Credits and Transfers
Looking to transfer to The University of Waikato from another tertiary education provider?
If you’ve previously studied at tertiary level elsewhere, you may be eligible to credit your previous study towards a University of Waikato qualification. By completing a credit transfer, you will be able to reduce the number of papers needed to complete your qualification.
Use the Academic Credit Explorer to find out if you are eligible.
What is credit?
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If you have undertaken previous formal or non-formal education you may apply to have your achievement recognised and credited towards a University of Waikato qualification, reducing the number of papers required to complete that qualification.
Credit will be awarded at an appropriate level for the content of the qualifying paper. Credit may be:
- For a specified University of Waikato paper, identified by paper code;
- In a specified subject at a specified level, e.g. 15 points at 100 level (Accounting). The credit can count towards major or support requirements, where applicable;
- Specified by level, but not by subject (unspecified credit). Unspecified credit counts only towards the elective component of the degree. If the elective component has been filled then this credit will be excess to the requirements of the programme and will not be counted.
The decision to award credit in individual cases will be made by the Dean or Director of the College, Faculty, or School of Studies concerned.
The provision of credit is governed by section 14 of the Personal Programmes of Study Regulations of the University of Waikato Calendar.
The following are not eligible to be considered for credit:
- Continuing Education short courses offered by tertiary institutions
- Incomplete papers; the University of Waikato will only award credit for completed papers with a final grade
- A completed/awarded graduate or postgraduate qualification. Papers that do not count towards the completed qualification may be transferred to another qualification; evidence will need to be provided to indicate which papers are excess to the requirements of the completed qualification.
- Papers from a completed/conferred undergraduate qualification towards a graduate or postgraduate qualification
- Papers from a completed/awarded graduate or postgraduate qualification.
Transfer credit is the transfer of papers from previous study to a University of Waikato qualification.
Transfer credit applies whether your previous qualification is complete or incomplete (e.g. you began a BA at Otago University and would like to transfer those papers to a University of Waikato BSocSc).
The amount of credit that can be transferred in either case can be found in section 14 of the Personal Programmes of Study Regulations of the University of Waikato Calendar.
Transfer credit may count to only one qualification at the University of Waikato.
Your previous study must be at NZQA Level 5 or above to be considered for credit.
Cross-credit is the award of papers from a completed University of Waikato Bachelors degree to a second University of Waikato Bachelors degree.
If you have completed a Bachelors degree at the University of Waikato you may apply to cross credit some of the papers towards a second Bachelors degree. If cross credit is awarded, the papers in question are deemed to count towards both the original qualification and the new qualification. Normally, no more than one-third of a qualification may be cross-credited towards a Bachelors degree.
Please contact your Faculty or School of Study for approval if you wish to cross credit papers to another qualification.
Please contact your Faculty or School of Study for approval if you wish to complete part of your University of Waikato qualification at another tertiary institution. You will be required to provide the Credit Office with paper titles and descriptions of the paper(s) you wish to complete at the other institution by completing the credit application form.
Students are reminded that the points system differs from institution to institution and should take this into account when selecting papers. For example, 200 level papers at the University of Waikato are normally worth 20 points each whereas 200 level papers at Massey University are normally worth 15 points each.
Study completed towards your University of Waikato qualification through an overseas exchange partner institution is classified as exchange study.
Students are required to contact the International Office in the first instance to discuss eligibility and proposed exchange study before contacting the Credit Office.
You can apply to have your previous tertiary education recognised and credited towards your University of Waikato qualification.
Apply to study at the University of Waikato
- Complete your online application to study at the University of Waikato
Complete an 'Application for Credit' form
- Download Application for Credit Form
Submissions should be received by the University of Waikato six weeks before the start of your first semester of study.
Gather supporting documentsPlease supply the following documents to provide evidence of your completed courses or qualifications for which you would like to transfer credit.
- Academic transcripts – original official or verified/certified copy of academic transcripts of previous study.
- Content of courses (international students only) – Information about the content of each course.
While your application can be processed with unofficial or photocopied records, credit will not be formalised until an original or a certified/verified copy of your official academic record/transcript is provided. Examination results/notification slips are not accepted as official academic records.
Send us your completed form and supporting documentsPost or deliver your completed form, supporting documents and appropriate fee to:
The Student Centre
Student Services Division
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Please allow at least four weeks for your application for credit to be processed.
Confirmation of the outcome of your application for credit will be sent to you in writing by the Credit Office.
Please see Non-Tuition costs for information on fees.
Phone: +64 7 838 4466 ext. 6054