PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS  

• Take in the natural beauty Hamilton, a city nestled between rolling green hills and New Zealand’s longest river, known for its scenic diversity and myriad of activities available for adventure seekers and outdoor lovers. 

• Enroll in top-ranked programs in Business (their Business School is ranked one of the best in the world with the “triple crown” of accreditations: AACSB, EQUIS and AAMBA), Computer Science, Screen and Media Studies, and more. 

• Thrive in a supportive environment at a university with small class sizes and an international buddy program to help students connect with Kiwi friends. 

• Develop professional skills and lifelong relationships while getting involved in community engagement opportunities such as volunteering or interning for local non-profit organizations. 

LIFE ABROAD  

Experience the natural and cultural beauty of New Zealand in a close-knit campus environment while surrounded by breath-taking views in a region that is a paradise for biodiversity and thrill-seekers! 

LIVE 

Develop a lifestyle that balances academic and social life while living in a centrally located residence hall on campus. The small size of the accommodation allows opportunities to foster meaningful relationships with a tight-knit community of peers and residence hall staff. 

DINE 

Prepare meals in a shared kitchenette with new friends in your shared living space from all over the world. Explore the local food scene by trying some local staples like fish and chips, hand pies, and New Zealand lamb kabobs! Optional add on is available for those interested in living in a student residence with a catered meal plan.  

EXPERIENCE 

Join the International Buddy Program to make friends with Waikato students who can help with navigating life in New Zealand and on campus. Visit top attractions through optional excursions coordinated by The International Excursions to Hobbiton, a local marae, and hiking around the region! 

EXPLORE 

Soak in the beauty that surrounds Waikato by heading to Raglan Beach to learn how to surf or take a stroll through the picturesque Hamilton Gardens with features spanning multiple eras. Visit ecological wonders just outside of the city to see living dinosaurs at Sanctuary Mountain, or glow worms in the Waitomo caves! Watch a rugby game after class to learn about the haka, a ceremonial Māori dance made world famous by the All Blacks rugby team as their pre-game ritual! Don’t forget to add hiking Wairere Falls to the travel bucket list to see the best views Waikato has to offer. 

INTERNSHIP 

The University of Waikato offers internship opportunities through InternNZ where students have the option to earn academic credit while developing invaluable cross-cultural professional skills and gaining hands-on experience. Students of all fields of study are eligible to intern abroad on this program who are in their second year at a university or further along in their degree plan.  

VOLUNTEER  

Waikato coordinates volunteer opportunities at local non-profits through the campus Employability Plus Programme.  

What We Love About the University of Waikato 

University of Waikato values being an experiential-learning focused institution that is home to an engaged and tight-knit international community! University of Waikato is the perfect fit for those seeking opportunities in a country with a vast range of easily- accessible outdoor adventures beyond the classroom! 

View the estimated ISEP Direct budget and expenses.

Program Website

Course Description

The University of Waikato is an innovative and student-focused university that offers small class sizes with a focus on hands-on learning. Students can choose from courses in any of their seven schools (faculties), with top-ranked programs in Business (their Business School ranked one of the best in the world with the “triple crown” of accreditations:  AACSB, EQUIS and AAMBA), Computer Science, Screen and Media studies and Linguistics. Other unique areas of focus include: Mathematical Sciences, Law, and Maori and Indigenous studies, and Health.  The chart below reflects some of the more popular classes ISEP students have taken in past.  Use it to get started on planning your own program at U of Waikato. 

Credits Earned 

Students who complete the program in good standing can expect to earn 60 points.

If you use financial aid, please speak with a qualified financial aid advisor to understand your academic obligations and the requirements for using financial aid. 

Sample Classes Available: 

 
 
 
 
 
 

Education 

 
 
 
 

Engineering 

 
 
 
 

Law/Criminal Justice 

 
 
 
 

Mathematics 

 
 
 
 

Social Sciences 

 
 
 
 

Learning and Development Across the Lifespan 

 
 

Fluid Mechanics 

 
 

Introduction to New Zealand Law and Society 

 
 

Practical Data Science 

 
 

Social Science Theory and Action 

 
 
 
 

Hauarahi Matauranga Māori: Historical and Contemporary Approaches to Māori Education 

 
 

Electromagnetics and Machines 

 
 

Jurisprudence 

 
 

Principles of Probability and Statistics 

 
 

Intersectionalities: Identities and Inequalities 

 
 
 
 

Te Hononga Tangata Cultural Dimensions of Education 

 
 

Design of Smart Systems 

 
 

Dispute Resolution 

 
 

Differential Equations and Modelling 

 
 

Critical Feminism and the Prison State 

 
 
 
 

Evidence Based Practice in Māori Education 

 
 

Engineering and Business 

 
 

Law and Bioethics 

 
 

Logic and Computation 

 
 

Addressing Precarity: A Global Perspective

Website for Course Availability

ISEP STUDENT SERVICES OFFICER Honorah Maggio 703-504-9989 | hmaggio@isep.org Thanks 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.

University of Waikato

The University of Waikato is an innovative and student-focused university that offers small class sizes and a friendly, welcoming student community. Our orientation week will make you feel right at...

Academics

Undergraduate
(in English)

*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:

    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:

    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: Recommended!

    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:

    Hospitality Management Tourism Management

  • Human Services:

    Public Administration Social Work

  • International/Global Studies

    International Relations and Affairs

  • Law/Criminal Justice: Recommended!

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

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

    Humanities

  • Mathematics Recommended!

    Statistics

  • Natural Resources/Conservation:

    Environmental Science Land Use Planning Marine Resources Management Sustainability Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

    Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences:

    Chemistry Geology/Earth Science Hydrology and Water Resources Science Physics

  • Psychology:

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

  • Social Sciences: Recommended!

    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

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

Audition may be required for music applicants.

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.

Special Needs Support

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

Graduate
(in English)

Fields of Study

  • Biology

  • Business

  • Communication

  • Computer and Information Sciences

  • Engineering

  • English Language and Literature

  • Foreign Languages and Literatures

  • History

  • Hospitality and Tourism

  • International/Global Studies

  • Language and Culture

  • Law/Criminal Justice

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • Mathematics

  • Natural Resources/Conservation

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Psychology

  • 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

Students are required to submit an internal application following their placement which is required of the host institution. Instructions will be sent by the ISEP Host Coordinator by email. 

Audition may be required for music applicants.

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.

Special Needs Support

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

Other Academic Conditions

Programs are called “qualifications” in New Zealand and a program area of focus is called a “specialization”.  Classes are called both “courses” and “papers”.  Most papers (classes) are worth 15 points (credits) per semester.  Students can expect to spend 10 hours per week attending lectures and required discussions, completing readings and assignments. 

University of Waikato follows the Southern Hemisphere calendar. When searching for courses, be sure to search for courses using the correct parameters: A Trimester is February to June; B Trimester is July to November. 

If you are considering studying for a full-year in New Zealand, you should consider starting your program at the beginning of UWaikato’s academic year in February. 

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