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University of Waikato 2020-2021 Admissions: Entry Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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The University of Waikato has a total enrolment of 8,455 full-time domestic students and 1,791 full-time international students. The university has 155 International partners and about 2,193 students in work placement.

  • International applicants can apply online through the University online application.
  • Country-specific requirements must be fulfilled by international applicants.
  • USA Applicants are required to submit Standardized Test Scores for UG admissions.
  • University provides a course finder option to help applicants choose their course or program.


Application PortalOnline Application
Application Fee$ 500
Payment methodTelegraphic transfer, bank draft, cheque, international fund transfer through Western Union
Intake SeasonsSemester B (July to November)
Semester T (November to December)
Academic CalendersSemester based
Financial AidLoans, grants, scholarships, external funding, trusts

University of Waikato Admission Deadlines

The applicants must submit their online applications and send in their documents by the following dates:

New Domestic Students (Semester B)
Completion of Enrolment into Papers
July 1
July 5
New Domestic Students (Semester T)
Completion of Enrolment into Papers
Oct 22
Nov 1
New International Students (Semester B)
Completion of Enrolment into Papers
May 31
July 5

University of Waikato International Admissions

International Student Requirements

The following are the requirements that need to be fulfilled by an international applicant :

  • International students can apply through direct application, through an agent, exchange or study abroad options, pathway programs or through application for credit or recognition of prior learning
  • Equivalent academic qualifications based on the country. Some of the country-specific details are:
    • Indian applicants must have an average of 75% in ISC board with a minimum of 70% in English. Applicants from state boards must have an average of 80% in Senior School Certificate.
    • Applicants from Japan must a high school diploma with B average scores, Or, applicants must have completed 1 year of study ay a Japanese University, Or, Junior College Diploma diploma of 2-3 years.
    • Applicants from Pakistan must have completed 1 year of study at a recognized institute of university standing.
    • For details on other countries, click here.
  • English language proficiency
  • E-visa
  • Passport

English Language Requirements

The general* English language requirements for international students are mentioned below:

TestMinimum Score
IELTS6.0 (all components minimum 5.5)
TOEFL (iBT)80 (minimum 21 in writing)
PTE50 (all communicative skills above 42)
Waikato PathwaysSuccessful completion of Level 7 with an average B grade in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE) program

The University of Waikato offers English Language Courses to improve the proficiency in the language with certificates like Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE), Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies (CAFS), Certificate of University Preparation (CUP), Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) and General English.

Visa Process for International Applicants

International applicants must have a student visa for studying in New Zealand. Applicants can apply online directly at immigration online. The documents required for the visa are as follows:

  • Identity proof
  • Health insurance
  • Character Certificate
  • Proof of financial documents to submit the tuition fee
  • Proof of travel insurance funds
  • Ful-time vacation work rights
  • Practical experience (optional)
  • Application fee of 330 NZD.

University of Waikato Undergraduate Admissions

The University of Waikato offers a myriad of options for UG students including business studies, law, education, etc at either of its campuses at Hamilton and Tauranga or online. The general undergraduate admission process for a prospective student at the University of Waikato is given below:

How to apply: Online application via MyWaikato account Course finder can be used for opting for a course.

Academic requirements:

  • Academic transcripts (verified copies or official documents)
  • Country-specific requirements for academic transcripts
  • A written statement in support of the application
  • Special Admissions Requirements: Applicants over 20 years of age with psot-secondary education or work experience are considered for admission in Bachelors courses.
  • English language requirements, for international applicants.
  • Supporting Documents: birth certificate, passport

University of Waikato Graduate Admissions

The University of Waikato offers the option of multiple PG programs, including Graduate certificates, graduate diploma, masters (by thesis or coursework) and PG diploma or certificate. The general admission requirements are as follows:

Graduate Diploma and Certificate

Admission Portal: University of Waikato Application Portal

Admission requirements:

  • Applicants must have a recognized bachelor’s degree for PG certificate programs
  • Applicants must have completed a Bachelor's degree considered equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree by the University of Waikato.

Masters Programs

Where to apply: University of Waikato Application Portal

Academic requirements:

  • Recognized bachelor’s degree with an average of B or B+ in a relevant subject
  • Academic transcripts (verified copies or official documents)
  • A written statement in support of the application

Some of the popular Graduate school courses available at the University of Waikato are as follows -

CourseAcademic RequirementsMinimum English Proficiency
MBA (part 1)Bachelors degree or equivalent Minimum 3 years of experience (management),
CV, 2 LOR, Interview
IELTS: 6.5
TOEFL (iBT): 90 (21 in writing)
PTE: 58
MBA (Part 2)Completed parts 1 with minimum grade B OR Completed PG Diploma in
Management Studies with minus grade B OR Completed
Bachelor of Management Studies with Honours and B+ average grade
IELTS: 6.5
TOEFL (iBT): 90 (21 in writing)
PTE: 58
Master of Information TechnologyBachelor’s degree in a relevant subject,
Minimum average of B in 80 points of 300 level or above with at least 40 points
IELTS: 6.5
TOEFL (iBT): 90 (21 in writing)
PTE: 58
Master of Engineering
Bachelor’s degree or equivalentIELTS: 6.5
TOEFL (iBT): 90 (21 in writing)
PTE: 58
Master of Computer Graphic DesignBachelor’s degree, Portfolio with ten pieces of art/design work,
Proposal of program of study with details of proposed thesis or dissertation
IELTS: 6.5
TOEFL (iBT): 90 (21 in writing)
PTE: 58
Master of LawsCompletion of LLB with minimum grade B,
Prerequisites for graduate study considered appropriate by the Academic board.
IELTS: 6.5
TOEFL (iBT): 90 (21 in writing)
PTE: 58

The University of Waikato also offers the option of flexible as well as online degrees to its students. They offer multiple international scholarships to students and also have a buddy program to pair new students with existing students to make them feel welcome. International students can also apply to various pathways or pre-degree programs if they do not meet the criteria for admission. The acceptance offer is usually received within a few days of receiving complete applications.

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