International application process
The following application deadlines are set to allow time for the processing of applications, and for you to make relevant arrangements prior to departing for Waikato.
Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a case by case basis. You must be aware that late applications may not be accepted by the Faculty and there may not be enough time for pre-departure arrangements before the University start date.
Semester A (Late February – June): Closing date for applications is 1 December of year prior to start date
Semester B (July – November): Closing date for applications is 1 May
Please note: Application processes for research degrees are generally longer than those of taught programmes. Research studies are also subject to the availability of an appropriate supervisor.
All students applying to the University of Waikato must meet the appropriate academic and English language entry requirements. Faculties/Schools of Study may have additional entry requirements for some qualifications. All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. You are advised to check current requirements with International Services.
The University has representatives in many countries around the world that can assist you in the application process.
- Apply online
- Alternatively download the International Application Form or apply through our overseas agents.
- Complete all sections of the application form.
Please note: There is a separate application form for students wanting to pursue a MPhil, PhD or EdD. Students also require a supplementary form if applying for Teacher Education, or Computer Graphic Design.
- Prepare all relevant documentation according to the checklist on the application form.
- Forward the application form (or documents if you have applied online) and all supporting documentation to the Enrolment Office before the application deadline. Students should apply earlier than the stated deadline because some programmes have limited numbers.
PhD application process
- You can check whether there is a potential supervisor available to supervise your research. You may find the Experts' File useful as it gives you information about the researchers at our university and their research interests.
- Please check whether you meet the entry requirements for PhD study.
- If you are interested in applying, please download a copy of the International Application Form and a PhD Supplementary Form. You will find a document checklist on the application form. Please prepare all the documents required. All the documents need to be either original or correctly verified by someone who has suitable standing (eg Justice of the Peace, Notary Public, Authorised agents of the University of Waikato, etc). PhD study does not have to follow the normal semester start date. Therefore there is no deadline for applications. The postal address can be found on the last page of the application form. The Guide to Preparing an Initial Research Proposal for Conditional Enrolment will help you prepare for Higher Degree Thesis proposals.
- Your application will be assessed by the Enrolment Office, your School of Study/Faculty and the Postgraduate Committee of the University of Waikato. It takes about 6-8 weeks to complete the assessment (some may take longer or shorter depending on the specific situation).
- Once your application is approved, you will receive a letter of offer confirming this and it also gives you instructions about payment, accommodation, visa application, etc. You can also find relevant information about arriving and enrolling at Waikato.
- Scholarship information: Please note that the University of Waikato does offer scholarships to international students. Find out whether you are eligible for any of our international scholarships.
The benefits of Doctoral study at Waikato
The New Zealand PhD is very attractive, due to a number of important benefits to international students.
- No International Tuition Fees. You will pay the same fees as New Zealanders
- PhD candidates are eligible for unlimited work rights on their Student Visa
- No school tuition fees for children of PhD students to study at public Primary or High Schools
- An unrestricted work visa for husband/wife of PhD student
- A one year work visa after completion of PhD. Immigration points if you are considering applying for New Zealand Permanent Residency (PR).
Please note: PhD study must be full-time in order to qualify for these benefits and there are other criteria you need to meet.