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 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.
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 but students from any major can seek an internship placement. 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
Subject, Unit or Paper
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
For 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
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 theFunding Study Abroadsection 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.
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
Visit the How to Apply section of our website for more information.