Welcome to Our Virtual Experience

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


Explore your new backyard

Culturally diverse, beautiful, and safe, New Zealand has a work-life balance that is the envy of the world. It’s why we consistently lead international quality-of-life surveys. The University of Waikato is located within the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions. Our campuses are located in the cities of Hamilton and Tauranga; together with Auckland City we are known as the Golden Triangle.

Check out how our students spend their free time enjoying all that our regions have to offer.

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Tour Hamilton City and our Hamilton Campus

Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth-largest city. It is relaxed, safe, and caters for individuals and families. The Hamilton Campus is an all-in-one campus offering on-site student accommodation, gym, Olympic sized swimming pool, cafes; all situated on park-like surroundings.

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Sun, Surf and Study - Tauranga City

Tauranga is New Zealand’s fifth-largest city and is bustling with cultural, sporting and recreational activities. The cosmopolitan city is well known for its blue skies, warm climate, beautiful beaches, stunning harbour and relaxed lifestyle.

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Studying at Waikato

92 92% of our students would recommend us
2 2 World class campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga
1 Top 1% Triple Crown Accredited Business School
2000 2,000 internships and work placements each year

Start your studies with us online

We have adapted to our rapidly changing world by moving our most popular programmes online so you can continue with your study plans while you wait to be able to join us in New Zealand. Take a look through our full range of online or on-campus programmes. 

Gain work experience while you study

Our students take part in over 2000 internships and work placements each year.

Check out Adam's experience.

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Campus Life

Join over 2000 international students from more than 85 different countries. Our students enjoy organised social events, over 60 student clubs and we have a dedicated International Student Services team.

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Student Accommodation

Your choice of affordable university apartments and Halls of Residence on or near campus.

Student Support

Our students tell us we are one of the friendliest and most supportive universities in New Zealand. Over 90% of our students are satisfied with their experience at Waikato (International Student Barometer Survey 2019).

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See what our students got up to during their first week at Waikato!

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Careers Services

Our passionate careers staff can help you gain work-ready skills and transition into the workforce.

Studying Online Student Experience

Farina Renato lives in India and started studying a Master of Business and Management (MBM) with us online in March 2021. She was anxious to study online as she hadn't learnt in this way before but since starting she has felt well-supported with her studies, has enjoyed the interactive elements and the highlight has been working on group projects with other students across the world.

"As an international student I couldn't have asked for a better online experience. The amount of support provided is unbelievable. All of the staff and faculty are extremely compassionate and accommodating."

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Hamilton Virtual Campus Tour

Our Hamilton Campus is an all-in-one campus offering on-site student accommodation, gym, Olympic sized swimming pool, eco-friendly Student Centre and cafes; all situated on park like grounds.

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Tauranga Virtual Campus Tour

The Tauranga campus was purpose-built and opened early 2019. It is a multipurpose space where students, researchers, the community and industry can work together.


Next Steps 

Thank you for taking a look around the Waikato Virtual Experience, we hope you found it informative. Applications are open now for our upcoming online intakes. If you are ready to apply, click on the steps to apply button below.

We recognise that this is an unsettling time and that you are likely to have many questions about your future study plans. Please contact us by emailing international@waikato.ac.nz anytime, or call +64 7 807 9275. We also encourage you to refer to the COVID-19 information hub on the University website for the most up-to-date information.