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, which includes Arts, Social Sciences, Management, Education, Science, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Engineering, 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

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University of Waikato

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*This program is OK for Sophomores

Fields of Study

  • Agriculture:

    Agricultural Business Operations Animal Sciences Soil Sciences

  • Area Studies:

    Area Studies, Other Asian Studies Chinese Studies Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other French Studies Gay/Lesbian Studies Japanese Studies Multicultural and Diversity Studies Pacific Rim Studies Women’s Studies

  • Biology: Recommended!

    Anatomy Animal Physiology Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Biomathematics, Bioinformatics, and Computational Biology Biometry/Biometrics Botany/Plant Biology Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Marine Biology and Biological Oceanography Marine Sciences Microbiology and Immunology Zoology/Animal Biology

  • Business: Recommended!

    Accounting Business Communications Business Management Business Statistics E-Commerce Economics Entrepreneurship Finance Human Resources Management International Business/Trade/Commerce Labor and Industrial Relations Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management Management Information Systems Marketing Organizational Behavior Studies Organizational Leadership

  • Communication:

    Advertising Digital Communication and Media Intercultural Communication Mass Communication/Media Studies Public Relations Radio and Television Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences:

    Artificial Intelligence Computer Applications Programming Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications Informatics Web Page/Multimedia Design

  • Education: Recommended!

    Adult and Continuing Education Curriculum and Instruction Early Childhood Education Educational Leadership and Administration Educational/Instructional Technology Elementary Education Physical Education Teaching and Coaching Reading Teacher Education Secondary Education Special Education

  • Engineering:

    Chemical Engineering Civil Engineering Computer Engineering Computer Software Engineering Electrical and Electronics Engineering Environmental Engineering Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature:

    American Literature (United States) English Literature (British and Commonwealth) General Literature Professional/Technical Writing Rhetoric and Composition Writing

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures:

    Chinese Language and Literature French Language and Literature Japanese Language and Literature Linguistics Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Sciences:

    Health and Wellness Nutrition Sciences

  • History:

    American History (United States) Ancient Studies/Civilizations Asian History European History History, Other

  • Hospitality and Tourism: Recommended!

    Hospitality Management Tourism Management

  • Human Services:

    Public Administration Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice:

    Business Law International Business, Trade, and Tax Law International Law Legal Studies Pre-Law Studies

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences


  • Mathematics


  • Natural Resources/Conservation: Recommended!

    Environmental Science Land Use Planning Marine Resources Management Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies


  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Hydrology and Water Resources Science Physics

  • Psychology: Recommended!

    Behavioral Sciences Clinical Psychology Cognitive Psychology and Psycholinguistics Counseling Psychology Developmental and Child Psychology Industrial and Organizational Psychology

  • Social Sciences:

    Anthropology Cartography/GIS Family and Consumer Sciences Geography Human Development and Family Studies Political Science and Government Sociology Urban Studies Work and Family Studies

  • Sports Studies:

    Kinesiology and Exercise Science Sport and Fitness Management Sports Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts:

    Art History Art Studies Cinematography and Film Production Dance Design and Visual Communications Directing and Theatrical Production Drama and Theatre Arts 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: 2.75 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 required for music applicants.

Special Needs Support

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

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Fields of Study

  • Biology Recommended!

  • Business Recommended!

  • Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences Recommended!

  • Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • History

  • Hospitality and Tourism Recommended!

  • International/Global Studies

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Mathematics

  • Natural Resources/Conservation Recommended!

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Psychology Recommended!

  • Social Sciences

  • Visual and Performing Arts

Academic Requirements

  • U.S. GPA: 3 or higher
    *accepts lower GPA with explanation
  • TOEFL iBT Score: 90
  • TOEFL Writing Score: 22
  • IELTS Score: 6.5
  • IELTS Writing Score: 6
  • LPR accepted as alternate to TOEFL or IELTS for the following universities: American University of Sharjah

Special Application Instructions

Audition may be required 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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