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Undergraduate Entry Requirements

The following admission guidelines do not guarantee entry into a programme of studies. Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis. If your qualification or country is not listed, please contact

If you are interested in graduate and postgraduate study, find out more about our graduate and postgraduate entry requirements.

Entrance guidelines for students from selected countries

New Zealand
See NCEA University Entrance criteria
New Zealand
The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies, no less than C grade in any paper plus a B grade in CAFS001 & 002. Some qualifications require specific papers and higher grades. Refer to criteria for admission for particular qualifications. For more information, see Foundation Studies.
Grades of 3 or higher in each of at least 4 subjects in the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID).
(Exam taken in NZ)
A or AS levels with a minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff and a minimum grade of D in each of 3 subjects equivalent to those in the Approved Subject List in the Cambridge International Examinations (CIE) or Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE). If outside of New Zealand, the entry requirements below apply.
When taken in countries other than the UK, applicants must gain at least a C grade in each of three GCE Advanced Level papers. A result in General Studies cannot be included among the three on which the application is based.
Completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma (24 points minimum).
Completion of Year 12 with an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) or Qld OP score that satisfies The University of Waikato admission requirements.
Successful completion of a three-year Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Bachelor of Science (Honours) or Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) from a recognised University; or one year successful study towards a Bachelor of Science (Engineering) at a recognised* University.
One year successful study at a recognised* institution of university standing.
Average of 60% across six subjects (including English) in the Grade 12 High School Diploma.
One year successful study at a recognised* institution of university standing.
Successful completion of Senior High School Graduation plus one year successful study at a recognised* institution of university standing; or two years' successful academic study at a recognised* Junior College.
Successful completion of Tecnólogo Especializado at a recognised* tertiary institution; or one year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing.
USP Foundation Year, with 7 passes with a minimum of a C in Communication; or Fiji Form Seven, with a score of 250 or better with passes in 4 subjects plus a 50% or better in English; or South Pacific Form Seven Certificate (SPFSC) with a minimum of 3 B grades.
Baccalaureat de L'Enseignement du Second Degre with a minimum of 10; or Diplome de Bachelier de L'Enseignement du Second Degre with a minimum of 10.
Successful completion of Abitur or Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife.
West African GCE Advanced Level examinations with at least three C grades. All passes must be gained in the same sitting.
Hong Kong
Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education with at least 3 subjects achieved at level 4 or better including English Language and 2 Elective subjects.
All India Senior School Certificate or Higher Secondary School Examination with a minimum grade average of 75% including English 60%. Students with other qualifications should seek further information.
One year of successful study at a recognised* University; or successful completion of a Diploma II from a recognised* tertiary institution; or an overall average of 8.5 or more in SMU.
Kotogakko Sotsugyo Shomeisho with a B grade average.
University entrance examination with a minimum score of 250.
Successful completion of General Secondary Education Certificate with an overall average of 80% (calculated over academic subjects only).
Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) with at least three C grades; or Unified Examination Certificate of the Malaysian Independent Chinese Secondary School system with a maximum of 18 points over six academic subjects.
Successful completion of Advanced National Technical Certificate at a recognised* tertiary institution; or Advanced National Commercial Certificate at a recognised* tertiary institution.
Successful completion of the Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole.
One year of successful study at a recognised* institution of university standing.
Saudi Arabia
Successful completion of a Diploma at a College of Technology recognised* by the University of Waikato; or one year of successful study towards a Bachelor degree at a university recognised by the University of Waikato
South Africa
Applicants must have complied with the matriculation requirements of the South African Certification Council and have achieved an aggregate of at least C, with at least a D in English, in the Matriculation Certificate or Senior Certificate.
Sri Lanka
Sri Lankan GCE Advanced Level examinations with an aggregate score of at least 180 out of 400, at least passing grades (S) in three of the subjects sat and a grade of at least 25% in the fourth subject.
Senior high school and a two-year Junior College Diploma; or Junior High School and a five-year Junior College Diploma.
One year of successful study at a recognised* institution of university standing.
Successful completion of Tonga National Form Seven; or South Pacific Form Seven Certificate (SPFSC) with a minimum of 3 B grades.
Successful completion of a Higher Diploma from a recognised* Higher College of Technology.
United Kingdom 'A' and 'AS' levels GCSE
Five subjects: 2 'A' + 3 GCSE at Grade C or above, or 2 'A' + 2 'AS' + 1 GCSE at Grace C or above, or 1 'A' + 2 'AS' + 2 GCSE at Grade C or above
Four subjects: 3 'A' + 1 GCSE at Grade C or above, or 3 'A' + 1 'AS', or 2 'A' + 2 'AS', or 4 'AS'
Three subjects: 1 'A' + 2 'AS'
Two subjects: 2 'A'
Scotland: 4 SCE 'Highers' are equivalent to 3 'A' levels
High School Diploma plus SAT-1 (taken in grade 12) score of at least 1000 combining Critical Reading and Mathematics scores; or High School Diploma and ACT scores with as least 24 in every section; or GED Certificate with a score of at least 50% in each GED test and SAT score of 1000 or ACT scores with at least 24 in every section; or an Associate Degree from an accredited tertiary institution.
Successful completion of Tot nghiep cao dang; or Chung chi dai hoc dai coung from a recognised* tertiary institution.

*Recognised Tertiary Institutions and Universities are those which are recognised by The University of Waikato. To find out whether yours is a recognised tertiary institution or University, please contact

Where applicants are non-native speakers of English, acceptable evidence of English language competence is required, and other students may be required to provide evidence of English language competence.

Entry requirements are constantly reviewed and the University reserves the right to amend the above guidelines at any time.

Some programmes have limited numbers.

Special admission

Students over 20 years of age with successful post-secondary education and/or work experience may be considered for special admission to a Bachelor degree if they do not meet academic requirements. The Faculties or Schools of Studies may place students admitted on the basis of special admission in a restricted programme of studies.


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