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University of Waikato

  • SIZE> 12,000 students

  • AGEMature

  • STATUS Private


  • FOCUS Comprehensive


The University of Waikato is based in the city of Hamilton on New Zealand’s North Island. The university is made up of seven faculties and schools offering a wide range of subjects. In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, the University of Waikato is ranked within the top 200 for ten different subjects. The university is home to several specialized research facilities such as the Waikato DNA Sequencing Facility, the Waikato Mass Spectometry Facility, the Waikato Stable Isotope Unit, the Electron Microscope Facility and the Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Facility. Additional research facilities include the Wilf Malcolm Institute of Educational Research, the National Institute of Demographic and Economic Analysis, and the Institute for Business Research. The university campus is located on hectares of park-like grounds and features the Gallagher Academy for the Performing Arts, a student centre, a gym and several on-site swimming pools.

The University of Waikato has a student population of 12,500, including close to 2,000 international students representing over 70 countries. The university offers different types of scholarship and grant opportunities related to student groups such as secondary school leavers, postgraduate students, Maori students and adult students.

Our main campus in Hamilton is safe and welcome and set on park like grounds complete with accommodation, cafes, health services and access to regular public transport. We also have a satellite campus in Tauranga. Both cities are great places to be an international student, with a vibrant and welcoming student culture, many recreational activities to enjoy and amongst the strongest economic centres in the country. Hamilton is a short 1.5 hour drive to Auckland.  

The University of Waikato is widely regarded as a progressive and innovative university, which develops programmes to cater for the world’s changing environment.  Waikato has a broad range of subjects, courses and degrees, including conjoint degrees. We have a flexible degree structure so that you can build a programme to suit your interests and career plans. 

Our smaller class sizes provide students with one-on-one learning opportunities from our award-winning lectures. Students also have the opportunity to partake in practical learning and internships across all programmes. We have specifically designed masters programmes that can be completed in as little as 12 months full time.

Our University stands proudly on the world stage. Our rankings are a reflection of our strengths as a university. Our ability to challenge, inspire and prepare our students to be future-leaders. It is a recognition of our research that is tackling global issues. 

Ranked 338 in the QS world University rankings

We have ten subject areas ranked in the top 200 in the world by QS Rankings. 

•    Education

•    Computer Science and Info Systems

•    Economics and Econometrics

•    Law (101-150)

•    Linguistics

•    Accounting and Finance

•    Communications and Media Studies

•    Business and Management Studies

•    Geography

•    Sociology

This institute is rated 5 Stars based on 8 categories.
Specialist Criteria
  • 39.20
    Overall Score
  • 49.6
    Employer Reputation
  • 96.4
    International Faculty
  • 77.8
    International Students
  • 53.6
    Citations per Faculty
  • 58.9
    Arts and Humanities
  • 59.8
    Engineering and Technology
  • 70.1
    Social Sciences and Management
  • 63.90
    Overall Score
  • 66.7
    Academic Reputation
  • 78.5
    Citations per Paper
  • 43.8
    Employer Reputation
The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.

Number of academic faculty staff

In total

Number of students

Postgraduate 18%
Undergraduate 82%

Number of international students

Postgraduate 29%
Undergraduate 71%
The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.
The numbers, stats, stars and rankings data are provided by QS Intelligence Unit.

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