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Hamilton: University of Waikato
Hamilton, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall,
Spring
Homepage: Click to visit
Program Dates &
Deadlines:
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Restrictions: PSU applicants only
Budget Sheets Fall,
Spring
Fact Sheet:
Housing:
Apartment, Dormitory, Homestay
Minimum GPA:
2.75
Class Standing:
3 - Junior
Courses Offered:
Accounting, Agriculture, Animal Science, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Business/Management/Finance, Chemistry, Chinese, Communications, Computer Science, Culture, Economics, Education, Electrical Engineering, Electronics, Engineering, English, Environmental Studies, French, Gender Studies, Geography, German, History, Hospitality Studies, International Relations, Japanese, Language, Law, Linguistics, Management, Maori, Marketing, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Religious Studies, Sciences, Social Sciences/Sociology, Sociology, Spanish, Statistics, Teaching ESL, Theatre, Tourism, Women's Studies
Type of Program:
Direct Enrollment
Education Abroad Adviser:
Whitney Longnecker
Internship Available:
Yes
Non-Penn State Students:
No
Global Programs Scholarships:
Diversity Grant-in-Aid, Grant-in-Aid
Grad/Undergrad:
Undergraduate
Program Description:
 

Program Overview     


The 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.
 
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). 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


You 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 fulfill GHA (General Health and Activity) general education requirements abroad.

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.

*The University Office of Global Programs is committed to making its websites accessible to all users. As such we are currently developing a new course equivalency database which will launch in Academic Year 2014-2015. In the meantime if you require an accessible version of the course equivalency information provided for this program please contact educationabroad@psu.edu.

 

Pre-requisites


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.

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



For more information on program costs, please be sure to review the Fall 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



Penn 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.
 

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 GeoBlogs 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.
 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2014 09/15/2013
**
Rolling Admission 03/03/2014 06/27/2014
Fall 2014 01/20/2014
03/15/2014 07/14/2014 11/08/2014
NOTE: The first day of classes is July 14, students will be required to arrive in time for a mandatory orientation for which the dates are TBD.
Spring 2015 05/01/2014
06/30/2014 01/01/2015 01/02/2015
NOTE: NOTE: Please note: The dates listed above are not the actual dates of the program. At a later date your program dates will be provided to you. Should you have any questions, please follow up with your Education Abroad advisor.
Fall 2015 01/20/2015 03/15/2015 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