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University of Waikato
Centrally located on New Zealand’s North Island in Hamilton, the University of Waikato makes it easy to take advantage of all New Zealand has to offer. The welcoming, medium-sized university’s small class sizes allow you to work closely with your professors, focusing on both theoretical and practical components in a variety of fields, including at the institution’s triple-accredited (AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS) business school. All majors can also participate in professional internships for credit, while science majors can add a specialized research component to their semester. Outside of class, explore the North Island’s magical landscapes – from black sand beaches to snow-capped mountains – and participate in TEAN-organized cultural events, activities and trips. Though just 90 minutes from Auckland, here you have access to everything the North Island has to offer but without the big city cost.
Study at the University of Waikato, home to a triple-accredited business school, where small class sizes promise personalized, hands-on instruction
Choose to further your professional experience and education with a semester-long internship and research opportunities
Get an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living during our Orientation Excursion in the country’s largest city, Auckland, and the nature-filled, culture-rich Rotorua
Experience the local student scene, with on-campus accommodation in self-catered apartments or catered student dorms
Enjoy living in Hamilton, the perfect base for exploring New Zealand’s North Island offering a mix of urban and rural life
Benefit from access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director and Hamilton-based Resident Advisor for continued support throughout the semester
Get ready for an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living, plus a semester orientation with fellow TEAN students. Explore New Zealand’s rich culture and environments starting in Auckland with a traditional Maori welcome ceremony and hangi dinner at a marae (meeting house). Next, stop at Hobbiton, then discover Rotorua’s renowned geothermal activity (including the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland), soak in natural hot springs, learn a powerful Maori haka, and more. After this packed four program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.
Choose from two university housing options: a private, dorm-style room in a residence hall or a private bedroom in a shared flat. In the residence hall, which includes shared bathrooms, lounge spaces, and a full board meal plan for the hall’s dining room, you’ll live with primarily first-year local and other international students. The self-catered, apartment-style accommodation comes with a bathroom, kitchen, and lounge area designed for five flatmates. Your TEAN Program Manager will provide more information about your housing options once you apply for the program.
Our team works with you from start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Hamilton Resident Advisor for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.Meet the Team
About the University
- Established in 1964 in Hamilton in the middle of NZ’s North Island.
- Traditional, medium-sized university with 12,500 students including 2,500 international students from 80+ different nations.
- University of Waikato’s Management School is triple crown accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA – an honor held by only 100 business schools worldwide.
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is a Waikato alum!
Courses are available in the below disciplines. Click on the Find Courses button to view all available courses (called ‘papers’ in New Zealand). Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester for 45-75 Waikato credits, which usually transfers as 12-16 U.S. semester credits.Find Courses
Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Waikato are divided into seven academic divisions: Arts, Social Sciences and Law, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Health, Sport and Human Performance, Education, Māori and Indigenous Studies, Science and Engineering, and Management.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
TEAN students have the opportunity to complete an internship during their semester in addition to taking 2-3 other classes. Open to all majors, internship placements are available at non-profit organizations, as well as in the corporate and government sectors, and consist of 15 internship hours across 2-3 days each week (180 hours total) that equals 15 Waikato credits, or 3-4 U.S. credits. If interested in interning, you will enroll in 2-3 other classes in addition to the internship course.
Students studying sciences who are in their third year or higher can take a specialized, research-focused science course: SCIEN301 for group projects or SCIEN313 for individual undergraduate research projects. There are several group projects run each semester or you can choose your own research topic (subject to approval), working with expert faculty in fields such as animal behavior, chemistry, coastal processes, earth science, ecology and biodiversity, environmental sciences, hydrology, and more.
Some projects may require specific knowledge or experience with instruments or research methods. Ask your TEAN Program Manager for more information.
- 2.5 GPA. Students with a lower GPA are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
EVENTS & EXCURSIONS
Our local staff organize various activities throughout the semester to help immerse you in the local culture. Each semester includes a minimum of three cultural activities or events, and two coffee catch-ups where you can connect with your Program Manager and other TEAN students. These are all included in your program price! If you have a specific interest or hobby, your Hamilton-based Resident Director can also point you in the right direction.
In addition to the TEAN events, our local team sends out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Hamilton and throughout the country – ranging from community events to music festivals – so you can make the most of your time in New Zealand.
During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know New Zealand better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.
South Island New Zealand
New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere's highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won't be disappointed or bored!
Take advantage of your ideal location in the South Pacific and explore incredible Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive 9-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself hanging with Southeast Asia’s majestic giants - the elephants, introducing your tastebuds to tropical fruits, and lounging on a white sand beach. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion is not to be missed.
Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 15|
|Fall Deadline||April 15|
|Depart the US||June 27|
|TEAN Orientation||June 29||July 2|
|University Orientation||July 5||July 9|
|Classes Begin||July 12|
|Semester Break||Aug 23||Sept 5|
|Classes End||Oct 15|
|Study Period||Oct 18||Oct 25|
|Exam Period||Oct 26||Nov 5|
|Program Ends||Nov 6|
*These dates are tentative. Final dates will be released closer to departure.
This program not running for Spring 2021. Please check back for future available terms.
|Date of Departure||Feb 14|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 16||Feb 19|
|Classes Begin||Mar 1|
|Semester Break||Apr 19||May 1|
|Classes End||Jun 4|
|Study Period||Jun 8||Jun 13|
|Exam Period||Jun 14||Jun 25|
|Program Ends||Jun 26|
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!