Waikato warmly welcomes students from Australia. Our main campus in Hamilton covers 64 hectares of landscaped gardens and lakes, with extensive sporting and recreational areas and has four Halls of Residence. Or maybe you'll choose to study at our coastal campus in Tauranga, enjoy all the perks of student life with the added bonus of been surrounded by some of New Zealand’s most spectacular golden beaches and forests.

Whether you decide to study at Hamilton or Tauranga, your Waikato University experience will be a unique adventure where you'll gain a world-class education and make life-long friends!

How to apply and get into Waikato

Applying to the University of Waikato is easy. If you are a school student, you’ll need to have completed Year 12. Our entry criteria is:

Undergraduate Entry Criteria (All States/Territories)

Year 12 Certificate and an ATAR of 70 or higher



The Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Engineering with Honours qualifications have additional Academic subject requirements.


The Bachelor of Teaching, Bachelor of Nursing and Bachelor of Music also have selection process criteria.


Queensland prior to 2020 require Year 12 Certificate and an Overall Position (OP) of 14 or under.


If you left school a while ago, or don’t meet the entry criteria, talk to us about other pathways into university.

Email us at info@waikato.ac.nz

Fees and finance

Australian citizens currently living in Australia

If you’re Australian citizen or permanent resident and you’re going to live in New Zealand, you will pay domestic tuition fees at the University of Waikato.

Australian citizens and permanent residents may qualify for the New Zealand Student Loan or Student Allowance.

Australian citizens currently living New Zealand

You will be eligible for a New Zealand Student Loan or Student Allowance if you have resided in New Zealand before study commences, and meet all other eligibility criteria. More information is available from StudyLink, New Zealand's student loan and allowance provider.

New Zealand citizens currently living in Australia

New Zealand citizens who currently reside in Australia are eligible for New Zealand domestic tuition fees and are also eligible to apply for a student loan or allowance through StudyLink.