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University of Waikato

Address: Hillcrest, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand

Description University of Waikato

  • Established: 1956
  • Location: Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Students age: from 16 years
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Type of study: residence, host family, half board / full board.

University of Waikato (or UoW) - University of New Zealand, founded in 1956 by two representatives of the Waikato people. The history of this university is very rich and full of various events. Today, the University of Waikato is on the list of leading universities in the country. One of the main achievements on an international scale - in five years the university has risen to 127th place in the ranking of QS World universities.

The educational structure of UoW is formed from several faculties and colleges:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
  • Faculty of Computer and Mathematical Sciences
  • Faculty of Health, Sports, and Life Sciences (Te Huataki Waiora)
  • Faculty of Education (Te Kura Toy Tangata)
  • Faculty of Law (The Peering)
  • Faculty of Maori and Indigenous Studies
  • Faculty of Engineering and Science
  • Waikato School of Management
  • Waikato College.

Here students from different countries can find a wide range of educational programs - undergraduate, master's degrees, master's degree and a higher level.

Programs, courses and tuition/boarding fees, prices in University of Waikato

Program name
from 22 510 $NZD / year

Certificates and diplomas

  • Age: from 16 years old
  • Dates: January-December
  • Duration: 1 year.

University of Waikato's certified study programs lasting 1 year give students the opportunity to get an initial qualification in various fields: education, business, engineering, design, ecology, health and medicine, management, law, science, Maori and the Pacific, and so on. In the final, students receive a diploma or certificate, which can be the first step to obtaining a bachelor's or master's degree.


  • Age: from 17 years old
  • Dates: January-December
  • Duration: 3-4 years.

The University of Waikato offers a bachelor's degree (first degree in higher education) at 9 colleges and faculties of the university. Duration of training varies from 3 to 4 years depending on the specialization:

  • Arts and Social Sciences
  • Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences
  • Health, sports and livelihoods
  • Education
  • Law
  • Maori and Indigenous Peoples
  • Science and technology
  • Business and management.
from 30 695 $NZD / year


  • Age: from 20 years old
  • Dates: January-December
  • Duration: 1-2 years.

At faculties or colleges at the University of Waikato, students can also earn a master's degree in a field of interest. In total, more than 30 specialties are available for study, covering all areas - from arts to business. The duration of obtaining a master’s degree will be from 12 months to 2 years (maybe 1.5 years), depending on the complexity of the program.

from 29 955 $NZD / year

Graduate school

  • Age: from 20 years old
  • Dates: January-December
  • Duration: 3 years.

For those wishing to obtain a doctorate in a certain field, the University of Waikato is also suitable as a place of study. Here the degree of candidate of sciences or doctors can be obtained in the following specializations:

  • Doctor of Education
  • Doctor of Law
  • Doctor of Musical Arts
  • Doctor of philosophical science
  • Doctor of Law.
from 12 500 $NZD / year

Waikato pathways

  • Age: from 17 years old
  • Dates: January-December
  • Duration: 1 year.

A kind of international level training program for high school students, which is held at the University of Waikato. At Waikato Pathways, local or international students can receive academic or language training in the following areas:

  • Pre-University Certificate for New Zealand High School Graduates
  • Foundation program for international students who do not meet the academic or language requirements for university admission
  • Academic English program for international students who want to improve their English level - for admission to the Foundation program or to a number of bachelor's programs at Waikato University
  • General English program for foreign students who want to improve their everyday language skills in preparation for academic study at Waikato Pathways College.

Accommodation, housing and food

Students who study at the University of Waikato have several options for on-site accommodation: three dormitories on a Hamilton campus, apartments on other campuses, or a host family

  • Bryant Hall The smallest hostel of the three residences on the main campus of the university: here, in the full-service format, 178 people can accommodate, and another 20 students in the full-self-service format.
  • College Hall. This is the largest residence of the Hamilton campus, where there are necessary conditions for academic studies and sports of guests: modern living rooms, television projectors, comfortable rooms. Students live in 2 formats: 267 people with full service, including meals in the dining room of the campus, and about 30 people live in rooms with a separate kitchen (self-service).
  • The student village. This is the second largest among the Hamilton hostels: here young people live in boxes of 5-6 people with shared bathrooms and a kitchen. In total, this hostel has 252 full-service rooms and 42 self-catering rooms.
  • Homestay The host New Zealand family places visitors or local students in their home with the provision of a separate room and the necessary amenities, including meals (half board - breakfast and dinner). In this case, students are treated literally as family members, so they are attracted to light household chores. All host families are carefully selected by the university administration and live no further than 30 minutes from the training campus.
  • Apartments near Tauranga campus. Another campus of the University of Waikato is located in the business district and offers its students a complex of comfortable Mayfair Court residential buildings.

Events University of Waikato

The extracurricular life of the University of Waikato is eventful: various social and recreational activities are held here every day, week or month. The calendar for the year contains traditional events dedicated to holidays or important dates in the life of the university.

