• International Student Learning Support

    Hello, Xin Chao, Hola, Oi, Bonjour....

    Studying internationally is an exciting but often challenging experience. Like educational institutions in your own country, WelTec has teachers, classrooms, books, computers and a library. However, you may find the teaching style, assignments and communication methods used at WelTec are quite different from what you are used to. The staff at the Learning Commons can help you to understand these differences and succeed as a student in New Zealand. 

    On this page you'll find information about the workshops, resources and other services we offer to support you to help you achieve your academic goals. You can also meet with Marie Richardson, our Learning Advisor —International to receive individual support or to discuss any questions you might have. Just click on the button below or come to the Learning Commons to make an appointment.

                     VisitWelTec Reception or Learning Commons at your nearest WelTec campus

                     Phone: 0800 WelTec (935 832), Outside New Zealand: +64 4 9202 400

                     Email: information@weltec.ac.nz OR learningcommons@weltec.ac.nz

  • Transition to Study

    The Transition to Study in New Zealand Module will help you to understand the differences between study at WelTec and study in your home country. It will also give you opportunities to practise some of the skills and processes that are essential for academic success in New Zealand. The Module has five sessions, each lasting two hours.


  • Study Skills Workshops

    Would you like some help with your English grammar? 

    Are you unsure about how to structure your assignment? 

    Would you like to improve your research skills?  

    If you answered yes to any of these questions, come to a Learning Commons workshop! These are a practical and fun way to get a head start on your assignments and improve your skills and confidence.
    Each workshop begins with a brief introduction to the topic from a Learning Advisor. They'll share some great tips and then you'll have a chance to practice what you've learnt by applying it to your coursework and assignments. Below is a brief summary of what we'll cover: 

    ESOL Study Circle — Improve your English grammar and vocabulary. Bring along questions you have from your studies or assignments you are working on.

    Looking at Learning Discuss what's different about studying in New Zealand and learn about Kiwi communication styles.

    Writing Learn about how to structure written assignments, APA referencing and proofreading.

    Oral presentations Find out how to plan and prepare for a successful individual or group presentation.

    Numeracy Get some guidance on how to answer course-related mathematics problems.

    Reading  Learn how to better understand dense academic texts and practice note taking.

    MS Work and MS Excel -- Gain new skills in how to use these computer programs.

    Research skills -- Learn how to use the library resources and online databases to do research for your assignments.

    There's no need to register in advance for these workshops, just turn up on the day. If you have any further questions, see the Learning Commons helpdesk or email

    • Improving your English


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      This area is not only for students with English as an Additional Language (EAL) but also for students with English as their first language.  Because language and communication is important in mainstream courses, we want you to excel by supporting your ongoing improvement in English language ability and academic language skills as you study.


      The area is still under construction but when finished, English for Mainstream Study will cover the following aspects of language...

      • Vocabulary and Fixed Phrases
      • Grammar and Structure
      • Cohesion
      • Functions in a Text
      • Genre

      ... and provide...

      • background information about advanced and academic language improvement
      • tools and resources for improving in English and communication as part of your mainstream study
      • references and links to other helpful sources

      It is hoped that students will visit this area, and visit it often!

    • Looking for Work


      Looking for Work

      This area has resources for helping International Students look for work in New Zealand.  Different countries have different conventions for looking and applying for work.  In New Zealand, it is important to understand where to look for advertised jobs, how to write a good curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter and to know what to expect in an interview with an employer.

      Look through the resources below, and if you would like, you can make an appointment to talk with a Learning Advisor about CVs and cover letters, or with the Career Counsellor.

      •  Example Cover Letter 2 File 81.1KB PDF document