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 - $2500 and you'll automatically be considered for one when you apply for your Waikato OE - so no extra application required.

Waikato OE Photo Competition

Have you gone on a Waikato OE? If you have, we'd love to see photos from your exchange! Submit your best photo from your travels and go into win a GoPro camera. There are three categories for you to enter:

  • People: photos that provide a sense of the local culture, people, customs and traditions.
  • Place: Photos of architecture, scenery, and landmarks (can include people)
  • Learning: Photos of learning and academic experiences in an international context.  For example, showcasing a lecture at a historic site or participating in fieldwork.

To enter:

  • Select your best image from your trip (must be a high resolution JPEG file with a minimum image size of 3600 x 2400 pixels. Selected photos will be printed 8 x 10)
  • Email your image through to the Waikato OE team
  • In your email, please submit a paragraph of no more than 150 words which details where the photo was taken and the story behind it. Please also include your name and phone number.  Remember you can submit photos to all three categories.


Must be a student who participated in a Waikato OE student exchange between January 2016 and July 2017 (so students who are currently on exchange for 17A are eligible).


The top five submissions in each category (15 total) will be selected as finalists by staff.  These 15 photos will be displayed in the foyer of the Gallagher Centre from May 1 -16.  During this time, the University of Waikato community is encouraged to stop by and vote for their favourite photo.  The winner will be determined by a panel of judges consisting of 3 Waikato faculty/staff and the popular vote and will be announced during a reception on May 17.

Please note: Images may be used by the University of Waikato for promotional purposes. By submitting an entry, you're agreeing to your image being used for this purpose.

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) 1-2pm every Wednesday. We are located in the Gateway Building. Please report to reception.