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
Create a MyWaikato accountYou can do this now, even if you don't know what you want to study yet.
- To register your interest, create an account
- 1-2 minutes
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.
Log in and apply for your courseOnce 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).
Receive and accept your Offer of PlaceWe'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.
Choose your papersPick 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.
Accept your official Enrolment AgreementWe 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.)
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:
- Phone: 0800 WAIKATO or
0800 924 528
- Email: [email protected]
Entry requirements, pathways into university, transfers from other institutions
Check your eligibility
- Entry requirements for new undergraduate students
- International student entry requirements (undergraduate)
- Entry requirements for other students and courses
Some qualifications, subjects, and papers have additional eligibility requirements to the ones described here.
For students without university entrance
If you need an alternative pathway to university study because you haven’t met University Entrance requirements, we have a range of pre-degree programmes to help support you.
Transferring from another institution, or gaining credit from professional experience
Apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning
If you have previously undertaken tertiary or non-formal education, you may apply for Credit or Recognition of Prior Learning. This recognises your achievement and can reduce the number of papers required to complete your University of Waikato qualification. Your application needs to be received six weeks prior to your first semester of study.
Other application processes
Applications dates, courses to earn UE, higher research info, international students, halls, scholarships
Higher research degrees
International student applications
Use our scholarships finder to see what you could apply for. Keep an eye out for closing dates to ensure you get your application submitted in time.
Halls of Residence
The Halls of Residence offers accommodation on the assumption that the student will be accepted into university. If not, any deposit you have paid can be refunded.
Documents included in your application
About verified documents, and courses that require extra documents or forms from you
What is a verified document?
A verified copy is a photocopied document signed by someone of suitable standing such a Justice of the Peace, solicitor, barrister, court registrar, or school principal.
This person will need to see the original document and will check that the photocopy is a genuine, unaltered copy. They will then sign, date and stamp the photocopy with an official stamp, or will write “certified original sighted and this is a true copy of that original”.
University staff at the Student Administration desk on campus can also verify your documents.
Note: You cannot send in a photocopy of a verified copy or fax a verified copy. We need the actual verified copy with the original copy of the verification name, signature and date. We do not return these documents; they become part of your university record.
Some courses require additional application information.
When do I get my student ID?
As soon as your enrolment is complete you will be issued with a Student ID card if you provided a photograph in your application. If not, get your photo taken at the Student Administration desk at the Student Centre on the Hamilton campus, or the Information Desk at the Tauranga Campus. Alternatively, you can email [email protected] with a photo and your Student ID number to get your Student ID card sent out to you.