Applying to study at Waikato

If you're new to Waikato, here's how the application process works. You can start now (even without your year-end NCEA results) and finalise everything later.

International students: See How to check your eligibility and apply

  1. Create a MyWaikato account

    You can do this now, even if you don't know what you want to study yet.
    This gives you access to MyWaikato, where you'll complete your enrolment (and manage a lot of your study, too). All we need for now is your name, date of birth, residency status, and email address, so you can get started now.
  2. Log in and apply for your course

    Once you know what you want to study, and have all your documents ready, you're ready to apply.
    We'll ask which qualification(s) and subject(s) you'd like to study, but not exact papers yet. You can start providing the official documents (or verified copies) listed below now, too. If you don't have all of them ready yet, that's fine.
    • Birth certificate, passport and permits
    • Evidence of citizenship
    • Evidence of any change of name (if your name is different from that on your birth certificate)
    • A written statement in support of your application, if applicable
    • Evidence of any previous tertiary study
    • Proof that you meet the academic entry requirements (e.g. NCEA results or through Discretionary Entrance).
  3. Receive and accept your Offer of Place

    We'll email once we've checked through your application.
    • Your offer might take a few days to arrive
    • We'll email you
    • 1-2 minutes

    Your Offer of Place confirms that you're ready for university study. It includes the qualification(s) you'll take, and your start date. All you need to do is respond online with a "Yes". 

    If you still have documents to provide or your school results aren't available yet, you'll receive a conditional offer.
  4. Choose your papers

    Pick the papers you'll study in your first year, and enter a few other details.
    • Paper selection opens in the weeks before each semester
    • 20-30 minutes

    You can choose all your papers online, or if you need any help we're available to help. There are also a few questions about you and your emergency contact. Once you're all done you'll be able to view your study timetable.
  5. Accept your official Enrolment Agreement

    We check that you're able to take all the papers you requested, then you give us final confirmation.
    • You'll receive this once you're accepted into all your papers
    • We'll email you
    • 2-3 minutes

    This is the last step. In MyWaikato, under 'Qualifications and Papers', check the papers you're accepted into and then complete your enrolment. Your agreement includes the total fees owed, and asks you to confirm how they'll be paid. (For a lot of students, first year is fees-free.)

Contact us

If you have any questions about enrolment, choosing a course, or how to become a Waikato student, get in touch with a Future Students Advisor:

    International students