Take University papers while at secondary school and get a head start in your degree with Waikato's Unistart programme. There are options to take papers online or at our Hamilton and Tauranga campuses. Check out our new range of 2021 papers below.

Maraea Akaroa, Te Wharekura o Ngāti Rongomai. From Unistart to Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Te Reo Māori and Japanese.

Unistart Entry Requirements

Unistart is open to all year 12 and 13 secondary school students who:

  • have met the criteria for discretionary entrance to university,
  • are between 16 and 20 years old at the start of the Unistart paper, and
  • have approval from their school.

If you don’t meet the above entry requirements, email us to discuss your options.

Unistart Scholarship

The University of Waikato Unistart Scholarship covers the cost of up to two Unistart papers. Students will automatically be considered for this when accepted into Unistart - no additional application is required.

Scholarship Criteria

As well as meeting the above entry requirements for Unistart, you will also need:

  • NCEA Level 2 or above endorsed with merit or excellence: and
  • New Zealand citizenship or permanent residency.

How to Apply

  1. Ensure you have gained your school's approval
  2. Read the appropriate Unistart Application Guide:
    1. Read this guide if you have taken a Unistart paper before
    2. Read this guide if you are new to the Unistart Programme


2021 Unistart Papers

Here you can find the Unistart papers for 2021 (online, Hamilton campus or Tauranga campus).

Contact us

Unistart Programme Coordinator:
Phone: 07 837 9656
Email: [email protected]

Nathan Blackwood

The Unistart Programme gave me the opportunity to get a head start in studying a subject that I have a real passion for