- Founded :1964 year
- StudyQA ranking: 1429 pts.
- Offered programms: 1 Bachelor
- No. Students: 12232
- Frgn. Students: 2084
- No. Staff: 1483
- Study mode: 1 Blended
- Languages of instruction: English
The University of Waikato (Māori: Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato), informally Waikato University, is a comprehensive university inHamilton, New Zealand, with a satellite campus located in Tauranga. Established in 1964, it was the first university in New Zealand to be designed from a blank canvas.
This University is committed to delivering a world-class education and research portfolio, providing a full and dynamic university experience, distinctive in character, and pursuing strong international links to advance knowledge.
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) encourages our students to understand that their choice of study is of value to themselves and society; that they will also gain worthwhile skills that can be utilised in the workplace; and that studying for the pleasure of learning and for academic stimulation is as important as studying for vocational purposes.
At the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences we strive to challenge our students and are proud to see them emerge with qualifications that assist them along the path they have planned for their future.
Our aim is to prepare you for a wide variety of careers, equipping you with the skills for academic and professional success. We offer three and four-year degreeundergraduate programmes that are professionally oriented, based on a strong foundation in the computing and mathematical sciences. Most importantly, our papersand qualifications are relevant and up-to-date in what is a rapidly changing technological and social environment.
World-class researchers and facilities underpin unique collaborations within our Faculty, across campus, and with the wider world. These collaborations bring together creative minds, unique technologies, and degree structures tailored to your interests and skills.
A qualification from the University of Waikato in computer science, mathematics, statistics, software engineeringor computer graphic design can open many doors. Both in New Zealand and overseas, our former students are using their training to assume leadership roles in educational institutions and industry.
Research that makes a difference, quality programmes and inspiring leadership are what makes us distinctive. Our Faculty of Education rates number one for educational research in the country. Our researchers contribute to areas such as teacher education, special education, educational leadership, counsellor education, Māori education and sport and leisure studies.
Our flexible on-campus and online programmes are based on current theories in education and offer opportunities for real-life practical experiences. Our sought-after graduates establish successful careers in New Zealand and overseas. Waikato Faculty of Education offers a supportive and friendly environment and provides graduates with an education that is first-rate.
At Waikato we are absolutely committed to providing you with the highest quality and innovative student-focused legal education. We achieve this through our founding goals of professionalism, biculturalism and the study of law in context, linked with our practical skills programme, our focus on smallgroup teaching at first year level, excellent information technology (IT) resources and the integration of IT and topical issues into the law curriculum. As a result, our graduates are highly regarded for being innovative, multi-skilled, adaptable and committed to excellence.
Our Faculty is especially committed to fostering Māori, Pacific Island and indigenous issues within the context of the Treaty of Waitangi partnership principle. We are fortunate to possess particular strength in this area as well as in environmental and resource law, human rights, criminal justice, dispute resolution, comparative law and public policy generally. Through our many linkages with foreign law schools we can offer our students possibilities to pursue part of their legal education abroad. Our student body is quite diverse and have opportunities to pursue their interests through competitive moots, internships and student associations. Our staff consists of distinguished scholars from many nations, and we benefit from frequent guest speakers from overseas along with across the country to enrich your learning experience. Waikato is thus a truly exciting place to study law as it exists today along with how it is changing to meet the needs of New Zealand in an increasingly global society.
Puawānanga is the clematis. Before it can flower, it shoots its tendrils from the forest floor through the bush canopy to reach the light above the trees. Puawānanga encapsulates human endeavours to strive for knowledge and education, a journey through life. Each level of the forest climbed represents a new horizon. Beyond the forest is a bigger world.
The flower at the heart of this design symbolises the staff and students of Te Pua Wānanga ki te Ao. The people are the stylised petals working together for the mutual benefit of the puawānanga. The tāniko borders are the stamen, which hold the promise for the future generations and new developments.
