Program Overview

The World Endeavors Study Abroad program in New Zealand takes place at the University of Waikato, an internationally recognised university that excels in teaching excellence and research. This university prides itself on smaller class sizes, better access to lecturers and a wide range of support services and student clubs. From Maori and Indigenous Studies, to Mathematical Sciences and Management, there is a broad range of courses for you.

When you choose to study at the Hamilton campus of the University of Waikato, you will find a welcoming and diverse community. Take advantage of some of the best sports clubs and facilities in New Zealand, or enjoy the proximity to the city center and soak up the cultural activities.


Choosing to study abroad with World Endeavours at the University of Waikato is an experience that will broaden your worldview and deepen your understanding of yourself and others. With the highest percentage of Maori domestic students in New Zealand, you will have the opportunity to learn about the Maori culture that is such a central part of New Zealand.

The OMEN Esports Arena on campus is a unique facility that will provide experience and potential career pathways into the growing esports industry. With the many on and off campus events, you will always be entertained.


  • Approval received from the home university.
  • Current official undergraduate degree transcript.
  • Valid passport until at least 6 months after your program end date. Copy of your passport (photo page).
  • Most students will be required to obtain a study visa. The application process can be extensive but World Endeavors staff will walk you through it!


With the campus of the University of Waikato just over two miles from the Hamilton city center, you will be able to soak up all the nightlife on offer. Saunter along the banks of the Waikato River and enjoy the buzz of some of the best restaurants, bars and clubs that New Zealand has to offer. Soak up the diverse cultures of the friendly locals, and expand your global network of colleagues and friends.

For the outdoor enthusiast, you can enjoy riverside walks and cycling along the Waikato River, or head out into the Waikato region for hikes and trails, or head to the top of the Wairere Falls for a breathtaking view of Waikato.


Students studying at the University of Waikato have a wide choice of accommodation. You can stay on campus in one of the halls of residence, apartments, studios or units, or you can choose a homestay option, where you stay with a New Zealand family and learn more about the local culture.

Life in Waikato

Situated on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, the city of Hamilton offers all the benefits of a bustling big city, but with a small town feel. Visit the award-winning Hamilton Gardens with its web of paths that will take you from classic Italy to Zen-like Asia, or the Waikato Museum and the Hamilton Zoo. Explore Hamilton’s central precinct on foot and sample some of the cafes and bars that line its streets.

When you study in Hamilton, you can make the most of this city’s central location by visiting Auckland, the surfing haven of Raglan or the famous town of Hobbiton from Lord of the Rings.

Support whilst in New Zealand

World Endeavors study abroad programs offer full support, starting with airport pickup and accommodation transfer upon arrival followed by an on-site orientation covering health, safety, and local tips. Emergency support from your in-country coordinator, 24/7 travel medical insurance, and continuous contact with your advisor for additional assistance throughout the program helps you feel secure and supported. Whatever challenges life throws your way, we’ve got you covered!


Academic credit and transcripts are issued by the University of Waikato after the successful completion of the program. The University of Waikato is a fully-accredited, state-recognized institution of higher learning, and will help you develop the skills you need to succeed, with a mix of lecture-style tuition and practical experience.

The World Endeavors process is designed to take the guesswork out of academic credit and credit transfers. Our experienced advisors work with each student and his or her academic advisor before the program begins to ensure students earn the credit expected for courses taken abroad.


Applicants to study abroad with World Endeavors must have completed high school (or equivalent), and, in most cases, must be at least 18 years of age. While some programs have minimum GPA requirements and require that applicants be currently enrolled in a college or university, others are open to all participants regardless of age or student status. Please contact a World Endeavors advisor for more detailed eligibility criteria.

Course Load

There are over 149 courses on offer at the University of Waikato. These are lecture- and seminar-based, with significant independent study expected. We recommend students take only four courses per semester. Students may take five courses per semester with approval from their Academic or Study Abroad Advisor first.

What's Included/ Costs


  • Dedicated Program Advisor who is accessible and experienced
  • Tuition: 12-18 credits per semester (up to 5 courses)
  • Academic transcript from the University of Waikato 
  • Pre and post arrival orientation; re-entry guidance
  • Student services and learning support
  • Access to university facilities
  • 24/7 emergency phone support
  • Airport reception and welcome
  • Student housing accommodations
  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Travel visa guidance and support
  • Advice on how to get a local phone number


  • Round-trip transportation to HAMILTON
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses
Study in New Zealand (University of Waikato)
Cost: $19,895

Dates & Deadlines

Trimester B

July 9 - October 14

Application Deadline: March 15, 2024

Trimester C

November 11 - February 17

Application Deadline: July 15, 2024

Trimester A 2025

February 27 - June 3

Application Deadline: October 15, 2024

Program dates listed are for reference only and are subject to change. Please wait until after acceptance and you have received the confirmed dates to book any flights.

