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Welcome Study Abroad and Exchange Students!

Study Abroad and Exchange students are welcome to study with us for one or two trimesters, usually A or B trimester. Almost all of our classes are open to Study Abroad and Exchange students and papers can be taken across departments.

New Zealand is a small yet mighty country of 5 million people located in the South Pacific. A study and travel experience in New Zealand is transformative. You'll join a world-class education system, meet friendly locals, see amazing sights, and enjoy a healthy work-life balance. The University of Waikato is centrally located on the North Island in the city of Hamilton, just 1.5 hours south of Auckland. Our location makes it easy to explore New Zealand's stunning beaches, forests, and mountains... all in one day!

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Entry Eligibility

Our study abroad and exchange programme is open to the following students who have:

  • Completed at least two trimesters/semesters of study and be currently enrolled at a recognised tertiary institution (unless you're applying as a Gap Year Experience student)
  • Achieved a minimum GPA B average (NZ scale)
  • English Language proficiency


The University of Waikato is home to academics who are passionate about teaching and research, and dedicated to supporting each student throughout their study journey. Academics encourage students to engage in learning by asking questions and challenging thinking.

Full time students should take 3-4 papers each trimester and almost all papers (courses) are open to study abroad and exchange students, making it easy to get the credits you need.

Our papers are built with theoretical and practical components to enable you to get the best possible academic experience.

Our programmes are industry-relevant and some offer experiential learning opportunities such as internships and research, so you can put your learning into practice and build your networks. Our smaller class sizes provide plenty of opportunities for students to work closely with award-winning lecturers and students are supported by experienced tutors.

Visit our "Apply Now" page to apply and learn more about the steps required to study at Waikato.

Once you have applied, check out our "Next Steps" page, to discover what your next steps are on your journey to New Zealand.

Our Exchange Partners

Find out if your university is an exchange partner with us. We welcome students from our exchange partner universities around the world!

Costs and Scholarships

Find out about our competitive tuition fees, Hamilton City living costs, and any scholarships.

Our Campuses


Our main campus is located in the vibrant, multicultural city of Hamilton, with outdoor activities, shopping malls and eateries only a short drive away. On campus, you’ll find a new state-of-the-art Student Centre, sporting facilities, cafes and eateries, and beautiful lakes and fields.


Our Tauranga campus is located in the heart of Tauranga’s CBD, surrounded by eateries, shopping and accommodation options. The campus itself is a brand-new multi-level building, featuring all the same student services as the Hamilton campus, with the advantage of being in the middle of the city.

Contact us

Study Abroad and Exchange - International Office
Email: [email protected]
Phone: +64 7 837 9405

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