University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

University of Waikato, Hamilton, New Zealand

University Profile

The University of Waikato, informally Waikato University, is a comprehensive university in Hamilton, New Zealand established in 1964, with a satellite campus located in Tauranga.The University of Waikato began in 1956 after Hamilton locals launched a petition for a university to serve the needs of the South Auckland region. Undergraduate degrees are also offered through a satellite location on the campus of Zhejiang University City College in Hangzhou. The main Hamilton campus is spread over 64 hectares of landscaped gardens and lakes, and includes extensive sporting and recreational areas. In Tauranga, the University shares campuses with the Bay of Plenty Polytechnic at Windermere Campus and the Bongard Centre in Tauranga’s CBD. The Hamilton campus was originally farmland. Designed by architect John Blake-Kelly in 1964, the open space landscaping contains extensive native plantings, including a fernery, centred around three artificial lakes, created by draining marshy paddocks.


The University operates from two campuses, Hamilton, and Tauranga.


In the latest 2018 QS rankings, The University of Waikato leapt more than 100 places in three years to 292nd place – in the top 1.1 percent of the world’s 26,000 universities.

Why choose University of Waikato

  • It is ranked in the top 250 in 12 subjects, and as a leader in student support we’re a friendly, welcoming environment for international students.
  • It is ranked amongst some of the best in the world in education, student services and overall university experience.
  • With more than 2,000 international students our student population is diverse with more than 70 nationalities represented.
  • Second in NZ for student support and 46th in world – so you’ll receive individualized support with study, settling in, health and counselling, international buddy programme and careers support.
  • Connections with more than 228 universities around the world and more than 2,000 industry placements.