University of Waikato

401–500 th
World University Rankings 2019
44 th
Young University Rankings 2014
Gate 1 Knighton Road, Private Bag 3105, Hamilton 3240, New Zealand

About University of Waikato

Welcome to the University of Waikato, New Zealand

The University of Waikato was developed by the people, for the people (Ko te Tangata). We are a university driven by a passion for knowledge, a desire to challenge traditional thinking, and a commitment to our students’ success. 

At Waikato, we’re serious about securing a future for everyone. Our research tackles issues of national and global importance. Our academics are providing the next generation of leaders with skills to ensure a viable, sustainable and safe future for us all.


  • Access to academics who are leaders in their fields
  • More than 2000 opportunities for industry placements each year
  • An all-in-one campus in Hamilton for students to study live and socialise
  • A New state-of-the-art campus opening in Tauranga city in early 2019
  • A multicultural campus, with students from more than 80 countries.


We cater to all levels of study; from pathway and English language programmes to PhD study. Our eight faculties offer a wide range of study options, including:

  • Arts and social sciences
  • Business and management
  • Computing, cyber security, and mathematical sciences
  • Education and teaching
  • Health, sport and human performance
  • Law
  • Maori and indigenous studies
  • Science and engineering
  • Foundation Studies
  • English Language

All international students must meet academic and English language entry requirements.

As an international student you may be entitled to domestic PhD fees, averaging about $6000 – $6500 a year (2018 fees)

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We are one of New Zealand’s leading research organisations with seven research institutes that contribute towards solving national and international issues. We play a vital role in the country’s economy and make a significant contribution to international innovation. Our key research areas are:

  • Environmental science
  • Demography and economic analysis
  • Business and leadership
  • Professional learning and development
  • Education, Māori and indigenous development
  • Security and crime science



We are committed to supporting students throughout their time at Waikato so they achieve success. We also work to ensure students enjoy their student experience and create lasting memories. More than 90% of our students are satisfied with their experience at Waikato (International Student Barometer Survey 2018).

Services include:

  • International orientation events
  • Immigration and visa requirements
  • Academic and learning support
  • International buddy programme
  • Careers advice
  • Disability support services
  • Accommodation Support
  • Health and wellbeing services
  • Waikato Students’ Union


Purpose-built facilities

Student Centre – Hamilton

This is a multi-functional space with fully equipped library, five-star rated for sustainability. This facility is also the information centre for students and the hub for most of our student support services. Study spaces and computers are available to students.

Coastal Marine Field Station - Tauranga

The Coastal Marine Field Station is a key contributor to marine research. Here, students have the opportunity to put their learning into practice.

Adams Centre for High-Performance – Tauranga

A cutting-edge, world-class facility for the nation’s best athletes to train and prepare for competition on the world stage. The centre includes facilities for sport science and research by University of Waikato students and academics.

Sport Science Lab – Hamilton

Located at the Avantidrome in nearby Cambridge, Waikato staff and students work in the lab to provide specialist fitness testing services for recreational and high-performance athletes, sports teams and schools.

Cyber Security Lab – Hamilton

Located in the Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences in Hamilton, the lab was one of the first of its kind in New Zealand. Its focus is to develop solutions that enable computer users to know their data provenance, and to preserve the privacy and utility of data.  


Hamilton, New Zealand

A beautiful riverside city in New Zealand’s North Island, Hamilton is a relaxed and multicultural city with a strong economy. The city makes a major contribution to New Zealand’s innovation and research and is fast becoming a business hub for information technology businesses.

Hamilton enjoys a vibrant café scene and there are many spaces and places to connect with nature on river walks, bush treks and at the internationally acclaimed Hamilton Gardens. Located in the centre of the island, Hamilton is close to some of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions, and the city centres of Auckland and Tauranga.

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Key statistics

  • 17.1
    No. of students per staff
  • 18%
    Percentage of International Students
  • 58 : 42
    Student Ratio of Females to Males
  • 9,805
    Number of FTE Students
Based on data collected for the (1) 2019 World University Rankings



University of Waikato
University of Waikato
University of Waikato