Life in New Zealand is like something out of a movie. Picture days spent enjoying nature-based attractions and activities among rolling green hills, snow-capped mountains and golden beaches alongside friendly wildlife and even friendlier locals — there truly is no better place to strike a work-life balance. It’s little wonder the country holds a reputation for world-class experiences and education. Anyone can bring their goals to life in a land happy to host.
The University of Waikato College is welcoming and supportive. The college was developed to help students progress to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree at the University of Waikato, which ranks #331 in the 2023 QS World University rankings for its focus on research, academic excellence and cutting-edge innovation.
Start with the Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies. The programme prepares students for a University of Waikato undergraduate degree programme, such as its Bachelor of Business, Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Engineering (Hons).
International students who want to dive into their degree studies, for either Business or Computer Science, have the alternative option of completing an International Diploma at the college. After successfully completing this one-year programme, students move into year two of a bachelor’s degree. This means they get to complete both their pathway and degree within three years. Regardless, each journey is enriching.
“Studying at Waikato has completely changed me,” says Foundation student Christian from Indonesia. “For example, the way I think and the way I behave towards people has changed. I’ve learned so much from my experience.”
The college also offers academic and general English language programmes. The Academic English Language programme provides direct entry to degree study without the need for further testing. The programme offers flexible intakes, with multiple points of entry during the year.
Aspiring to undertake a postgraduate degree? Student can opt for the eight-month Diploma in Postgraduate Preparation, which can progress onto a variety of master’s degrees such as the Master of Professional Accounting, the Master of Information Technology or the Master of Nursing Practice.
Ruvin from Colombo, Sri Lanka has been in New Zealand since he was 17. He was seeking a fresh start as he was unable to complete high school back home. The University of Waikato College welcomed him and helped him turn his weaknesses into strengths.
Upon achieving his foundational qualification, Ruvin received not just acceptance, but a scholarship as well from the University of Waikato. Today, he is on campus studying and thriving. With a whole year to go before he graduates with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, he is confident he’s set for a bright future ahead.
“My experience here has been great with beautiful locations, friendly people, and a lovely culture,” he says. “I hope to be successful in my career path and settle down in New Zealand.”
University of Waikato students evolve into career-ready graduates. Ruvin is one of them. The university ensures graduates are ready for their chosen fields of work by requiring them to participate in work-integrated learning to complement their academic knowledge. Through practicums, internships and placements, they undertake genuine tasks while making a name for themselves in their dream industries or organisations.
It’s common for students to develop some form of attachment once they’ve experienced New Zealand’s world of work. Thankfully, there’s no reason why their journeys should come to an end once they graduate. Graduates can apply for a Post Study Work Visa, enabling them to live and work in New Zealand for up to three years, depending on the level of their qualification and their specialisation.
Student Sulin, from China, on the other hand, looks forward to climbing the ranks back home with the international qualification she will soon receive from her top-ranked university. “I chose the Bachelor of Business at the University of Waikato because I think this degree will give me opportunities for jobs in my home country,” she says. “The lecturers and tutors have already helped me so much.”
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