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    University of Waikato, Hamilton, Courses, Rankings, Admission Criteria, Fees & Scholarships

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    University of Waikato is home to nearly 12,000 students, 12% of which are international students from over 70 countries. More than 120 academic qualifications are offered for international students aspiring to study in New Zealand across the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Science and Engineering, Waikato Pathways College. 12 subject areas of University of Waikato have found a place in the top-250 subjects by QS World Rankings 2021. Some of the popular courses offered at University of Waikato include Bachelor Economics, Bachelor of Engineering, Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry), etc.

    Notably, the university holds an average record of offering more than 2000 industry placements and internships each year to the students. Jacinda Ardern (PM of New Zealand), Mark Wilson (Businessman), Wayne Smith (Former Rugby Player) are some of the notable alumni of University of Waikato. It is accreditated by Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU), Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) and EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

    University of Waikato Rankings

    In view of the quality of education and research inputs, rankings of University of Waikato by various world-renowned ranking agencies for 2021 are listed below:

    • Ranked at 375= out of the world's best 1,000 universities by QS World Rankings 2021.
    • Ranked among 501-600th by World University Rankings 2021
    • Ranked among 101-200th overall by THE Impact Rankings 2021, and within the top 100 institutions in:

      • Reduced Inequalities, rank: =57
      • Decent Work and Economic Growth, rank: =62


    College Type Private
    Campus Setting Urban
    Establishment Year 1964
    No. of Campuses Three
    Application fee Not mentioned
    Applications Accepted Apply online
    Admission Helpline Telephone: +64 7 838 4610
    Test score accepted SAT, ACT, TOEFL, IELTS
    Mode of Program Full time/Online
    Official Website

    University of Waikato Programs

    • University of Waikato provides a vast variety of courses including, undergraduate degrees; postgraduate diplomas; masters and higher degrees.
    • All programs are offered through 7 faculties and 2 colleges including the Faculty of Science and Engineering, which offers various innovative programmes for the undergraduate degrees at University of Waikato.
    • The degrees offered are highly flexible in nature and allow the students to design their programs as per their interest and career objective.

    Top Courses at University of Waikato

    University of Waikato Campus

    • University of Waikato campuses are located at different locations, which includes Hamilton campus, Tauranga campus and Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC).
    • Hamilton campus. This campus offers a range of cafes, on-campus accommodation and cutting-edge learning facilities.
    • Tauranga campus. Tauranga campus located in the heart of the CBD, combines a relaxed lifestyle and world-class university study.
    • Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC). This campus of University of Waikato helps to gain a qualification while studying in China.

    University of Waikato Accommodation

    • The university provides various types of accommodation options to the students through the cost of each accommodation vary from others.
    • Hamilton Accommodation. It comprises of three halls of residence, apartments, cottages, studios and units including Bryant Hall, College Hall, Student Village, Silverdale Road Apartments, Orchard Parks, and Bleakley Place Units.
    • Tauranga Accommodation. Students have the option of staying in Durham Mews, university affiliated accommodation.
    • Summer Accommodation. Three different summer residences are available for students.
    • Homestay. Homestay allows students to stay with a New Zealand family. The family can help a student learn about local culture and life and provide support and necessary guide to study in New Zealand. The student will get a room, bed, desk/table, and a place to store personal belongings. Three meals will also be available seven days a week.

    University of Waikato Admission Process

    Application Portal: International students can apply via an agent or through direct application.

    General Requirements: Original academic transcripts/mark sheets, official program completion certificate/Degree/Diploma, IELTS scores.

    Admission Deadlines:

    Trimester Deadline Semester start date
    A January 17 March 2
    B May 29 July 13
    C October 2 November 16

    Additional requirements: Passport issued by official authorities, Birth certificate, valid student Visa to study in New Zealand, signed a confidential statement of finances.

    Given below are the requirements for Indian students seeking admission at University of Waikato:

    • The students should achieve an overall average of 75% in the Indian School Certificate (ISC) OR
    • the All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSC), with a minimum of 70% in English OR
    • An overall average of 80% in Senior School Certificate awarded from one of the following three Indian State Board year 12 qualifications: (i) Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), (ii) Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Higher (Secondary) School Certificate

    University of Waikato English Proficiency Test Requirements

    It is imperative for international students to submit English Language Test scores if their native language is not English and prove their proficiency in the language.

