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Apply for the Student Exchange programme

Step 1: Research your options

Review the list of Waikato's partner universities and spend time researching prospective host institutions and exploring their courses, campus life, and other opportunities.

Step 2: Select your top 3 choices

Identify 3 partners that you wish to go to during your exchange.

Step 3: Attend a walk-in advising session (optional)

If you still have questions, drop by during advising hours. We are located in the gateway Building (TSR). Please check in with reception on the main level.

A Semester 2016
Tuesdays: 9-10am
Wednesdays: 1-2pm
Fridays: 11-12pm

Step 4: Submit your application

Print and complete the Student Exchange Application form and email to studentexchange@waikato.ac.nz.

Credit Transfer

As many Waikato degrees contain a number of prerequisite or compulsory papers, particularly in the final year of the qualification, going on exchange earlier rather than later in your degree should make the credit transfer process easier to manage.

You are able to transfer a maximum of 60 Waikato points (the standard semester workload) towards your degree for each semester spent on exchange.

Application Deadline

Most partner universities follow the northern hemisphere academic year, the first semester of which runs from September - December (the fall or autumn semester), and the second semester from January - May (the spring semester). Therefore, going on exchange in the fall semester will replace Waikato's B semester, while exchanges in the spring semester will replace Waikato's A semester. In most cases, you will need to start the application process at least eight months prior to the start of your exchange.

A Semester Exchange: 15 July of the previous year prior to intended exchange (i.e. 15 July 2014 for A Semester of 2015).

B Semester Exchange: 15 January of the same year of intended exchange (i.e. 15 January 2014 for B Semester of 2014).

Exchange Costs

A University of Waikato flat tuition fee for student exchange is required to be paid to University of Waikato.

Domestic Undergraduate Students
One semester of study: $3481.00*
Two semesters of study: $6833.00*

International Undergraduate Students
One semester of study: $13,568*
Two semesters of study: $27,006*

*Costs are based on 2016 tuition fees and are subject to change.

You are eligible to receive your regular StudyLink loan/allowance entitlement while on exchange, however you should note that you will receive loan/allowance payments for the dates of your exchange, not the corresponding Waikato semester.

For the vast majority of destinations you will need access to at least $1500 per month for accommodation, food, entertainment and other expenses. Please note that this amount does not include provision for in-country travel. You will usually need to supply evidence of having access to funds to support your living expenses for a student visa. This amount varies significantly by country.

In addition to this you will need to budget on a further $150 per month for insurance, $200-300 for visa costs, (some countries require medical exams and tests that cost $50 -$150), and the cost of your flights.

Insurance and Visas

You must obtain appropriate overseas medical and travel insurance for the duration of your exchange, in some cases your host institution will have a compulsory policy which you will be obliged to purchase.

On acceptance from your host institution you will likewise need to obtain a student visa for your host country. Although the Exchange Adviser may be able to give you advice and support, obtaining a student visa remains your responsibility.

Past experience has shown that international students, particularly those from mainland China, may face significant obstacles in obtaining American and other student visas. The University of Waikato cannot intervene should you be denied a visa by the relevant embassy or consulate.

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