Why Study Abroad at Waikato?

Many study options

We're committed to ensuring you have an enjoyable and rewarding academic experience at Waikato, no matter how long or short your time with us. Experience smaller class sizes, friendly staff, and a welcoming community. Almost all courses are open to study abroad and exchange students, making it easy to get the credits your need. Our programmes are industry relevant and offer opportunities in internships, research, and leadership, allowing you to put your learning into practice while building up your networks.

Read about German Study Abroad student, Ann-Katrin, and her experience at Waikato

Celebrating our diverse culture

In our culture, we celebrate our indigenous people, Maori, and their cultures and traditions are woven into various aspects of New Zealand life. At the airport, spot Maori translations on signage, and during your travels take the opportunity to watch a spine-tingling haka (traditional war dance) performance. Waikato proudly has the highest percentage of Maori domestic students compared to the other New Zealand universities.

Affordable living costs

Experience the perks of city life with lower prices when compared to larger cities. Rent and food costs are lower, and the city bus costs less than NZ$2 a ride when using a Student ID. Hamilton and Tauranga are some of New Zealand's fastest growing cities allowing for plenty of exploration, a vibrant café culture, all while experiencing Kiwi hospitality at its best.

Extensive International Student Support

Living and studying overseas can be challenging. Our International Services Office is a dedicated team that provide assistance in the following areas: Immigration and student visa information, medical and travel insurance, international orientations and events, study Abroad and Exchange, international Government Scholarships, support and pastoral care.

Vibrant student life

The Waikato student experience is memorable. We have a diverse group of people with different cultures and ideas, which creates a vibrant student atmosphere. With our range of student clubs and on and off-campus events, you will many opportunities to create lasting memories and forever friends. Join our buddy programme and learn from a local about living in Hamilton. Volunteer through our specially designed programme, all while gaining the opportunity to attend workshops and participate at university events.

Centrally located

Hamilton is well positioned near the centre of the North Island and close to New Zealand's biggest city, Auckland, and beaches, forests and mountains. The surfing town of Raglan is only 45 minutes drive away.

Tauranga is on the coast with golden sand beaches at your doorstep. You will be spoilt for rock pools, swimming, and surfing spots and you're located close to cultural hot spot and geothermal city, Rotorua.

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Take a virtual tour through our university and find out if Waikato is the right fit for you. Explore our campuses, get a taste for our kiwi learning style, meet some of our team and hear from our students about their experiences.

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The Waikato student experience is memorable, with a vibrant student atmosphere. With our range of student clubs and on and off-campus events, you will be on your way to making great friends and lasting memories.

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Designed by students specifically for international students as a way to ease the transition into their new environment, and set them on the path to success in both their studies at the University of Waikato and life in New Zealand.

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Study options range from trimester study abroad and exchange, short programmes, internships, science research projects, gap year experiences, and English and study abroad.

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Find out how to apply, entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, and more.

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After applying to enrol, there are a few other steps that need to be taken before you get on the plane to New Zealand. Check out information for visa applications, insurance, accommodation options, and more.

Contact us

Study Abroad and Exchange - International Office