University of Waikato

University of Waikato

The University of Waikato, situated in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, is a top destination for international students. Known for its beautiful campus and strong community spirit, the University offers a diverse range of programs and a supportive environment for international students.  

By studying in New Zealand, students can access this top-ranked university and enjoy a unique study abroad experience. 

NCUK accepted qualifications

  • International Foundation Year
  • International Year One
  • Master's Preparation / Pre-Sessional

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Life at Waikato

Student Life at Waikato

At the University of Waikato, students can expect a rich, diverse and memorable student experience. With the University’s wide range of clubs, societies and on and off-campus events, students have many opportunities to create lasting memories and enjoy a variety of extracurricular activities.  

The University’s locations in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island present numerous opportunities for outdoor adventures, from hiking and surfing to exploring the country’s beautiful landscapes. By studying abroad, international students can discover an exciting and enriching student life at the University of Waikato. 

Careers at Waikato

The University of Waikato is committed to enhancing student employability. The Careers and Employability Team provides career advice, workshops, and employer events to help students prepare for their future careers.  

The University also offers a unique cooperative education program, where students can gain valuable work experience in their field of study. International students studying with Waikato can take advantage of these services to maximise their career potential. 

City Life at Waikato

The University of Waikato’s main campus is in Hamilton, a city known for its beautiful gardens, lively events, and access to outdoor adventures. As one of New Zealand’s fastest growing cities, the river city has plenty to offer students while they study, to make their university experience one-of-a-kind. Students can explore Hamilton Gardens, visit the Waikato Museum, or enjoy a stroll along the Waikato River. A short drive away lies Hobbiton, the famous movie set from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies. Or for those who want to experience beautiful beaches and surfing, the town of Raglan is only 45-minutes’ drive away. 

The University of Waikato’s second campus is located in Tauranga, a city of around 130,000 people around 80 minutes from Hamilton. The campus is a multipurpose space where students, researchers, the community, and industry can work together in the heart of the fastest growing region in New Zealand. Studying abroad at the University of Waikato offers international students a unique study experience filled with culture and adventure. 

Student Support at Waikato

The University of Waikato is committed to providing a supportive learning environment. It offers a range of services including academic skills workshops, counselling services, and disability support to ensure student welfare and academic success.  

The International Student Services Office provides additional support, from orientation to ongoing advice and assistance, catering specifically to the needs of international students. International students can benefit from these comprehensive support services, ensuring their study abroad experience at the University of Waikato is enriching and fulfilling. 

Student Accommodation at Waikato

The University of Waikato offers several on-campus accommodation options. The Hamilton Halls of Residence provide a variety of room types to suit different budgetary needs. These halls feature shared common rooms, study areas, and catered or self-catered dining options, ensuring a comfortable environment for international students.  

For students studying in Tauranga, the brand-new Selwyn Street Studios is located conveniently right across the road from the Tauranga city campus. Each floor has shared social spaces that provide stunning views across the harbour. Communal areas are located on the basement level, and the attractive outdoor area is a great place to relax and enjoy the great weather that Tauranga is famous for. By studying with Waikato, students can enjoy high-quality accommodation, and experience student life in a safe environment while building friendships to last a lifetime. 

Facilities at Waikato

The University of Waikato features a variety of excellent facilities. These include modern lecture theatres, high-tech labs in the Science and Engineering Building, the well-equipped library, and the University Recreation Centre. Studying with Waikato offers international students access to these facilities, enhancing their study abroad experience. 

Sports and Clubs at Waikato

The University of Waikato features various sports teams and societies. The Waikato Rowing Club is renowned, while other sports teams include rugby, cricket, and netball. The University hosts a variety of societies, including the Management Communication Students’ Association and the Waikato International Students’ Association.  

Studying with Waikato, international students can benefit from these extracurricular opportunities, enhancing their study abroad experience. 

Sustainability at Waikato

The University of Waikato is committed to sustainability and environmental responsibility. The University’s Environmental Sustainability Policy outlines strategies for reducing environmental impact. 

Their efforts contribute to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. International students studying with Waikato can be part of this green initiative. 

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International Foundation Year students
  • Eligible for a NZ$6,000 bursary (NZ$3,000 in year 1, NZ$3,000 in year 2) on successful completion of their NCUK qualification. Can find out more information here.
  • Guaranteed NZ$15,000 bursary ($5,000 per year for the first three years of study)
International Year One students
  • Eligible for a NZ$5,000 bursary (NZ$2,500 in year 2, NZ$2,500 in year 3) on successful completion of their NCUK qualification. Can find out more information here.
  • Guaranteed NZ$10,000 bursary ($5,000 per year for years 2 and 3 of study)
  • Students are guaranteed a NZ$5,000 bursary
  • The University of Waikato offers scholarships for international postgraduate students. You can find out more information about this university’s scholarships here.

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