• 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

The University of Waikato is a modern, innovative university with huge ambition. At Waikato, students gain a globally recognised education and enjoy a unique student experience in a country renowned for its stunning landscapes and innovative thinking. Through our strong connections with local and global industries, we create opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills in real world situations.

The University’s main campus is in the city of Hamilton in New Zealand’s North Island. The campus is home to more than 12,000 students, including some 2,000 international students from more than 80 different countries.

The University of Waikato has eight faculties and schools offering a wide range of subjects. We also have a campus in Tauranga. Students can choose to study an undergraduate (bachelors) degree, a postgraduate qualification or a PhD at the University.

Many international students choose to study at with us for just one or two semesters as study abroad students and transfer the academic credits they have earned at Waikato back towards their degree at their home university.

Embracing Māori

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 in the homeland of the Waikato people and the Kingitanga (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 international students are welcomed to the campus at a powhiri (welcome) at Te Kohinga Marama marae (meeting place) and will feel the influence of the Māori culture from the moment they step on to campus.

Quality education

Waikato researchers are helping address key global issues and as great educators, they are passing their skills and knowledge on to future leaders.

  • Ranked 274 in the world (QS World University Rankings 2018), an improvement of 127 places within five years.
  • Ranked 92 in the world for research quality and impact (QS World University Rankings 2018).
  • Thirteen subject areas ranked in the top 300 in the world by the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018.

Why Waikato is different

Our small class sizes provide students with one-on-one learning opportunities from award-winning lecturers. Students have the chance to take part in practical learning and internships across all programmes. Students can study on campus in Hamilton or Tauranga and programmes are available to start in late February or July each year. Six-week condensed courses are also offered, in January and November, that can help students get ahead in their studies.

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