University of Waikato

New Zealand


The University of Waikato dates back to 1960 when the Hamilton Teachers’ College was established and the university itself was founded in 1964. It merged with the Teachers’ College in 1990. The university’s main campus is in Hamilton with an additional campus in Tauranga. There are currently just over 13,000 students including more than 1,700 international students from around the world.

Waikato is ranked 331st in the QS World University Rankings 2023 and is in the top 300 by subject for 9 different subjects. These include Accounting & Finance, Education, English Language & Literature, Geography, Law, Philosophy and Sociology. It has also been given an overall rating of 5 QS Stars for its research quality and commitment to making a positive contribution.

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International students at the University of Waikato can choose to be a part of a Buddy Programme. This pairs them with an existing student who can guide them through life in New Zealand and at the university.

Hamilton is a great place to experience the best of New Zealand with beaches just an hour away by car, ski slopes three hours drive away and Auckland also within an easy car journey. Meanwhile there are caves and mountains to explore on day trips as well as Hobbiton from the Lord of the Rings movies.

Hamilton is a vibrant student city but also one that comes with much lower living costs than many other cities in New Zealand. This means cheaper rent, food and public transportation costs.


The Careers & Employability team at the University of Waikato provides students and graduates (within two years of graduation) with career development tools and support. This includes 1-2-1 appointments, career chats, workshops, mock interviews and employer events and visits, including Career Expos. They also offer the Employability Plus Programme where students can receive recognition for community volunteering, supporting university events and attending workshops. This can help boost their chances of standing out from the crowd when it comes to applying for jobs after graduating.



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