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Academics

Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Sciences and Engineering

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 Maori language, performance and culture.
  • Undertake an internship for credit through the Study + Intern program.
  • Enroll in a Science Capstone course at the Hamilton or beach side Tauranga campus and complete an interdisciplinary group project on a topic of relevance to the science community.

Language

Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

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: At least 21 quarter/14 semester UC units each semester.
  • You may take one course per semester for pass/no pass credit. 

Current Program Courses

In addition to regular university courses, independent study and internships for academic credit may be possible on this program. Before you enroll in courses, review the calendar, restrictions, and prerequisites for all courses to ensure success.

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.

Grades

You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. New Zealand university grades are criterion-referenced rather than norm-referenced (curved). This means that your performance on an assignment will be prepared to a predefined standard, not to the performance of your classmates. Your lecturer will advise you of this standard via grading rubric.

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.