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University of Waikato

Te Whare Wananga o Waikato Gate 1 Knighton Road Hamilton View map
New Zealand
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Located in New Zealand’s North Island, the University of Waikato is ranked among theworld’s top 1.1% of universities. The University has campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga, and offers qualifications in abroad range of subjects –10 of which are recognised as being in the top 200 of their kind in the world.

The University has internationally recognised research capabilities and facilities across numerous disciplines. It delivers innovative and pioneering research and is successful in transferring its knowledge to business and government sectors. The University partners with industry, government, and other educational institutions, and continues to develop new research partnerships.

Whether a school leaver, postgraduate student, or adult student, the University of Waikato offers hundreds of scholarship and grant opportunities, enabling accessible education for all students. Many of its programmes provide the opportunity for students to participate in practical learning and internships with a clear focus on preparing industry-ready graduates.


The University has a student population of more than 12,500,including almost 2000 international students from more than 70 countries. At the main campus in Hamilton, students have access to on-and off-campus accommodation options, cafes, health services, an award-winning student centre, gym, a swimming pool and the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts, all on 65 hectares of park-like grounds with access to regular public transport. There is also a satellite campus in Tauranga, a shared space with a partnering institution, but the University is also building its own state-of-the-art campus in the heart of the coastal city. Both cities are great places to be a student, with a vibrant and welcoming student culture, many recreational activities to enjoy and amongst the strongest economic centres in the country. Hamilton is only a 1.5 hour drive from New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, and is central to many other North Island towns and beaches.

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


Post Office




Sports courts - tennis, basketball, cricket, squash

University Highlights

Total students - 9,763


International students - 2,541


Total faculty staff - 610


Total students - 9,763


International students - 2,541


Total faculty staff - 610



The Scholarships above offer some form of financial aid to prospective students. Please always check the specific requirements and restrictions on scholarship availability.
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English language requirements

This institution accepts IELTS!
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Please check the specific English language requirements for your chosen course with the university.