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The Waikato OE - go on a student exchange.

Traveling the world is part of the New Zealand dream. Lots of people wait until their study is complete before heading off on their big OE. But why wait? The Waikato OE is your opportunity to travel and study at the same time.

Studying overseas adds value to your degree and grows you as a person. You'll learn about global citizenship, explore new cultures, and expose yourself to new ways of learning and new ways of perceiving the world.

Student exchanges are either one or two semesters of study where credits are transferred to your Waikato degree.  We have more than 60 partner universities worldwide, so where in the world do you want to go?

Are you eligible for a student exchange?

If you meet the following criteria we encourage you to apply for a student exchange today.

  • You have been a student at Waikato for at least the evilient of one year (two semesters)
  • You have a 'B' grade average and completion of the equivalent of two semesters' full-time study at Waikato.

As an exchange student you pay Waikato tuition fees, are able to receive your student loan and/or allowance, and with some advance preparation will be able to credit your overseas programme of study back to your Waikato degree.

Although most exchanges are at undergraduate level, some partner universities will accept postgraduate students taking taught papers. English is the language of instruction at the vast majority of partner universities.

The University of Waikato sends students all over the world to undertake study through our partner universities. Find out from past students about their experiences while on a Student Exchange.

The next step is to have a chat to Kendra, our Study Abroad and Exchange Manager to find out about the Exchange Application Process. Drop into the International office located in the Gateway Building during our drop-in hours.

Drop in hours:

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

Feel free to email with your questions anytime.

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