University of Waikato: Hamilton - Direct Enrollment & Exchange

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Overview Established in 1964, the University of Waikato is spread over a beautifully landscaped 68 hectare campus, a short distance from the centre of Hamilton and is home to more than 13,000 students including close to 2,200 international student... read more

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I learned how to find similarities between me and people who grew up in a very different place. I learned how to navigate difficult situations and to roll with the punches when necessary. It was worthwhile. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
While the academic rigor is lighter than it is at Middlebury, studying abroad in New Zealand gives one a different kind of education. New Zealand is a great place to start traveling. The landscape is incredible, it's relatively small, it's very safe, people are helpful, and everyone speaks English. I feel like I returned from Ne... - Middlebury College View Entire Review
It was definitely worthwhile. I met so many people who I would have never met if I had not gone and got to see and do so many things that I would have never done otherwise. - Lebanon Valley College View Entire Review
I learned to take things slowly, appreciate the things I have even more. The people of New Zealand are simple; they don't need a lot to keep them happy. Being able to spend time with their friends and family over a good meal is enough for them. Being from Hawai'i has exposed me to many different cultures, but the Maori culture i... - Chapman University View Entire Review
Everyday in class was "how can I use this thinking towards my own culture and learning" It really was an eye opener and inspiring. My future plans are still "in the works" but that thirst for traveling & being introduced to new cultures has only grown. - University of Hawaii - Manoa View Entire Review
Yes, I went with a purpose to find myself and experience something new and I'm glad that I stuck to my guns and never held back - University of Hartford View Entire Review
I learned how to travel, how to live on my own, and how to improvise. I feel like the experience helped me grow up a lot, while also being extremely liberating. - Middlebury College View Entire Review
Studying abroad was very worthwhile. I gained independence that I thought didn't exist. I also learned what it feels like to be an international student. It's hard, it relates me to the international students at my home school and I now want to make them feel like this is their home too. - Longwood University View Entire Review
There are several differences that throw you off, like their shop times and such, but the benefits academically and culturally make it well worth while. If you are an outdoors kind of person and are interested by and respect indigenous groups you will love it here. The people are all very friendly and inviting. New Zealand as a... - St. Cloud State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with University of Waikato: Hamilton - Direct Enrollment & Exchange
This being my first time abroad, helped me realize how much stereotype is out there in the world. Being a Hmong Asian American while living in New Zealand was hard to teach and explain to everyone about my culture. Being from an ethnicity that doesn't have a home country is hard to explain. Growing up and living in the States, i... - University of Minnesota - Twin Cities View Entire Review
I gained a different perspective in education and life, especially Maori and it is related to Hawaiian. I feel a greater appreciation of being Hawaiian and in whole, Polynesian. My academic interests now focuses more towards a Maori/indigenous perspective, keeping in mind my Hawaiian background. I plan to obtain my PhD from W... - University of Hawaii - Manoa View Entire Review


Overview Established in 1964, the University of Waikato is spread over a beautifully landscaped 68 hectare campus, a short distance from the centre of Hamilton and is home to more than 13,000 students including close to 2,200 international students from over 70 countries. The University has a distinctive New Zealand character derived from our region. Waikato is Māori name meaning “flowing water”, a name we share with New Zealand’s longest river and our home province. The Māori character of the campus is an important aspect of the University of Waikato's identity. The University of Waikato is committed to research excellence. In the latest nationwide research rankings, Waikato ranked #1 in New Zealand in the following subjects: accounting and finance; chemistry; communication and media studies; computer science, information technology and information sciences; ecology, evolution and behaviour; general business; human resources; industrial relations; international business; management; molecular, cellular and whole organisms biology; pure and applied mathematics; music, literary arts and other arts. Campus life Waikato has the most beautiful campus in the country. All our first-class facilities are in one convenient location, re-enforcing our strong sense of community. Students find Waikato has a laid-back and easy atmosphere. Students meet for coffee by the lakes, chill out on the lawns or play touch rugby on the fields. Waikato boasts a huge range of sporting opportunities on campus. Endowed with the largest sports fields of any university in New Zealand and other great sporting and recreational facilities such as the Olympic pool and UniRec Centre, Waikato is the place to be if sport is a big part of your life. Waikato University is at the heart of adventure country. Raglan and the southern hemisphere's best left-hand break are just 40 minutes away, while the Coromandel and Bay of Plenty have some of the country's most beautiful beaches. Waikato is the closest university to Whakapapa's ski resorts, and there are forests, lakes and thermal hot pools within an easy drive of campus. South Waikato has awesome mountain biking, rock climbing and motor sport courses, while adrenalin junkies can opt for jet boating, quad biking or some of the best white water rafting in the country. Taupo is famous for its extreme activities like bungee jumping, skydiving and wakeboarding. University clubs cater for all of these activities, making it easy to have a go at something new. 

Study Abroad Program As a Study Abroad student you can enrol at the University of Waikato for one or two semesters and credit study to your home degree. You can apply privately, through a study abroad agency, or through your home institution, should that institution have a study abroad agreement with the University of Waikato.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology
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