Spotlight on: University of Waikato


New Zealand’s University of Waikato – ranked 266th for 2019 according to QS ratings with a spot in the global top 1.1% universities – offers world-class tertiary education across a range of subjects, and awards undergraduate, postgraduate and advanced research degrees. Its main campus is located in the city of Hamilton, with a satellite campus in Tauranga.

Waikato has received top rankings for several subjects, including and not limited to – Economics, Accounting and Finance, Hospitality and Leisure Management and Sports, with its Education ranking among Top 150 worldwide. At Waikato, world-class education is combined with global diversity – of the 9000 plus students studying here, over 2000 are international, representing 80 countries. The university is also deeply rooted in the culture of the Maoris, the aboriginal inhabitants of the Waikato region from which it takes its name.

Key facts

1. Entry requirements

Waikato offers a range of postgraduate programmes from Graduate certificates and diplomas to Masters Degrees – the minimum basic requirement for each is a Bachelors Degree, with a minimum grade of B/B+ for Masters. Some courses would demand additional qualifications.

English language requirement: International students would have to clear IELTS with 6.5 minimum, TOEFL internet-based with 90 minimum, or Pearson PTE Academic with 58 minimum. Additionally, clearing a certificate course at the Waikato Pathways College is also an option.

2. Costs and Funding

The average range of tuition fees for international students, as of the year 2019, is as follows – 24425-35700 $NZ for a Graduate diploma, to 29370-45145 $NZ for a Masters degree. For study commencing in 2020, the tuition fee will vary slightly.  

Scholarships: there are a number of scholarships offered at Waikato for students across all levels of study. For high-achieving international students, for instance, the University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship is offered with an award of 10000 $NZ towards tuition fees, with selection subject to merit.

3. Application timeline

Applications for study commencing in Semester B, i.e. in July, are recommended to be submitted by May 31 of that year.

If you’re hoping to spend the next phase of your student life in New Zealand and the University of Waikato, get in touch with the Hurray Overseas counselling team for assistance – reach out to us via email:, or phone: 8971357928,  for more details.

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