Student Exchange

This is your opportunity to travel overseas while completing your Waikato degree! Our exchange programme lets you earn the same points and pay the same fees as you normally would, while studying at one of our partner universities around the world.

Who's eligible for a Waikato OE?

Once you’ve spent two semesters studying with us and achieved at least a B-grade average, you’re eligible to apply for an exchange.

Although most exchanges are for undergraduate students, some partner universities will accept postgraduate students taking taught papers. English is the language of instruction at most of our partner universities.

Transfer your points

You can study overseas for one semester or a full year and the points you earn during this time will be transferred over to your Waikato qualification. The maximum number of points you can transfer is 60, which is equivalent to the standard semester workload.

Partner universities

We have partner universities in more than 20 countries. So where in the world do you want to go? View our full list of exchange partners.

Waikato OE Travel Award

The Waikato OE Travel Award is a new initiative to help you with your travel costs. Each award is valued between $500 - $1000 and you'll automatically be considered for one when you apply for your Waikato OE - so no extra application required.

Questions? Talk to us!

You can make an appointment for an informal chat with one of our friendly advisors. They will guide you through the application process and answer any questions you might have about where you can study, scholarships and cross-crediting. Book online here or you can drop in (no appointment needed) 1-2 pm every Wednesday. We are located in the Gateway Building. Please report to reception.

TAURANGA STUDENTS: A Student Advisor will be available at the Bongard Centre, Cameron Road, Tauranga every second Thursday between 2 and 4pm.  Just click on the booking button below and select the Tauranga location/advising session.  Please note there will be no student advising during the period July 10-31.

HAMILTON STUDENTS: Our Waikato OE Student Ambassadors will be manning the Hamilton Wednesday drop in sessions so please feel free to come and chat to them between 1 and 2 pm (no appointment needed).  Otherwise you can book online to make an appointment to see Katy or Kendra.   If you have StudyLink or other paperwork to complete for your Waikato OE please make an appointment.

Due to limited staff availability between July 10-31 please only book appointments during this time if you are travelling on exchange for 17B or applying for 18A.