More about University of Waikato

Welcome to the University of Waikato, New Zealand.

The University of Waikato, based in the city of Hamilton in New Zealand’s North Island, is one of New Zealand’s leading research universities.  Made up of seven faculties and schools, we educate and support more than 12,000 students, including 2000 international students. 

Our Motto, Ko Te Tangaga – for the people, shows our commitment to our students in ensuring they are supported and achieving to the best of their abilities. Everything we do, has our students’ success front of mind; we will support you every step of the way; academically, personally, and socially. 

Why Waikato?

  • A world-ranked university. Our qualifications are internationally recognised, our graduates are highly sought-after, and our academics are leaders in their areas of expertise.
  • Progressive teaching method - The way our academics teach at Waikato encourages students to think creatively, work as part of a team, and develop the skills they need to be active participants in their education and future careers. An approach which many of our international students say is unique to Waikato.
  • Our graduates are job-ready - we have more than 2000 students who participate in work-placement opportunities every year. Many of our programmes have dedicated internship and work-placement elements, or provide students with the opportunity to work on real projects on behalf of local businesses. Whatever the programme, students are exposed to practical learning elements.
  • Students are supported through excellent pastoral care, support services, small class-sizes, and easy access to academics. More than 95% of our graduated students were satisfied with their Waikato experience (Student Barometer Survey 2015).
  • “I feel at home at Waikato”MBM Student, Keerthana Suresh, India. Our campus has a safe and welcoming community feel. International students are warmly welcomed and are active participants in our student events.
  • Triple Crown Accredited Management School. Our Waikato Management School is placed in the top 1% of business schools in the world.
  • Research is central to the life of the University, and postgraduate students are highly valued members of our research community. We play a key role in the local and national economy and making a significant contribution to the international innovation system. 
  • Rewarding excellence – our International Excellence Scholarships award eligible students with up to NZ$5000 towards their tuition fees for their first year of study at Waikato.
Key Statistics:
  • 9,904
  • 16.8
    Student:Staff Ratio
  • 26%
    International Students
  • 57 : 43
    Female:Male Ratio


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