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International Diploma (Business)

Please note that this programme is only open to International Students.

This programme is designed to support academic success and gain access to the Waikato Management School, a triple-crown accredited Business School in New Zealand. The International Diploma (Business) is a three trimester direct-entry pathway to the second year of the Bachelor of Business degree at the University of Waikato.

The Diploma is primarily aimed at international students who have completed the equivalent of 32 credits across three University Entrance approved subjects, but have not achieved the equivalence of New Zealand University Entrance. Combining the first year of the Bachelor of Business with English language development and a comprehensive programme of academic support and development activities, the Diploma aims to prepare students for successful completion of the Bachelor of Business at the end of three years of study. Offered in partnership with the University of Waikato College, the Diploma comprises six papers required for the first year of the Bachelor of Business as well as an academic English paper and an elective. These eight papers are augmented by a comprehensive suite of academic development and support activities designed to meet the learning needs of international students.

Completion and Progression

Students who pass all eight papers will be eligible to graduate with the International Diploma (Business) or transfer into the second year of Bachelor of Business (BBus) at the University of Waikato. Students transferring into the second year of the BBus will be able enrol in the following majors:

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Key information

Years: 1
Points: 120
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: March and November
Estimated Fees* (International): $30,095
Area of Study:
All amounts are in New Zealand Dollars (NZD).*Tuition fees shown are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

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Entry requirements

English Language Entry Requirements

  • IELTS 5.5 (no individual component under 5.0) or equivalent.

For all other tests that we will accept as part of English language proficiency please visit our Entry Requirements page under the Pathways Options tab.

Academic Entry Requirements

  • 32 credits across three University Entrance approved subjects (or equivalent).

The University of Waikato offers several scholarships and bursaries for international students.

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Required papers

  • ACCTN101 - Accounting for Management
  • ECONS101 - Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • ENSLA100 - English for Professions
  • FINAN101 - Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 - Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Change Management
  • MRKTG101 - Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • STMGT101 - Introduction to Management


Have a chat with one of our friendly advisers to help you plan your degree.

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Phone: 0800 WAIKATO (0800 924 528) or 07 838 4176
Email: [email protected]

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You can find out more about the University of Waikato College, as well as make an online enquiry if you have any questions about the pathway programmes.

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