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Open to undergraduate and graduate students in all majors.

Academic areas: A broad range of subjects are offered at the University of Waikato, including arts & humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, engineering, law, sports & leisure, tourism & hospitality, and business.

Note to Business Students: This university is AACSB accredited.

Full list of subjects at University of Waikato


Yes - English is an official language in New Zealand, and the language of instruction at the University.


Fall Semester Early July - early November ("B Semester")
Spring Semester Late February - mid June ("A Semester")
Students may study at Waikato for two consecutive semesters, starting in the fall or spring.


On-campus Halls of Residence are available.
Arrange your own housing
Students may arrange private off-campus accommodations.
Homestays are only available for students under age 18.

Housing options at the University of Waikato


TUITION - MIX students register as full-time students at UH Manoa and pay regular UHM tuition & fees.  Your tuition category (Resident, Non-Resident, WUE, etc., stays the same). You do not pay overseas tuition. 

LIVING EXPENSES - You are responsible for all living expenses, including health insurance, books/supplies, room & meals, personal expenses, airfare, local transportation, and any costs associated with obtaining a visa (if applicable). Below are estimates for planning purposes only; amounts are listed per semester, and will vary based on your individual needs.    

  • Health Insurance: $200-400
  • Books & Supplies: $300-500
  • Room & Meals: $3,800-5,800
  • Personal Expenses: $2,000-2,500
  • Airfare & Local Transportation: $2,200-3,200
  • Visa Expenses: $0

FINANCIAL AID - Since you are still a registered UHM student while on MIX, you continue to be eligible to receive financial aid and scholarships.  If you submit a ‘MIX Student Budget for Financial Aid Purposes’ form, UHM financial aid will take into consideration your overseas living and travel expenses when awarding your grants/loans. More info on Financial Aid & Scholarships for MIX   

University of Waikato on-campus housing costs

University of Waikato fees & costs estimates


New Zealand Visa Information: Exchange students must obtain a student visa before entering New Zealand, even if they are from 'visa-free countries.' See the Immigration New Zealand website for information on applying for a student visa. Most UHM students apply for their student visa through the Los Angeles consulate through the mail. Processing time for a student visa is about 25 days; the visa application fee is waived for U.S. citizens. As part of the visa application process, students are required to show that they have at least $7,500 worth of available funds, plus either a return airline ticket or at least $1,000 extra to purchase a return airline ticket.

New Zealand Seasons: Remember that, since New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are reversed. Plan ahead for your visit to New Zealand by checking out the climate and seasons.


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