How to Apply

Going on an exchange can be a big decision to make but we’re here to help you each step of the way.

Application closing dates

15 July - for an A Semester exchange in the following year (ie apply by 15 July 2020 for A Semester 2021)

15 January - for a B Semester exchange in the same year

5 helpful steps to follow when you’re applying:

  1. Step One:  Research your options

    Spend some time researching which destination and programme you want to go to.

    Have a look at the courses they offer, the student life and the city to make sure it fits in with your qualification and lifestyle.

  2. Step Two: Select your top 3 choices

    Pick 3 partner universities/programmes that interest you the most.  Make sure they work for you academically.

    Please note you will be placed at any one of your 3 choices.

  3. Step Three: Chat with a Waikato OE adviser

    Talk to one of our advisers by making an online appointment.  You can also drop in every Wednesday between 1 and 2 pm (no appointment needed).


    Hamilton - Gateway Building (TSR), near Gate 5 entrance.  Please check in at the main reception on level 3 (up the stairs from the main entrance).

    Tauranga - CBD Campus, The Hub, Level 1.  Look for the Waikato OE banner.

    We can answer any questions you have and help you through the application process!

    If you need specific help mapping your degree to best fit a Waikato OE Programme, then use the Academic Planning page to find the key contact information for your area of study.

  4. Step Four: Submit your application

    Click on the Apply Now button on the programme page of interest. Login using your Waikato login details to complete and submit your application.

    The Waikato OE application is made up of a number of sections. There are some sections that will take more time to complete. We have provided a brief overview of these sections below. A more detailed overview is provided within the Waikato OE application:

    • Passport Information
      You will be required to upload a scan of your current passport. If you are a NZ permanent resident visa holder, you will also need to include a scan of your visa.
    • Host Institution Choice (Exchange Specific)
      This is where you list the three host institutions where you would like to study (see step 2 above). 
    • Course Interests (Exchange Specific)
      In this section you are asked to identify potential courses by researching the academic catalogue or class schedule at your host institution and working out which courses would be best suited to your Waikato degree. You must list a minimum of five potential courses for each university that you have listed within the 'Host Institution Choice' section.
      Please note: this isn't an official paper selection process and these listed papers are only used internally by the Waikato OE Team. It is just to help you plan your Waikato OE and ensure the best academic fit for you! 
    • Personal Statement
      You are required to write and upload an approximately 500 word statement that describes who you are, what you hope to achieve from going on your Waikato OE, your reasons for choosing a particular institution/internship and/or country, your representative capabilities for the University of Waikato and New Zealand, and any other information you wish to include.
    • Scholarship Application/s
      If you are eligible for any scholarships, here is where you apply for them. You download the "International Exchange Scholarships Personal Statement Form", complete it, and then upload the completed form as a PDF to your Waikato OE application.
    • References
      You are required to have an academic and general reference listed in your application. It is important to first ask your contacts if they would be willing to act as a reference and complete a recommendation form for you. Once this is confirmed, you enter their contact details within the application.
  5. Step Five: Wait for us to contact you

    Waikato OE Exchange applications are reviewed after the relevant application deadline date.

    Internships and Short Term Programme applications are reviewed as received.

    An advisor will get in touch with you about what to do next, once you applicaton has been processed.