The University of Waikato

The University of Waikato

New Zealand
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About the University

The University of Waikato is a leading public institution in the stunning country of New Zealand. Established in 1964, it ranks in the Top 5% of World Universities. 

It is known for providing a world-class education alongside exceptional research to ensure a dynamic experience for its students. With a beautiful campus environment that encourages students to grow, develop and learn, graduates also benefit from leading job opportuniti

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Campus Life

The University offers a varied selection of accommodation options for its students included self-catered, catered and apartment-style halls. 

International students also have the option to explore Homestay, where they can live with a local family in a private home. 

Hamilton Halls of Residences provide students with tight-knit communities of residents promoting life-long friendships.

As one of the leading institutions in New Zealand, it was the first university in the country to have a dedicated Centre for Māori Studies, opened in 1973.

Its campus in Hamilton covers 65 hectares and has extensive facilities used by both students and the local community. 

The friendly atmosphere and small classes, as well as leading academics, attract a diverse range of students to Waikato from across the globe and all undergraduate degrees have a compulsory work-integrated element. This gives students the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills to the workplace, and promotes success post-graduation.




Student life

Student life is diverse and dynamic at Waikato and students are part of a welcoming and bustling community. 

Waikato stands out from other universities because it embraces its strong Māori identity and heritage as key features of its distinctiveness. 

A variety of student clubs, groups and sports provide plenty to do out of class too. 


Jacinda Arden (Prime Minister of New Zealand), Wayne Smith (sportsman), Craig Nevill-Manning (computer scientist), Shane Legg (machine learning researcher), Warren Gatland (sports coach), Deborah Challinor (author)


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