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Waikato Institute of Education, Hamilton, New Zealand

Level 1 Centre Place Tower Building, 48 Ward St. - 3204 Hamilton - see on map

What we like about the school

  • Every afternoon free organized leisure activities for adults and juniors
  • Free assistance in applying to college/university programmes by a qualified consultant.
  • Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students.

Location: Waikato Institute of Education is located in Hamilton, in the Waikato region of New Zealand's North Island. The school is right in the centre of the city, surrounded by cinemas, shopping malls, food courts, restaurants, bars, cafés and all that a student may need to have a comfortable and enjoyable time whilst in Hamilton. The Hamilton Transport Centre and City Library are just a few moments away, with peaceful river paths, scenic gardens and lake circuits also all within walking distance.

Course selection: The school has a vast number of courses available and takes into consideration the sports, activities and professions that are popular locally. General English programmes are available over a variety of schedules and intensities, with optional combination programmes including activities such as Rugby, Horse Riding, Dance, Golf and Surfing. Courses for Professionals in Business, Aviation, Nursing, for Doctors, Au Pairs, Electronic Engineers and Early Childhood Educators, are just some of the professions supported throughout the year. Exam Preparation Programmes for several exams take place throughout the year (IELTS, FCE, CAE, OET), as well as a speciality course for NZCLT (New Zealand Certificate in Language Teaching).

School facilities: The Waikato Institute is well equipped for students to study in a motivated and comfortable environment. All classrooms have air conditioning, heating and ample natural light to create an optimal learning environment.
  • The language school Waikato Institute of Education was founded in Hamilton, New Zealand in 2003.
  • Legal name / parent company: Waikato Institute of Education
  • Tax registration ID: GST84-531-434
  • Abbreviated name of school: WIE Hamilton

English Courses

General Language
Exam Preparation
Language Plus Activity
Specialty Courses
Information for all courses offered by Waikato Institute of Education
Comments about courses

Course extras:

Course material (full time): NZD 120.

Course material (part time): NZD 60.

Compulsory insurance (one year): NZD 633.

Lesson duration
60 minutes
School's administrative fee
180.00 NZD
Level test
A test to assess your exact language level takes place at the school on the first day of the course.
Days without class
In 2022 (including national and regional bank holidays):
03 Jan. 2022, 04 Jan. 2022, 05 Jan. 2022, 06 Jan. 2022, 07 Jan. 2022, 31 Jan. 2022, 07 Feb. 2022, 15 Apr. 2022, 18 Apr. 2022, 25 Apr. 2022, 06 Jun. 2022, 24 Jun. 2022, 26 Sep. 2022, 24 Oct. 2022, 24 Dec. 2022 - 31 Dec. 2022.
School policy regarding bank holidays:Private classes are recuperated or refunded. Same as for nearly all language schools, group classes falling on bank holiday are not refunded and not recuperated.
Course material
Generally course material has to be purchased by the student. The costs of course material will be approximately 240 NZD per course level.

Our price includes

  • INCLUDED Organized activities
  • INCLUDED Internet access and use of school computers
  • INCLUDED Wireless LAN zone at school
  • INCLUDED Free certificate of course attendance
  • INCLUDED Language level placement test at first day of classes
  • INCLUDED For junior courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • INCLUDED For adult courses: every afternoon free organized leisure program
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in applying to college/university programs by a qualified consultant
  • INCLUDED Free assistance in finding flats for long-term students
  • INCLUDED Free local SIM card
  • INCLUDED Free assistance for finding jobs
Note: All courses offered by Waikato Institute of Education, Hamilton can be reserved online with LanguageCourse.Net. In case a course is not listed above, just let us know.