The green circle represents the bush, which supports, but through which the vine must struggle to flower in the light. So appropriately the circle is also the all-encompassing, Te Ao.
The spiral figures behind are Ranginui and Papatūānuku representing the civilization from which Māori have evolved their intellectual and educational philosophies and knowledge.
The tokotoko represents the culture that binds us as a people. By knowing who we are and where we have come from, we can acquire new knowledge with confidence to add to the accumulated wisdom of the people since time immemorial.
This new wisdom is represented by the koru spiralling out in the inner core.
Waikato is home to some of the most well-respected researchers in the science and engineering communities. Our researchers - your lecturers - are amongst the best in the country. Teaching and research in the Faculty is supported by first-class facilities and some of the world's most advanced laboratory equipment - like the Bruker Centre of Mass Spectrometry Excellence for investigating molecular structure, the largest collection of instruments of its type in New Zealand.
Waikato Management School is the business school of choice, respected nationally and internationally for our influential practice, relevant research, quality teaching and commitment to excellence.
At the heart of our business is transformation - our purpose is to transform minds, careers and organisations. Our international connections mean our teaching and research is always at the cutting edge of best practice and our engagement with our commerical and professional stakeholders means our students are learning practical knowledge and skills.
Our students go on to become leaders in the public and private sectors, graduating with essential business skills and knowledge. They have the ability to think critically and carefully, and to act responsibly and ethically.
The School is a member of an elite group of business schools that have earned Triple Crown status - an international acknowledgement of excellence in business education. We're accredited by the world's oldest assessor of business education, AACSB International (the US-based Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System), and AMBA (The Association of MBAs). Only 1% of the world's 14,000 business schools have met the strict standards of all three accreditation bodies.
The College is part of the University’s Faculty of Education and provides bridging, foundation, English language and university preparation programmes which enable entry into the University and into further studies. Students with English as an additional language can choose from our academic or general English language programmes, and we also offer a range of tailor-made programmes to suit international professional, academic and vocational groups.
Waikato University owes its existence to two brave men who fought loudly for eight years, on behalf of the people of Waikato, to establish their own university. Since then we've never been afraid to do things differently.
In 1956 a handful of Hamiltonian locals decided they wanted their own university. It seemed reasonable. New Zealand had four universities that had been established in the main centres since the end of last century. Why not the Waikato?
Unfortunately, the powers that be had other ideas. They'd been safely holed up unchallenged for more than 50 years, in the colleges that constituted the University of New Zealand, and were dismissive of a Hamilton based university. Hamilton was a plodding centre for producing farmers and the occasional All Black, certainly no place for higher learning. Luckily two men begged to differ.
After several rebuffs the University of South Auckland society was formed. The society's first founder was Douglas Seymour, a barrister and solicitor reminiscent of Rumpole, who sprinkled his speech with Greek and Latin quotes. Seymour set "out to kill to establish something (he) believed in." Thankfully, it never came to that, but his passion was never in question.
During his five years heading the society, Seymour's zeal and tenacity made a lot of headway... and more than a few enemies. His able and more diplomatic off-sider Anthony Rogers, a Hamilton GP and brother to long-time mayor Denis Rogers, often stepped in to pat down the feathers Seymour had ruffled.
Known by his nickname of Rufus, Rogers succeeded Seymour as president of the society. Together, over eight long years, they made enough noise to make the University of Waikato dream... a reality.
In 1964 the University of Waikato was officially opened by then Governor-General, Sir Bernard Fergusson (later Lord Ballantrae).
Today Waikato University is home to more than 12,000 students and has continued to be a breeding ground for independent thought and progressive learning. In 1989 (with a little help from NASA) we connected New Zealand to the Internet before going on to become the first University in New Zealand to have cyber-graduates, completing their teaching degrees online.
In 1998 we took a major initiative into Tauranga and formed an alliance with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic to facilitate teaching in the Western Bay of Plenty. For the first time courses became available taught completely face-to-face in a city outside of Hamilton. In 2001 the first students from The University of Waikato at Tauranga graduated at a ceremony held in Tauranga.
