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Lush green landscape and blue springs at Te Waihou Walkway in Hamilton, New Zealand.

Program at a Glance

University of Waikato

Country or area New Zealand
City Hamilton
Class Level Jr, Sr, Gr
Experience Type Immersion
Minimum GPA 2.75
Term Fall sem, Spring sem
Taught In English
Language Prereq no
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About The Program

Located on the North Island and known for its “café life,” Hamilton is in a central location perfect for enjoying and exploring the best that New Zealand has to offer. Lakes, rivers, beaches, caves, and mountains in the surrounding area offer a wide range of recreational and adventure opportunities. At the University of Waikato, you can choose classes from a wide range of disciplines. Unique to this university is an independent and self-directed style of education that allows you to truly focus on your major. In your free time, explore Hamilton’s flourishing music and art scene or visit the spectacular Waitomo Glowworm caves just an hour away.

Where you'll study

The University of Waikato has two campuses: the main campus is at the edge of Hamilton city and the newest campus is in the region of the Bay of Plenty at the edge of the North Island. Tauranga has a relaxed beach style and the coastal marine station leads environmental monitoring, coastal and marine research, and discovery. The indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, the Māori, are fully integrated at Waikato with a complete calendar of cultural events and the Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies. The University of Waikato plays a key role as one of New Zealand’s primary research organizations with projects like the world’s most comprehensive study of geothermal springs, community-based treatments for eating disorders, and climate change. The University of Waikato also ranks top in the nation across a variety of disciplines.


Optional field trips and activities to introduce the local culture are available through your host university. Most events are free or discounted, but some come with an additional cost not included in UCEAP fees.


Trip and tour of the South Island’s mountains, lakes, and glaciers

Hobbiton movie set tour

Explore Taupo’s geothermal Craters of the Moon and Huka Falls

Overnight stay in a Māori meeting house