University of Waikato

University of Waikato

Hillcrest, Hamilton 3216, New Zealand



The University of Waikato was developed by the people, for the people (Ko te Tangata). We are a university driven by a passion for knowledge, a desire to challenge traditional thinking, and a commitment to our students’ success.

At Waikato, we’re serious about securing a future for everyone. Our research tackles issues of national and global importance. Our academics are providing the next generation of leaders with skills to ensure a viable, sustainable and safe future for us all.


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Why study at the University of Waikato?

  • Access to academics who are leaders in their fields
  • More than 2000 opportunities for industry placements each year
  • An all-in-one campus in Hamilton for students to study live and socialise
  • A New state-of-the-art campus opening in Tauranga city in early 2019
  • A multicultural campus, with students from more than 80 countries.

We are one of New Zealand’s leading research organisations with seven research institutes that contribute towards solving national and international issues. We play a vital role in the country’s economy and make a significant contribution to international innovation. Our key research areas are:

  • Environmental science
  • Demography and economic analysis
  • Business and leadership
  • Professional learning and development
  • Education, Māori and indigenous development
  • Security and crime science


Work While Studying

Full-time undergraduate and postgraduate international students can work anywhere on and off campus for up to 20 hours per week without a work permit.

Post-Grad Work Permit

The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

Conditional Offer Letter

Even if you do NOT meet our minimum English requirement (IELTS or TOEFL), you still can get conditionally accepted in the program of your choice with the condition of completing our English program prior to starting your chosen program.

Type of Accommodation 

Students need to plan their accommodations well in advance of their arrival in Canada & the USA as all accommodation options fill up quickly, well before the start of the semester.

On-Campus Residence Accommodations: On-Campus residence accommodations are provided per discretion by the school.

Off-Campus Accommodations: The local area has a variety of off-campus rental housing options including single homes, duplexes, apartments and rooms for rent. Students wishing to live off-campus need to research availability on their own and should arrive well before the start of term to do so.



Avg Cost of Tuition per Year: NZ$32,650
Cost of Living/Year: NZ$15,000

Estimated Total per Year: USD$ 47,650


We cater to all levels of study; from pathway and English language programmes to PhD study. Our eight faculties offer a wide range of study options, including:

  • Arts and social sciences
  • Business and management
  • Computing, cyber security, and mathematical sciences
  • Education and teaching
  • Health, sport and human performance
  • Law
  • Maori and indigenous studies
  • Science and engineering
  • Foundation Studies
  • English Language


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