Our campus now covers 65 hectares and is a far cry from its modest beginnings in 1964 on what was largely farmland, with a handful of temporary buildings and a few staff.
We are proud to be ranked 338 in the world by the QS (Quacquarelli Symonds Limited) World University Rankings 2015. This sees a climb in the rankings of over 60 places from 2014 in which we were ranked 405 in the world.
Ranked in the 401-500 band in the world by the influential UK-based Times Higher Education organisation in 2015.
The rankings are based on teaching, research, citations, industry outcomes and innovation and international outlook.
Ten of our subject areas are recognised as among the best in the world.
"We work very hard to ensure the subjects we teach, we teach very well. Having twice as many subjects ranked as last year shows the ongoing commitment of staff to constantly improve on what they do"
- University of Waikato Vice-Chancellor Professor Neil Quigley
Times Higher Education ranks the University of Waikato 68th out of 100 "most international" universities in the world. This rankings reflects the truly global education that is received by students studying at Waikato. It also takes into account the ratio of international staff and students on campus and the proportion of research papers being generated with an international co-author.
The 2013 International Student Barometer surveyed over 150,000 international studying all over the world.
More than 90% of the students surveyed who studied at the University of Waikato were satisfied with their experience and 82% of respondents said they would recommend our university to others.
The survey also ranked the University of Waikato 11th in the world for careers office support.
Waikato Management School is a member of an elite group of business schools worldwide that have earned "Triple Crown" status - an international acknowledgement of excellence in business education. We are accredited to AACSB,EQUIS and AMBA - only 1% of the world's business schools have met the strict standards of all three accreditation bodies.
In 2012 our Centre for Corporate and Executive Education received re-accreditation for its MBA programme from AMBA for five years, the maximum length of accreditation available. Its full-time MBM programme also received the highly regarded AMBA accreditation, the first MBM in New Zealand to receive this honour.
Waikato has the most beautiful campus in the country. All our first-class facilities are in one location, building a strong sense of community. You'll find Waikato has a laid-back and easy atmosphere, and from 2014, the campus will be smoke-free. Students meet for coffee by the lakes, chill out on the lawns or play touch rugby on the fields. There's plenty of parking and buses leave campus every 15 minutes.
A specially designed centre for the performing arts, the Gallagher Academy of Performing Arts provides venues and teaching rooms for the performance programmes in music, theatre, dance and Māori, and houses a range of art exhibitions and contemporary New Zealand paintings from the Wallace Collection.
A classroom by day, the Academy hosts performances by professional artists and local community events at night. The opportunity to learn and perform in the Academy's first-rate venues is unparalleled for any student keen to explore performing arts as a career option.
Sports opportunities on campus are endless and cater for people wanting to socialise and have fun, through to the elite. A large number of clubs are based on campus, including the University rugby, netball, hockey, rowing, soccer, cricket and ski clubs.
Sports facilities include:
Sporting events include:
A bit of action in your life will help you balance study and play. The UniRec is one of the best-equipped gyms in the region and it's right here on campus. With a student discount, you can take time out of your busy lecture schedule for a stress-releasing workout or just hang out with your friends in the fully-equipped sports hall.
As a member you get to enjoy:
The Social Sport series is a great way to make new friends, meet like-minded people and play sport at a social level. Sporting prowess is not a prerequisite but the desire to have fun is a must! You can choose to be part of the following:
Indoor Social Sport:
Outdoor Social Sport:
The Waikato Students' Union (WSU) gives students a strong collective voice on campus and nationally. WSU also organises activities on campus such as Orientation, Clubs' Day, musical performances and political speakers. It also provides a free advocacy service and hardship fund, publishes the weekly student magazine Nexus, and provides free student diaries and wall planners.