    English Language Test Undergraduate Graduate
    IELTS 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5) 6.5 overall (no band less than 6.0)
    TOEFL iBT 80 with a score of 21 in writing 90 with a score of 21 in writing

    University of Waikato Cost of Attendance

    The international students need to get prepared for the following expenses while studying at the college, which primarily includes the tuition fee

    Tuition Fees

    Living Expenses

    The table given below will give a rough idea about the approximate cost of living in New Zealand you need to make on a weekly basis while pursuing education at the University of Waikato. 

    Expenses Cost (NZD)
    Residence Hall Accommodation 370
    Food Included in fully catered halls
    Telephone or Internet Included
    Mobile 7.5
    Transport 40
    Entertainment 50
    Total weekly expenses 467.50

    University of Waikato Financial Aid

    University of Waikato offers scholarship and bursary to international students, though some scholarships need an application while others can be applied automatically. Some of the scholarships in New Zealand offered to international students are mentioned below:

    Name Eligibility Award (NZD)
    Master of Applied Finance International Bursary Master of Applied Finance course 5,000
    Tauranga Campus International Bursary First-time students at the Tauranga campus 10,000
    The High Achievement Bursary for International Students Full-time undergraduate students with a B+ grade average 5,000
    Te Kura Huanui International High Achiever Progression Bursary Full-time UG student who has done a course before in the last 12 months 5,000
    The New Zealand NCUK University of Waikato Bursary Students who have done a year of study in NZ 6,000
    The International Bursary for Vietnamese Students For full-time UG and PG students 5,000
    • University of Waikato International Excellence – NZ School Leavers Scholarship: NZD 10,000
      Deadline: At any time of the year.
      Criteria. For international students completing Year 13 at a NZ high school in 2021 and intending to enrol full time in an undergraduate degree in Trimester A 2022. Applicants must achieve at least NCEA Level 2 with Merit (or equivalent).
    • University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship: NZD 10,000 
      Deadline: August 31, 2021
      Criteria. For talented international students from selected countries who demonstrate excellent academic achievement. Applicants must be intending to enrol for the first time in either an undergraduate or postgraduate (not doctoral) degree.

    University of Waikato Alumni

    University of Waikato Alumni Association is a great opportunity for all the students to meet, socialise and interact with the graduates who belong to different parts of the world. All the graduates from the University of Waikato are considered as members of the Alumni & Friends community and can enjoy these advantages:

    • Alumni & Friends E-Newsletters
    • Careers and employment advice
    • Access to library services
    • Alumni Representatives around the world
    • Invitations to alumni events in your region
    • World-class postgraduate study

    Some of the notable alumni produced by the University of Waikato are Wayne Smith, rugby player; Dr Andrew Smith, CEO of Prolife Foods and Vittoria Shortt, CEO of ASB Bank.

    University of Waikato Placements

    • Career Development Services at UoW provide free advice and support to current students and recent graduates to look and apply for work in New Zealand. It helps with career planning, writing job applications and interview preparation.
    • CDS also helps in developing connections with employers through career fairs, employer campus visits and promotion of graduate opportunities.
    • MyCareer is an online system at University of Wakato which helps students  to analyse their career development.
    • UoW offers more than 2000 industry placements and internships for students enrolling in an undergraduate or postgraduate program.

    University of Waikato delives excellent education and research opportunities, along with smaller class sizes, affordable accommodation facilities, a wide range of student clubs and services. UoW offers a broad range of subjects which are ranked highly in the 2021 QS World University Subject Rankings. It also provides hundreds of scholarships for its international students each year to help them fund study-related expenses.


    Ques. What is Waikato University known for?

    Ans.Known for its excellence in education and research, the University of Waikato is placed 375 out of the world's best 1,000 universities by the QS World University Rankings 2021.

    Ques. What should I study at Waikato University?

    Ans.Popular programs at Waikato include Arts, Computer Science, Engineering, Environment and Education.

