Study Abroad and Exchange

This page is information for students interested in coming to New Zealand. If you're a current University of Waikato domestic student interested in travelling overseas as part of your degree, check out our Waikato OE programme.

When you choose to study for one or two semesters at the University of Waikato you'll have the experience of a lifetime.

Studying with us as a student exchange or study abroad student allows you to transfer your credits earned at Waikato back to your home degree. This means you won't delay your study with your home university by coming to Waikato. In fact, you will add value to your qualification by completing part of your studies at one of the world’s top ranked universities.

As a study abroad or exchange student at Waikato, you will have access to all the benefits of a full university experience:

Explore New Zealand while you study

With Hamilton city being located in the heart of New Zealand’s North Island, you can take the opportunity to travel the country with ease. Our region has some of nature’s best on our doorstep; take a 40 minute drive to Raglans famous left hand surf break, or cruise the Coromandel Peninsula and explore natural wonders like Hot Water Beach, Cathedral cove, and coastal townships nestled on expansive white sandy beaches. Nearby cities of Auckland, Tauranga, Rotorua and Taupo, boast numerous tourist attractions from Maori culture, to bungy jumping, and skydiving.

Hamilton itself has all the amenities of big city living paired with a relaxed vibe.

What is student exchange?

You can enrol at the University of Waikato for one or two semesters and credit study to your home degree. To be considered an exchange student your home university must have a formal two-way student exchange agreement with the University of Waikato. For all exchange students, you must be nominated by the relevant office at your home university. Have a look at the University of Waikato's partner universities. As an exchange student you typically pay your standard tuition fees for your home university. This makes for a very cost effective way to gain an international education.

What is study abroad?

Similar to student exchange, you can enrol at the University of Waikato for one of two semesters and credit study to your home degree. The main difference is that you will pay a set tuition fee directly to the University of Waikato. In some cases your university may have a study abroad agreement with us, so check with your home university first.

Find out how to apply to the University of Waikato as a student exchange or study abroad student.


The following scholarships are offered:

Dream new scholarship

A scholarship opportunity of up to approx. NZ$12,500 is open to citizens (or residents) of all European Countries. The scholarship will cover tuition fees for one student studying in a Study Abroad programme in Semester A 2017 (Commencing February). Applications close 1 September 2016. For a full list of scholarships please visit the scholarships website.

Generation study abroad scholarship

Scholarships of US$500 for US citizens and residents wanting to study at Waikato are available through Education New Zealand. Find out more information about the scholarship and see if you're eligible.

Contact Us

Study Abroad and Exchange Manager
International Office
Phone: +64 7 837 9425