Short Programmes

Experience New Zealand's diverse and vibrant culture while learning from subject experts and making life-long friendships with our range of short programmes.

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Marine Science for Conservation

This 6-week short programme for science students provides an exciting, hands-on opportunity to explore marine conservation in an Aotearoa New Zealand context. You will learn from our team of expert researchers through a combination of field trips, laboratories, and seminars, examining marine conservation issues from ecological, economic and cultural perspectives.

Please note: this programme will next be offered in 2025.

At a glance

  • Credit-bearing: Formal Waikato Academic Credit Awarded
    • 30 Waikato Points | 6-9 US Credits | 15 ECTS
  • Dates: 22 June - 2 August 2025
  • Length: 6 weeks
  • Subject: Marine Science for Conservation
  • Location: Tauranga
  • Limited to 38 spaces

Papers (Courses)

About the programme

Programme Fees

New Zealand Dollars US Dollars Euro
$15,880 $9,707 €8,936


Note: The actual fee is in New Zealand Dollars. US Dollars and Euro are approximate values based on exchange rates at the time of publishing this webpage.

How to Apply

To apply, email to request the application form.

To complete your application, you will need:

  • An official academic transcript
  • A copy of your passport
  • A completed Waikato Homestay Application (if applicable)

Te Ao Hurihuri – Indigenous Short Programme

Te Ao Hurihuri translates to the ever-changing world. This short-term programme embodies the longstanding heritage of Te Ao Hurihuri by providing participants with a meaningful and unique cultural experience that follows a Māori welcoming ceremony, Pōwhiri. Located in a culturally significant setting, the University of Waikato provides participants with the opportunity to engage with knowledge holders both within the University and wider community; engage with like-minded Māori students in Aotearoa; and be immersed in land and community-based activities including visiting sites of significance in surrounding areas.

Make the programme your own! We welcome customisation and will happily curate the programme around specific academic subjects, while still providing a uniquely Waikato Indigenous experience.

At a glance

  • Offered in 2024 and beyond
  • Credit: No Academic Credit Awarded
  • Length: 2 weeks
  • Subject: Indigenous to indigenous engagement
  • Location: Hamilton
  • Minimum 10 participants, maximum 20 participants (usually made up of 1 to 2 universities working together)
  • Dates: Programme dates are set in consultation with the participating university – we can be very flexible with dates. However, we will require a lead-in time of 3 months.

About the programme

Programme Fees

New Zealand Dollars US Dollars Euro
$6,802 $4,180 €3,850


Inclusive of everything listed under What's Included.

How to Apply

To schedule a conversation, contact the Study Abroad team:

Education Internship

Immerse yourself into a Waikato primary school (years 0 to 8) with the University of Waikato’s Education Internship. This course provides a brief overview of the New Zealand education system during the welcome day, followed by several weeks of hands-on experience in a real classroom setting. Participants will have the opportunity to observe experienced teachers in action and receive feedback from them on their own teaching practices.

Additionally, the course will help participants build their professional network by connecting them with experienced teachers and other education professionals. By completing the University of Waikato Education Internship in a New Zealand school, individuals will gain a solid foundation in the field of education that will set them up for future success as teachers or education professionals.

At a glance

  • Credit-bearing: No formal Waikato Academic Credit Awarded
  • Dates: To be arranged
  • Length: 5 - 10 weeks
  • Subject: Education – teaching internship experience in a New Zealand Primary School (new entrants – year 8)

About the programme

How to Apply

To apply, email and request the application form.

To complete your application, you will need:

  • to submit an official academic transcript
  • a copy of your passport
  • a copy of your home country police report

An online interview will be conducted before 
programme acceptance.

Application due dates

  • Session 1: December 1
  • Session 2: May 1

Summer at Waikato

We welcome our partners to visit us while on faculty-led trips to New Zealand. We would be delighted to provide student-centred accommodation and access to our fantastic facilities, allowing you to teach your programme in the heart of the mighty Waikato or Bay of Plenty regions; the perfect spot to base yourself for exploring the natural wonders New Zealand has on offer.

  • Length: One to four weeks
  • Accommodation: On-Campus Halls of residence on campus
  • Location: Hamilton or Tauranga
  • Dates: Anytime from early January until 11 February – arrival date is open to discussion.
  • Facilities: University classrooms, library, and meeting spaces.


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Custom Short Programmes

Interested in what the University of Waikato has to offer, but can't find a programme that fits your specifications? Contact us to discuss the potential for developing a custom short-term programme that fits your needs.

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