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International Students


The following information is a general guide for international students wishing to enrol at the University of Waikato. Further information and application forms are available from the International Centre, first floor, Student Union Building, Hamilton campus.
Telephone: +64 7 838-4439. Fax: +64 7 838-4269. Email: international@waikato.ac.nz. Website: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/international/.

Code of Practice
The University of Waikato has agreed to observe and be bound by the Code of Practice for the Pastoral Care of International Students published by the Minister of Education. Copies of the Code of Practice are available on request from this institution or from the New Zealand Ministry of Education website. Students should refer to the Code of Practice for their specified responsibilities and to the International Student Handbook for University procedures and recommendations.

Admission
All students are required to meet the entry requirements for admission, as set out in the Admission Statute 2005. Admission to qualifications is at the discretion of the Deans of the Faculty or Schools of Studies.
International students must apply for admission on the International Student Application Form.
Permanent residents of Australia and New Zealand, Australian citizens, and students from the Cook Islands, Tokelau or Niue who are New Zealand citizens, are treated as New Zealand students and do not need to apply for admission as international students. Enquiries should be directed to the Student and Academic Services Division in the The Gateway.
Intending applicants should note the following general points:
1.   All international students enrolling in an undergraduate programme must hold as a minimum requirement an equivalent university entrance qualification; for example, three passes at grade C or better in the GCE ‘A’ level examinations. Students who have achieved an equivalent to New Zealand University Entrance through a qualification other than NCEA Level 3 or NZUEBS will have their admission assessed on a case by case basis.1 Please contact the International Centre for detailed guidelines on admission to the University of Waikato.
2.   Applicants whose first language is not English are required to provide satisfactory evidence of English language proficiency, generally in the form of an IELTS or TOEFL examination score. Scores can vary according to the qualification sought.
  Admission to BA, BCGD, BCMS, BLibS, BMPD, BMus, BSc (in the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences),BSocSc and BSpLS
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    a TOEFL score of 550 (with at least 5 on the Test of Written English), or
    an IELTS score of 6.0 (with at least 6.0 in the written band), or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 79-80 with a Writing score of 20.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.2
  Admission to BCS, BECom, BMS and BTour
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    a TOEFL score of 550 (with at least 5 on the Test of Written English), or
    an IELTS score of 6.0 (with no less than 6.0 in any band), or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 79-80 with a Writing score of 20.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.2
  Admission to BE, BSc (in the School of Science and Engineering) and BSc(Tech)
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    a TOEFL score of 550, or
    an IELTS score of 6.0 (in all sections of the test), or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 79-80 with a Writing score of 20.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.2
  Admission to BTchg and LLB
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    a TOEFL score of 600 (with at least 5 on the Test of Written English), or
    an IELTS score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in the written band), or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 79-80 with a Writing score of 20.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.2
  Admission to graduate programmes
  The requirements are higher for admission to graduate qualifications (including higher degrees such as the MPhil, PhD, and EdD). It is generally recommended that students have:
    an IELTS score of at least 6.5 overall (including at least 6.0 or better in the writing band), or
    a TOEFL score of 600 plus a TWE (Test of Written English) of 5 or better, or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 100 with a Writing score of 22.
  However, some qualifications, such as the LLD, SJD, MBA, PGDipSLT, MA(Applied) in Applied Linguistics and MSc in Biological Sciences, require a higher score. The English language proficiency requirements for admission to particular qualifications are at the discretion of the Dean concerned.
  Admission to graduate Law qualifications
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    a TOEFL score of 600 (with at least 5.5 on the Test of Written English), or
    an IELTS score of 6.5 (with at least 6.0 in the written band), or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 100 with a Writing score of 22.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.
  Admission to GradDipTchg
  The following minimum scores are considered to be evidence of such competence:
    a TOEFL score of 600 (with at least 5 on the Test of Written English), or
    an IELTS score of 7.0 (with no less than 7.0 in any band), or
    an iBT (Internet Based TOEFL) score of 100 with a Writing score of 22.
  All other evidence is considered on a case by case basis.