Equipment University of Waikato

The infrastructure of the University of Waikato has several campuses not only in New Zealand, but also in other countries.

  • Hamilton Campus is located in the central part of the city, from where within walking distance you can find a wide selection of cafes and other places for entertainment in your free time.
  • Tauranga Campus is another city campus named after the business district where it is located. This is a new multi-level building with the same amenities and facilities as on the Hamilton campus.
  • Zhejiang City College (ZUCC). Since 2002, the University of Waikato has become the first New Zealand university to receive approval to award its three degrees at Zhejiang University of China (ZUCC) in Hangzhou. Students from the first two campuses can come here under the exchange program.

Infrastructure objects of the University of Waikato University, which make the stay on the territory of the university comfortable both for study and for an interesting vacation:

  • Gym UniRec
  • Student center
  • University pool
  • Tennis and netball courts
  • 24-hour computer lab
  • Library
  • Central atrium
  • Lecture halls and classrooms
  • Multipurpose space Te Manawaroa and Ātea (open courtyard)
  • Conference rooms.

Term dates, timetable and extra fees

The academic year at the University of Waikato is divided into trimesters, which begin in March, July and November. Applications for training are accepted until February 24, July 6 or November 9, respectively.

The course price includes:

  • Academic program.

Additionally paid:

  • Registration fee
  • Homestay Fee - $ 266 NZD per week
  • Meals and accommodation in the residence - from $ 195 to $ 370 NZD / week
  • Pocket expenses.

Entry requirements, assessment and extra fees, how to apply, what is required to enrol, conditions, entry tests and exams

When foreign students enter the University of Waikato, the admission committee of the university indicates two conditions: academic preparation and the language level of the applicant. To apply for training candidates need to prepare the following papers:

  • A document about full secondary education (depending on the country) with a high average mark: high school certificate from the country of the applicant, Cambridge International Test (CIE), International Baccalaureate (IB) or others
  • Statement of student performance (transcripts)
  • Certificate of knowledge of the English language with the minimum requirements: IELTS at least 5.5 (academic) / TOEFL 80 points (Internet) / PTE Academic - total score 50 / Waikato Pathways: completion of level 7 with an average B score of Certificate of Extainment in Academic English.

If a candidate from another country does not meet any of the listed criteria, he can increase his chances with the help of the Waikato Pathways educational program.

Students apply through the online form, after which they can begin to apply for a visa and reserve a place to stay on campus.

Scholarships University of Waikato

University of Waikato offers several options for scholarships and other financial support for international students:

  • Taurang Scholarship (available to freshmen, $ 10,000 NZD)
  • International scholarship of the Master of Applied Finance (for foreign program applicants, up to $ 5000 NZD)
  • Scholarship of the Master of Engineering Practice (for applicants who first enter the University of Waikato for this degree, $ 10,000 NZD)
  • International scholarship for Vietnamese students (for Vietnamese citizens who want to attend undergraduate or graduate programs) = $ 5000 NZD
  • Scholarship for high achievements. It is aimed at encouraging talented students among foreign applicants. Support Size - $ 5000 NZD
  • International College of Waikato Pathways College. A scholarship of $ 5000 NZD is deducted from the cost of the first year of study at the undergraduate program for international students
  • Scholarship from International University of Waikato for international students with good academic success and first registered in undergraduate or graduate programs
  • University of Waikato Doctoral Fellowship. Access to a doctoral scholarship application is open when applying for postgraduate studies at UoW
  • University of Waikato Masters Research Fellowship. Type of financial support for students studying for a master's degree - to receive a scholarship, a candidate must pass at least 120 training courses at the University of Waikato.

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Language courses, schools and children's language camps Primary and secondary education - private schools Preparation programmes for entering universities - higher education Higher education (after completing accredited programs A-level, IB, High School) - Bachelor, Master, MBA
- we recommend to apply 6-9 months before the start of the course (some camps and schools offer discounts for early booking or for lengthy study programs)
- there are some very popular and high demand children's camps, where the applications need to be submitted 1 year in advance (in particular Switzerland , Great Britain , USA , Canada , Austria)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the training program,
- some schools have a specific time frame (September-November - please specify an individual school)
- some schools require tests in several stages (UKISET, internal tests of the school: English, mathematics, logics, subjects, interview, some require a personal visit)
- we recommend to apply one year before the start of the program,
- for Foundation and Pathway programs, IELTS and TOEFL certificates are usually required, respectively

- recommended submission one year before the start of the program,
- the deadline normally closes in January, for TOP HEIs and, as a rule, in March in other universities
- for a bachelor, a Foundation or Pathway preparatory program a completed A-level, IB, High School + IELTS / TOEFL are required
- for Masters you need a graduated higher education, in some cases you need a pre-Masters program
- MBA requires completed higher education, work experience preferably at least 2-3 years, etc.
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