Jump Start - summer programme for new students
Are you new to University in 2019? Would you like to start your studies early? Do you want to make Uni friends and boost your study skills?
Join the Jump Start programme
Located on the Hamilton campus
Monday 21 January - Friday 15 February 2019
9.00am - 3.30pm daily
You can take the 1st paper in your degree and get set-up for the rest of your studies, stay in a Hall of Residence on campus, and get to know your classmates before the end of summer.
There are four 100-level (15 point) papers you can choose from. These papers will suit any new student, but particularly those who have lower NCEA credits (or equivalent) in core areas such as literacy, maths, and science.
This programme is also great for those who would like to make friends and ease into understanding the Uni environment, and learn core Uni study skills.
Alongside the paper you choose, you will attend sessions teaching you important tertiary study skills, how to use the Uni technology and so much more - all aimed at helping you be successful at University.
Jump Start papers
Which papers are offered in Jump Start
Jump Start papers are worth 15 points and can usually count as an elective paper towards your degree.
You choose ONE paper from the selection below.
This paper will build confidence in writing successfully at university and beyond.
This paper is suitable for all students.
It would be of extra benefit to students who achieved lower NCEA credits in literacy and those who intend to study within Arts and Social Sciences, the Waikato Management School, Māori and Indigenous Studies, and Health, Sports and Human Performance.
This paper will give students a boost in their basic Maths skills which are essential for many University qualifications and beyond.
Suitable for those who need Maths within their tertiary qualification and who have fewer than 18 credits in NCEA Level 2 Mathematics. Particularly useful for those studying qualifications within Science, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, the Waikato Management School, Psychology, and Health, Sport and Human Performance.
This paper is tailored to prepare new students who will be studying a Bachelor of Laws. It will offer skills and knowledge to be successful in legal studies.
Only students who will be studying a Bachelor of Laws are eligible for this paper (including conjoint degrees).
Particularly suited to students with lower NCEA credits in literacy.
This paper is aimed at new Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) students. Covering Maths and Physics, it will bridge knowledge from school to Uni giving you a firm base to start your engineering studies.
NOTE: This paper is additional to the requirements of the BE(Hons) programme and will not count towards your degree.
Only students studying the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours are eligible for this paper.
Particularly suited to those with lower Maths and/or Physics NCEA credits. Can be taken as an alternative to MATHS165 and PHYS100.
See who Jump Start is for
Jump Start is for students who will be starting the 1st year of an undergraduate degree at the University of Waikato in 2019.
Who can apply?
Jump Start 2019 eligibility is different to our usual entry criteria, this programme is aimed at students who studied at a New Zealand (or Australian) high school; it is open to students with domestic status in NZ (including Australian citizens). We can accept International students, but you must have studied NCEA (or its equivalent) at a New Zealand high school and have the appropriate visa to enrol - international tuition fees will apply.
Still doing NCEA - pre-enrol now and confirm later
If you're still finishing your last year of school, all you need to do is register for Jump Start and pre-enrol in your chosen paper. We'll confirm your place in Jump Start after NCEA (or its equivalent) results are released in January 2019.
What if I am not going to study on the Hamilton campus?
The Jump Start programme is for all new domestic undergraduate students; for those who will be studying on the Hamilton or Tauranga campuses, or via online learning. For those who do not live in Hamilton, you have the option to stay in one of our Halls of Residence over the programme (See Accommodation Costs, in the Costs section).
Paper fees and accommodation
If you are eligible for Fees Free study, you won't need to pay any tuition fees for your Jump Start paper as it will be covered under the government Fees Free policy for 1st year study.
If you are not eligible for Fees Free, standard 100-level paper fees will apply.
Over the Jump Start programme, accommodation is available in one of our Halls of Residence for those who need it. The cost over the 4 week programme will be charged at the subsidised rate of $150 per week (room and food). Indicate on the Jump Start Registration Form if you will require Halls accommodation.
Student loans and allowances
If you're eligible, you can apply to StudyLink for access to a student loan and/or allowance over the 4 week programme.
Travel to Uni
If you live in one of our Te Ara ki Angitū: Pathways to Excellence communities or Tauranga, we may be able to provide weekly travel from your town to Uni. This service is dependent on student numbers and is expected to cover a trip to Uni on Monday mornings and back home Friday afternoons - students will have the option to stay in a Hall of Residence (see Accommodation costs above). Indicate on the Jump Start Registration Form if you would like to access this transport.
Benefits of attending Jump Start
See what will you'll get out of the programme
- Start University early and get ahead by completing the first paper of your degree
- Be better prepared for your University studies
- Learn study skills and how to use the University systems
- Make friends and find your way around the Hamilton campus before all the students come back
- Small classes help with your transition from High School to University
- Get to know the Faculty you will be studying with - meet key teaching and support staff
How do I join Jump Start