How does the Waikato OE work?
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.
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.
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.
We have partner universities in more than 20 countries. So where in the world do you want to go? View out full list of exchange partners.
Student exchange highlights
The application process
Going on an exchange can be a big decision to make but we’re here to help you every step of the way.
Application closing dates are 15 July for an A Semester exchange the following year (ie apply by 15 July 2016 for A Semester 2017), and 15 January for a B Semester exchange the following year.
Here are five helpful steps to follow when you’re applying:
Step One: Research your options
Spend some time researching which destination and partner university you want to go to.
Have a look at the courses they offer, the student life and the city to make sure it fits in with your qualification and lifestyle.
Step Two: Choose your top three universities
Pick three partner universities you want to go to.
Your top choice might not be available so it's important to have back-ups.
Step Three: Attend a drop-in session (optional)
Talk to one of our student exchange advisors at a free drop-in session every Tuesday 9am-10am, Wednesday 1pm-2pm or Friday 11am-12pm.
We’re located in the Gateway Building.
Please check in at the main reception on level 3 (up the stairs from the main entrance).
We can answer any questions you have and help you through the application process.
Step Four: Submit your application
Step Five: Wait for us to contact you
A student exchange advisor will process your application and get in touch with you about what to do next.
Exchange costs and scholarships
Exchange tuition fees are the same as your standard Waikato tuition fees as shown in the table.
|Domestic Undergraduate Students||International Undergraduate Students|
|One semester||$3,481.00||One semester||$13,568.00|
|Two semesters||$6,833.00||Two semesters||$27,006.00|
*Costs are based on 2016 tuition fees and are subject to change.
You can apply for a Student Allowance/Student Loan/Scholarship for overseas study through Studylink. You’ll receive these payments for the dates of your exchange, not the corresponding Waikato semester.
You should aim to have access to at least $2000 a month for general living expenses, including accommodation, food, entertainment and insurance.
The cost of your flights must be added on top of this. If you plan to do a lot of extra travel, make sure you factor this into your budget as well.
This amount does vary for each destination so please ask us for budgeting advice.
There are several Faculty-specific exchange scholarships available for you to apply for.
If you’re planning to go to Asia, you can apply for a Prime Minister's Scholarship for Asia or
Insurance and student visas
We want you to be safe and secure while you’re oversees so make sure you get the appropriate overseas medical and travel insurance for the duration of your exchange.
In some cases, your host university will have a compulsory policy to purchase.
You’ll also need to apply for a student visa for the country you’re travelling to.
We can help you through this process at a drop-in session.