University of Waikato - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at the University of Waikato through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about the University of Waikato and all other New Zealand program options.


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad has designed the University of Waikato program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand's most modern and innovative universities, based in the river city of Hamilton, with a satellite campus located in Tauranga.

Waikato are home to more than 13,000 students including close to 2,000 international students from over 70 countries.

The University has a distinctive New Zealand character derived from our region. Waikato is the Maori name meaning “flowing water”, a name shared with New Zealand’s longest river and our home province. At Waikato, students can combine major and supporting subjects from over 3000 courses, providing a sound basis for future employment or further study.

Established in 1964, the University is spread over a beautifully landscaped 68 hectare campus, a short distance from the center of Hamilton. Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest city located in the North Island, 90 minutes drive south of Auckland. It has a population of 143,000 people and is central to many of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions and outdoor activities – surfing, skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, climbing, kayaking to name a few. Scenic river walks, numerous parks and gardens, and a growing café and restaurant culture enable students to enjoy a relaxed yet cosmopolitan environment, with a lower cost of living than many other New Zealand cities.




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Established in 1964, the University is spread over a beautifully landscaped 68 hectare campus, a short distance from the center of Hamilton. Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest city located in the North Island, 90 minutes drive south of Auckland. It has a population of 143,000 people and is central to many of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions and outdoor activities – surfing, skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, climbing, kayaking to name a few. Scenic river walks, numerous parks and gardens, and a growing café and restaurant culture enable students to enjoy a relaxed yet cosmopolitan environment, with a lower cost of living than many other New Zealand cities.
The West Coast (Tasman Sea) is only 40 minutes from Hamilton and offers the peaceful lifestyle town of Raglan complete with isolated beaches and excellent surfing. Sixty minutes away are the beautiful endless white sand beaches and surf resorts of the Bay of Plenty.

Academic Highlights

The University of Waikato believes in innovation and forward thinking and is constantly developing programs to cater to the world’s changing industry environment. The University of Waikato is committed to research excellence. In the nationwide research rankings completed in 2007, Waikato ranked #1 in New Zealand in: accounting and finance; chemistry; communication and media studies; computer science, information technology and information sciences; ecology, evolution and behavior; general business; human resources; industrial relations; international business; management; molecular, cellular and whole organisms biology; pure and applied mathematics; music, literary arts and other arts. The University has many academic staff working with international government and non-government organizations.

Academic regulations give students flexibility to combine major and supporting subjects according to their individual interests and abilities, with semester study abroad students often able to take courses across several schools of study and disciplines. International students are encouraged to take courses exploring New Zealand and Pacific society, in particular the colorful and fascinating local Maori Culture.

University Services

The University of Waikato is dedicated to the success of its international students. There are a range of people employed especially to help you in all aspects of your life and study with us.  
Waikato University has International Student Advisers to assist you and Administrators for Immigration and Insurance  procedures. There are also International Student Academic Advisers at your Faculty, international student Enrolment staff, Learning Development staff, an International Accommodation Coordinator, Doctors and Counselors to help with health requirements, and many others.
A variety of amenities are located on campus to assist students such as cafés, banks, a Medical Centre, a pharmacy, a University bookstore and a travel agent. Buses also leave from campus for the Hamilton city center and surrounding suburbs every half hour.


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

There are four Halls of Residence on campus which can accommodate up to 1,000 students. The accommodation advisory service can also help students to find places in private board or in shared flats and houses.

All Halls of Residence are coed, however, there are a limited number of rooms in areas designated women-only. Students wishing to live on a women-only floor of a residence hall or wanting to live in the self-catered apartments should let GlobaLinks know as early as possible.


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>


In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program, all students will participate in a university specific orientation.

All first year international students are required to attend the compulsory orientation program, which is held during the week preceding the start of classes. It complements the in-country orientation program offered to you by AustraLearn, and information will be sent to you regarding the dates that you need to arrive in New Zealand. The program is fun and informative and includes academic course and enrollment advice, an introduction to university and Halls of Residence life, tours of the university and Hamilton city, and an off-campus trip to a major tourism destination.

Orientation is an excellent opportunity for new students to meet other international students and university staff, including the Waikato International staff, and to make support contacts. A welcome pack with local information is provided for all new international students at the beginning of the orientation program.

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, University of Waikato supports GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students with two $300NZD awards each year.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

The University of Waikato Excursions and Activities

The University of Waikato is located in the middle of many of New Zealand’s leading adventure attractions and tourist destinations. Day excursions are regularly arranged by on-campus clubs, Rotary Club, and NZ eTours, who offer a range of excursions to areas and events of interest.
The University will organize trips to Auckland, Raglan and to Mount Maunganui Beach, one of New Zealand’s most popular beaches.
Students who come to Waikato during the July-November semester regularly join the Uni Ski-Snowboard club which owns its own on-slope accommodation at Whakapapa – New Zealand’s largest ski area.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

New Zealand’s largest winter ski areas are less than three hours drive to the south. Two of the best surfing beaches in New Zealand are located between 45-90 minutes drive away to the east and west of the city. To the south, the cities of Rotorua and Taupo offer an enormous range of Māori, geothermal, and adventure sport activities and attractions. Forest parks, lakes, thermal hot pools and limestone caves can be found all over the Waikato region. Lake Karapiro, only 25 minutes drive from Hamilton, offers world class rowing and other water sport activities. Fishing, tramping and mountain biking are also well catered for. If you're not claustrophobic you could head underground and experience the thrill of caving - float through limestone caves on inner tubes or even abseil down into the famous 'Lost World' at Waitomo Caves, just 40 minutes drive from Hamilton. Fishing, tramping, mountain biking are particularly well catered for, with the Waikato becoming the extreme sports capital of New Zealand.

There are many sports and activity clubs on campus in which students can become involved. Students enjoy a wide variety of commercial and recreational facilities, including an extensive indoor recreation center, theatres, game rooms, lounges and cafeterias, centers of worship, large sports grounds, and a summer swimming and diving pool. If your particular hobby or sport is not offered on campus, the Clubs office will put you in touch with a community club. The Academy of Performing Arts provides a continuous calendar of high quality theatre and music, including the bi-annual Festival of New Zealand Theatre. Also, students can attend discounted student screenings of recently released major movies on campus throughout the semester.

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true New Zealand culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Hamilton or discover your own upon arrival!

You'll get a taste of how enriching community involvement can be during your first few days in New Zealand on the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program. The program includes pre-arranged volunteering with the local community. You'll interact directly with locals while giving back to and sharing your own culture with the community that first welcomes you to New Zealand. Plus, you can continue your volunteer efforts later in the semester by signing up for the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Conservation Volunteer Weekend.

Course Catalog

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.
Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.
If you have any questions about course availability, please contact  

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University of Waikato
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsApproximately $5,200 - $5,700
Housing without MealsN/A
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level. Students with a lower GPA than the requirement may be considered on a case by case basis. Please contact our office for more information.

Required GPA: 2.50

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

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Advice From The Program Team:
Raglan! Raglan! The students cannot get enough of this surfer’s town, located 30 minutes from the city of Hamilton!