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The International Centre

International Student Support
The International Student Support team advises and assists international students by identifying their needs, helping them find solutions, and directing them to appropriate services on and off campus. This includes personal issues, academic support, medical and travel insurance, Student Visa and Permit requirements, orientation, accommodation, and general concerns. Orientation programmes are run for all new international students prior to beginning their studies and regular information sessions are run throughout the academic year. During office hours we have a Drop-in Centre with computer access for international students’ use. International Student Advisers are available to see students and appointments can be made at the International Centre, phone +64 7 838 4439.

NZAID Scholarships
New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) are awarded by the New Zealand Agency for International Development (NZAID) on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The scholarships are for Postgraduate and Undergraduate (limited) study in New Zealand in areas of developmental relevance which will enable students to make a significant impact on return to their home countries. New Zealand Development Scholarships have two categories; Public and Open. Students can only apply under one of these categories and must be resident in their home country at the time of application.

New Zealand Development Scholarships cover tuition fees, enrolment/orientation fees, return economy travel, medical insurance, and an allowance to meet course and basic living costs. Limited assistance may be available for dependants in New Zealand for courses of study 18 months or longer.

Further information on the scholarships and eligible countries can be found at or

New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships
The New Zealand International Doctoral Research (NZIDR) Scholarships are funded by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand. The scholarships provide financial support for students from designated countries undertaking doctoral degrees by research in New Zealand universities. Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Further information on country eligibility and the application process can be found at

International Student Exchange
The International Centre administers the University’s international student exchange programmes and is the central resource of promotional material from exchange partner universities from around the world. The majority of domestic and international students are eligible to apply for an exchange after having completed a minimum of two semesters degree-level study at the University of Waikato and achieving the required grade average, although international students may not go on exchange to their home country. All prospective exchange students are interviewed at the time of application and are expected to be suitable ambassadors for the University of Waikato and New Zealand. Study completed at the partner university is usually able to be credited towards students’ University of Waikato qualifications, although specific credit transfer cannot always be guaranteed in advance. In 2006, students with New Zealand citizenship or permanent residence will receive travel grants to assist and encourage them to participate in an international student exchange. Further information can be obtained from the Exchange Adviser at the International Centre.

Strategic Alliances, International Partnerships and Agreements
The University is a forward-looking, innovative institution that welcomes strategic alliances, international partnerships, and agreements. Consideration is given to international institutions that match the University of Waikato profile in terms of reputation, academic standing, and research output.

All proposals for University to University linkages should be discussed in the first instance with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International). Proposals for guaranteed credit agreements need submission of full documentation to the International Centre, who will refer them to appropriate academic authority for approval. Partnership proposals are welcome and will be explored on a case by case basis. Memorandums of Understanding should also be submitted as proposals to the International Centre, who will refer them to the appropriate authority.

Overseas visitors are welcome. Prospective visitors should contact the International Centre with full background information about their proposed visit. The International Centre will arrange an itinerary which meets both the visitors’ and the University of Waikato’s needs.

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