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International Diploma (Business)

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

If you are an international student who is not currently in New Zealand, you can start this programme online until you are able to join us on campus in New Zealand. Click here for more information.

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 Waikato Pathways College (WPC), 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

Entry Requirements:
  • 32 credits across three University Entrance approved subjects (or equivalent).
  • IELTS 5.5 (no individual component under 5.0) or equivalent.
Years: 1
Points: 120
Study Locations:Hamilton
Start Dates: Trimester A - March 2021, Trimester C - November 2021
Fees (International): Indicative tuition fee: $26,000
Area of Study:
*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.

Degree Planner

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


Waikato Pathways College - Te Huanui

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

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

Phone: +64 7 8384610
Email: [email protected]

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