NCUK Pathways to Waikato

Study in New Zealand with a guaranteed bursary of up to NZ$15,000!

NCUK graduates can progress to a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees at the University of Waikato with a guaranteed bursary of NZ$5,000 per year, up to a maximum of NZ$15,000.

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 ranked #250 worldwide and #1 in New Zealand for research in the QS World University Rankings 2024.

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.

Entry to Waikato programmes

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

NCUK Programme

Progression to University of Waikato

Scholarships and Bursaries

English Language Requirements

Academic entry requirements

International Foundation Year (IFY)

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

Guaranteed NZ$15,000 bursary ($5,000 per year for the first three years of study)

Minimum C grade average with no lower than D in all components

Bachelor of Business = ABB

All other programmes = BBB

International Year One (IYOne)

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

Guaranteed NZ$10,000 bursary ($5,000 per year for years 2 and 3 of study)

Minimum C grade average with no lower than D in all components

120 credits with an average score of 50 or above

Master’s Preparation (MPP)

Entry to postgraduate level study

Guaranteed NZ$5,000 bursary

Minimum B grade average with no lower than C in all components

Recognised bachelor’s degree, pass grade in ‘Research Methods’ module

Course Finder

Interested to know more?

Please submit the following details & we’ll send you occasional updates.


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.

Discover Waikato for yourself

Take a look around and find our if Waikato is the right fit for you

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