Student Exchange

IMPORTANT: Are you looking to apply for 18B semester? We are currently putting the finishing touches to our brand new online Waikato OE application form and content management system which should be going live early next year.   All 18B student exchange applications should be submitted using the current application form.  Just click on the red Apply for the Waikato OE button on the right!  All instructions are on the form.  You can email your completed application to or drop a hard copy into Gateway Reception.

Remember the deadline for applications is 15 Jan 2018.  All applications will be processed after the deadline and you can expect to hear back no later than 31 Jan.

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 semesters 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 semester 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, which is equivalent to the standard semester workload.

Partner universities

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

Waikato OE Travel Award

The Waikato OE Travel Award is a new initiative to help you with your travel costs. Each award is valued between $500 - $1000 and you'll automatically be considered for one when you apply for your Waikato OE - so no extra application required.

Questions? Talk to us!

You can make an appointment for an informal chat with one of our friendly advisers. They will guide you through the application process and answer any questions you might have about where you can study, scholarships and cross-crediting. Book online here or you can drop in (no appointment needed) 1-2 pm every Wednesday. We are located in the Gateway Building. Please report to reception.

Tauranga Students: A Student Advisor will be available at the Bongard Centre, Cameron Road, Tauranga every second Thursday between 2 and 4 pm.  Just click on the Book Now button below and select the Tauranga location/advising session.

Hamilton Students: Please book online to make an appointment to see Katy or Kendra. If you have StudyLink or other paperwork to complete for your Waikato OE please make an appointment.