University of Waikato College, University of Waikato New Zealand

About University of Waikato College, University of Waikato

University of Waikato College

The University of Waikato College, located on the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, offers Foundation Studies, International Diplomas, a Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation - Pre-Masters and English Language programmes that help students gain entrance to a degree at the University of Waikato. The College also offers General English courses and international study tours for vocational, professional, and academic individuals and groups.

The College has a key role in contributing to the distinctiveness, excellence and international connectedness of the University of Waikato.

The University of Waikato College offers you:

  • Qualified, experienced, and caring teachers
  • A supportive and personalised learning environment
  • Smaller class sizes (maximum of 22 students) and individualised attention

Academic English 

The Certificate of Attainment in English Language is a full-time programme, with face-to-face teaching of 23 hours per week. The 10-week blocks have a number of intakes each year and at the start of each intake new students are tested and placed in an appropriate level from Elementary to Advanced.

All students study a core programme, which helps to improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking skills. Higher level classes focus on skills needed for successful university study such as academic writing, listening and note-taking, academic reading, and oral presentation skills.

Attaining specific grades in the upper levels of the Academic English programme gives students the English language entry requirement to enter Foundation Studies and University undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

For more information, see https://pathways.waikato.ac.nz/programmes/english-language 

General English

General English is a programme designed for students to improve their everyday English and is suitable for students preparing to enter the Academic English programme. The programme includes core language skills and vocabulary, and fluency and accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

It is available as a full-time programme of 23 hours per week or part-time for 15 hours per week. Students can start every second Monday and study for three weeks to six months (except New Zealand public holidays).

For more information, see https://pathways.waikato.ac.nz/programmes/general-english 

Foundation Studies

The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies programme is for international students that have not met the academic entry requirements for undergraduate study at a New Zealand university. This programme will teach you skills for successful tertiary study within New Zealand, with compulsory English language and elective papers across a range of study areas. Classes include New Zealand students to encourage international students to improve their English and make New Zealand friends.

Students can have up to 20 hours of class per week with a further 20 hours to be spent on homework and revision.

For more information, see https://pathways.waikato.ac.nz/programmes/foundation-studies

International Diploma (Business)

The International Diploma (Business), offered by the University of Waikato College, enables students to progress into year two of the Bachelor of Business at the University of Waikato in a variety of subject areas. The International Diploma combines the first year of the Bachelor of Business with English language development and a comprehensive programme of academic support and development activities. Once successfully completed, students will be eligible to transfer into the second year of Bachelor of Business at the University of Waikato:

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Business (Digital Business)
  • Bachelor of Business (Economics)
  • Bachelor of Business (Finance)
  • Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • Bachelor of Business (Public Relations)
  • Bachelor of Business (Strategic Management)
  • Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality Management)
  • Bachelor of Business (Supply Chain Management)

For more information, visit https://pathways.waikato.ac.nz/programmes/business 

International Diploma (Computer Science)

Studying the International Diploma (Computer Science) at the University of Waikato College will allow students to progress into the second year of their chosen major in the Bachelor of Science at the University of Waikato. The International Diploma combines the first year of the Bachelor of Science with English language development and a comprehensive programme of academic support and development activities, ensuring students are prepared to successfully complete a bachelor degree in New Zealand. Upon successful completion of the International Diploma, students can progress into year two of a Bachelor of Science at the University of Waikato, majoring in one of the below:

  • Applied Computing
  • Computer Science
  • Data Analytics 

For more information, see https://pathways.waikato.ac.nz/programmes/diploma/computer-science

Diploma i Postgraduate Preparation - Pre-Masters

The Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation – Pre-Masters aims to prepare international students for a postgraduate degree at the Waikato Management School. Once successfully completed, students will gain entry to a selection of Master’s degrees at the University, giving them the opportunity to study at a business school ranked in the top 1% worldwide.*

Available postgraduate degrees:

  • Master of Applied Finance
  • Master of Business and Management
  • Master of Digital Business
  • Master of Management (Marketing)
  • Master of Management (Supply Chain Management)
  • Master of Professional Accounting

*Accredited by AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA - only 1% of the world’s business schools have met the strict standards of all three accreditation bodies.

For more information, visit https://pathways.waikato.ac.nz/programmes/pre-masters-diploma

Certificate of University Preparation

The Certificate of University Preparation is an academically approved qualification that has been designed to help students who do not initially meet the entry requirements for undergraduate study at a New Zealand university, need additional academic preparation or left school some time ago and are looking for a career change.

This programme will introduce you to an adult learning situation including lectures, tutorials and workshops. It covers skills such as note taking, research, essay writing, time management and critical thinking.

Students can have up to 17 hours of class per week with a further 20 hours to be spent on homework and revision.

For more information, see www.waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/certificate-of-university-preparation

International Study Groups

Study programmes can be customised for international groups and combine English with almost any other activity or specialist area, according to academic, professional or vocational need. Programmes run for a minimum of two weeks and students must be 16 years or older. Group and Study Tour programmes include the following:

  • English plus specialised training (based on any of the degree programmes offered at the University of Waikato)
  • English and New Zealand Life and Culture (offering a choice of activities and weekend trips to Rotorua, Waitomo Caves, horse riding, jet boating, kayaking, hot pools, farm visits, black water rafting)
  • English for University Preparation (experience of life at the University of Waikato Hamilton campus, including meeting students and staff, and attending university lectures)
  • English and International Business (lectures on international business at the Waikato Management School, for students with at least an upper intermediate level of English).

For more information or to request a quote, email pathwaysqueries@waikato.ac.nz

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Office

The University of Waikato is the IELTS testing centre for the Waikato region. IELTS is designed to assess the English language proficiency of candidates who need to study or work in English. IELTS is recognised by universities and employers in many countries including New Zealand, Australia, Canada, the UK and the USA. It is also recognised by professional bodies, immigration authorities and other government agencies.

For more information, see https://pathways.waikato.ac.nz/admissions/ielts-centre 

For more information about IELTS, see www.ielts.org

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