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Fact Sheet:
Education Abroad Adviser:
Erica Nikolaisen
Minimum GPA:
Class Standing:
2 - Sophomore
Language of Instruction:
Language Requirement:
0 semesters
Internship Available:
Fields of Study:
Accounting, Advertising, Agricultural Sciences, Animal Science, Anthropology, Biochemistry, Biological Engineering, Biology, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Chinese, Civil Engineering, Communications, Computer Science, Data Sciences, Earth and Mineral Sciences, Economics, Ecosystems, Education, Electrical Engineering, Engineering, Engineering Design, English, Environmental Engineering, Environmental Studies, Finance, Forensic Science, French, Geography, Geosciences, Global Studies, Graphic Design, Health and Human Development, Health Policy and Administration, History, Human Development and Family Studies, International Business, Japanese, Labor and Employment Relations, Linguistics, Literature, Management, Marketing, Materials Science, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Mechanics, Media Studies, Molecular Biology, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Recreation, Park, and Tourism Management, Religious Studies, Science, Security and Risk Analysis, Sociology, Statistics, Supply Chain, Sustainability, Theatre, Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Program Description:

Program Overview     

Waikato RiverThe University of Waikato was opened in 1964. The university's academic staff are internationally recognized for their teaching and research expertise. The University of Waikato has a reputation for modern thinking, innovation and academic excellence, and offers flexible programs of study with a commitment to high-quality education. The university is located in Hamilton, on the north island of New Zealand. Although Hamilton is the 4th-largest city in New Zealand, it retains a smaller-city feeling and offers a wide variety of shopping, cultural, and recreational activities. Waikato offers a large selection of courses, with strengths in business and management, liberal arts, communication studies, computing and math, engineering, sport and leisure studies, Maori/Pacific Island studies, music, sciences, and tourism. For more information about specific courses, use the on-site course catalog.

To learn more about the University of Waikato you can view their YouTube Channel or visit the University of Waikato Study Abroad website. And be sure to check out their virtual campus tour!


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Education Abroad Credits

Waikato - Maori CourseYou will receive credit for all academic courses taken at this institution, and all of your grades from abroad will count toward your Penn State cumulative GPA. You may not take any courses overseas on a Pass/Fail basis. Students may not take sport or physical activity courses (e.g. sailing, bowling, yoga, etc.) abroad. These courses will not be credited at Penn State.

You will take regular courses with local students at this institution. Course registration takes place during your on-site orientation period, so enrollment in particular courses cannot be guaranteed in advance of arrival. You may enroll in any courses for which space is available and for which you meet the host institution's requirements or prerequisites. You must take what the host institution considers to be a full-time load (generally, the equivalent of 12-15 Penn State credits, about 60 University of Waikato credits). 

Internships are offered on this program for academic credit. The internship course is housed within the Waikato Management School. Previous placements have included top class hotels, Fortune 500 companies, sporting organizations, local government and more.

New Zealand and United States Academic Terms

When viewing the on-site course catalog, please note that the New Zealand academic terms are different than what is used in the United States.

Academic Terms Used in the United States and New Zealand
New Zealand Term
United States Term
School or College
Paper Outline
Semester A
Spring semester
Semester B
Fall semester

To see what kind of credit students in past semesters have received for courses taken on this program, visit the Hamilton Course Equivalency List. Keep in mind you will need to complete the course equivalency process once you have been accepted to your program and after you have completed your registration abroad. To obtain specific instructions on this process visit our Course Equivalencies page. To learn how the courses on this program can work into your individual degree audit, meet with your academic adviser.


Successful applicants will satisfy the pre-requisites established by the program.

Housing and Meals

You can choose to live in a dormitory or student apartment, where you will be responsible for providing your own meals. Home stays with local families are also available. Review the University of Waikato housing website for further details.

By studying abroad in New Zealand, you will live in one of the world's best countries to live abroad. Housing costs in New Zealand can vary significantly between the different residential colleges and off-campus options. Students are responsible for researching the different housing options in order to choose their best option. Review the notes section of the budget sheet for more details on the varying costs.

Program Costs

Waikato SportFor more information on program costs, please be sure to review the fall budget sheet and spring budget sheet. These budget sheets include information on costs that are billable to the bursar bill, as well as estimated additional costs. Costs vary by program, so it is important to review this information carefully.

Please note that tuition rates may vary depending on major and class standing.


Financial Aid & Scholarships

Waikat Village GreenPenn State students studying through Education Abroad can use most components of their existing financial aid packages toward the cost of study abroad. This may include federal and state grants, VA educational benefits, federal student loans, and University scholarships and grants. Notable exceptions include work-study awards and some athletic scholarships.

The University Office of Global Programs also administers a number of grants and scholarships. Eligibility is based on academic excellence and/or financial need. There is also funding available for study abroad programs in diverse locations and for students from diverse backgrounds. In most cases, applicants should have a current year FAFSA on file with the Office of Student Aid. Funding opportunities may also be available through Penn State academic departments. For detailed information on financial aid and scholarship opportunities and application procedures, please visit the Funding Study Abroad section of the Global Penn State website.

Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards

Education New Zealand and New Zealand tertiary institutions are supporting Generation Study Abroad students with excellence and travel awards. Two scholarships are available:
  • Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards offer $2,000 to help students fund their flight to New Zealand.
  • Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards offer $500 for study at one of the eight New Zealand Universities.
Visit the Generation Study Abroad Excellence and Travel Awards website for further details and application instructions. 

For More Information

For more information about programs and education abroad at Penn State, we encourage you to meet with or contact our Peer Advisers. These study abroad returnees can explain program options, give an overview of the education abroad process, as well as provide information about his/her program. If you are not at University Park, contact your Campus Global Representative

To learn more about the specifics of each program, schedule an appointment with the education abroad adviser for this program.

For the inside scoop on life in a foreign country, be sure to check out the Student Spotlights of Penn State students currently studying abroad.

How to Apply

If you would like to participate on this study abroad program, you will need to apply to Penn State Education Abroad by clicking the "Apply Now" button on this page. 

You must complete the following materials in your application:

  •  Education Abroad Questionnaire
  •  One academic recommendation
  •  Signature Documents

Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.

Studying Abroad with a Disability

Many students with disabilities successfully study abroad each year. Please note that other cultures may have different attitudes and available accommodations regarding disabilities. While we cannot guarantee the accessibility of all program sites and locations, specific accommodations may be arranged in consultation with our office, the Student Disability Resources office, and our partners abroad. To prepare for success, students are strongly encouraged to research the country and program location to consider if and how they will manage their disabilities abroad in advance of selecting a program. Students with disabilities and other diverse backgrounds can begin their research on our Diversity Awareness Abroad page.

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2018 09/15/2017
Rolling Admission 02/10/2018 06/22/2018
Academic Year 2018-2019 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 TBA TBA
Fall 2018 03/01/2018
03/14/2018 06/30/2018 11/03/2018
NOTE: Start date marks arrival in host country. End date marks departure from program housing.
Spring 2019 09/15/2018
Rolling Admission TBA TBA
Fall 2019 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA
Academic Year 2019-2020 03/01/2019 03/13/2019 TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed