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Fields of Study: All

Attend the same classes as University of Waikato students, choosing from a wide range of disciplines. The University of Waikato ranks top in the nation in the following: Ecology, Evolution and Behaviour; Molecular, Cellular and Whole Organism Biology; Music, Literary Arts and Other Arts; Communications, Journalism and Media Studies; Education; Accounting & Finance; Chemistry; Computer Science, Information Technology, Information Sciences; Management, Human Resources, Industrial Relations and Business; Pure and Applied Mathematics.​

Unique study opportunities

  • Take courses in basic Maori language and customs.
  • Explore freshwater ecosystems and marine environments in a variety of biology courses with field trips to Raglan and Rotorua's lakes as well as Waingaro and Kaimai forests.
  • Take world-class courses in communications, journalism, and media studies.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

All instruction is in English, but Maori language classes are also available. These include:

  • Te Reo Maori: Introductory 1 (B semester only)
  • Te Ao Tawhito, Te Ao Hou: Introduction to Traditional and Contemporary Maori Society (A semester only)
  • Te Raranga Kete: Introduction to Maori Fibre Arts (A semester only)

Additional foreign language study is available. Check the university course catalog.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: 21 quarter/14 semester UC units each semester.

Current Program Courses

The university is organized into schools of studies in Arts and Social Sciences, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Education, Law, Management, Maori and Pacific Development, and Science and Engineering. You will enroll in one school of study and will likely select courses from offerings in that school.

Of particular note are courses in environmental and ecological sciences; Pacific, Maori, and indigenous studies; communication studies; electronic commerce; and women’s and gender studies. The Department of Biological Sciences at Waikato offers a variety of courses with field trip components. Field trips, for example, include Raglan and Rotorua's lakes as well as Waingaro and Kaimai forests.

Catalogs and resources

Academic Culture

To help you acclimate to New Zealand campus life and culture, there are a few key differences and similarities with UC to be aware of:

  • The New Zealand semester is longer and has a slower pace than the UC semester or quarter.
  • Students address local lecturers and tutors informally by their first name.
  • Similar to UC, the main forms of teaching are lectures (50-500+ students), tutorials (10-25 students), seminars (30+ students; half lecture, half tutorial), and labs/practicals.
  • All lectures are recorded—beware of waiting until the last minute to watch them. In New Zealand, students are expected to be independent and show initiative. Instructors won't chase you up if you miss classes or assignments.
  • Assignments tend to require heavy research and critical analysis.
  • You’ll need to use New Zealand English for assignments.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Most courses will be assessed by a combination of coursework and a final written exam. Most assessment is due toward the end of the semester. In a semester, it is not uncommon to have your first assignment due in Week 6 and not receive any grades back until Week 8. Finals may be very heavily weighted (40-80% of your final grade). There is usually a study week (called swot vac) between the last week of the semester and the start of the exam period.

Grades for the fall semester are typically available mid-January to mid-February, and grades for the spring semester are typically available mid-August to mid-September.