Why Study at UoW

What makes Waikato a great place for you to study, live and socialise?

Study at a world-ranked university

Our University is a true reflection of New Zealand culture; we are ambitious, innovative thinkers that let little get in the way of achieving big dreams.

We are proud to be in the top 1.1% in the world in the latest QS World University Rankings — we've jumped 100 places in just four years, a reflection of our ability to challenge, inspire and prepare our students to lead change. Our research is also ranked highest in New Zealand for quality and impact, tackling issues of national and global importance.

Get an internationally focused education

It’s not just our diverse student population that makes us a truly international university. Our world-class academics play an active role in international research and we have more than 60 university partners.

Our global relevance means your qualification will better equip you for a future anywhere in the world.

Join the Waikato family

Our campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga are bursting with life and energy. With smaller class sizes, better access to lecturers, affordable living, a wide range of support services, and more than 40 student clubs, your student experience at Waikato will be second-to-none.

Our students agree – 95% were satisfied with their overall experience at Waikato (Student Barometer Survey, 2015).

Learn from the best

As creators of knowledge, we encourage our students to be leaders and innovators. Our award-winning lecturers, flexible degrees and broad range of courses give you an education that transcends the boundary between theory and practice.

You’ll join an elite group of Waikato graduates who pursue rewarding futures in New Zealand and overseas.

Take advantage of our scholarships

We believe in rewarding success, which is why we offer hundreds of scholarships every year to our students. A scholarship will open up a world of opportunities for you, no matter what stage of study you’re at.

Whether you’re looking for support with study, fees, accommodation, research or leadership opportunities, we’ve got lots of options available to help set you up for the future.

Gain industry relevance

Each year, we offer more than 2000 industry placements and internships. Whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, our partnerships and networks offer you a unique opportunity to embed yourself in local or international organisations as part of your learning experience.

We encourage it, because the chance to apply what you’ve learnt in the classroom to real-world contexts gives you a valuable edge.