NCUK Pathways to Waikato

NCUK offers pathway programmes for international students in over 30 countries worldwide. Graduates from NCUK can progress to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Waikato.

The University of Waikato is located on the North Island of New Zealand. With campuses in the vibrant cities of Hamilton and Tauranga, we are proud to be among the top third of all globally ranked universities in the QS World University Rankings 2021. Waikato Management School is among 1% of business schools worldwide to hold Triple Crown Accreditation.

Our 11 faculties and schools cover a wide range of subjects, including arts & humanities, sciences, engineering, business & management, health & sport, education and law. All of our bachelor’s degrees and a number of our postgraduate programmes include work-integrated learning opportunities, with over 2,000 internships and placements available each year.

New Zealand is one of the safest countries in the world, ranked second in the 2020 Global Peace Index.

Entry to Waikato programmes

NCUK students can progress to a range of degree-level programmes at Waikato. Some programmes require specific NCUK modules. For full entry requirements including English language criteria, please visit

NCUK ProgrammeWaikato PathwayScholarships and Bursaries1
International Foundation Year (IFY)

Entry to Year 1 of all University of Waikato bachelor’s degrees

Students are eligible for a NZ$6,000 bursary (NZ$3,000 in year 1, NZ$3,000 in year 2))
International Year One (IYOne)

Entry to Bachelor of Business Year 2, Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) Year 2

Students are eligible for a NZ$5,000 bursary (NZ$2,500 in year 2, NZ$2,500 in year 3)
Master’s Preparation (PMP)

Students who achieve the required English language grade will meet the English language requirements for most of our master’s degrees

Students are eligible for a NZ$5,000 bursary

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At Waikato On-campus accommodation is available at our Hamilton campus. Students can choose between catered and self-catered accommodation. Students studying at our Tauranga campus have various accommodation options including self-catered apartments, homestay and private rentals.

Student Support

The International Student Services team is available to assist you during your time at the University of Waikato. Staff organise orientations for all new students and oversee visa renewals, insurance, international student events and our student buddy programme. Students also have access to a careers team, health and well-being services and academic support. Visit our student support page for more information.

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1The NCUK Waikato Bursary is available to all NCUK students progressing to the University of Waikato in 2021 and 2022. Visit for full details.