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Waikato Institute of Education (WIE)

Accreditations and Quality seals
Education NZNZQAPreferential Terms in Case of Visa RefusalTEC, WEI
English teacher qualifications
100% hold a university degree
100% hold a recognised language teaching qualification
Languages spoken by school staff (cannot be guaranteed by school)
First day of course
Written and oral level test is performed. Students should arrive at 8:45
Student gender mix:
50% male / 50% female
School Size
Offer for returning students
You will be refunded/waived the school's administration fee If you already attended previously a course at Waikato Institute of Education and you book here.
Payment methods accepted for payments made directly to the school
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General school facilities

  • Kitchen for student use

  • Microwave for student use

  • Fridge for student use

  • Computer lab

  • Daily press

  • Free after-class access to language learning software

  • Games room

  • Lounge

  • Student support desk

  • Copy machine

  • Billiards

  • Table tennis

  • Table soccer / football

  • Free coffee

  • Free water dispenser

  • Free WIFI

  • Non-smoking (all indoor areas, but not all outdoor areas of school)

  • Facilities for islamic students

    • Available area to pray at the school

    • Homestay option that can prepare halal food

    • Homestay option for female islamic students where no men are living in household and that prepare halal food

  • Classroom equipment

    • TV in all classrooms

    • Air conditioning in all classrooms

    • Heating in all classrooms

    • Ample natural light in most classrooms

    Number of classrooms: 11
    Number of public PC workstations: 10
    Paid parking (<500m)

    Facilities for disabled students

    • Wheelchair access to classroom

    • Accessible Toilet

    • Wheelchair access to reception

    • Wheelchair access to cafeteria

    • Adapted for students with learning difficulty

Student Age / Nationality

Average number of students
Adult courses - In summer:150
Adult courses - Throughout the year: 90
Junior courses - In summer: 15
Junior courses - Throughout the year: 5
Minimum age of students
18 years
14 years for specific Junior courses
Average number of levels
Adult courses In summer: 6
Adult courses Throughout the year: 6
Junior courses In summer: 6
Junior courses Throughout the year: 6
Average age of students
In summer: 21 years
Throughout the year: 23 years

Top student nationalities

Age of students

Airport transfer

Optional airport transfer
Auckland International Airport:
150 NZD one way
300 NZD return (both ways)
Best arrival airport is Auckland International Airport (AKL).

Visa Documents

Nationals from USA do not require a visa to study short term courses up to 90 days.
Check visa requirements for nationals from other countries.
Nationals from countries that require a visa will receive documents from the school, related to booking confirmation, which is required for the visa application.
Full payment of all fees required before school dispatches documents required for visa application
Express shipment fee (via courier)
15 NZD
Free shipment via regular mail
Preferential cancellation terms in case of visa refusal
School agreed that students booking online on this site will benefit from preferential cancellation fees in case of visa refusal, and in this case will never exceed EUR 180.

Leisure activities

activity possibledistance from school
Ballet0.5 km
Cooking5 km
Dancing0.5 km
Diving3.6 km
Football (soccer)0.5 km
Golf1.5 km
Horse riding10 km
Mountainbiking5 km
Music0.5 km
Rugby2 km
Sailing50 km
Skiing100 km
Squash1 km
Swimming2.5 km
Table Tennis-
Tennis1 km
Windsurfing80 km
Yoga0.1 km

Examples of leisure activities organized by the school

Adults - Free activities

Social Club Games & English practise

Adults - Paid activities

Full day trips are organised on the weekends. Examples of places visited include: Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, Auckland, Raglan Beach, Taupo and Mt. Ruapehu, Tauranga...
Leisure programme for adults (sample):
 Sample of activities for adults (PDF)
Sample of activities for adults (PDF)



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Pricelist 2023
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 Business Program (PDF)
Business Program (PDF)
2023 School Calendar
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FAQ about Waikato Institute of Education, Hamilton

  • English courses at Waikato Institute of Education start at 181 NZD for IELTS Part-Time Exam Preparation course with 4 lessons per week. When booking here you benefit from an exclusive discount.
  • The accommodation Homestay 18+ is the most popular among all our clients of Waikato Institute of Education
  • Yes. The school offers pickup from Auckland International Airport (150 NZD)
  • Depending on the chosen course, the maximum number of students at Waikato Institute of Education varies from 1 students (One-to-One General English) to 15 students (General Full-Time)
  • 100% of teachers at Waikato Institute of Education hold a university degree. 100% hold a recognized language teaching certificate.
  • The highest Nationality percentage at Waikato Institute of Education comes from China with a 28% representation, followed by students from Saudi Arabia (23%) and Brazil (10%).
  • Yes, there is an exclusive discount that only applies when booking online here.
  • Waikato Institute of Education offers courses from 14 years to 99. Average age is 21 during the summer and 23 for the rest of the year.
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