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  • Locations: Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Calendar Year, Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 03/02/2020 06/26/2020
Calendar Year 2020 10/15/2019 ** Rolling Admission 03/02/2020 11/06/2020
Academic Year 2020-2021 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2020 03/15/2020 ** Rolling Admission 07/13/2020 11/06/2020

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Click here for a definition of this term Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships or Service Learning Available: Yes
Housing: Apartment, Dormitory Type of Program: Direct Enroll
Program Description:

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Program Highlights

  • Study at one of New Zealand’s progressive and innovative top universities
  • Delve into the Maori culture and history, which frames much of daily life in New Zealand
  • Participate in exciting outdoor recreation opportunities such as surfing, kayaking, hiking, bungee jumping, and zorbing

Program Overview

Hamilton, known as a college town, sits on the banks of the Waikato River on New Zealand‘s North Island. Education and research are paramount to Hamilton’s economic development. The city center is a particularly vibrant area, with many shops, eateries and entertainment offerings. Beyond the lively city, the Waikato region offers rolling green pastures and fascinating landscapes to explore. West of Hamilton is the coastal town Raglan, a surfer’s paradise. South of Hamilton, the iconic Waitomo Caves offer visitors caving adventures: abseiling, black water rafting,and glow worm cave explorations. Nearby Rotorua is famous for its Maori cultural center and geothermal activity, including geysers and thermal pools. Located just south of New Zealand's largest city Auckland, the Waikato region has starred as Middle-earth in “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit” series.

The University of Waikato is one of the most innovative and modern universities in New Zealand. With a student population at 13,000, it is similar in size to UMD. The university hosts a diverse student body that includes over 2,000 international students and about 2,500 Maori students. In fact, it welcomes the highest percentage of Maori students in New Zealand. Culture and language is a significant part of the university’s identity as well as the local community. The university encourages participating in the indigenous culture and history by offering plenty of opportunities for students to get involved. 


This video was created by Andrew Achter. He studied in New Zealand fall semester 2016.



University of Waikato
At the University of Waikato, classes/courses are called papers, and credits are called points. Papers are typically worth 10 (3 UMD credits), 15 (4 UMD credits), or 20 points (5 UMD credits). Enrollment for one term must be at a minimum of 50 points, but recommended to be at 60. Grades earned at the University of Waikato are directly equivalent to UMD grades. The only exception is an A+ cannot be issued at UMD, and will be converted to an A.

Important Dates

The University of Waikato's academic calendar can be viewed here.

Fall Semester 2019 (Waikato's Semester B)

  • Move-in:  29-30 June 2019
  • Orientation:  1 - 5 July 2019
  • Semester:  8 July - 1 November 2019

Spring Semester 2020 (Waikato's Semester A) 

  • Move-in:  22-23 February 2020
  • Orientation: 24-28 February 2020
  • Semester:  2 March - 26 June 2020
**Do not make travel arrangements until you have been officially accepted by the University of Waikato** 

Featured Student Story: Andrew Achter


Semester Program Costs

Click the links for detailed cost breakdowns for the University of Waikato:

Fall 2019 Term Costs:
Program Fee: $10,558
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Expenses: $8,725
Estimated Total Cost: $19,283

Academic Year 2019–20 Costs:
Program Fee: $21,445
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $15,800
Estimated Total Cost: $37,245

Spring 2020 Term Costs:
Program Fee: $10,887 
Estimated Out-of-Pocket Costs: $8,735
Estimated Total Cost: $19,622

Compare this program cost to UMD's cost of attendance for an academic year.

If you do not see a cost estimate for the semester/term you intend to go abroad, the cost has not yet been determined. Please note cost estimates and fees may change depending on international economic factors. UMD Study Abroad delays the posting of final fees until enrollments, inflation, and exchange rates are determined in order to provide students with the most accurate pricing. We strive to post final fees by October 1 for Spring programs, March 1 for May/Summer programs, and May 1 for Fall and Academic year programs.

What’s included in the program fee?

  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • On-site pick-up service from the Auckland airport
  • Entry visa assistance
  • On-site orientation
  • On-site staff support
  • Foreign transcript issuance
  • Grade posting at UMD
  • Foreign course evaluation at UMD
  • Re-entry support

Financial Aid

Consult with One Stop to see how financial aid can apply to study abroad

  • Receive guidance about all things money related
  • Ask for estimates and budget samples
  • Learn when and how financial aid is disbursed
  • Ask about other scholarship opportunities & loan info


Plan your budget

Download this Study Abroad Budget Planning Form to estimate costs. Create duplicates to compare this program with others. 


The University of Waikato offers on-campus or off-campus housing. Living on-campus provides a friendly community with New Zealand and international students. On-campus housing offers individual bedrooms via catered or self-catered placements. Catered residents share facilities and have a meal plan. Self-catered placements involve living in an apartment or cottage with up to five other students, while having a full kitchen. Housing residence halls include: College Hall, Bryant Hall, Student Village and Orchard Park. Orchard Park tends to hosts upperclassmen and graduate students.

On-campus housing is in high demand, so apply early.  For more information go to Waikato’s housing webpage.

Off-campus housing would be arranged by you, but assistance is given by the University of Waikato’s Off-Campus Accommodation Office. If a placement is not secured prior to arriving in Hamilton, temporary accommodation can be arranged. More information about off-campus housing at Waikato’s off-campus accommodation

Travel Documents

  • Get a passport. It takes 6 weeks to receive your passport. Make sure your passport expiration date lasts at least 6 months after your program ends
  • A New Zealand visa is required. Assistance will be given by our office.
  • Roundtrip airfare should only be purchased after official acceptance from the foreign university 

How to Apply

A $50 non-refundable application fee will be billed to your One Stop account upon submission of your online application. Provide the following program info when you apply:

Center Name: UMD Study Abroad
Education Abroad Term: (Fall/Spring/Calendar year etc.)
Country: New Zealand
Program Name: Study in Hamilton, New Zealand

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After you apply

  1. You will receive an email confirmation with a link to your application checklist
  2. Follow instructions for submitting your checklist items on time
  3. Your UMD study abroad program coordinator will review your application and monitor the progress of your checklist
  4. Your program coordinator (or short-term program leader) will confirm your acceptance
  5. Once accepted, you must complete a confirmation checklist to confirm your participation
  6. Once we receive your confirmation, your account will be billed

NOTE: Although applications are received and processed at UMD, the University of Waikato will issue final acceptance. 
If you decide to cancel, you must login to the application system and submit a “Cancel Request.” 

UMD Program Contact

Contact Jerolyn Bruns, the Study Abroad Program Coordinator with any questions.

UMD Study Abroad
UMD 138 Kirby Plaza
1208 Kirby Drive
Duluth MN 55812
(218) 726 8764 or (877) 755-4200


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