    Ques. I am an International student, how do I apply for scholarships?

    Ans.Students aspiring to study at the University of Waikato, will need to submit an Application to Enrol in order to have access to apply for scholarships.

    Ques. What can I study in the Bachelor of Business in online mode?

    Ans. UoW is not offering all papers (units/modules) within every major of the Bachelor of Business (BBus) in online mode. All papers that cannot be taught online may be an elective subject or a minor subject in BBus. For example, you might study a communications paper but your major is marketing. Students can continue their studies because the BBus has room for papers outside the major or compulsory papers.

    Ques. What is the tuition bursary at UoW?

    Ans. UoW is providing a 20% bursary to all new international students who start their qualification studying online outside New Zealand in 2021.

    Ques. How do I apply for the bursary?

    Ans.There is no need to apply – it will be applied to the tuition fees you are required to pay when you choose the papers (units/modules) in which you will enrol at UoW.

    Ques. What are the deadlines to apply for accommodations at the University of Waikato?

    Ans. The accommodation application process as per deadlines are as follows:
    August 1- Applications open for 2021
    October 14- Applications are considered
    October 16- First offers are sent via email
    October 31- Acceptances due
    November 9- Second offers are due (subject to availability)

    Ques. What is the cost of living for Homestay students?

    Ans. The cost of Living does not include the tuition fees. The weekly basic expenses which include weekly board cost, food, telephone/internet, mobile phone, transport, entertainment is NZD 341.50. Additional necessary annual costs add up to NZD 3,639 (exclusive of flight charges).

    Important Dates

    ProgramApplication DeadlineFees
    M.Eng Mechanical Engineering
    February (12th Jan 2019)
    July (5th Jan 2019)
    $37,706 /Yr
    M.A Finance
    February (12th Jan 2019)
    July (5th Jan 2019)
    $20,692 /Yr
    B.Eng Software Engineering
    February (12th Jan 2019)
    July (5th Jan 2019)
    $23,824 /Yr
    B.A Social Sciences Economics
    February (12th Jan 2019)
    July (5th Jan 2019)
    $19,784 /Yr
    Ph.D Environmental Studies Environmental Planning
    February (12th Jan 2019)
    July (5th Jan 2019)
    November (9th Jan 2019)
    $22,848 /Yr
    Ph.D Engineering Engineering
    February (12th Jan 2019)
    July (5th Jan 2019)
    November (9th Jan 2019)
    $28,503 /Yr

    Master Finance

    2 years
    Full Time
    USD 20,692/Yr
    Application Deadline: 12 Jan, 2019
    USD 37,706/Yr
    Application Deadline: 12 Jan, 2019

    Master Human Resource Management

    2 years
    Full Time
    USD 20,692/Yr
    Application Deadline: 12 Jan, 2019
    USD 23,722/Yr
    Application Deadline: 12 Jan, 2019
    USD 23,824/Yr
    Application Deadline: 12 Jan, 2019


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    I had a senior who studied from the same college and got placed in a reputed organization. He suggested me about the college and the course that I could study. Thus, I readily applied to it without giving a second thought.

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    Since my course is of 12 months I deposited a fee of $45,900 for the whole year.

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    Attendance Cost


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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $23,824 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $22,829 / Year
    Hillcrest, Hamilton 3216

    Nearby This Campus

    • Bus Station
    • Book Store
    • Shopping Mall
    • Airport

    Bus Station

    194 Hillcrest Rd (opp University of Waikato)0.14 km
    University (Inside Gate 1)0.17 km
    Opp 196 Hillcrest Rd (University of Waikato)0.22 km
    159 Silverdale Rd (Uni Gate 10)0.24 km
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    Shopping Mall

    chilled2.62 km
    five crossroads medical centre2.87 km
    Blaze N Chill3.11 km
    Ear Clinic3.12 km
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    Book Store

    Books for Kids2.31 km
    Eastside Mags and More2.31 km
    Salvation Army Family Store2.66 km
    Browsers Bookshop3.07 km
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    Waikato Hospital Helipad3.93 km
    Andy Work7.72 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary


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