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University of Waikato

Program Terms:

Spring Semester, Fall Semester & Academic Year


The University of Waikato offers a world-class education in the heart of the Waikato region. Experience smaller class sizes, friendly staff and a welcoming community.

Its main campus is based in the vibrant multi-cultural city of Hamilton. Hamilton is the fourth largest city in New Zealand and also one of the fastest growing cities. The university is home to more than 12,000 students from over 70 countries. (Source: University of Waikato Study Abroad)

Academic Details:

Waikato uses the term ‘paper’ to refer to a course, and courses will have different workload values (typically 15 points). When students apply, they are requested to review the list of available papers and complete the Paper Selection Form, which will then be assessed so that a list of pre-approved papers can be provided to the student. This pre-approval process will allow students to easily register upon arrival. However, students may not enroll in papers prior to arrival on campus; enrollment is completed during orientation week. (Source: University of Waikato Fact Sheet 2018)

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. This university is AACSB accredited for business majors students.

Fall semester begins in early July to early November (“B Semester”) and Spring Semester starts in late February to mid June (“A Semester”).

Housing Details:

The Accommodation Office offers fully- catered residence halls and self-catered flats on-campus, as well as homestays and information about off-campus accommodation.

On-campus housing is guaranteed for study abroad and exchange students if the application is submitted on time. The housing application opens 1 August for A semester and 1 April for B semester. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early to secure their preferred housing option.

All students must complete the Arrival Form at least 1 week prior to arriving in New Zealand. Completing arrival information allows for a complementary door-to-door airport shuttle from Auckland or Hamilton airports to the student’s accommodation address. (Source: University of Waikato Fact Sheet 2018) 


  • Sophomore standing
  • 2.75 cumulative GPA

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