We're for the people

Gain a globally recognised education from the University of Waikato, where we create opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills in internationally ranked subjects and real work environments.

With over 100 subjects to choose from across our two beautiful campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga, the University offers study pathways for everyone. At Waikato we believe in education on a human-level and we are committed to nurturing individuals to reach their full potential.

Here's what our 2020 Graduates had to say

  • 84%Satisfied with the quality of their course

  • 95%Now employed or studying

  • 83%Now working in the industry aligned to their qualification

  • 82%Likely to recommend study at the University of Waikato

Why study at Waikato?

We are recognised for producing work-ready graduates who have gained real world experiences throughout their study. Our teaching staff are world-leading, with vast knowledge and experience in their respective fields. You will find the University of Waikato offers a distinctive community that sets us apart from others.

Student Life
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Quality learning environments

Affordable student living

Green and spacious campuses

Work experience while you study

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What can I study?

At Waikato, our students are more than just a number - they're part of a family which includes the most diverse student body in New Zealand. We have a wide range of degree level programmes, certificates and diplomas available. Smaller class sizes means better access to your teachers and educators, cultivating a supportive learning environment.

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Our regions

Nestled in New Zealand’s heartland, Hamilton and Tauranga are two of our country’s fastest growing cities, both within an easy commute to Auckland. Enjoy the lifestyle you want without the expense of living in a major city.

And then there's the region beyond – some of the country's best beaches, mountains, lakes and attractions are on our doorstep for you to enjoy.

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New programmes and pathways

The University recognises the ever-changing world and is committed to developing new programmes of study to meet global industry demand.

Bachelor of Climate Change

The UoW has launched a new three-year degree – the Bachelor of Climate Change. This degree is the first of its kind in the world and combines scientific knowledge of the biophysical world with understanding of economic and political systems and the impacts on Māori, Pacific and Indigenous communities

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Bachelor of Communication

Waikato’s new Bachelor of Communication is for people who are passionate about expressing ideas and want to produce multimedia content in creative ways, using a wide range of technologies.

Learn how to communicate with purpose and harness the power of digital storytelling.

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How to apply

Studylink assistance is available, plus you may be eligible for Fees-Free!

Entry requirements

5 easy steps to enrol

Certificate of University Preparation (CUP)


Where our graduates are now

Meet some of our graduates who are making an impact on the world across a range of professions.

Find out more about their achievements and career journeys below.

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Māori Ki Waikato

We are proud that Māori students make up nearly a quarter of our total student population and are a constant consideration in every aspect of university life, from accommodation services to dedicated scholarships.

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Pacific at Waikato

Our Pacific community thrive at Waikato, with dedicated study support, student associations and social spaces


Our scholarships reward academic ability, leadership potential, community spirit, sporting skills, and creative and performing arts talent. We appreciate the diversity of our student group and provide funding for students from all backgrounds.

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Choosing the right accommodation will help you transition smoothly to university life, get straight into your studies and start building lifelong memories and friendships. Not to mention, the University of Waikato has some of the most affordable student accommodation in the country.

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International Students

Culturally diverse, beautiful, and safe, New Zealand has a work-life balance that is the envy of the world. Find out why over 2500 international students from more than 85 different countries have chosen Waikato.

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Postgraduate Study

If you’re looking for a change of direction, to upskill, or to build on your career, we are ready to welcome you back to study. Whatever stage you are in life and whatever your aspirations, you can start working towards your goals in a wide range of postgraduate and certificate programmes.

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The Pā

The Pā is an innovative and versatile new facility, completed in 2023. It includes a student hub and new University marae. The complex will host University events and will transform the on-campus experience for students.

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General Enquiries

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 0800 924 5286