Waikato OE Student Exchange

We currently have a once in a lifetime opportunity for you to complete an exchange at the University of Alicante, located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain.

Successful candidates will:

  • Get their flight costs covered
  • Earn the same points while studying
  • Receive roughly €650 ($1000 NZD) a month in funding

Applications for Alicante in A Trimester 2020 close 1 September. Apply Now!

If another destination appeals to you instead, we are also currently accepting applications for 20B Trimester.  Applications are due 15 January 2020. You will need to complete both the Waikato OE application form and Course Interests form. Email your completed application to

This is your opportunity to travel overseas while completing your Waikato degree! Our exchange programme lets you earn the same points and pay the same fees as you normally would while studying at one of our partner universities around the world.

Who's eligible for a Waikato OE?

Once you’ve spent two trimesters studying with us and achieved at least a B-grade average, you’re eligible to apply for an exchange.

Although most exchanges are for undergraduate students, some partner universities will accept postgraduate students taking taught papers. English is the language of instruction at most of our partner universities.

Transfer your points

You can study overseas for one trimester or a full year and the points you earn during this time will be transferred over to your Waikato qualification. The maximum number of points you can transfer is 60/trimester, which is equivalent to the standard trimester workload at Waikato.

Partner universities

We have partner universities in more than 20 countries. So where in the world do you want to go?


Want to gain real work experience this summer?  Consider an international internship! Our partners CRCC Asia and InSitu Programs 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, Manchester, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, 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.

Waikato OE Travel Award

The Waikato OE Travel Award is an initiative to help you with travel costs. While your tuition for exchange remains the same, we know the cost of an international flight can be expensive.  The amounts range from $1000 - $2000 and are awarded to accepted students to help offset the cost of travel to your study destination. No extra application is required - students will be awarded based on the cost of their programme and considering any other scholarships awarded. Conditions apply.

Questions? Talk to us!

Make an appointment to talk with one of our friendly advisers. We will answer questions you have about where you can study, scholarships, and credit transfer, and guide you through the application process. Book online here or drop in (no appointment needed) 1-2 pm every Wednesday at both the Hamilton and Tauranga campuses. In Hamilton, we are located in the Gateway Building. Please check in with reception on the main level. In Tauranga, please report to The Hub, Level 1.