
Fax: +64 4 237 3101