Many of New Zealand's sporting, creative and performing arts high achievers have studied at Waikato and we put a lot of effort into supporting them. Current or former students include Nathan Cohen, Santiago Cañón Valencia, Stephen Donald, Laura Langman, Edward King and Jamie Fitzgerald. The Sir Edmund Hillary Scholarship Programme will ensure this tradition continues.
It represents the University's commitment to building well-rounded graduates and supporting high performance students across sporting, creative and performing arts, leadership and academic endeavours. The University is part of the Athlete Friendly Tertiary Network and its High Performance Student Manager helps students balance their training, competitions and study, and liaises with academic staff, scholarship providers and sporting bodies.
The University of Waikato provides accommodation services to assist you in matters relating to your accommodation during your university study. We can help you find accommodation suited to your needs, provide advice on tenancy matters, plus lists of houses, flats, rooms and boarding options.
We have provided an overview of what you may need to consider when you are thinking about accommodation for the first time. If you need further advice, call +64 7 838 4084 or visit Accommodation and Conference Services online.
Career Development Services is a free service for all students and alumni of the University of Waikato. We are here to guide you during your study and help you find the best pathway after you have completed your studies. We can help you develop your CV, cover letter and job searching skills, as well as give you career guidance. There are a range of resources available for you via our Careers Office.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to attend a workshop or to book a one-on-one consultation.
There is a chaplaincy service available at the University of Waikato. This service is available to students and staff of all religious backgrounds in the spirit of mutual respect and deepening understanding.
The University of Waikato Campus Crèche is situated opposite B Block on Hillcrest Road. The crēche has facilities for 100 children aged from three months to five years. Places are limited. For more information, visit Campus Crècheonline or phone +64 7 838 4034.
There is also a Kohanga Reo (a preschool where children are taught in te reo Māori), Te Kohanga Reo o Ngā Kuaka, near the University at 159 Silverdale Road. Places fill very quickly so enquire early. Phone +64 7 856 2982.
Disability Support Services - Te Tari Kai Awhina Hauā provides you with access to a range of services, including lecture material, learning support, alternative examination arrangements, access to assistive technology, alternative formatting, ergonomic furniture, hearing equipment, specialist staffing and much more.
The Students with Disability Handbook provides comprehensive information about access arrangements and support available at the University. Contact the disability support staff by email email@example.com to discuss any arrangements or accommodations you require.
Also see Universal Access Facilities.
The University of Waikato is dedicated to the success of our international students. There are a range of people employed especially to help you in all aspects of your life and study with us.
From the moment you arrive we can arrange for you to be collected from the airport and taken to your accommodation. An orientation programme for international students is run before classes start and is designed to inform and assist you with useful information on New Zealand laws, health and safety, housing, how to find the things you need, services we provide and much more.
At the University of Waikato we have a number of staff dedicated specifically to meeting the needs of our international students including international student advisers and administrators, learning development staff, accommodation coordinators, doctors, counsellors, and peer support groups. For further information, visit our Student and Academic Services Division or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Waikato has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students. Copies of the code are available from the New Zealand Ministry of Education.
Full details of immigration requirements, advice on rights to employment in New Zealand while studying, and reporting requirements are available from Immigration New Zealand.
International students (including group students) must have appropriate and current medical and travel insurancewhile in New Zealand.
Public Health Services are publicly funded services that are free or low cost to New Zealand citizens, residents and some visa holders. Most international students are not entitled to publicly funded health services while in New Zealand.
If you receive medical treatment during your visit, you may be liable for the full costs of that treatment. Full details on entitlements to publicly funded health services are available through the Ministry of Health.
The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) provides accident insurance for all New Zealand citizens, residents and temporary visitors to New Zealand, but you may still be liable for all other medical and related costs.
When you are fully enrolled, we'll set you up with a user name and computer account. You can save assignments and notes on your account and you'll be able to access it wherever you log in on campus. Your user name is also your university email address. There are student computer labs throughout the University and a wireless network. You can contact the ITS Service Desk for help. Your user name will also get you into Moodle, our online teaching and learning platform. You use Moodle to submit your assignments, take part in online forums, and receive notes and messages from your lecturers and tutors, including marks.
