• The student centre at the University of Waikato. Photo credit: The University of WaikatoThe student centre at the University of Waikato. Photo credit: The University of Waikato
  • O-week at the University of Waikato. Photo credit: The University of WaikatoO-week at the University of Waikato. Photo credit: The University of Waikato
  • Student accommodation in College Hall. Photo credit: The University of WaikatoStudent accommodation in College Hall. Photo credit: The University of Waikato
  • Chilling out around campus. Photo credit: The University of WaikatoChilling out around campus. Photo credit: The University of Waikato

Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato

Set yourself up for where the world is going. Study at the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

The University of Waikato is a modern, innovative university with huge ambition. We know careers are changing and entirely new ones are being created. That’s why we offer flexible study options. Students can create their own individual study programmes to gain a unique set of skills and knowledge that will set them up for the future.

Our main campus is based in the city of Hamilton in New Zealand’s North Island and is home to 12,500 students, including around 2,000 international students from more than 70 countries. We are one of New Zealand’s leading research universities, made up of seven faculties and schools offering a wide range of subjects. We also have a satellite campus in Tauranga.

Students can choose to study a degree, a postgraduate qualification or a PhD at Waikato. Many international students choose to study at the University for one or two semesters as study abroad students and transfer the academic credits they have earned at Waikato towards their degree at their home university.

At the University of Waikato students gain a quality education that is recognised globally while at the same time enjoying a unique and full university experience in a country renowned for innovative thinking and a stunning natural environment.

Embracing Māori identity

The University of Waikato stands out from other universities because it embraces its strong Māori identity and heritage as key features of its distinctiveness.  The University is located in the homeland of the Waikato people and the Kīngitanga (the Māori King), and reaches out to the many iwi (tribes) of the North Island.

On campus, there are kaupapa Māori-related events held throughout the academic year for Māori and non-Māori students alike. All internationals students are welcomed to the campus at a pōwhiri (welcome) at Te Kohinga Mārama marae (meeting place) and will feel the influence of the Māori culture from the minute they step on the campus.

Quality education

Our institution stands proudly on the world stage in education, research and student experience.  Students can be confident that a University of Waikato qualification will set them up for where the world is going.

  • 401-500 band (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2016)
  • 87 out of the world’s 100 most international universities (Times Higher Education 2016)
  • Ten subject areas that have been ranked in the top 200 in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject 2015). These are: Education, computer science and information systems; economics and econometrics; law (101-150); linguistics; accounting and finance; communications and media studies; business and management studies; geography; and sociology.

Why Waikato is different

  • Our smaller class sizes provide students with one-on-one learning opportunities from our award-winning lecturers.
  • Students have the opportunity to take part in practical learning and internships across all programmes.
  • We have specifically designed masters’ programmes that can be completed in as little as 12 months’ of full time study.
  • Students can study on campus in Hamilton or Tauranga and most of our programmes are available to start in either March or July each year. There are also six-week condensed courses in November and January that can help students get ahead in their studies.
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