Notes:
1.   Many of the degrees offered at the University of Waikato have prerequisites on their core papers. Applicants who have not achieved specified prerequisites through their study will be required to take additional papers or foundation courses in order to satisfy these prerequisites. Applicants in this situation are advised that not all papers may count towards the completion of the degree and that the programme may take an additional period of time.
2.   Scores from the computer-based TOEFL test will be considered on a case by case basis. Generally, a computer-based TOEFL score of 213 and an essay writing score of 4.5 will be considered acceptable for admission.

Tuition Fees and Charges
1.   International students are required to pay full cost tuition fees as published in the Fees and Charges Book for the relevant year. Students should refer to the Table of Fees and Charges for other fees and charges that may be applicable.
2.   Application for credit from overseas study prior to enrolment $100.00.
3.   Application for credit from overseas study after enrolment $50.00.
4.   The New Zealand Government has cultural agreements with the French and German Governments that allow French and German students to pay domestic tuition fees at postgraduate level in New Zealand. The agreement with the German Government also allows German students in receipt of a German Academic Exchange Scholarship (DAAD) to study in New Zealand at undergraduate level and pay domestic tuition fees.
5.   New international PhD students are eligible for domestic fees for their PhD studies. Conditions apply. For more information see the Postgraduate Studies Office website.

New Zealand Immigration Requirements
1.   All international students must hold a valid student permit (or visitor permit for courses of less than three months) for the duration of their studies. Further information regarding the various requirements of Immigration New Zealand (INZ) can be obtained from the nearest New Zealand High Commission, Embassy or INZ Office.
2.   An offer of a place at the University does not guarantee that the student will be issued with a student visa.
3.   INZ require that tuition fees for the first year of study are pre-paid before a student visa will be issued. Students are also required to provide evidence of additional funds available for living costs of approximately NZ$10,000.
4.   The University is required to report to the INZ those students who are not fulfilling the requirements of their student permit.

Pre-paid Tuition Fees Policy
As indicated above, international students are required by the INZ to pre-pay one year’s tuition fees to the University of Waikato in order to be granted a student visa. These funds are held against the student’s name until they complete their enrolment in person. This policy details the process for refunding these funds if (i) the student travels to New Zealand and does not complete their enrolment, or (ii) completes the first semester of study and does not enrol in the second semester of study and they have a student permit valid for one year.
1.   All students must apply in writing for a refund of their pre-paid tuition fees to the Director, Student and Academic Services Division.
2.   Students are required to supply a verified copy of their passport and student permit, and a copy of their University of Waikato receipt(s) with their application for a refund.
3.   The University of Waikato will notify INZ that the student has not fulfilled the obligations of their visa by completing their enrolment at the University of Waikato.
4.   Where a student wishes to attend another institution in New Zealand, the University of Waikato will transfer the pre-paid tuition fees to that institution, upon written confirmation from that institution of the student’s intention to study. This should be in the form of a formal letter of offer or invoice which confirms the student’s acceptance into a qualification. If the student has already paid their tuition fees at the other institution, the University of Waikato will refund the pre-paid tuition fees to the student, upon written confirmation from the other institution that the fees have been paid. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the necessary documentation from the other institution.
5.   Where a student will be returning to their home country, the funds will be refunded in one of three ways:
  (a)   an overseas bank draft sent to the overseas address provided by the student
  (b)   an overseas bank draft given to the student which can be banked in the appropriate overseas country, or
  (c)   if it is known that the pre-paid tuition fees have been paid by a third party, the refund may be paid back to that third party.
6.   Where a student is wishing to remain in New Zealand without enrolling at an educational institution, the University of Waikato will refund these funds either
  (a)   upon evidence of a valid INZ permit to remain in New Zealand, or
  (b)   confirmation that the INZ has discharged the University of Waikato’s duty under the original student permit.
7.   If a programme of study is cancelled by the University of Waikato, a full refund of pre-paid tuition fees will be made to the student by bank draft.

International Students Refund Administration Charge
An administration charge of 10%, including GST, is withheld from the refund of pre-paid tuition fees for students who decide not to enrol at the University of Waikato prior to completing their enrolment or during the withdrawal period. A further charge may be imposed to recover Agent Commission paid by the University in relation to the student’s enrolment, in the event that approval is given for the student to withdraw on compassionate or medical grounds.

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