Jump Start - summer programme for new students
Are you new to University in 2021? 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 - registration will open in October 2020
Hamilton and Tauranga Campuses
You can take the 1st paper in your degree and get set-up for the rest of your studies; find your way around campus, and make Uni friends all before the end of summer.
There will be a number of 100-level (15 point) papers you can choose from - on the Hamilton Campus and Tauranga Campus. These papers will suit any new undergraduate student.
Jump Start is particularly good for those who have lower NCEA credits (or equivalent) in core areas such as literacy, maths, and science, those who have been out of study for a while, and for those who come from smaller towns.
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
The below were the papers offered over Jump Start 2020. This gives you an idea of the options and will be updated as the 2021 papers are confirmed.
Papers will be worth 15 points and may count as an elective paper towards your degree - you will need to confirm this with your Faculty.
Jump Start students select ONE paper.
Writing for Academic Success
The paper gives opportunities for undergraduate students to develop their academic literacy skills. It begins with general academic communication and research skills and then embeds academic literacy practice within disciplines of study.
This paper is suitable for all students and will be offered on the Hamilton and Tauranga campuses.
It would be of extra benefit to students who achieve lower NCEA Level 3 credits in literacy and those who intend to study within Arts and Social Sciences, the Waikato Management School, Māori and Indigenous Studies, Education, and Health, Sports and Human Performance.
He Hīnatore ki te Ao Māori: Introducing the Māori World
This paper is a study of Māori histories, principles, beliefs, kinship and social structures, encapsulated within customs and practices that have evolved from traditional times to the present. It is built around a number of central themes that are of critical importance to Māori. You will be challenged to extend your understanding of the Māori world, debating what it was, what it is and what it may become.
This paper is suitable for all students - any qualification.
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.
NOTE: This paper is additional to the requirements on an LLB; in some cases it may be counted as an elective.
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 Level 3 credits in literacy.
General Physics and Mathematics for Engineers
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 Level 3 credits. Recommended for those who have not completed the NCEA Level 3 standards for Calculus (Differentiation, Integration, and Complex numbers) and/or Physics (Mechanical Systems and Electrical Systems).
Can be taken as an alternative to MATHS165 and/or PHYS100 if you gain a B grade or higher in ENGEN100.
Introduction to Management
|This paper explores the world of management in organisations and provides a realistic introduction to the essential functions of management. It reviews the manager's role in organisations today, together with an understanding of how Western management theory and practice has changed over time.||For all qualifications, particularly applicable to those enrolling in a Waikato Management School degree.|
See who Jump Start is for
Jump Start is for students who will be starting the 1st year of an undergraduate (Bachelor's) degree at the University of Waikato in Trimester A 2021. You need to have gained entry to the University to join Jump Start, as you will be completing your first undergraduate paper.
Who can apply?
Jump Start 2021 eligibility is a little 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 - you register first to hold your spot
If you're still finishing your last year of school, all you need to do is register for Jump Start (from October 2020) and we'll confirm your place after NCEA (or its equivalent) results are released in January 2021. You do need to achieve University Entrance (UE) to be accepted on to the Jump Start programme.
What if I will be studying on the Tauranga campus?
In 2021 we will offer some Tauranga campus paper options - these are yet to be confirmed. If you would like to take one of the Hamilton papers on offer, you have the option to stay in one of our Halls of Residence over the programme (See Accommodation Costs, in the Costs section).
What if I am don't live near the campus my Jump Start paper is offered at?
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. It is an in-class programme, so you will need to be able to get to the campus each day for classes. For those who do not live in Hamilton or Tauranga, you have the option to stay in one of our Halls of Residences 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 on the Hamilton and Tauranga campuses in one of our Halls of Residence for those who need it. In 2020 the cost over the 4-week programme was charged at the subsided rate of $150 per week for a room and food in Hamilton, and for a room-only in Tauranga
Note: the cost for Jump Start 2021 is yet to be confirmed, so the rate may differ from the 2020 accommodation charges.
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. To access StudyLink, you will need to have enrolled in at-least your Semester A papers, and your chosen Jump Start paper. You can do this via MyWaikato.
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 and gain confidence
- 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
Registration for Jump Start 2021 will open in October 2020.