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Jump Start - summer programme for new students

Are you new to University in 2023? 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

Hamilton and Tauranga Campuses

23 January to 17 February 2023

9.00am - 3.30pm daily

You can take your first University paper 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 are a number of 100-level (15 point) papers you can choose from - on the Hamilton Campus and Tauranga Campus.

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 your first paper
  • 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 to University
  • Get to know the Division you will be studying with - meet key teaching and support staff

The below papers are part of Jump Start 2023 - further papers may be added as confirmed.

Papers are  worth 15 points and may count as an elective paper towards your degree - the Admissions Office can assist with this if you are unsure, contact [email protected] and address your enquiry to the Admissions Office.

In most cases:

  • Single major - paper will contribute as an elective to your degree
  • Double major, single major with two minors, or professional qualification - in some cases the paper can contribute to your degree, you can confirm/discuss this with the Admissions Office at paper selection/approval stage.
  • Engineering – ENGEN100 will not contribute towards a BE(Hons) degree. Gaining at least a B- grade will enable you to enrol in the standard first year engineering papers (note: this may be under a Bachelor of Science; upon passing all the standard first year engineering papers you can then transfer to the BE(Hons) degree).
  • Law - LEGAL100 can be counted towards one of the 100 level non-law elective papers under the Bachelor of Laws, as long as it fits within your degree program.

Jump Start students select ONE paper:

PaperContentEligibility

Writing for Academic Success

WRITE100-23JS (HAM)

WRITE100-23JS (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.

Pre-Law

LEGAL100-23JS (HAM)

This paper is tailored to prepare new students who will be studying a Bachelor of Laws. It will offers an introduction to core topics and skills in legal studies. Topics include law making and the legislature, the court system, common law and cases. Skills include written and oral advocacy skills, legal research, client interviewing, and group work.

NOTE: Students who complete LEGAL100 will be eligible to have this paper counted towards one of the 100 level non-law elective papers under the Bachelor of Laws, as long as it fits within your degree programme.

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

ENGEN100-23JS (HAM)

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.

Further information can be found on the Engineering Jump Start Programme page.

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 2023.  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 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 at High School in 2022?

If you're still finishing your last year of school, all you need to do is register for Jump Start (in October) 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 2023.

What if I will be studying on the Tauranga campus?

In 2023 we will offer WRITE100 in Tauranga.  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 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 in 2022 was the subsidised rate of $180 per week for a room and food in Hamilton, or for a room-only in Tauranga - this may differ in 2023.

Student loans and allowances

If you're eligible, you can apply to StudyLinkfor 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.

Note, the next Jump Start Programme will run in 23 January to 17 February 2023.  You will be contacted around October 2022 with further information on Jump Start and to discuss your paper options.

If you have not yet applied to the University of Waikato

If you have not yet completed an Application to Enrol (ATE) at the University of Waikato, when filling in the application, you need to click Yes to the Jump Start question asking if you are interested in taking a paper as part of Jump Start.  We will send you further information once you have an offer of place to study at the University.


If you have applied and have received an offer of place to study at the University of Waikato

1.Log on to MyWaikato

2. Go to Edit details

3. Click Jump Start Preference

4. Select the qualification you want to join under, and click Submit

This process is indicating to us your interest in Jump Start.  We will contact you later in 2022 to provide more information on Jump Start and to discuss paper options.


If you require any assistance with this process, please contact us at [email protected]

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 in 2022 was the subsidised rate of $180 per week for a room and food in Hamilton, or for a room-only in Tauranga - the price may differ in 2023.


Contact us

[email protected]

0800 WAIKATO (0800 924 528)