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*UMD: Study in New Zealand - University of Waikato
Hamilton, New Zealand
Program Terms: Academic Year,
Calendar Year,
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2015 10/15/2014** Rolling Admission 03/02/2015 06/26/2015
Calendar Year 2015 10/15/2014** Rolling Admission 07/13/2015 11/06/2015
Academic Year 2015-2016 03/15/2015** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** 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:
GPA: 2.5 Language of Instruction: English
Class Standing: 2-Sophmore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Internships Available: No
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
  • Population of Hamilton: 175,000
  • Distance to Auckland: 70 miles
  • Distance to Sydney, Australia: 1,400 miles

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, a two-hour drive, is famous for its Maori cultural center and geothermal activity, including geysers and thermal pools. The largest city in New Zealand and capital city, Auckland, is located just north of Hamilton. Of course, the Waikato region also 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. 

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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.)

All paper outlines (syllabi) must be reviewed at UMD. It is highly recommended that classes are reviewed prior to program participation.

Program Costs

Spring Term 2014
Program Cost: $11,729
Estimated Out-Of-Pocket Costs: $7,233
Estimated Total Cost: $18,962

Compare this program cost to UMD’s cost of attendance
MD's semester cost this year is $11,732.

What’s included in the program cost?
  • Personalized advising
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Tuition
  • CISI international travel, health and security coverage
  • 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
View the University of Waikato breakdown of costs. These estimated costs do not include the application fee. Financial aid is available. Credits taken on study abroad programs cannot be used in tuition banding. Use the IEO budget worksheet to compare the costs of this program with others. Apply for scholarships.

The University of Waikato offers on-campus or off-campus housing for study abroad students.

Living on-campus provides a friendly community with New Zealand and international students all while being right on campus. All on-campus housing options offer individual bedrooms via catered or self-catered placements. Catered housing 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 to prepare meals independently. Select housing from one of the four residence halls: College Hall, Bryant Hall, Student Village or Orchard Park. Orchard Park tends to hosts upper classmen and graduate students.

On-campus housing is in high demand, thus, placement cannot be guaranteed. However, past students who have applied for housing early on have had no issues with getting an on-campus housing placement. For more information go to Waikato’s housing.

Off-campus housing is arranged by individual students, but assistance is given by the University of Waikato’s Off-Campus Accommodation Office. It can take time to research, find and secure off-campus housing. Therefore, if a placement is not secured prior to arriving in Hamilton, temporary accommodation can be arranged until a permanent placement is sorted. More information about off-campus housing at Waikato’s off-campus accommodation.

NOTE: On-campus housing is in high demand; early application is encouraged.

Travel Documents
A passport valid for 6 months beyond the end of the program is required. Additionally, a New Zealand visa is required for participation on the program. Assistance with the visa application will be given by IEO.

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Know the following program information to provide on the online application:

Country: New Zealand
Program Name: UMD Study in New Zealand – University of Waikato

Completed applications require an essay and an unofficial transcript. A non-refundable application fee of $50 will be billed to the student’s One Stop account upon submission of an online application.

NOTE:  Although applications are received and processed at UMD, the University of Waikato will issue final acceptance.

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