What makes Waikato a great place for you to study, live and socialise?
Located in Hamilton and Tauranga, New Zealand the University of Waikato offers you a globally recognised education and a unique student experience in a country that is renowned for its stunning landscapes and innovative thinking. Through our strong connections with local, national and global industries, we create opportunities for you to apply your knowledge and skills in real work environments.
Study at a world-ranked university
Our university is a true reflection of New Zealand culture - we are ambitious, innovative thinkers that let little get in the way of achieving big dreams.
We are proud to be recognised among the best in the world, we're ranked 266th out of universites world-wide - with 11 of our subjects ranked in the top 300 in the world.
Get an internationally focused education
It’s not just our diverse student population that makes us a truly international university. Our world-class academics play an active role in international research and we have more than 60 university partners.
Our global relevance means your qualification will better equip you for a future anywhere in the world.
Gain industry relevance
Each year, we offer more than 2,000 industry placements and internships. Whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate student, our partnerships and networks offer you a unique opportunity to embed yourself in local or international organisations as part of your learning experience.
We encourage it, because the chance to apply what you’ve learnt in the classroom to real-world contexts gives you a valuable edge.
Join the Waikato family
Our campuses in Hamilton and Tauranga are bursting with life and energy. With smaller class sizes, better access to lecturers, affordable living, a wide range of support services, and more than 40 student clubs, your student experience at Waikato will be second-to-none.
Our students agree - 93% were satisfied with their overall experience at Waikato (Student Barometer Survey, 2019).
New Tauranga CBD Campus - Opened 2019
As the University of Waikato continues to grow, we expanded our teaching and research activity to the Bay of Plenty region, by building a new campus in Tauranga, which opened to students in February 2019.
Tauranga offers students a vibrant lifestyle on one of New Zealand's most beautiful coastlines. Tauranga has a thriving economny with the countires largest export port and industries of kiwi fruit and hotriculture.
Learn from the best
As creators of knowledge, we encourage our students to be leaders and innovators. Our award-winning lecturers, flexible degrees and broad range of courses give you an education that transcends the boundary between theory and practice.
You’ll join an elite group of Waikato graduates who pursue rewarding futures in New Zealand and overseas.
Take advantage of our scholarships
We believe in rewarding success, which is why we offer hundreds of scholarships every year to our students. A scholarship will open up a world of opportunities for you, no matter what stage of study you’re at.
Whether you’re looking for support with study, fees, accommodation, research or leadership opportunities, we’ve got lots of options available to help set you up for the future.
New Zealand is located in the South Pacific, south east of Australia. The country is divided into two main islands of the North Island and the South Island. The University of Waikato is located in the North Island where it has a two campuses.
- Main campus, Hamilton city, Waikato region
- Tauranga city campus, Bay of Plenty region
Faculties and Schools
The University of Waikato is comprised of the following Faculties and Schools:
- Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences offers a wide range of qualifications from undergraduate certificates, diplomas and degrees through to postgraduate research. Subjects taught within the Faculty include the Social Sciences, the Humanities, including a number of modern foreign languages, and the Performing Arts.
- Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
The Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences provides a stimulating and leading-edge environment of quality relevant teaching programmes and world-class research, producing graduates well matched for the challenges of the contemporary and future workplace.
- Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education
The Te Kura Toi Tangata Faculty of Education provides programmes in areas such as teacher education, sport and leisure studies, counselling, human development, education, educational leadership and education studies. It distinguishes itself among other education schools through its tradition and reputation for innovation, leadership and research.
- Te Piringa - Faculty of Law
The Te Piringa - Faculty of Law provides an innovative, student-focused Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree in a stimulating academic environment. The Faculty's founding goals of professionalism, biculturalism, and the study of law in context attract an exciting and diverse group of staff and students.
- Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao - Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies
The Faculty of Māori and Indigenous Studies offers programmes in Māori language and linguistics, culture, customs, creative and performing arts, media and communication, Treaty of Waitangi, and development studies.
- Faculty of Science and Engineering
The Faculty of Science and Engineering offers a range of innovative programmes for the undergraduate degrees of Bachelor of Engineering with Honours, Bachelor of Science, and the Bachelor of Science (Technology). The Faculty also hosts the Environmental Research Institute and the only university based Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) funded Outcome Based Investment on freshwater restoration. Commercial units include Radio Carbon Dating, Stable Isotopes and DNA Sequencing.
- Waikato Management School
The Waikato Management School has distinguished itself among New Zealand business schools by the relevance and rigour of its education and research, and its belief that business and enterprise are most successful when they improve the communities, societies, and nations in which they operate. It is a Triple Crown school.
- Waikato Pathways College
Waikato Pathways College provide a range of learning opportunities that are research-informed, locally and internationally connected, dynamic and distinctive. The College offers university preparation courses, and foundation, bridging and English language programmes. They also support international study groups in range of discipline areas and train teachers who want to teach English to adults.
- Te Mata Kairangi School of Graduate Research
The School of Graduate Research manages domestic student enquiries related to enrolment, and assists enrolled candidates with administration matters for the following degrees: PhD, MPhil, EdD, DMA, SJD, DLit, DSc and LLD.