There are a number of Justices of the Peace on campus able to verify documents for enrolment or other purposes.
The full list of Justices of the Peace and their contact information can be found using the University Phonebook.
If you have a legal question that you want some advice on, get in contact with the Waikato Students' Union (WSU). Appointments for lawyers are managed through the WSU advocacy service; email email@example.com to set up an appointment, or call the WSU office on +64 7 856 9139. Students are entitled to a free 15 minute consultation: it's advice only though - lawyers will not be able to act for you or take on a case.
If you are over 25 years of age, you are regarded as a “mature student”. To meet other mature students and share your experiences, contact the Waikato Students' Union in the Student Union Building.
Te Puna Tautoko is a network of specialist support staff from across the University. The objective of this service is to ‘tautoko’, to ensure that Māori students get the most out of their time here at Te Whare Wānanga o Waikato. If you need assistance or advice relating to your studies or well being as a Māori student, kaua e whakamā, call us on +64 7 858 5175 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
At the University of Waikato we have a Pacific Student Support Coordinator who ensures you are aware of the support available to you and that there is help when you need it...you just have to ask! There are also cultural groups you can join and easily meet other Pacific students.
If you need assistance or advice relating to your studies or well being as a Pasifika student, call us on +64 7 838 4466 ext. 9906 or email email@example.com
Contact the Student Advocacy if something has gone wrong, and you're not sure who to talk to about it. They offer advocacy support services, hardship and budgetary advice. Their service is completely confidential and free of charge.
Student Counselling Services aims to ensure that your time at university is the best it can be by providing a counselling service for students who are experiencing difficulties during their studies. We have three trained counsellors, including a full-time Māori counsellor, to help you whenever something is interfering with your ability to study.
You can make an appointment by phoning +64 7 838 4037 or coming into the reception. We are located in the Student Services Building (CHSS) which is adjacent to the main car park - Gate 1, Knighton Road. For more information about our counselling service, visit Student Counselling Services online.
Student Health Services - Te Huinga Waiora have doctors, practice nurses and administrative support to look after your healthcare.
New Zealand students are encouraged to enrol with the Student Health Service GP practice. Enrolled patients are seen for free as far as routine consultations are concerned and have repeat prescriptions done without charge. Non-enrolled patients have to pay a consultation fee to see the doctor depending on whether they have a Community Services Card or not and a consultation fee to see the nurse. They also have to pay a small charge for repeat prescriptions.
Extra charges apply to all students for specific medical examinations (insurance, pre-employment, driving etc) and for travel vaccines and minor surgery. International students use their compulsory health insurance to pay for medical care at the Student Health Service.
A Student Services Levy is paid by all students, which helps to fund the Student Health Service and other student services on campus. The Student Health Service provides a full range of general practice medical services. Please visit Student Health Services online for more information about the services provided.
Student Health Services is located in the Student Services Building, off Gate 1 carpark. To make an appointment, call +64 7 838 4037, or come into the reception. The service is open Monday 9.00am-5.00pm and Tuesday to Friday 8.30am-5.00pm throughout the year.
Student Job Search is a free online service for students looking for part time/casual work during the semester and part time/full time work over the summer holiday period. To register with SJS, go to www.sjs.co.nz or call 0800 757 562 or +64 4 471 1967 from mobile phones and if calling from overseas.
Student Learning offers tools to help you become a successful, independent, and self-directed learner. Our friendly tutors can help you with assignment preparation and writing. They can also assist with the development of specific skills such as time management, essay writing, note-taking, or exam preparation. All enrolled students at the University are welcome.
Student Learning offers a range of academic literacy and study skills workshops. The workshops include, for example, goal-setting, time management, academic reading, beginning the essay writing process, effective referencing strategies, and how to make your writing flow.
