How to Apply - International Students
Thank you for choosing to study at the University of Waikato. This section and the Onshore Student Enrolment Guide or the Offshore/online Students Enrolment Guide for our online application tool will guide you through the application process for international students. Check the application and enrolment dates to ensure we receive your application on time to start your study.
Check your eligibility
You will be accepted into the University of Waikato if you meet the entry requirements and any additional requirements.
Find out if you are eligible:
- Undergraduate qualifications eligibility
- Postgraduate qualifications eligibility
- Higher Degrees eligibility
University pathway programmes
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements for entry you can find out how to apply for a pathway programme, or if you are ready you can apply directly using the online application form on the Waikato Pathways College site.
Check tuition fees
Choose your programme of study
Use our Course Finder to see what we offer.
Offshore students studying online
Check out what programmes are available online here.
If you currently live in Africa or Pakistan, you may need to apply through an authorised agent. This is due to the large number of applications we receive from your region. If there is no agent in your region, please complete this webform so we can help you.
You do not need to apply through an agent if:
- You are applying for a Higher Research Degree
- You currently live in Mauritius or South Africa
- You are a citizen of an African country or Pakistan but live elsewhere. When applying online, you will need to upload a proof of residency document such as a valid visa or ID card.
There are several ways to apply:
- Direct Application
Once you have decided your programme of study, you can apply online
- Applying through an agent
If you think you may need some extra help, one of our approved International Recruitment Agents in your home country can assist with submitting your application.
- Study Abroad or Exchange
Short term study, home institution, you may like to Study Abroad or Exchange.
- Higher Research Degrees
If you are applying for a Higher research degrees program such as Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD), Doctor of Musical Arts (DMA) and Masters of Philosophy (MPhil), you should look at the Higher Research Degrees Application Process.
- Pathway Programmes
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements for entry, you may choose to study pathway programme at the Waikato Pathways College. You can choose to apply for the Foundation Studies programme in preparation for an undergraduate degree, or you can apply for one of the English language courses, in preparation for the Foundation Studies programme at the Waikato Pathways College or a degree-level course at the University of Waikato. Find out how to apply or if you are ready apply directly by using the online application form.
The University of Waikato also welcomes applications from students completing NCUK pathway programmes.
- Apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning
If you have previously undertaken tertiary or non-formal education, you may apply for Credit (for formal studies) or Recognition of Prior Learning (for non-formal studies). This recognises your previous studies and can reduce the number of papers required to complete your University of Waikato qualification. You need to apply at least six weeks prior to your first trimester of study. You can apply for both Credit and RPL through the MyWaikato online application form. For further information about what you will need for RPL please visit Recognition of Prior Learning.
Accept your offer
At the University of Waikato, you accept your offer by paying your tuition fees. You can apply for your student visa before you accept your offer and pay your tuition fees. When Immigration New Zealand provides you with a letter that confirms your visa will be approved (known as AIP or ‘Approval in Principle’), you can accept your offer and pay your tuition fees. Once your payment has been received by the University, you will receive an official receipt that you will use to complete your student visa application.
Offshore students studying online
Once you accept your offer in our application system, the University will advise you of the papers (units/modules) we think you should take in your first trimester studying with us. There may be some limitations regarding the choice of papers you can take online but every paper you take will count towards your qualification.
You can take one paper, or four papers, that choice is yours so you can reduce the number of papers to suit your needs.
When you agree to these papers in our system, we will calculate your fees, less any discount.
To complete your enrolment online, you must pay your tuition fees. You can pay your fees by credit card or online banking.
Apply for a student visa
You will need to be in New Zealand on a valid visa. Most international students apply for an International Student Visa.
Offshore students studying online
You do not need a student visa to commence your studies online while you are living outside of New Zealand. However, when you are ready to come to New Zealand to continue your studies face-to-face, you will need to apply for a student visa before travelling.
You will need to visit the Immigration New Zealand website for information about the application process.
Prepare to come to New Zealand
When the time comes, to ensure you arrive in New Zealand with everything you need to complete your enrolment, and to settle into your new home, check out our pre-departure info.
To officially enrol at the University, you will need to show your student visa and any other required documentation when you arrive on campus, including evidence of medical and travel insurances, or purchase the University's insurance policy. Make sure you download and view our handy pre-arrival guide. For more information, please refer to our How to Enrol page.
Offshore students studying online
You will be successfully enrolled after accepting your offer in MyWaikato, choosing your papers and paying your fees.
Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
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What is a verified document?
A verified copy is a photocopied document signed by someone of suitable standing such a Justice of the Peace, solicitor, barrister, court registrar, or school principal.
This person will need to see the original document and will check that the photocopy is a genuine, unaltered copy. They will then sign, date and stamp the photocopy with an official stamp, or will write “certified original sighted and this is a true copy of that original”.
University staff at the Student Administration desk on campus can also verify your documents.
If you are offshore you may submit scanned copies of verified documents for assessment purposes but you will need to provide hard copies prior to enrolment.
Please do not submit original documents, keep them for your own personal records.
How do I get university entrance (UE)?
There are several ways you can gain admission to the University. Find out about university entry requirements.
Are there any additional application documents and steps in the selection process when applying to study?
Some programmes require applicants to provide additional information, references, undergo police vetting and/or complete an interview. Please refer to the individual programme pages for more information.
Can I study through correspondence?
The University does not offer any extramural courses, however there are some papers that are offered via the net. This information can be found in our Catalogue of Papers by selecting 'Off Campus Papers'.
Where do I go for programme advice?
Contact us on 0800 WAIKATO or
How many papers are considered full-time study?
120 points per year is considered full-time study. This generally equates to eight first year papers however this varies across faculties.
I’ve heard the CUP course is offered through the University of Waikato, what does that mean?
The Certificate of University Preparation (CUP) is a full-time formal qualification offered by the University of Waikato. It will be taught in both Trimester A and B on the University of Waikato's Hamilton campus in Hillcrest and students will have access to the full range of services and facilities.
Do I risk losing a Halls of Residence deposit if I don't get into university?
Will the Halls of Residence confirm accommodation without a firm offer for the student?
The Halls of Residence offer accommodation on the assumption that the student will be accepted into the University of Waikato.
When do I get my student ID?
As soon as your enrolment is complete you can begin to get your student ID card sorted so it is ready for you to collect when you arrive. Send a photo of yourself to [email protected] with your name and Student ID number as the email subject line.
Here are the requirements for your photo:
- It must only be a photo of you
- From the shoulders up with your face centred
- No head covering or headband should be worn in the photo, unless you must wear either for religious or medical reasons. Your face must be fully visible
- Passport size (45mm x 35mm)
- Use a standard file format (jpeg, png, etc).
Once we receive your photo we will produce your card (usually 4 working days). You can then collect it at the Student Centre on the Hamilton campus if you are studying there, or the Tauranga Campus, if that is where you are studying.
Where can I find a list of the books I will need for my classes?
Course literature and required textbooks will be published in the course outline. The course outline is only available to students that are fully enrolled and is usually released a few days before the first lecture. You will not require textbooks for the first week of lectures.
What should I bring to my first class?
It is helpful to bring a refill pad or tablet etc, a pen and a print out of the course outline (as the first lecture will generally be based around this document).
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