Credits and Transfers

Transfer to Waikato – New Zealand students only

Looking to transfer to 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.

Application steps

You can apply to have your previous tertiary education recognised and credited towards your University of Waikato qualification.

1. Apply to study at the University of Waikato

Complete your online application to study at the University of Waikato.

2. Complete an 'Application for Credit' form

Submissions should be received by the University of Waikato six weeks before the start of your first semester of study.

3. Gather supporting documents

Please 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.

4. Send us your completed form and supporting documents

Post or deliver your completed form, supporting documents and appropriate fee to:

Credit Office
The Student Centre
Student Services Division
University of Waikato
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton 3240

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.


See Non-Tuition costs for information on fees.

Contact us

Credit Office:
Phone: +64 7 838-4466 ext. 7750