The World Endeavors Study in New Zealand program takes place at the University of Waikato. The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand’s major public universities with a comprehensive range of courses in many fields. It’s renowned for its diverse student body and the high quality of its academic offerings, including business, sciences, and Maori studies. Waikato has a higher percentage of Maori students than any other university in New Zealand, so it is an ideal place to learn about the original culture of these islands. The academic system is based on the British university tradition. All professors are active researchers in their fields, and students get a high degree of personal attention from their instructors. The welcoming local culture, beautiful natural setting, and highly international student body make this program a great opportunity to explore all New Zealand has to offer.


As a top-notch public university, the University of Waikato is a great choice for students who want to choose from a wide selection of classes in English, work closely with expert instructors, and have access to high-quality campus resources. The friendly, diverse student body is an asset for students wishing to make friends and get involved with campus life. And the spectacular natural features of the region make Waikato a perfect fit for students who want to spend time exploring the outdoors.



Hamilton is home to a lush landscape appealing to nature lovers of all kinds, with opportunities to climb mountains, explore dazzling underground caves, and enjoy the South Pacific Ocean. But it’s not just a nature preserve. Hamilton is a thriving university town with an excellent art and history museum, gorgeous botanic gardens, and a sophisticated array of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries. Students and academics travel here from around New Zealand and the world, making for a cosmopolitan local culture. It’s an ideal setting for studying, exploring, making new friends, and delving into the culture of New Zealand.


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“New Zealand is a beautiful adventure. Spend any time here and you’ll start greeting people with the local “kia ora” and find perfect strangers turning into lifelong friends. Photos simply cannot do the islands justice – but those rolling green hills and teal blue waters will be ingrained in your mind forever. New Zealand is a place where people go skydiving during the day, dancing during the night, and still find time to stop and gawk at how bright the stars are. I’ve never traveled somewhere that instantly felt so much like home. I can’t wait to go back.”

- Sydney, Marketing Assistant

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Academic credit and transcripts will be issued by the University of Waikato after the program is successfully completed. The University of Waikato is a fully-accredited New Zealand institution of higher learning.

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 this program must have:
•    A GPA of at least 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
•    Fluency in English
•    At least one completed year of university study


Students take four to five courses per semester.


Contact World Endeavors for assistance.


Students live in shared accommodations on or off campus. Most student housing is within a five-minute walk of campus services, including the library, recreation center, and computing facilities. All housing is subject to availability, so students are advised to register early. If there is no on-campus, self-catered housing available, off-campus housing or catered housing may be substituted at an additional cost to the student.

Dates And Costs

SPRING SEMESTER:   February 25th – June 21st, 2019

– Application Deadline: November 1st, 2018

FALL SEMESTER:  July 8th – November 1st, 2019

 – Application Deadline: April 1st, 2019


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.


Program Name Cost
Study In New Zealand (University Of Waikato) $15,490


  • Dedicated Program Advisor who is accessible and experienced
  • Tuition: 12-18 credits per semester (up to 5 courses)
  • Academic transcript from University of Waikato
  • Pre and post arrival orientation; re-entry guidance
  • Student services and learning support
  • 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
  • Housing security deposit (refundable)
  • Meals
  • Visa expenses
  • Optional trips and excursions
  • Textbooks and other course materials
  • Daily transportation
  • Personal expenses


How To Apply

Congratulations on your decision to embark on a life-changing experience abroad! We look forward to working with you to make your trip memorable and meaningful.

For most applicants, the first step is to contact a World Endeavors advisor. Our advisors are available to answer questions and offer guidance along the way. With our help, you may be surprised at how easily your dream of going abroad can become a reality.

Enrollment in the World Endeavors program begins formally with an application. Due to visa requirements and other processes involved in coordinating international programs, participants are encouraged to submit their applications as far in advance as possible. We recommend that applications be submitted prior to the program application deadline. If your intended program's deadline has passed, contact World Endeavors for more information.