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  • Locations: Hamilton, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: Iowa State applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 10/01/2019
Rolling Admission 02/24/2020 06/26/2020
Fall 2020 03/01/2020 ** Rolling Admission 07/06/2020 10/16/2020
NOTE: These dates are approximate. Waikato has not yet released its 2020 academic calendar.

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Study Abroad Adviser: Grevstad-Nordbrock, Anne Housing Options: Dormitory, Homestay, On Campus
Click here for a definition of this term Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.75 Language of Instruction: English
Host Country Language: English Click here for a definition of this term Sponsor: Iowa State
Click here for a definition of this term ISU Course: EXPRO, INTED Click here for a definition of this term Program Type: Direct
Click here for a definition of this term Classification at Departure: Sophomore, Junior, Senior
Program Description:


A Semester in New Zealand: University of Waikato


Program Features

New ZealandWhy New Zealand?

The University of Waikato has an enrollment of about 12,000 students.  Within the QS World University Rankings, it is in the top 3% and its Business School was awarded with the prestigious “triple crown” accreditation.

In addition, Waikato has a very strong Maori and Indigenous Studies program that explores the language, history, culture, and dynamic presence of the Maori in New Zealand.  For any student at ISU, but especially those in our American Indian Studies program, this is a unique learning opportunity.

Waikato also offers experiential learning: business students can apply to participate in the Waikato Management School Internship and upper-level science students can pursue an independent research project under faculty supervision.




The University of Waikato is located in Hamilton, New Zealand, which is on the north island.  It is the fourth largest city in New Zealand, with a wide range of cafes and restaurants, but it is also close to nature.  From Hamilton, you can easily venture out and explore surf beaches, hiking trails, geothermal pools, and of course, Hobbiton!



New ZealandWhat courses?

ISU students may study at Waikato for either the fall or spring semester.  Waikato offers a wide variety of classes that, in many cases, mirror courses and programs at Iowa State.  Some popular areas that interest ISU students are:  accounting, supply chain management, Maori and indigenous studies, computer science, cyber security, sociology, and geography.

Study abroad students will take 3-4 classes at Waikato, which converts back to ISU as 12-16 credits.

At Waikato, a class is called a “paper” and you can search through the 2020 available papers here


Cost and Scholarships

New ZealandHow much?

The ISU Program Fee for Spring 2018 is $10,800. The ISU Program Fee includes tuition, fees, ISU's CISI insurance and the mandatory New Zealand health insurance. The ISU Program Fee does not include airfare, housing, food, and all other additional expenses.  For more detail, select the term next to "Budget Sheets" at the top of this page.

For the 2018 academic year, Waikato is inviting ISU students to apply for a $1500 scholarship that is intended for study abroad.  Please see Anne for more information about how to apply.


New ZealandWhere will I live?

The University of Waikato offers both on-campus accommodation and a homestay option for study abroad students.  Please see this website for more info.  Students can apply to live in a residence hall that is either catered (provides 3 meals a day) or self-catered (includes a kitchenette where you can prepare your own meals).  Or you can live with a local family - you have your own room, but take your meals with your homestay family.


Dates and Contacts


Waikato’s Semester A (which is ISU’s spring semester) begins in late February and ends in late June.  Semester B (or ISU’s fall semester) begins in mid-July and finishes in late October.

To learn more about the Waikato program, contact Anne Grevstad-Nordbrock in the Study Abroad Center.  She is happy to meet with you and answer your questions.  Email:


How to Apply

TravelWhat else?

ISU students must carry a cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 for admission into the Waikato study abroad program.

To begin the application process, please click “apply now” at the top of this brochure page.