University of Waikato

What makes Waikato a great place for you to study, live and socialise?

Study at a world-ranked university

Our university is a true reflection of New Zealand culture - we are ambitious, innovative thinkers that let little get in the way of achieving big dreams.

We are proud to be recognised among the best in the world, we're ranked in the top 350 - with 12 of our subjects ranked in the top 250 in the world.

Get an internationally focused education

It’s not just our diverse student population that makes us a truly international university. Our world-class academics play an active role in international research and we have more than 60 university partners.

Our global relevance means your qualification will better equip you for a future anywhere in the world.

Join the Waikato family

Our campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga are bursting with life and energy. With smaller class sizes, better access to lecturers, affordable living, a wide range of support services, and more than 40 student clubs, your student experience at Waikato will be second-to-none.

Our students agree - 95% were satisfied with their overall experience at Waikato (Student Barometer Survey, 2015).

Learn from the best

As creators of knowledge, we encourage our students to be leaders and innovators. Our award-winning lecturers, flexible degrees and broad range of courses give you an education that transcends the boundary between theory and practice.

You’ll join an elite group of Waikato graduates who pursue rewarding futures in New Zealand and overseas.

Take advantage of our scholarships

We believe in rewarding success, which is why we offer hundreds of scholarships every year to our students. A scholarship will open up a world of opportunities for you, no matter what stage of study you’re at.

Whether you’re looking for support with study, fees, accommodation, research or leadership opportunities, we’ve got lots of options available to help set you up for the future.

Gain industry relevance

Each year, we offer more than 2,000 industry placements and internships. Whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, our partnerships and networks offer you a unique opportunity to embed yourself in local or international organisations as part of your learning experience.

We encourage it, because the chance to apply what you’ve learnt in the classroom to real-world contexts gives you a valuable edge.

Location

New Zealand is located in the South Pacific, south east of Australia. The country is divided into two main islands of the North Island and the South Island. The University of Waikato is located in the North Island where it has a two campuses.

  • Main campus, Hamilton city, Waikato region
  • Tauranga city campus, Bay of Plenty region

Faculties and Schools

The University of Waikato is comprised of the following Faculties and Schools:

  • Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
    The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a wide range of qualifications from undergraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees through to postgraduate research. Subjects taught within the Faculty include the Social Sciences, the Humanities, including a number of modern foreign languages, and the Performing Arts.
  • Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    The Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences provides a stimulating and leading-edge environment of quality relevant teaching programmes and world-class research, producing graduates well matched for the challenges of the contemporary and future workplace.
  • Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
    The Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education provides programmes in areas such as teacher education, sport and leisure studies, counselling, human development, education, educational leadership and education studies. It distinguishes itself among other education schools through its tradition and reputation for innovation, leadership and research.
  • Te Piringa - Faculty of Law
    The Te Piringa - Faculty of Law provides an innovative, student-focused Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in a stimulating academic environment. The Faculty's founding goals of professionalism, biculturalism, and the study of law in context attract an exciting and diverse group of staff and students.
  • Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
    The Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies offers programmes in Māori language and linguistics, culture, customs, creative and performing arts, media and communication, Treaty of Waitangi, and development studies.
  • Faculty of Science and Engineering
    The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a range of innovative programmes for the undergraduate degrees of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, Bachelor of Science, and the Bachelor of Science (Technology). The Faculty also hosts the Environmental Research Institute and the only university based Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) funded Outcome Based Investment on freshwater restoration. Commercial units include Radio Carbon Dating, Stable Isotopes and DNA Sequencing.
  • Waikato Management School
    The Waikato Management School has distinguished itself among New Zealand business schools by the relevance and rigour of its education and research, and its belief that business and enterprise are most successful when they improve the communities, societies, and nations in which they operate.  It is a Triple Crown school.
  • Waikato Pathways College
    Waikato Pathways College provide a range of learning opportunities that are research-informed, locally and internationally connected, dynamic and distinctive. The College offers university preparation courses, and foundation, bridging and English language programmes. They also support international study groups in range of discipline areas and train teachers who want to teach English to adults.
  • Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
    The School of Graduate Research manages domestic student enquiries related to enrolment, and assists enrolled candidates with administration matters for the following degrees: PhD, MPhil, EdD, DMA, SJD, DLit, DSc and LLD.
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  • Course and Career Counselling services
  • Special enrolment and orientation
  • Halal food
  • International student clubs and associations
  • On-campus accommodation
  • Religious Facilities - combined facilities
  • Religious Facilities - Muslim prayer rooms
  • Social Activities
  • Sporting facilities
  • Sporting facilities - variety of clubs
  • Sporting facilities - Gym
  • Sporting facilities - Swimming pool
  • Sporting facilities - Team sports
  • Temporary accommodation on arrival

