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

Register here

Hamilton and Tauranga Campuses

25 January to 19 February 2021

Professional Engineering Students, click here for more information and to register.

9.00am - 3.30pm daily

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.

  • 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

The below papers are available for Jump Start 2021. More papers will be added as they 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

WRITE100-21X (HAM)

WRITE100-21X (TGA)

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.


LEGAL100-21X (HAM)

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

ENGEN100-20X (HAM)

Professional Engineering

This paper will help fill critical knowledge gaps in physics and math.  It is particularly beneficial for students who don't meet the requirements for direct entry into the BE(Hons) programme or for those who haven't studied for some time. It can also help with the transition to university life and making new friends, so students can hit the ground running from the beginning of A Trimester.

NOTE: This paper is additional to the requirements of the BE(Hons) programme and will not count towards your degree.

Students intending to study the Bachelor of Engineering with Honours are eligible for this paper.  Please note that you will be enrolled in a Bachelor of Science (BSc) while studying the Jump Start papers.

Particularly suited to those with lower Maths and/or Physics NCEA Level 3 credits (or anticipated to have lower).   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).

For students who don't meet the requirements for direct entry into the BE(Hons) programme, passing this paper with a B- grade or higher will allow you entry into the programme.

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.

If you are an international student finishing Y13 in 2020, and have lower NCEA credits in core areas such as literacy, our new Summer Start Programme may be better suited for you. Summer Start is for any international school leaver students who will be studying at undergraduate level, whether they are planning to come to Waikato or not. Find out more about the Summer Start Programme here:

Still at High School in 2020?

If you are still finishing your last year of High School, Jump Start is likely to begin before your NCEA Level 3 (or equivalent) results are out in 2021. That is OK though, as we can assess you for entry to the University on your NCEA Level 2 (or equivalent) results - this is call “Discretionary Entrance”. What you will need to do is:

  1. Register for Jump Start
  2. Complete this Discretionary Entrance form (Fill in your part, Save it, forward it to your Principal, then send the completed form to [email protected])

What if I will be studying on the Tauranga campus?

In 2021 we will offer some Tauranga campus papers - Writing for Academic Success,WRITE100-21X (TGA), is an option, and will add more papers as they are 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).

Tuition costs

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.

Accommodation costs

Over the Jump Start programme, accommodation is available for those who need it on the Hamilton and Tauranga campuses in one of our Halls of Residences. The cost over the 4-week programme will be $150 per week for a room and food in Hamilton, or for a room-only in Tauranga.  This is a subsidised rate, and will revert back to the normal weekly rate from the 20 February if you are continuing to stay in a Hall of Residence.

Student loans and allowances

If you're eligible, you can apply to StudyLinkor access to a student loan and/or allowance over the 4-week programme.  To access StudyLink, you will need to have enrolled in your Trimester A papers (or the full year), and your chosen Jump Start paper.  You can do this via MyWaikato.

Contact us

[email protected]

0800 WAIKATO (0800 924 528)