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University of Waikato

University of Waikato

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

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Uni facts

  • Hamilton, New Zealand
  • University type: Public
  • Rank: 602
  • Program types Master's degrees, Bachelor's degrees, Postgraduate certificates, Postgraduate diplomas
  • Programs total 62
  • Acceptance rates 60%
  • Nationalities 70
  • International Students 2000

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.

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Why study at The University of Waikato?

  • Highly ranked

    The University is ranked in the top 300 in the QS World University Rankings

  • Staff student ratio

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

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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 life & facilities

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  • Library
    • Individual Study Rooms
    • Computer labs
    • Group Study Rooms
    • Quiet Areas
  • Praying Rooms
    • Workshops
    • Chaplaincy
    • Skills classes
    • Language Centre
    • Group Praying Rooms
  • No. of All Weather Sports Pitches
    • No. of Swimming pools 1
    • 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 Centre Physiotherapist
  • Healthcare & Medical
    • Travel Vaccinations
    • Counselling & Mental Health Services
    • Campus Doctor
    • Emergency Contraception
  • IT Support
    • Campus Wireless Connectivity
  • Clubs & Organisations
    • No. of Clubs & Organisations 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.

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Pre-degree programs tuition: NZ$11,000 Undergraduate Tuition: NZ$24,425 - $35,700 Postgraduate Tuition: NZ$29,370 - $45,145 (120pts); NZ$44,055 - $53,550 (180pts) Graduate Diplomas and Certificates: GradDip (120 points): NZ$24,425 - $35,700. GradCert (60 points): Approx. half the equivalent GradDip Postgraduate Diplomas and Certificates: PGDip (120 points): NZ$29,370 - $38,350. PGCert (60 points): NZ$14,685 - $19,175

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

Hamilton is New Zealand's fourth largest and fastest growing cities, and is conveniently located in the centre of the North Island and is the perfect place to go exploring from.

  • Drive to ski fields

    3 hours

  • To Auckland

    90 minutes

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Visa requirements for University of Waikato

Many international students will require a visa to study in New Zealand, and this is a vital step of your study abroad journey. Make sure you understand the requirements you may need to meet before applying.

New Zealand student visa requirements