Link to full calendar

Every World Endeavors Study Abroad Program Includes

Our study abroad programs are as unique as our destinations, but there are program features that unify all of our study experiences.


  • Top accredited universities
  • Flexible durations – 2 to 4 weeks to a full academic year
  • Expansive destination options
  • English instruction offered in all locations


  • Vetted campus accommodations selected with quality and safety in mind
  • Friendly community of peers from local host country and around the world


  • Dedicated one-on-one advisor
  • Local on-site coordinator


  • Airport pickup
  • Pre-arrival and on-site orientation
  • 24/7 local support
  • Activities and cultural engagement
  • On-campus social events, clubs and sports


  • Professional assistance and collaboration with home institution on course approvals and credit transfers
  • Transcript received directly from university abroad


  • Comprehensive travel medical insurance
  • Mental Health First Aid-certified staff
  • 24/7 emergency travel assistance


When you feel safe and respected abroad, you will flourish. World Endeavors participants are transformed through enriching, rewarding and safe experiences around the world. We meticulously monitor travel recommendations and will only facilitate programs where we can ensure our participants’ safety. 

We take key steps to ensure our participants’ well-being, including providing a pre-trip success guide, 24/7 local support, in-country trained staff, pre and post-arrival orientation, comprehensive travel medical insurance, and Mental Health First Aid-certified staff. Please contact us if you have any specific questions or concerns.


New Zealand, with its breathtaking landscapes, outdoor adventures, and rich cultural experiences, offers a variety of things to do in your spare time. Here are some recommendations:

  • Experience Maori Culture: Witness Maori traditions and performances, and attend feasts (hangi).
  • Go Wine Tasting: New Zealand is famous for its wines, especially Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Marlborough and Central Otago are key wine regions.
  • Visit Milford Sound: One of New Zealand’s most famous natural attractions in Fiordland National Park, where you can go cruising or kayaking.
  • Buy Arts & Crafts: Explore local markets and galleries to discover New Zealand’s unique arts and crafts, such as Maori carvings and Pounamu (greenstone) jewelry.

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New Zealand FAQs

Do I Need a Visa to Travel to New Zealand?

Whether you need a visa to travel to New Zealand depends on your nationality, the type of program you will do, and the duration of your stay. If you’re from a visa-waiver country, you do not need a visa to visit New Zealand for up to three months (or up to six months if you’re from the UK). However, you are required to obtain an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before traveling. Once you apply for a World Endeavors program, our expert advisors will guide you through every step of the visa process, so you won’t have to worry about anything!

When is the Best Time to Travel to New Zealand?

The best time to travel to New Zealand depends on what you want to experience, as the country offers diverse activities throughout the year. New Zealand is located in the Southern Hemisphere, so its seasons are opposite to those in the Northern Hemisphere, with summer from December to February and winter from June to August. Spring blooms from September to November, while autumn offers vibrant foliage from March to May.

Is it Safe to Travel to New Zealand?

New Zealand is generally considered one of the safest countries for travelers in terms of crime and personal security. The country has a low crime rate, though, as with any destination, it’s always advisable to take standard precautions like not leaving valuables in plain sight in a car and being aware of your surroundings in larger cities at night. New Zealand’s geographical location is prone to natural hazards, including earthquakes, volcanic activity, and severe weather. It’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with safety procedures for these events before any trip to New Zealand.

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Driving non-stop from the top of the North Island (Cape Reinga) to the bottom (Wellington) would take roughly 12 to 15 hours. Going from the top (Picton) to the bottom (Bluff) of the South Island non-stop takes around 12 hours.

Where is New Zealand?

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The World Endeavors Study Abroad program in New Zealand takes place at the University of Waikato, an internationally recognised university that excels in teaching excellence and research. This university prides itself on smaller class sizes, better access to lecturers and a wide range of support services and student clubs. From Maori and Indigenous Studies, to Mathematical Sciences and Management, there is a broad range of courses for you.

How to apply for a Study Abroad Program

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