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The University of Waikato

Established:  1964

Location:  Hamilton and Tauranga

Student population:  12,000

The University of Waikato stands proudly on the world stage as a provider of future-focused, international education. Through our strong connections with local, national and global industries, we create opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills in real work environments.

Our 11 faculties and schools cover a wide range of subjects including arts and humanities; sciences; engineering; management; health and sport; education; Indigenous studies and law. We offer students a variety of qualifications, from undergraduate degrees to postgraduate diplomas, masters and higher degrees by research. Our faculties and schools combine world-class research with state-of-the-art facilities and forward-thinking teaching. Waikato Management School is a member of an elite group of business schools worldwide to have earned Triple Crown accreditation from Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB); Association of MBAs (AMBA) and EFMD Quality Improvement System (EQUIS).

Everything you need to know


Work-ready graduates


With over 2,000 internships and industry placements available, Waikato students are exceptionally well-prepared for employment after graduation. We have staff across the University dedicated to finding work placements for our students.

A range of papers at both undergraduate and postgraduate level include internship and industry experience components. The University maintains close links with many businesses and organisations willing to host students during their studies.

The ideal location


The University of Waikato main campus is in Hamilton, a vibrant and multicultural city immersed in Māori culture, and home to around 165,000 people. Set on the banks of the Waikato River, Hamilton and the surrounding areas offer world-class bike trails, surf beaches and restaurants.

Our new campus is in Tauranga, a city of around 125,000 people some 80 minutes drive from Hamilton. The cosmopolitan city of Tauranga is well known for its blue skies, warm climate, beautiful beaches and relaxed lifestyle. The Waikato campus in Tauranga is a multipurpose space where students, researchers, industry and the community can work together in the heart of what is the fastest growing region in New Zealand.

As well as a great lifestyle and world-class education, our region has one of New Zealand’s largest and most varied economies. Waikato is part of New Zealand’s ‘Golden Triangle’, an area bound by Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga that makes up over half of the country’s gross domestic product and supports more than 50% of all jobs in New Zealand.

A supportive environment


Our students tell us that we are one of the friendliest and most supportive universities in New Zealand. Our dedicated staff will provide the advice and support you need to ensure your time here is successful. Our International Student Services team is available throughout your time at the University. This dedicated team organise orientations for all new students and oversee insurance, visa renewals, student events and our student buddy programme.


Why Study at Waikato?


Internationally recognised:
The University of Waikato is a strong performer in prestigious international rankings. Waikato Management School is one of only 100 worldwide to receive Triple Crown Accreditation.

The Waikato experience:
Our campuses are bursting with life and energy. With small class sizes, great access to lecturers, affordable living, a wide range of support services and dozens of student clubs to choose from, your student experience will be both dynamic and distinctive.

Our flexible degree structures mean you can study a broad range of subjects and shape a qualification that matches your academic strengths and career interests.

We believe in rewarding success, which is why every year we offer hundreds of scholarships to help students to fund study and study-related expenses. Scholarships of up to NZ$20,000 are available to international students starting
at the University of Waikato.

Teaching excellence:
Our students learn from award-winning lecturers and world-leading researchers who are committed to delivering a world-class, innovative education.

Industry ready:
Each year, we offer 2,000 industry placements and internships. Whether you are an undergraduate or postgraduate student, our partnerships and networks offer you a unique opportunity to embed yourself in local or international organisations as part of your learning experience.