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    University of Waikato 2021-2022 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

    Hamilton, North IslandLocation
    UniversitySchool type
    Estd1964established year

    University of Waikato is a public University ranked among the world’s top 1.1% of universities. UoW was the 1st New Zealand University to receive Chinese Ministry of Education approval to fully deliver a degree in Chinese. University of Waikato enrolls over 12,000 students; both working and studying scholars in their fields. 2,000+ international students aspiring to study in New Zealand from more than 70 countries are also enrolled at the university. Waikato has internationally recognised research capabilities and facilities across numerous disciplines.

    The University follows a trimester based calendar and invites applications for programs starting in March, July and September. Students can apply to the university by creating MyWaikato account and filling all necessary details. Students who are unable to submit all documents and results will receive a conditional offer for admission. The application deadlines at UoW for domestic and international students are different. The University allows around 30-45 days to international students for completion of enrollment while domestic students are given 4-5 days. 

    Due to COVID-19, the working of testing centres have been affected around the world. Therefore, University of Waikato will be accepting additional English language tests for Trimester A 2021. These include IELTS Indicator, TOEFL-IBT home edition and Duolingo English Test. Additionally, the university will accept IELTS test results completed in the last 3 years instead of the usual 2 years.


    Application Portal Online Portal
    Application Fee Not required
    Admission rate 60-70%
    Total Number of Students 10,257
    Total Academic Staff 539
    Campus Setting Urban
    Number of International Students 2,981
    Number of Undergraduates Degree Awarded 2,269
    Number of Masters Degree Awarded 8,87
    Mode of Payment Telegraphic transfer, bank draft, cheque, international fund transfer
    Academic Calendar Trimester based
    Intake Season Trimester A, B, C
    Work Study Available
    Financial Aid Scholarships, loans, grants

    University of Waikato Admission Deadlines

    University of Waikato accepts applications for both domestic as well as international applicants. Students are recommended to apply for admission prior to the deadline to be considered for admission.

    International Applicants

    Intake Session Recommended Date
    Trimester A 17 January
    Trimester B 29 May
    Trimester C 2 October

    Domestic Applicants

    Intake Sesion Deadlines
    Trimester A 24 Feb
    Trimester B 6 July
    Trimester C 9 November

    University of Waikato Graduate Admissions

    University of Waikato offers graduate certificate, diplomas, master’s degree and master’s by thesis programs options in various majors. Some of graduate courses offered at University of Waikato are Arts, Business, Communication, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Design, Education among others.

    Where to Apply: University Application Portal

    Application Fee: Not required

    Admission Requirements: Following requirements must be fulfilled by the applicant when applying for admission to graduate programs at University of Waikato:

    • Completed bachelor’s degree with a B/B+ average in relevant subject area
    • Official transcripts from all previously attended institutions
    • English language proficiency test scores

    The entry requirements for some master’s degree programs are given in the table below:

    Program Requirements Master of Cyber Security Master of Engineering Master of Management Applied Finance
    Start Date Trimester A (March);
    Trimester B (July)
    Trimester A (March); Trimester B (July) July 2021 (Blended learning) Trimester A: March
    Entry Requirements Bachelor’s degree or postgraduate diploma in Computer Science or Computer Engineering with at least grade B or level 300 in Computer Science papers. Bachelor’s degree in any subject or equivalent qualification Bachelor’s degree in any field with minimum B- grade across 300 level papers Bachelor’s degree in any field with quantitative analysis to at least 2 years such as business, mathematics, economics, social sciences, physics, engineering or psychology, etc.
    CV Not required Not required Not required Not required
    Work Experience Not required Not required Not required Not required
    Reference Letter Not required Not required Not required Not required
    Interview Not required Not required Not required Not required

    University of Waikato MBA

    Waikato Master of Business Administration is a life-changing qualification that develops graduates for continuous innovation within their organisation. This programme is comprised three areas - Frameworks, Leadership and Value Creation.

    Entry Requirements A bachelor's degree, or equivalent
    At least three years' management experience
    CV and two LORs
    Interview with the Waikato MBA Director (in person or via Zoom)
    IELTS Score- 6.5
    Duration 18 months
    Locations Hamilton, Tauranga
    Start Date March
    Fees NZD 56,650 per programme
    Entry Requirements Postgraduate International
    Area of Study Waikato Management School
    Careers Senior managers
    Functional, technical or professional specialists
    Business owners or entrepreneurs

    Also Check: MBA in New Zealand

    Country-specific requirements at University of Waikato

    Country Undergraduate Academic Qualifications
    India An average score of 80% in high school with a minimum score of 65% in English.
    Bangladesh Complete one year of study at a recognized institution.
    Pakistan Complete one year of study at a recognized institution.
    Sri Lanka Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education Advanced Levels with three C grades at least and Complete one year of tertiary level study at a recognized institution.
    Hong Kong Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education with three subjects at level 4 including English and two elective subjects.
    Korea National College Scholastic Aptitude Test (CAST) should have a minimum score of 250
    France Completion of Diploma Baccalaureate
    Brazil Completion of one year of study at a recognised Institution of University Standing

    English Language Proficiency Test Scores at University of Waikato

    Test Score Required (UG) Score Required (PG)
    IELTS 6.0 6.5
    TOEFL IBT 80 90
    PTE 50 58
    CAE 169 176
    CPE 169 176

    University of Waikato Undergraduate Admissions

    University of Waikato offers more than 15 undergraduate degree programs in a range of subjects. Some of undergraduate courses offered at University of Waikato are Arts, Business, Communication, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Design, Education and more.

    Where to Apply: Apply online by creating MyWaikato Account

    Application Fee: Not required

    Admission Requirements: Following documents must be submitted by the applicant when applying for admission to undergraduate programs:

    • New Zealand University Entrance (UE) is the minimum requirement for admission
    • Official academic transcripts
    • Proof of meeting entrance requirements
    • Records of any previous tertiary studies
    • Statement of purpose in support of the application
    • Applicants above the age of 20 are eligible for special admission.

    Visa Process for International Students

    It is mandatory for all the international students to hold a valid student visa to study at University of Waikato. Students can apply for a visa online through the Immigration New Zealand website by paying an application fee of 330 NZD.

    A list of documents required to apply for a student visa to study in New Zealand is given below:

    • Identity proof
    • Health insurance
    • Character Certificate
    • Proof of financial documents to submit the tuition fee
    • Proof of travel insurance funds

    University of Waikato emails successful applicants after checking the application and supporting documents. Students will receive an Offer of Place which is a confirmation that the student has been accepted to the University. The offer will contain details of the qualifications the applicants will take and the start date. The paper selection window opens in the week before the semester starts where students are required to choose papers they will be studying in the first semester. The University confirms whether the applicant is eligible to study the choice of papers and sends a confirmation with the Enrolment Agreement.


    Ques. What should be the minimum score for TOEFL(Internet based) in Undergraduate Programs?

    Ans. It should be 80 with a writing score of 21, applicants can check on English tests.

    Ques. What is the mode of application?

    Ans. The mode of application is online by Online, through an Agent, study abroad Exchange, students can check on University website for more

    Ques. What is the International Tuition Cost?

    Ans. Students can check it on Tuition and cost.

    Ques. What is the application Fee?

    Ans.  Application Fee is not required.


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