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University of Waikato

Location Hamilton Campus, Hamilton New Zealand
Ranking

# 331QS World University Rankings

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109Undergraduate programs

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139Postgraduate programs

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5QS stars

About University of Waikato

At the University of Waikato (Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato) we are committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio, providing a full and dynamic university experience, distinctive in character, and pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge.

As a student you will gain a globally recognised education and enjoy a unique experience in a country renowned for its stunning landscapes and innovative thinking. In our culture we celebrate our indigenous people, Māori, and their cultures and traditions are woven into various aspects of New Zealand life.

Through our strong connections with local, national and global industries, we create opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills in real work environments. Undergraduate students will benefit from hands-on work experience through our work-integrated learning papers which are a component of all undergraduate degrees.

Our Management School is world-class having achieved Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, international benchmarks of excellence in business education.

We understand that each student is unique so we offer flexible programmes and lots of support. You will enjoy the benefits of a smaller university where you will be known as an individual and nurtured throughout your time with us by our dedicated team of international student support advisors. Our two campuses are located in the cities of Hamilton and Tauranga which are New Zealand’s fourth and fifth largest cities respectively.

When asked, the overwhelming majority of current Waikato students recommended the university to others (according to the 2021 student barometer survey). The University of Waikato offers the perfect combination – quality education, a supportive academic environment and a beautiful friendly city which is easy to live in. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

About University of Waikato

At the University of Waikato (Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato) we are committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio, providing a full and dynamic university experience, distinctive in character, and pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge.

As a student you will gain a globally recognised education and enjoy a unique experience in a country renowned for its stunning landscapes and innovative thinking. In our culture we celebrate our indigenous people, Māori, and their cultures and traditions are woven into various aspects of New Zealand life.

Through our strong connections with local, national and global industries, we create opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills in real work environments. Undergraduate students will benefit from hands-on work experience through our work-integrated learning papers which are a component of all undergraduate degrees.

Our Management School is world-class having achieved Triple Crown Accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, international benchmarks of excellence in business education.

We understand that each student is unique so we offer flexible programmes and lots of support. You will enjoy the benefits of a smaller university where you will be known as an individual and nurtured throughout your time with us by our dedicated team of international student support advisors. Our two campuses are located in the cities of Hamilton and Tauranga which are New Zealand’s fourth and fifth largest cities respectively.

When asked, the overwhelming majority of current Waikato students recommended the university to others (according to the 2021 student barometer survey). The University of Waikato offers the perfect combination – quality education, a supportive academic environment and a beautiful friendly city which is easy to live in. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

University information

Education Facilities 

  • Dedicated student library with private study rooms computers
  • Computer labs (after hours access available)
  • Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts
  • University of Waikato Sports Science laboratory at the Avantidrome 
  • Adams Centre for High Performance (Tauranga)
  • Coastal Marine Field Station (Tauranga)


Student Support Facilities and Services

  • Student Centre with student administration services
  • Dedicated International Student Services Office
  • International Buddy Programme
  • Career Services - International Job-ready Day


Campus Facilities 

Recreation centre

Cafes and food shops

Banks 

Post Office

Chemist

Doctors

Hairdresser

Sports courts - tennis, basketball, cricket, squash

Total students

8,489

UG students

82%

PG students

18%

International students

3,134

UG students

67%

PG students

33%

Total faculty staff

595

Domestic staff

54%

Int'l staff

46%

Tuition fee and scholarships

Domestic Students

Tuition Fee/year

6,911 NZD

Tuition Fee (Out of State)

-

International Students

Tuition Fee/year

27,210 NZD

Other Expenses

-

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Rankings & ratings

University of Waikato is one of the top public universities in Hamilton , New Zealand. It is ranked #331 in QS World University Rankings 2023.

QS World University Rankings

  • 2012
    #374
  • 2014
    #401-410
  • 2015
    #401-410
  • 2016
    #=338
  • 2017
    #324
  • 2018
    #292
  • 2019
    #274
  • 2020
    #266
  • 2021
    #375
  • 2022
    #=373
  • 2023
    #331

Ranking criteria

32.3
Overall
18.4
Academic Reputation
13
Employer Reputation
12
Faculty Student Ratio
58.2
Citations per Faculty
99.1
International Faculty Ratio
88.7
International Students Ratio
56.8
International Research Network
54.2
Employment Outcomes
QS Stars is a rating system that helps you select the right university based on your interests. It provides a detailed look at an institution, identifying which universities rate highest in the specific topics that matter to you, like facilities, graduate employability, social responsibility, inclusiveness, and more.

Available programs

The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand’s leading research universities, made up of seven faculties offering a wide range of subjects. The University of Waikato is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio and is home to 12,500 students, including close to 2000 international students from more than 70 countries.

The university stands proudly on the world stage, ranked at 292 in the 2018 QS World University Rankings, with ten subjects ranked in the top 200. These rankings place the university among the top 1.1% in the world. Rankings are a reflection of Waikato’s strengths: the ability to challenge, inspire, and prepare students to be future leaders. 

Quality education

The University of Waikato is widely regarded as a progressive and innovative university that develops undergraduate programs to cater for the world’s changing environment. Waikato offers a broad range of subjects, courses and degrees, including conjoint degrees. Flexible degree structures allow students to build a program to suit their interests and career plans.

Waikato’s thirteen subject areas ranked in the top 300 in the world by QS Rankings:


Smaller class sizes provide students with more one-on-one learning opportunities from lecturers. Students also have the opportunity to partake in industry-related, practical learning and internships across all programs. 

As a research-intensive university with strong links to industry, the University of Waikato provides the ideal environment for postgraduate study, including specifically designed 180-point Masters programs that can be completed in as little as 12 months full time.

The University of Waikato is widely regarded as a progressive and innovative university, which develops Masters programs to cater for the world’s changing environment. Among its many strengths are its key research areas: cybersecurity, agribusiness, health and human performance, indigenous studies, and environment studies. The university’s world-class researchers collaborate with local and international research units and industry to continuously pioneer in these fields and allow postgraduate students the opportunity to partake in practical learning and internships.

The university understands the need for a balance between work and study, so flexible study options are available. The University of Waikato offers great student support, world-class facilities, a broad range of study options and industry placements to get people from anywhere in the world started in their chosen career or research field.

Whether changing careers, career path, or improving employability, the University of Waikato’s postgraduate degrees help people to achieve their goals and stand out in the workplace. University of Waikato students say that their university is one of the friendliest in the New Zealand. The university offers a range of services, so students will have a hassle-free study experience. Find out more about what’s on offer.

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