for the people who want to study in new zealand

For the people who want to study in New Zealand

Start online in 2021 until you can join us on campus

Start your studies online in July 2021

Gain your degree from a world-class New Zealand university and enjoy the flexibility of beginning online.

We are offering our most popular programmes to start online this coming July 2021 while we wait for the New Zealand border restrictions to ease.  You will transfer to face-to-face classes in New Zealand once you are able to enter the country.

Our online students thrive in our virtual environment, with the support of our dedicated staff.  Classes have been created with online learners in mind.  Enjoy studying with students who are both online and on campus.

Begin your study journey, or evolve your existing career with Waikato.

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Start online in July 2021 and enjoy a 20% bursary during your online study*

Transition to face-to-face classes when you can and receive a one-off travel grant of NZ$2,000

Part-time and full-time online study options available

*This bursary is applicable to the papers studied online and will be applied directly to your tuition fees. This bursary is available to students who started studying online outside of New Zealand. Students, who have returned home after the closure of New Zealand borders, are not eligible for the 20% bursary.

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Hear from a current online student

Farina Renato lives in India and started studying a Master of Business and Management with us online in March 2021. She was anxious to study online as she hadn't learnt in this way before but since starting she has felt well-supported with her studies, has enjoyed the interactive elements and the highlight has been working on group projects with other students across the world.

"As an international student I couldn't have asked for a better online experience. The amount of support provided is unbelievable. All of the staff and faculty are extremely compassionate and accommodating."

Why Waikato?

  1. We are proud to have been the university of choice for over 15,000 international students from over 135 different countries since January 2000.

  2. Business School ranked in the top 1% globally.

  1. We are committed to helping you succeed. Our dedicated staff will support you throughout your online and on-campus studies.

  2. Over 20 years of online teaching expertise.

The above English language and Foundation programmes are available to start online. These programmes are not eligible for the 20% Bursary mentioned above. For more information, please visit

Aerial view of Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui Beach, Tauranga, New Zealand

Joining us in New Zealand

When the time comes to join us in New Zealand you will be able to switch to face-to-face teaching at either our Hamilton or Tauranga campuses*. You will be guaranteed on-campus accommodation in Hamilton*.

New Zealand is rated as the second most peaceful country in the world in the 2020 Global Peace Index. A multi-cultural society, New Zealanders are friendly, welcoming and embrace diversity.

Many of our students choose to stay in New Zealand to further their careers after graduating. As an international student, you may have the option to engage in work while studying in New Zealand.

Experience spectacular landscapes, beaches and National Parks which attract visitors from near and far.

* Programme offerings vary between campuses, please refer to each qualification page for campus location options.
* Accommodation type is subject to availability.

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The reason I decided to study at the University of Waikato is because of its reputation. I know that I am getting a high quality education. Plus there is a lot of support available at the university to help you succeed. It is also very multicultural, and it is amazing to be part of such a diverse community.

Anusha Anil Kumar

Bachelor of Business

We want to reassure you that the University of Waikato is still accepting applications for our 2021 intakes. We recognise that it is an uncertain time and that you will have many questions about your future study plans. We encourage you to refer to our coronavirus (COVID-19) information hub for the most up-to-date information.