Build on your base for a professional career in engineering by adding international experience to your CV!

Student Exchange

The ideal time to go on an overseas exchange as an Engineering student is A trimester of your second year. The second year of the Bachelor of Engineering includes ENGEN271: Work Placement 1, and third year includes ENGEN371: Work Placement 2. Placements are usually taken over the Summer period from November to February. All of our exchange partners follow the Northern Hemisphere academic calendar which means that an exchange in A trimester will start early January and in B trimester will start around August, ending late December - both clashing with the work placement papers. See degree planner below:

There is a possibilty of delaying one of the work placements until the end of 4th year. However, this would mean you wouldn't be able to graduate in December and would have to wait until the April/May graduation ceremony. A positive of pushing out one of your work placements is that it could turn into a job - meaning you may transition straight from your degree into your career!

If you feel you need help mapping your overseas exchange into your degree programme then the best thing to do is speak with the engineering key contact to get advice.

Note: there are no extra requirements for Engineering students to be eligibile for an exchange, just the standard Waikato OE critera.

Explore engineering exchange programmes.

Global Internships

Our partners CRCC Asia and Intern Group have internship opportunities in a wide variety of sectors and are in English.  The programmes range from 1-3 months and are located in cities such as Tokyo, Shanghai, London, Barcelona, New York and more.

There is a cost for these internships, however Waikato students receive a partnership discount and are considered for the Waikato OE Travel Award.

Explore global internships.

While our global internships are currently non-credit bearing, students are encouraged to speak to their School directly if they want to arrange credit for their WIL paper.

Find out what other engineering students think...

Jardine Chapman
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) in Software Engineering

Rowan University, United States 

"Rowan University is slightly larger size wise to Waikato but similar student population. It is a very nice campus with everything you need right there. It’s known for its engineering school, after receiving one of that largest grants in America for engineering...It’s the perfect place for the ‘American college experience’.

My decision to go on an exchange was easy – I had always wanted to live and study in America. I closely looked at all the options and decided that Rowan University was the best one for me. This is because it was a ‘normal’ American town, nice campus, had snow in winter and was close to NYC and Philadelphia. The impact it had on me is that I now have best friends who live in America, and a new place I consider home. Overall, it was an incredible experience and I wouldn’t have changed any of it".

Key Contact

Rob Torrens
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 07 838 4684

If you know Rob as a lecturer then we encourage you to approach him directly - he is very approachable and has a wealth of knowledge!