New Zealand

University of Waikato

Before you meet with an education abroad advisor be sure to complete the "Advising Form" linked at the top of this page.

Please note that you will not be able to apply for semester or yearlong education abroad program until you've met with an education abroad advisor. To make an appointment, please contact or call the Center for Global Education at 630-637-5132.

Program Overview  

Eligible participants must be at junior or senior level with a 3.0 GPA preferred.

This program is limited to two students per academic year. Additional fees may apply.

The University of Waikato is an innovative and student focused university located in the heart of the North Island, making it a great hub to explore some of the best surfing, hiking, adventure sports and natural wonders in New Zealand. Just 1.5 hours south of Auckland, the park-like campus in Hamilton has over 12,000 students and provides a vibrant student culture reflective of its deep connection to Maori culture and community.

Study abroad students can choose from courses in any subject, including arts, social sciences, computing and mathematical sciences, education, Maori studies, science, engineering and business. Waikato also offers for-credit internships for business students in local corporations, nonprofits and government agencies in the areas of accounting, economics, finance, human resources, supply chain, communication, marketing, strategic management and international management. Academic pre-requisites and preprofessional experience may be required for internship candidates.

University of Waikato website

Internship opportunities are available in the areas of accounting, economics, finance, human resources, supply chain, communication, marketing, strategic management and international management.

Academic Credit

Students are required to complete GLS 277 in the spring term prior to studying abroad in the fall.

Students earn 12-15 credits, depending on courses selected, at Waikato. All grades earned abroad affect your North Central College GPA when transferred back. Students cannot take courses pass/fail.  

To view course option and description, click here.

Note:  Students must have courses pre-approved by North Central College prior to taking them abroad. If students change their course schedules while abroad, they must get these changes approved. Some departments only permit students to take a certain number of courses that count toward their major abroad. To ensure that all courses count towards their degrees, students must get their department's approval.

Housing & Meals

Students live on-campus in shared cottages in Orchard Park. Students have their own bedrooms in a four- or six-person cottage, with a shared kitchen, bathroom, living and dining space.There is an Orchard Park recreation room for all residents to share in the community.

Meals:  there is no meal plan included in this program fee. Students prepare their own meals in a shared kitchen with their flat/cottage mates.

Estimated Costs

Students in Direct Enrollment programs (i.e. Universidad Viña del Mar) pay North Central College tuition plus a $4,000 program fee. A $30 non-refundable application fee is due at the time of application submission. This program fee includes placement, orientation and guidance fees, as well as standard self-catered housing. The College selects accommodations; if students choose to upgrade, they are responsible for paying any difference in cost. Unless otherwise noted, the fee does not include airfare, travel to and from airport, meals, visa fees, departure tax, books, national insurance, personal travel or spending money. North Central College financial aid does apply.