What adventures you will have?

You'll join a world-class education system, meet friendly locals, see amazing sights, and enjoy a healthy work-life balance.

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New Zealand is a small yet mighty country of 5 million people located in the South Pacific. A study and travel experience in New Zealand is transformative.

The University of Waikato is centrally located on the North Island in the city of Hamilton, just 1.5 hours south of Auckland. Our location makes it easy to explore New Zealand's stunning beaches, forests, and mountains... all in one day!

Welcome Study Abroad and Exchange Students!

Study Abroad and Exchange students are welcome to study with us for one or two trimesters, usually A or B trimester.

Almost all of our classes are open to Study Abroad and Exchange students and courses (papers) can be taken across departments.

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Entry Eligibility

Our study abroad and exchange programme is open to students who have:

  • Completed at least two trimesters/semesters of study and are currently enrolled at a recognised tertiary institution (unless you're applying as a Gap Year Experience student)
  • Achieved a minimum GPA B average (NZ scale)
  • English Language proficiency


The University of Waikato is home to academics who are passionate about teaching and research, and dedicated to supporting each student throughout their study journey. Academics encourage students to engage in learning by asking questions and challenging thinking.

Full time students should take 3-4 papers each trimester and almost all papers (courses) are open to study abroad and exchange students, making it easy to get the credits you need.

Our papers are built with theoretical and practical components to enable you to get the best possible academic experience.

Our programmes are industry-relevant and some offer experiential learning opportunities such as internships and research, so you can put your learning into practice and build your networks. Our smaller class sizes provide plenty of opportunities for students to work closely with award-winning lecturers and students are supported by experienced tutors.

Apply now

Visit our "Apply Now" page to apply and learn more about the steps required to study at Waikato.

Once you have applied, check out our "Next Steps" page, to discover what your next steps are on your journey to New Zealand.

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Find out if your university is an exchange partner with us. We welcome students from our exchange partner universities around the world!

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Find out about our competitive tuition fees, Hamilton City living costs, and any scholarships.

Our campuses

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Discover our vibrant Hamilton campus, where you'll find a modern Student Centre, sports facilities, cafes, and scenic lakeside views. Enjoy outdoor activities, shopping, and diverse eateries nearby.

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Explore our new Tauranga campus in the city center, surrounded by restaurants, shops, and accommodations. The multi-level building offers the same services as Hamilton campus, conveniently situated in the heart of Tauranga's CBD.

Contact us

Study Abroad and Exchange - International Office