International Application Process
The following application deadlines are set to allow time for the processing of applications, and for the applicant to make relevant arrangements prior to departing for Waikato.
Applications are welcome after the deadline, but applicants should be aware that late applications may not allow enough time for pre-departure arrangements prior to the University start dates.
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.
Admission to the University of Waikato
All students applying to the University of Waikato must meet the appropriate academic and English language entry criteria. Schools of study, faculties and colleges may have additional entry requirements for some qualifications. All applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are advised to check current requirements.
The University has representatives/agents in many countries around the world. Please check the list of overseas agents here.
- Download the International Application Form, request a copy from our International Recruitment team or an overseas representative, or apply online.
- Complete all sections of the application form.
Please note: There is a separate application form for students wanting to pursue a MBA, MPhil, PhD or EdD. Students also require a supplementary form if applying for Teacher Education and 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 will need to 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. Detailed information can be found at on our Higher Degrees page.
- 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 (e.g. Justice of 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. Annual supervision fees of approximately NZ$4500 per year (for three years).
- An automatic 20-hour Work Visa.
- No school tuition fees for children of PhD student to study at public Primary or High School.
- 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 NZ Permanent Residency (PR).
Please note: PhD study must be full-time in order to qualify for these benefits.
Agents in Your Country
Contact an official representative of the University of Waikato in your region who can provide you with advice on study options at Waikato.
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