University of Waikato

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University of Waikato

The University of Waikato - the forward-thinking, flexible New Zealand University where you can be more, do more and achieve more in the world. The University of Waikato is an extensive university. The university's main campus is in HamiltonNew Zealand, and was established in 1964. The University of Waikato provides a strong, research-led global contribution in the disciplines of educationsocial sciences, and management and is an innovator in environmental sciencemarine and freshwater ecologyengineering, and computer science. It offers degrees in HealthEngineering, computer sciencemanagementMāori and Indigenous Studiesthe ArtsPsychologySocial Sciences, and Education. The University of Waikato will provide you with the foundational knowledge and experience you need to achieve your career and life goals. With a focus on academic excellence and innovation, the student will become part of a group known for making a big difference in the world around them.The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a top-notch education and research portfolio. With around 13,000 students and 1,500 staff, the University of Waikato offers an extraordinary and productive university experience.


In the mid-1950s, regional and national leaders recognized the need for a new university and urged the then University of New Zealand (UNZ) and the Government to establish one in Hamilton. In 1960, the newly established Hamilton Teachers’ College, joined by a fledgling university (initially a branch of the University of Auckland), opened a joint campus at Ruakura.In 1964, the two institutions moved to their new home, and the following year the University of Waikato was officially opened by then Governor-General Sir Bernard Fergusson. In 1969 a School of Science was established. This was followed by the creation of the Waikato Management School in 1972,] Computer Science and Computing Services in 1973, and the School of Law in 1990. The Centre for Māori Studies and Research was established in the School of Social Sciences in 1972. A separate School of Māori and Pacific Development was formally established in 1996 and 2016, In 1999, the original Schools of Humanities and Social Sciences were merged to form the School of Arts and Social Sciences.In 2018 the University was restructured which resulted in its Schools and Faculties being brought under four Divisions and a School; Division of Arts, Law, Psychology and Social Sciences, Division of Education, Division of Health, Engineering and Computer Sciences, Waikato Management School, and the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies. Although the University has had a presence in Tauranga since the 1990s.In November 2020, the University also opened a new algal research and aquaculture facility in Sulphur Point.


The University of Waikato have three unique campuses at the University of Waikato, Each campus has quality in their facilities and services student will have access to during their studies.Hamilton campus- Enjoy the vibrant student atmosphere at our Hamilton campus, offering a range of cafes, on-campus accommodation, and cutting-edge learning facilities.Tauranga campus- University of Waikato’s Tauranga campus in the heart of the CBD adds to the current range of qualifications and combines beautiful beaches, a relaxed lifestyle, and world-class university study.Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC)- Gain a University of Waikato qualification while living and studying in China at Zhejiang University City College (ZUCC).


Out of 1117 institutions from 94 countries, the University of Waikato ranked in the 101-200 bracket overall, and within the top 100 institutions against two of the SDGs assessed.Decent Work and Economic Growth (SDG 8), rank: 35 (up 27 places since 2020)Reduced Inequalities (SDG 10), rank: 57,The University of Waikato is committed to using the power of our research and our people to make a significant, positive contribution on both a local and global scale.

World University Rankings 2022

The latest THE World University Rankings places us in the 401-500 band. The rankings are based on teaching, research, citations, industry outcomes, innovation, and international outlook. The 2019 International Student meter surveyed over 160,000 international students studying all over the world. More than 90% of the students surveyed who studied at the University of Waikato were satisfied with their experience.

University of Waikato USP

The University of Waikato has a strong focus on preparing students for their chosen field of work. All students are required to participate in work-integrated learning to complement their academic knowledge. This experience and connection with industry set up each student for their career after university. Students learn from award-winning lecturers and researchers who are committed to delivering you a world-class, innovative education. Keep up to date with `latest research projects. The University of Waikato is an internationally recognized university, with many of our subjects ranked highly in the 2021 QS World University Subject Rankings and a 5-star rating.


  • Kevin Bowler, CEO, My Food Bag
  • Liz Coutts ONZM, Professional Director
  • Judge Craig Coxhead, Māori Land Court Judge and Chief Justice of Niue
  • Tania Te Rangingangana Simpson,  Professional Director
  • Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern, 40th Prime Minister of New Zealand
  • Jan Zijderveld, former CEO of Avon Products and Europe President at Unilever
  • Vittoria Shortt, CEO ASB Bank
  • Kevin Bowler, CEO My Food Bag

University of Waikato Programs, Courses

Accounting, Adult Learning, Agribusiness, Animal Behaviour, Anthropology, Applied Computing, Applied Digital Communication, Applied Linguistics, Applied Physics, Aquaculture, Artificial Intelligence, Arts Education, Behaviour Analysis, Biochemistry, Biological Sciences, Business Analytics, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Esports, Ethics, Finance and Cultures, International Management, International Relations and Security Studies, Japanese and many more…


The University of Waikato and its partners offer a range of scholarships and awards to assist students with fees and living expenses and to support academic and research excellence. To search their database to find a scholarship or award that is right for you, use the filters on the page.

In addition to the scholarships listed the University of Waikato also have academic-led research project funding for masters and doctoral studies, as well as external opportunities offered by other funders that support most levels of study.

Student Services and Activities

The Student Centre is located at the heart of our Hamilton campus and houses two libraries, student advisers, computer labs, and group study rooms. The Hub is located on Level 1 of our Tauranga campus and is home to our Student Service team, who can help you with questions from enrolment to graduation. At Waikato, there are a plethora of student tools to help guide you through your university life. Waikato Students have access to WSU advocacy services. This service is free and independent from the university. Promoting equality of opportunity and furthering social inclusion, the university provides support to those who identify as LGBTIQ+. Medical services are available 24/7 throughout all the campuses

Accommodation & Club Activities

WSU supports more than 60 clubs on the Hamilton campus, there is something for everyone. There’s a club for almost every sport, political group, cultural pursuit, academic area, and special interest one could want to be part of. And if don’t, University is open to helping you start a new one! At Tauranga Campus, we have a small number of clubs that continue to grow each year. If you can't find a club you're interested in, WSU can help you start a new one!

Hamilton Accommodation

With three halls of residence, apartments, cottages, studios, and units, we have a range of options for all Hamilton students, from undergraduate to postgraduate.

Tauranga Accommodation

For students studying at our Tauranga campus, you can stay in brand new, self-catered university accommodation in the heart of the city.

Summer Accommodation

In Hamilton, we have three different summer accommodation options available for students studying over the summer months.

Flatting & Private Rentals

Flatting and renting can be confusing. Find tips and advice for flatting and renting here.


Homestay is where you stay with a New Zealand family and learn more about the local culture. This is a great option for international students who want to improve their conversational English.

University of Waikato Programs

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University of Waikato Application Requirements


IELTS score requirements

A strong proficiency in the English language is essential for admission into universities in New Zealand. To be able to get a successful admission in University of Waikato in New Zealand students need to complete IELTS with a minimum score of 6.

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University of Waikato Cost of studies


Bachelors: $23,260 - $32,455 
Fees may vary for each program. Please visit program page for specific fees.

University of Waikato Deadlines

1 May 2018, 1 September 2018

Deadlines may vary for each program. Please visit the program page for specific deadlines.   

University of Waikato Rankings


US News
701 -800
401 -500
Times Higher Education
GTU Rank


New Zealand
US News
6 -7


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