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University of Waikato, New Zealand
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.
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.
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|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)|
|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|
Semester 1: July to November
Semester 2: February to June
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