Not only is Waikato in the top 1.1% in the world in the latest QS world university rankings, but it is also conveniently located in Hamilton, the center of the North Island – the perfect place to go exploring from. Just a drive away, you can find beaches, thermal pools, hiking trails, glow worm caves, and middle-earth magic at Hobbiton. There is plenty of opportunity to balance study with exploring the best of what New Zealand has to offer. 

Students interested in indigenous studies or simply want to explore New Zealand’s vibrant indigenous culture of the Maori people will find nearby sites such as Ngaruawahia and Turangawaewae Marae particularly intriguing.


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Course Description

The University of Waikato is an innovative and student-focused university that offers small class sizes and a friendly, welcoming student community.

Students can choose from all areas of study at Waikato including Arts, Social Sciences, Management, Education, Science, Engineering, Computing & Mathematical Sciences, Law, Maori and Indigenous Studies, and Health. You can search for courses using the course finder.


Waikato’s Management School is internationally recognized as one of the best business schools in the world, with the prestigious Triple Crown (AACSB, EQUIS and AAMBA) accreditations. 

Waikato is the only institution with a full faculty in Maori and Indigenous Studies and is acknowledged as New Zealand’s premier school of indigenous issues.


The University of Waikato offers internship opportunities through InternNZ. Students are interviewed and placed before arriving on campus to study, allowing for their internship to begin early in their trimester abroad. Through the Study+Intern programme, students have the choice of whether they would like to gain academic credit for their internship or not. These opportunities are open to all majors -- as long as a student is eligible to do an exchange at Waikato (i.e., they are at least in their second year of study at university), then they are eligible for an internship.

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Amanda Ewert 703-504-9986 | Thank you for your interest in ISEP Study Abroad! I’m your Student Services Officer and main point of contact here at ISEP. As you search for programs, I’ll be available to answer any questions you might have. Feel free to contact me at any point in your search process for help, tips or advice.


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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Area Studies:

    Asian Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology:

    Animal Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Biometry/Biometrics Biophysics Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Microbiology and Immunology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Economics Finance International Business/Trade/Commerce Marketing

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Education Recommended!

    Elementary Education

  • Engineering: Recommended!

    Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Chinese Language and Literature French Language and Literature German Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • Hospitality and Tourism

    Tourism Management

  • Human Services

  • Law/Criminal Justice Recommended!

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics Recommended!

  • Natural Resources/Conservation

    Environmental Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • Psychology

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    Anthropology Family and Consumer Sciences Geography Political Science and Government Sociology Work and Family Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Art Studies Film Studies Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other Graphic Design Music Pedagogy Music Performance Music Technology Music Theory and Composition Technical Theatre Design and Technology Voice and Opera

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 79
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 20
  • IELTS Score: 6
  • IELTS Writing Score: 6
  • IELTS Reading Score: 6
  • IELTS Listening Score: 6
  • IELTS Speaking Score: 6
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS for the following universities: American University of Sharjah

Special Application Instructions

Audition may be rquired for music applicants.

Special Needs Support

  • Mental Health
  • Mobility
  • Hearing
  • Visual
  • Speech
  • Learning

Other Academic Conditions

PASSPORT: All students must have a valid passport to participate in this program. If you do not have a valid passport, we suggest you start the application process as soon as possible.

VISA/RESIDENCE PERMIT: Most students attending this program will be required to obtain a visa/residence permit. For more information on the process and estimated cost, please review the ISEP Country Handbook here.

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