• New Zealand
    • Hamilton
Academic Year, Fall, Spring

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
University of Waikato
Degree Level
Bachelors Masters
Apartment Dormitory Host Family


Starting Price
Price Details
Study abroad fee (per semester): $13,125 NZD
Student health insurance (per semester): $350 NZD
The study abroad fee includes tuition, fees and transcript.
What's Included
Airport Transfers Classes Travel Insurance Wifi
What's Not Included
Accommodation Activities Airfare Meals Travel Insurance Visa
Aug 17, 2022
Jun 09, 2020
37 travelers are looking at this program

About Program

Kia ora, welcome to the University of Waikato! Our campuses are located in the cities of Hamilton and Tauranga, both are in the heart of the North Island, making it a great hub to explore some of the best surfing, hiking, adventure sports, and Maori culture in our stunning country. Hamilton is the larger campus, offering a wide range of subjects. Tauranga offers courses in Business, Marine Sciences, Engineering, among others.

Our motto, Ko te tangata, for the people, drives our student-focused mission. Voted one of the friendliest universities in the country, we pride ourselves on top-notch student support and are committed to ensuring you have an unforgettable study abroad experience. Learn from award-winning lecturers in small class sizes. Study, live, and socialise on our beautiful self-contained residential campus.

Study at Waikato and explore the best of what New Zealand has to offer.

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Program Highlights

  • Many study options: Almost all courses are open to study abroad and exchange students, making it easy to get the credits you need
  • Vibrant student life: Create memories within a vibrant and diverse student atmosphere through our Buddy Programme and wide range of student clubs and off-campus events
  • Affordable living costs: Experience the perks of city life with lower prices when compared to larger cities
  • Internationally recognised: with many subjects ranked highly in the 2021 QS World University Subject Rankings and a 5 star ranking
  • Extensive international student support: our dedicated team provide assistance in the many areas and processes, that an international student would encounter on their adventure abroad

Program Reviews

4.60 Rating
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  • Academics 4.2
  • Support 4.2
  • Fun 4.4
  • Housing 4.6
  • Safety 4.8
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Yes, I recommend this program


This is such a fantastic way to learn more about Maori Culture and the great many adventures New Zealand has to offer. Many of their trips to places were organized and unique, like no other place I've been. The Professors are all very helpful and welcoming. Uni Week is a fun/wild time of meeting everybody! Incredible how the University handled the Covid-19 situation and everyone rallied together. The campus is beautiful, and the style of learning is VERY different than America. Very laid back, but when finals hit, they hit hard, so be ready. The best decision is to study here.

39 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Great place to learn, not only about other cultures, but about your own as well

I really enjoyed taking Psychology and Māori & Indigenous courses at the University of Waikato for a semester. All the university staff are friendly and helpful. The professors for all my courses were approachable and engaging!
I took MAORI101, MAORI102, MAORI103, and PSYCH202 and would highly recommend all of these courses. Learning te reo and more about the Māori world has been super fun. PSYCH202 was amazing and actually changed the direction I want to go with my degree and what I want to do after graduation.
The campus its self is beautiful and welcoming. I loved going for walks around the lakes and sports fields.
The only thing that I found was a bit lacking was support for any mental health challenges. Everyone who works at the uni is very friendly but it was unclear where I should go to get extra support.
Overall studying at the University of Waikato has been an amazing life changing experience and a great chance to see the world while studying!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have stepped further outside of my comfort zone and made more of an attempt to make new friends right out the gate!
44 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Master thesis at University of Waikato

I was not taking any classes at Waikato, and thus also was not automatically involved in the international students life - but after some start difficulties this was all ok, and i had an awesome time!
New Zealand is an awesome country for an exchange, mostly if you like beautiful landscapes and travelling. It offers some of the most stunning views and most breathtaking hikes i've ever seen. The University itself is good and offers good classes in a nice, familial environment. The city is well situated, but rather calm. No problem for me, i loved my time around here!

What would you improve about this program?
The international office and the student associations dealing with the internationals are doing a good job, but seem to be rather new in the business - and they seem to be missing their own exchange experience. A pity.
Coming to an exchange, help with housing is good, and also with finding classes. This is provided. But i also expected to have some cultural gatherings and, yes, also some organised parties for the internationals. New Zealand has a rather... reserved approach on alcohol, so the Uni doesn't want to be involved with anything party-like. This is very sad, as these gatherings also offer an opportunity to meet new people, and make friends also outside of the typical university atmosphere
42 people found this review helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program

MN to NZ

One of the most amazing experiences I had was the beginning of the semester games we played against the other halls. We got to swim in the pool, and play all sorts of games and challenges with our hall and against others. It really brought us all together and made me feel a connection with the kiwis and the university. It was a fun time and I think a great idea to bring people out of their comfort zone and warm up to the change of Uni.

What would you improve about this program?
Stronger Uni-student interaction. More efficient interactions that do occur. More trip offerings (if affordable).
42 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Do it!

A+ campus in an A+ country where people walk around barefoot and eat spagetti on their toast! Get to know yourself, new people, travel and soak in the culture. Plus interesting papers & helpful staff!

What would you improve about this program?
More low key 'get to know each other' activities for internationals and locals. It can be tough taking the step out there and a little kick in the butt is usually much appreciated (after some time at least!).
Beachday with social games at Raglan, bowling, the leap, pot-lock dinner, share your culture nights, boardgame night and/or championships. Movienights. Speed dating/ friend dating, pokernight, picnic at the field, the list goes on! :) and of course adventure trips like hobbiton, bungi/skydive, caves, maori experiences and such that you had while I was there! :)
38 people found this review helpful.

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