Student Learning tutors will meet with you individually for 50 minute consultations (appointments required) or for a 15 minute drop-in session (no appointment needed) to discuss strategies for improving your academic work.
Student Learning has also developed a range of generic academic writing and maths workshops and resources.
We provide an online "Ask a Tutor" service where you can ask specific assignment questions or receive tutor feedback on early writing drafts. Our friendly tutors can also assist students who are studying fully online.
The University of Waikato is open to students from all backgrounds. The University has a strong anti-harassment policy, and nominated persons throughout the campus, including our counselling service, to whom you can go if you have a complaint or need advice.
The Waikato Students' Union (WSU) has a nominated Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender representative to advocate on students' behalf.
There is also an active Gay Lesbian Bisexual and Transgender social and support group on campus called UniQ, that meets weekly and is open to all students. Queer Space is a homophobic-free room open to all students on campus. Visit UniQ online or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For further information contact the WSU or Student Counselling Services on +64 7 838 4201.
The University of Waikato employs a Liaison Officer who can assist with enquiries about Student Loan and Student Allowance applications, and the verification of study details to StudyLink. Please contact the StudyLink Liaison Officer on +64 7 838 4790 or email email@example.com
StudyLink does not have an office on the University of Waikato campus. Any documents/application forms for StudyLink need to be sent directly to StudyLink by post.
The University of Waikato is committed to removing any physical access barriers to ensure our campus is as accessible as possible for students, staff and visitors with disabilities. As such, many campus facilities are designed to enable universal access.
There are a number of mobility parks available on campus that can be accessed via most entrances to the University - so no matter where you have to get to, there will be a universal access carpark nearby.
Most buildings are universally accessible and are traversed by either level entrance, ramp or lift. You can find out whether the classes you are planning to enrol in are accessible by lift by visiting the Disability Support Services' list ofbuildings that provide lift access. You can also find out the locations of universal access toilets on campus.
The Disability Computer labs are located in the Student Services Building and the Student Centre. Both labs have specialist software and equipment for use by students with disability. Access and training to use any of this equipment can be arranged with the staff.
The Waikato Students' Union (WSU) represents and advocates for students at the University and throughout New Zealand. WSU works with students who are experiencing a diverse range of issues from tenancy to academic problems. The WSU sits on the University council and other boards to make sure your voice gets heard.
The WSU is big on the student experience, whether that means providing your club with a place to meet, ensuring that you have a Nexus available to read every Monday or putting on an O-week each semester.
To find out more, visit WSU online, call +64 7 856 9139, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit them on the ground floor in the Student Union Building, located next door to the campus shopping complex.
The University of Waikato is ranked 44th in the world for universities less than 50 years old and 61st out of the 100 “most international” universities. Find out more about our international rankings and reputation.
When you study in New Zealand you experience education. Not only do you learn from leading academics but you live in an environment where the scenery is picturesque. Find out more aboutstudying in New Zealand.
The University of Waikato has campus’ in Hamilton, Waikato and Tauranga, Bay of Plenty. These regions are great places to be student with a vibrant student culture in both cities, safe small-city living and many recreational activities. Find out more about these regions.
We offer a broad range of qualifications and a flexible degree structure so that you can build a degree to suit your interests and career plans. We also offer English Language courses and bridging courses. Find a course to suit you.
We offer a number of scholarships at the University of Waikato, and there are scholarships specifically for international students.
Our academic staff are passionate experts and many are leaders in their fields. All of our academic staff are accessible and share an open door policy. This means if you need help, guidance, support or information all you have to do is ask. Our smaller class sizes also mean that you’ll get the opportunity to work closely with academic staff during lectures and tutorials.
The University of Waikato appreciates that you will have many concerns and expectations when your son or daughter leaves to study in another country. We have put together useful information for parents about our support services.
Students will find a relaxed and supportive study environment at the University of Waikato. With modern facilities and sporting and cultural clubs on campus, the university offers great study and student support.