At Waikato, there a wide range of on-campus and off-campus accommodation options for students, so you can choose a living option that best suits you!

On campus - Halls of Residence

Our four Halls of Residence are the perfect place to settle into university life, meet new people and gain more independence in a safe and secure environment.

Three of our halls have both fully catered and self-catered options, and the other is solely self catered. We only have on-campus accommodation in Hamilton.

Click here to find out about the individual colleges, costs and how to submit an application.

Off campus

If the Halls of Residence aren’t for you, there are plenty of alternative accommodation options within a short distance of our Hamilton campus.

Flatting

Flatting is when you share accommodation with other students in a private house located off campus.

The cost of flatting per week for each person (based on recent figures with 2-4 flatmates) is between NZ$100-$140 for a room, plus food and utilities.

Prior to arrival in New Zealand it is possible to search online for flats or available rooms. We recommend you arrive 1-2 weeks before semester starts in order to find suitable accommodation.

You can find houses and flats for rent on Student Flat and TradeMe.

Renting

There are many rental properties available in Hamilton. You can rent a house in a nearby residential suburb for you and your family for between approximately NZ$300-$450 a week for a three bedroom home, less utilities and food. Prior to arrival in New Zealand it is possible to search online for houses available for rent.

Homestay

Homestay (living with a local family in a private home) is compulsory for international students under the age of 18 years. You will be provided your own room and most meals are provided by the homestay family. You are expected to keep your room clean and tidy, and help with other household duties. Homestays are located within 30 minutes travel time from the University campus.

The cost of homestay accommodation is NZ $259 a week, inclusive of food, power and laundry, but exclusive of phone, internet and transport costs. A non-refundable application fee of NZ $300 and the first four weeks of homestay fees (NZ $1,036) must be paid before a homestay placement can be made.

Our accommodation team can help you find homestay accommodation in Hamilton. Contact them at homestay@waikato.ac.nz.

A scholarship will open up a world of opportunities for you, no matter what stage of study you’re at. Whether you’re looking for support with study, fees, accommodation, research or leadership opportunities, we’ve got lots of options available to help set you up for the future.

Use our scholarships finder to discover which scholarships you may be eligible for.

International Excellence Scholarship

The University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship offers up to NZD $10,000 towards tuition fees, it is available to students studying in 2017 from selected countries who can demonstrate academic excellence and are willing to be ambassadors for the university. Study levels include foundation, undergraduate and postgraduate taught study.

When you choose to study for one or two semesters at the University of Waikato you'll have the experience of a lifetime.

Studying with us as a student exchange or study abroad student allows you to transfer your credits earned at Waikato back to your home degree. This means you won't delay your study with your home university by coming to Waikato. In fact, you will add value to your qualification by completing part of your studies at one of the world’s top ranked universities.

As a study abroad or exchange student at Waikato, you will have access to all the benefits of a full university experience:

  • Year institution founded: 1964
  • Total enrolled: 12,500

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Billy Bodger, Master of Science (Earth Sciences)

Testimonial from Billy Bodger, Master of Science (Earth Sciences), student at University of Waikato

Smaller class sizes, enthusiastic lecturers and field trips to exciting North Island locations has made Earth Sciences study at Waikato a top experience for student Billy Bodger.

