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University of Waikato, New Zealand



City Information

Waikato is nestled in to the North of New Zealand and generously offers both urban and rural scenery. The upper North Island region of Waikato was named after the longest river in New Zealand. Surrounded by rural landscapes, lush forests, and interesting towns and cities, this is an area offering a trove of great attractions. If you’re a die-hard Tolkien fan, the Hobbiton movie set in Matamata needs no introduction. A quick drive from Auckland or Hamilton is all it takes to access this wonderful recreation of Middle Earth, where you’ll get to see the original Hobbit holes that were used in the making of the films. The water sport options on the mighty Waikato River are also a must. Winding its way through the region, the Waikato River is the longest in New Zealand, and it offers great kayaking, cruising, trout fishing and jet boating, particularly on its picturesque hydro lakes such as Lake Karapiro.


University Information

The University of Waikato is a consistent climber in the most prestigious international rankings. It has risen 127 places in the QS World University Rankings in five years, and the latest Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked Waikato as third equal in New Zealand. It has a student body of just under 10,000 including 1,599 international students and 2.344 Māori students, the largest Māori student population in New Zealand.

Additional Information

Please note, we have taken the estimated cost of living below from the partners website as a guide but it is important to do your own research too. You will also need to consider other potential additional costs such as VISAs, flights and health insurance too. You can find out more about what additional costs you should consider via our funding page, here.

Summary Table

Competitiveness Less competitive
Minimum Academic Average needed for Year Abroad 60%
Number of places open for semester abroad N/A
Number of places open for year abroad 3
Number of places open for summer abroad N/A
Semester Abroad only: Do UK Students Need a Visa? Yes
Total estimated cost per semester in local currency
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$4700 per semester.
City type Medium city (100 k – 499 k)
Campus Type(s) Suburban
Where do exchange students normally live? University halls of residence
Are exchange students guaranteed a place in University halls of residence? Yes
Which UoL semester would a student normally spend at this partner? Full academic year
Term Dates

Semester 1: July to November

Semester 2: February to June

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