Key University dates

Our key university dates for the academic year include trimester dates, public and university holidays.

2024 key dates

January 2024

Monday 1 New Years Day
Tuesday 2 Day after New Year's Day
Wednesday 3 Teaching Period H begins and Trimester C continues
Monday 29 Auckland Anniversary Day


February 2024

Tuesday 6 Waitangi Day
Friday 9 Final teaching day of Trimester C and Teaching Period H 
Monday 12 Study break and examinations begin
Friday 16 Teaching Period H and Trimester C examinations end
Monday 19 Teaching recess; Enrolment and O week begins
Monday 26 Trimester A and full year classes start


March 2024

Friday 29 Good Friday


April 2024

Monday 1 Easter Monday
Tuesday 2 University Holiday
Monday 15 Trimester A mid-trimester recess begins
Thursday 25 ANZAC Day
Monday 29 Trimester A resumes


May 2024

Friday 24 Open day Hamilton (provisional date)
Friday 31 Final teaching day of Trimester A

June 2024

Monday 3 King's Birthday and Trimester A study week begins
Monday 10 Trimester A examinations begins
Friday 21 Trimester A examinations end
Monday 24 Teaching recess begins
Friday 28 Matariki Holiday


July 2024

Monday 1 Enrolment and O week begins
Monday 8 Trimester B begins


August 2024

Monday 19 Trimester B mid-trimester recess begins


September 2024

Monday 2 Trimester B resumes
Thursday 12 Kīngitanga Day


October 2024

Friday 11 Final teaching day of Trimester B
Monday 14 Trimester B study week begins
Monday 21 Trimester B examinations begins
Monday 28 Labour Day

November 2024

Friday 1 Trimester B examinations end
Monday 4 Teaching recess begins
Monday 11 Trimester C and Teaching Period G begins

December 2024

Friday 20 Teaching Period G ends
Monday 23 University Holiday begins
Wednesday 25 Christmas Day
Thursday 26 Boxing Day
Monday 30 Trimester C mid-trimester recess begins


Application and enrolment dates

It's never too early to start your application to study at Waikato. You can apply online or contact us on 0800 WAIKATO.

New students and all returning students

  • Any person who wishes to enrol at the University must submit an application to enrol by the relevant deadline.
  • Applications submitted after the deadline may be accepted if space is available.
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Domestic students

International students

0800 WAIKATO (Within New Zealand - or +64 7 856 2889)

Change of enrolment dates

Deadlines for changing the papers you're enrolled in, deleting papers (with a refund of the prescribed fees) or withdrawing from papers (without a refund) are found in the Change of Enrolment Regulations.

Contact us about application and enrolment

Research/thesis programmes dates

Application closing dates will be 31st January, 31st May and 30th September. Applications must be completed online and received before midnight (NZ time) on the deadline of the application round for which you are applying.

Please note that paper applications cannot be accepted. If your online application to enrol arrives after one of these closing dates, your application will be considered in the following application round. All incomplete or incorrect applications are unable to be considered further.