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University of Waikato

Check whether the University of Waikato is right for you as an international student.

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Hamilton, New Zealand
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Study abroad at The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is a comprehensive university located in the heart of New Zealand's North Island, and has two campuses to choose from, Hamilton and Tauranga City.

Waikato offers a wide range of subjects and programs at bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate level. The University is made up of several faculties, including arts and social science, education, law, indigenous studies, engineering and management.

There are various accommodation options available to students, including halls of residence offering both fully catered and self catered living options, Tauranga accommodation for students looking to study in the Bay of Plenty region, and homestay programs in which students live with a local family.

The University boasts New Zealand’s largest university sports fields, and offers a number of sports clubs, including basketball, cricket, soccer, rugby, netball and rowing.

Why study at The University of Waikato?

  • Highly ranked

    The University is ranked in the top third of all ranked institutions in the QS World University Rankings 2021

  • Student-staff ratio

    17:1 student-staff ratio helps each student receive a more personalized education

Life as an international student

As a new international student, Waikato has a number of events and initiatives designed to help you settle in and feel at home as quickly as possible. The International Student Services Office is available to help with things like immigration and student visa information, as well as general support.

International Orientation is held a week before the start of the semester, and is a chance for new international students to find their way around the campus, receive important information and make new friends.

The international buddy program is designed by students as a way to help international students transition into life at Waikato University. You’ll be paired with a current student who has similar interests to you and who will act as your mentor.

Student reviews for the University of Waikato

Overall rating
4.12727273 stars
Based on 33 reviews
Overall experience
4.2727 stars
3.8485 stars
4.1818 stars
University facilities
4.2424 stars
University social
4.0909 stars
  • Julietha Fangidae
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    University of Waikato Hospitality Management
    Tell us about the University of Waikato
    - University accommodate all the international student's needs which enable them to settle down at the first time of arrival.
    - Separating mature student's accommodation is a good idea because each person has different characters.
    - Great environment helps students with their studies.
  • Kiran Nanjappa
    Overall experience 5 stars
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    University of Waikato Business Management
    Tell us about the University of Waikato
    It was great atmosphere studying at the UOW, the culture is diverse and the professors are world class. I truly enjoyed studying here for the past year and I have gained a lot of knowledge. I recommend everyone to consider this university for further studies.
  • Yuxin Huang
    Overall experience 4 stars
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    University of Waikato Aeronautical Engineering
    Tell us about the University of Waikato
    Overall it is a beautiful uni, has good environments including some cute wide lives, students around are friendly and normally kind, lecturers are helpful and laboratory facilities are all upgraded recently.
  • Amalachukwu Okeke
    Overall experience 5 stars
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    University of Waikato Electronic Engineering
    Tell us about the University of Waikato
    The social life is very good, the people are nice too and there are lots of workshops and seminars organized outside the normal course work.
  • Yuan-ting Yang
    Taiwan, Province of China
    Overall experience 4 stars
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    University of Waikato Business Management
    Tell us about the University of Waikato
    It was good. There are some restaurants, transportation and a gym in my uni.

Student life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Praying Rooms
    • Workshops
    • Chaplaincy
    • Skills classes
    • Language Center
    • Group Praying Rooms
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    • No. of Squash Courts 2
    • No. of Diving Pools 1
    • No. of Tennis Courts 4
    • No. of Basketball Courts 2
  • Transport
    • Campus Bus Service
    • Campus parking
    • On-Campus Shuttle
  • Food & Restaurants
    • Bars
    • Restaurants
    • Cafe’s
  • Fitness Centre
    • Machines
    • Free Weights
    • Fitness Classes
    • Dance Studio
    • Swimming Pool
    • Personal Trainers
    • Treatment Rooms
    • Fitness Center Physiotherapist
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Travel Vaccinations
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
    • Emergency Contraception
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organizations 83
  • Sports Facilities
    • Sport facilities 7
    • No. of Natural Turf Soccer Pitches 1
  • Tutoring Support
    • Student Tutoring & Support
    • Academic Tutoring & Support

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Fees and funding

Studying overseas can be expensive, so to help you fund your tuition costs at The University of Waikato, they offer several scholarships and bursaries available for international students. Some require an application while others are applied automatically.

University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship

Closing date: 15 Sep 2019

For talented international students who demonstrate excellent academic achievement and the potential to become global ambassadors for the University of Waikato. Applicants must be intending to enrol at the University of Waikato for the first time in either an undergraduate or postgraduate

University of Waikato International Excellence – NZ School Leavers Scholarship

Closing date: 15 Jan 2020

For international students completing Year 13 at a NZ high school in 2019 and intending to enrol full-time in an undergraduate degree at UoW in A Semester 2020. Applicants must achieve at least NCEA Level 3 with Merit (or equivalent). Applicants must have received a Conditional or Unconditional Offer of Place from UoW by the Scholarship closing date in order to be eligible for consideration.

University of Waikato Doctoral Scholarship

Closing date: 31 May 2019

When students apply to enrol in a PhD, DMA, EdD or SJD they will be asked to indicate whether they wish to be considered for a UoW Doctoral Scholarship on the Application to Enrol form. Applications will be considered in three rounds a year: 31 January, 31 May and 30 September.

University of Waikato Research master's Scholarship

Closing date: 30 Apr 2019

For students intending to enrol full-time in a 500-level thesis of 90 points or more as part of their first master's degree at the University of Waikato. International students must have completed at least 120 points of study at a New Zealand university in order to be eligible for this Scholarship.


University of Waikato

Hillcrest, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand

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