Billy completed a BSc in Earth Sciences before beginning an MSc in 2013, with a focus on geology.

"The flexible BSc course structure and passionate lecturers have allowed for more one-on-one time with staff and more feedback on assignments. I believe I wouldn't be where I am today without that additional help," says Billy.

Some memorable field trips have included a six day excursion to the Hawke's Bay for a sedimentary geology paper and a trip to the GNS Science Wairakei Research Centre for a volcanic geochemistry paper.

"Both of these field trips and all the other practical activities and applied research I have undertaken at Waikato have given me a valuable insight into the tasks that I could expect to encounter in industry. I have no doubt that these experiences will give me a head-start career-wise."

A School of Science Masters Research Scholarship in late in 2013 helped kick-start Billy's masters study. Now undertaking research in volcanic geology and gold mineralisation, Billy has been fortunate to work with an international mining corporation and is now trained to use a range of Waikato's excellent laboratory facilities specific to his research.

"Being able to tailor my degree to suit my strengths and interests makes Waikato a top choice for study. Once you come to Waikato, the doors will open for you and the opportunities are endless."

Kaylee Bird, Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Management)

Testimonial from Kaylee Bird, Bachelor of Management Studies/Bachelor of Laws (Management), student at University of Waikato

A passion for dancing has led to a Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship for Kaylee Bird. The former Otumoetai College student is now in her second year of studying a conjoint Bachelor of Management Studies and a Bachelor of Laws.

She says one of the reasons she chose to study at Waikato was that it was the only university in New Zealand where she could continue both dance and academic studies.

Kaylee has been dancing since she was four years old and mainly trains in classical ballet and contemporary dance. In 2013, Kaylee was accepted into three dance schools in Australia; the prestigious Tanya Pearson Classical Coaching Academy where she spent a term in 2014 experiencing full-time dancing before returning to her studies, Queensland University of Technology Bachelor of Fine Arts (Dance Performance) and the Queensland Dance School of Excellence.

In 2013 she was awarded honours in both her Advanced 2 BBO Ballet and Contemporary exams, and she was nominated to compete in the 2012 NZ Young Performer of the Year Awards.

Waylon Kenning, Master of Electronic Commerce (Electronic Commerce)

Testimonial from Waylon Kenning, Master of Electronic Commerce (Electronic Commerce), student at University of Waikato

Master of Electronic Commerce student Waylon Kenning likes to create “digital experiences that delight customers; by defining their interests and marrying them to technology”.

Originally from Taumarunui, he is now half-way through completing his MECom degree online, while continuing to work full-time as a product architect at Hexagon Safety & Infrastructure, a global IT firm in Wellington.

Since graduating from a Bachelor of Electronic Commerce in 2008, Waylon quickly found work as a business analyst, and his career has gone from strength to strength.

He now oversees a diverse team of developers, user experience designers and analysts at Hexagon, who are creating a new mobile app designed to help police officers do their jobs more easily by putting critical information at their fingertips. The goal is to reduce paperwork so that police officers can spend more time in the field investigating crimes.

Last year Waylon decided he wanted to “beef up” his academic credentials, be exposed to the latest ideas in e-commerce technologies, and gain an internationally-recognised master’s degree that offers a passport to working overseas.

“I thought about doing an MBA, but I really wanted a programme focused on how business and IT relate to each other, and the MECom really fits the bill in that respect. I also liked the fact that the Professional stream was taught completely online, because most professionals can’t quit their jobs for an entire year.”

Waylon says his favourite paper was ‘MCOM502 - Managing Virtual Teams’, as it helped him understand how to communicate better with members of his own development team at Hexagon; some of whom are based in India and the United States.

For the professional field internship paper, MSYS519, Waylon spent 10 weeks working on a variety of small research projects for Contact Energy, his former employer.

“The internship is really designed to kick-start your career in e-commerce and help solidify your knowledge base, which is great for people who are new to this field.”

“If you’re already working in e-commerce, it gives you permission to research a topic in-depth that you’ve been thinking about for some time, because you have to write a 10,000 word report at the end of it.”

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