When you study at the University of Waikato (Wai-cut-o), you’ll be part of a quality education institution, supported by people who care, and academics who want to see you succeed.
Our Motto, Ko te tangata – for the people, ensures that you, our student, is at the forefront of everything we do.
Students at Waikato are more satisfied with their university experience than at any other New Zealand university. How do we know that? The 2013 International Student Barometer surveyed over 150,000 international studying all over the world. More than 90% of the students surveyed who studied at the University of Waikato were satisfied with their experience and 82% of respondents said they would recommend our university to others. Find out more about our rankings and reputation.
Our people, culture and progressive approach to education and research is what makes Waikato a great place to live, study and socialise.
Why choose to study at Waikato?
- World ranked university
- Research-led and industry focused
- Student support
- Memorable student experiences
- Modern facilities across two campuses.
World ranked university
The University of Waikato, a modern and progressive university, is competitively ranked amongst its peers.
- Ranked in the top 3% of universities in the world – placed 324th in the QS World University Rankings 2016
- Ranked in the 401-500 band of universities in the world – Times Higher Education 2015
- 12 subjects in the top 250 – QS Subject Rankings 2016
- Waikato Management School is Triple Crown Accredited (accredited to AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA). This places our business school in the top 1% in the world.
Support Services Rankings:
- 11th in the world for Careers Office support
- Leader in New Zealand for student satisfaction – i-graduate International Student Barometer results 2015
Research led and industry focused teaching
Research-led and industry focused
Our teaching focuses on what you need to know and be able to apply when you enter the work-place.
Many of our teaching academics are active contributors to research, and consult for nationwide businesses and industry. All of our academics are passionate about your education and are happy to talk to you about your programme before or after lecturers, at tutorials, and during their scheduled open office hours – when you can visit their office, often without an appointment.
How do we teach?
- Our teaching methods at Waikato prepare you to think critically and show initiative in your learning.
- You'll be encouraged by your lecturers to ask questions and challenge their ideas in classes.
- For some assignments you will be expected to complete assignments with other students, this helps you develop valuable skills for the work-place.
- All of our programmes are taught with a balance of theoretical knowledge and the practical application of that theory.
If you are participating in a research qualification you will be encouraged to develop your own research topics and lead the research with support and guidance from a supervisor.
Industry and work-experience placements
More than 2,000 students participated in internships or work-experience programmes as part of their University of Waikato programme in 2015. We offer a wide-range of papers and programmes that offer opportunities for students to work with local industry through work-placements, internships and case studies. Students have prepared marketing plans, developed IT programmes and working prototypes for organisations.
Our Careers Office is ranked 11th in the world. The office runs dedicated workshops throughout the year for resume writing and interviewing techniques and staff are available to students and recent graduates for advice on seeking and preparing for employment. The office provides opportunities for students to connect with employers through on campus presentations and career fairs.
International Job Ready Day
The Careers Office runs a full day workshop each semester for international students who are preparing to seek work in New Zealand. Find out more about the International Job Ready Day.
Supporting you – student support services
Because we are a smaller university, we can provide you with individual support from the time you start to consider the University of Waikato and join our whanau (family). Our student support staff get to know you, and you will feel reassured that our staff care about you and are available to help you with whatever support you need.
We strongly recommend that you participate in our International Buddy programme in your first semester.
Academic, disability, health and counselling, and careers support services are also available to you.We have a full range of support services that provide you with advice and services you need to make sure your time at Waikato is successful.
Find out more about our student support and services.
International Student Support Services Office
Our International Student Support Services Office has staff you can talk to as you settle into life in New Zealand and are available for the length of your study at Waikato.
Located in the Student Centre, the International Services Office oversees international orientation for new students, immigration requirements and student visas, medical and travel insurance, international government scholarships, study abroad and exchange, and international student events.
International Excellence Scholarship
Up to NZD $5000 is available to students studying in 2016 from selected countries who can demonstrate academic excellence and are willing to be ambassadors for the university. Study levels include foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate taught study.
High Achievement Scholarship
The University offers a 15% discount on full international fees for the second year of undergraduate study. No application process is required. Visit the scholarships website for a full list of scholarships open to international students from the University of Waikato and New Zealand government scholarships.
Memorable student experiences
With over 100 different nationalities represented, it’s a diverse and vibrant place to be. You can choose to join one of our many student clubs and organisations that include sports and cultural groups, this is a great way to meet other students, both domestic and international.
Playing social sports are a big part of live on campus – lots of students do it – and we have modern recreational facilities located on and around campus for our students to enjoy and relax outside the classroom.
The University organises trips for international students so you can explore some of the best tourist attractions and experience the real New Zealand. Find out about trips that are offered throughout the year.
International at Waikato
Phone: + 64 7 856 2889