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University of Waikato

We’re committed to ensuring students have an enjoyable and rewarding academic experience at Waikato, no matter how long or short their time with us. They’ll be studying at a world-ranked university along with 12,500 students, including over 1500 international students. When asked, the overwhelming majority of current Waikato students recommended the university to others*.

Our papers (courses) are built with theoretical and practical components to enable you to get the best possible experience at University. Our programmes are industry-relevant and offer smaller class sizes, providing plenty of opportunity for students to work closely with award-winning lecturers while being supported by experienced tutors. Almost all courses are open to study abroad students, making it easy to get the credits you need. Come and experience Waikato for yourself and become part of the friendly, welcoming Waikato community.

*According to the 2022 student barometer survey


  • New Zealand

Top choice for

Location, Cost, Experience


  • Hamilton
  • Tauranga

Campus location

Main campus

Other campuses

Language prerequisites


united-kingdom (2)

CEFR level


Accepted certificates

IELTS, TOEFL, others (see additional notes)

Additional notes

IELTS (Academic)
6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5)

iBT (internet-based) TOEFL
80 with a score of 21 in writing

iBT (home-based) TOEFL
80 with a score of 21 in writing

C2 Proficiency (formally known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE))
169 and no bands below 162

Language Cert International ESOL (LRWS)
B2 Communicator with 33-37 score per skill

NCUK English for Academic Purposes
Minimum C grade average with no lower than D in all components. Some programmes have additional entry requirements. For further details, visit our dedicated NCUK information page.

New Zealand Certificate in English Language (NZCEL)
Level 4 (Academic)

Michigan English Test (formally known as Michigan Language Assessment Battery (MELAB))
Minimum score of 54

Pearson PTE Academic
Overall score of 46 with no Band less than 36

Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English (ISE)
II with distinction in all four components

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Some useful info

Number of students


Founding year


Semester fees

13520 NZD

Acceptance rate



On campus

Accommodation details

Accommodation is guaranteed for international students (as long as you apply before the deadline).

Living on campus provides the ultimate Kiwi student experience – it’s a great way to meet new people and immerse yourself in student life. Plus, you’re never more than a 10 minute walk from class.
If you’re looking to improve your English or want a home away from home, try a homestay and live with a New Zealand family.

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Fall semester application deadline

May 1, 2024

Spring semester application deadline

December 1, 2023

Cost of living

2600 NZD/month

Major expenses

(Note that you would choose either the fully catered accommodation OR self catered + meals)

  • Accommodation (fully catered) 1830 NZD (includes all meals) OR Accommodation (self-catered) 1045 NZD
  • Meals 600 NZD
  • Textbooks and stationery 110 NZD
  • Personal expenses and university trips 500 NZD

Plus, a return international airfare usually costs around 3200 NZD (depending on the destination)

Visa and immigration

Done online through Immigration New Zealand.
Typically, the best visa for freemover students is the Fee Paying Student Visa.

Social and extracurricular activities

Our campus culture is friendly and relaxed. Experience market days by the lake, DJs and live music on the Village Green, and meet friends at one of our on-campus cafés. Join a diverse student community with students from more than 85 countries and feel at home in no time.

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Financial support


Unfortunately, there is no financial support offered at this institution


Why choose University of Waikato?

• Central location easily accessible to many of the amazing experiences New Zealand has on offer

• Lower cost of living than larger cities

• Beautiful campus with plenty of green spaces, trees, art murals, lakes, and cultural spaces

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