New Zealand: Hamilton Semester

Program Overview

CCIS students at the University of Waikato love the relaxed atmosphere of the Waikato campus and the city of Hamilton. With a population of 110,000, Hamilton is New Zealand's fourth largest city and is well served with parks, gardens, and scenic river walks. The city has an active music, art, and café culture, all with a distinctly New Zealand and Pacific flavor.

The Waikato region offers many of New Zealand's major outdoor attractions less than one and a half hours drive from the University. Popular among them include excellent surfing and swimming beaches, forest parks, lakes, thermal pools, and limestone caves. The major North Island's mountain ski areas are only three hours away.



Academic Profile
Academic Profile

The University of Waikato in Hamilton

The University of Waikato is internationally recognized for the variety and high quality of its educational programs. Located in the relaxed and scenic city of Hamilton on the North Island, the beautiful campus of the University of Waikato stretches out over 166 acres of picturesque grounds, with extensive recreational areas surrounding three lakes. The name “Waikato” is a Maori word meaning “running water”, and is the name of both the local province and the river running through Hamilton. The Maori character on campus provides cultural richness and diversity and is an important aspect of Waikato’s overall identity. There are 12,500 enrolled students at Waikato, and 2,000 of these are international students. Students came from over 60 different countries, bringing together cultures and experiences from around the world.

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Course Offerings

Waikato students choose from courses in seven different departments: Arts and Social Sciences, Business, Education, Science and Technology, Computing and Mathematical Science, Law, and Maori and Pacific Development. Specific courses offered by the university include film, history, chemistry, physics, mathematics, foreign languages, anthropology, biotechnology, media and communication, international business, psychology, education, and more.

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Academic Highlights

Waikato's Management School is recognized as one of the best Business Schools in the Southern Hemisphere. Courses concerning New Zealand/Pacific Society are especially popular with CCIS students. The School of Maori and Pacific Development is acknowledged as New Zealand's premier school of indigenous issues, and Waikato is the only institution with a degree in Maori and Pacific Studies. The University of Waikato is also both strong in sciences and other humanities offering degrees in Biotechnology, Biology, Media and Communication, Psychology, Education, and more.


Activities and Opportunities
Activities and Opportunities

Student Life

Many of New Zealand's world-renowned adventure activities are nearby, giving students the opportunity to both succeed in their studies and appreciate a lifestyle unique to New Zealand. Inexpensive day trips are regularly organized by the International Center. These activities and excursions include such as activities as bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking weekends and Maori cultural performances.

The university Recreation Center is large and fully equipped and there are sports facilities scattered throughout the city. Students have many choices in sport and recreation. Particularly popular are the nationally followed sports of rugby, netball, and cricket. Hiking, surfing, caving, horse racing, boating, rowing, kayaking, fishing, golf, snow skiing and white water rafting are just a few activities enjoyed locally.

The International Center has a comfortable Drop in Center offering complimentary hot drinks, tourist information, academic advising, free internet and email access and a dedicated international student counseling service.


On-campus accommodation options range from fully catered Residence Halls to self-catered and fully furnished apartments and cottage style units where students cook for themselves. In addition, off campus accommodations include houses, apartments and private board.

Alumni Feedback

"The people are so friendly and very helpful. Hamilton is also right in the center of the North Island with easy access for traveling."
-Megan Wick

"A few friends and I spent a day hiking the Tongariro Crossing--a 17K trek that summits 2 active volcanoes and takes you by the Emerald and Blue Lakes. It was the perfect day outside--you could see forever from the top of Mt. Ngauruhoe. Do it! It's the most incredible learning experience, and you'll have a blast in the meantime."
-Erin Butler


Program Details
Hamilton, New Zealand Semester Program Details


Important Dates

Fall 2016:

Orientation - Mid July

Classes Start -July 18, 2016

Classes End - October 16, 2016

Exams End - November 4, 2016

Spring 2017:

February 18th - June 25th, 2017

Application Deadline(s)

Spring Semester - November 1
Fall Semester - April 1

Eligibility Requirements

Students must have at least a 2.8 GPA and have sophomore status to be eligible for the program. Community college applicants must have completed the requirements for an associate's degree before the start of the program.


Fall 2016: $10,100 CCIS Member / $10,500 Non-CCIS Member

**Fees always subject to change**

Spring 2017: $10,100 CCIS Member / $10,500 Non-CCIS Member

**Fees always subject to change**

Costs Included

Tuition, medical insurance, orientation and fees

Costs Not Included

Airfare, room and board, personal costs

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.

Related Links

Wikipedia Waikato Region, New Zealand


Your Adventure in New Zealand Begins Here

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University of Waikato - Online Application

Please feel free to contact us with questions.

Alyson Roberts, Study Abroad Advisor and Outreach Coordinator
Office of International Programs
400 Culbertson Hall
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

Phone: 994-7044
Fax (406) 994-1619
E-mail: CCIS Study Abroad Advisor

How do I apply?

Start the CCIS Study Abroad application process by clicking the link above to proceed to the online application through Montana State University.

In addition to the online application, you will need to submit the following items:

Official Transcript
Copy of Passport (Biographical Page)
Electronic Passport-style photo
Disciplinary Clearance Form
2 Academic Recommendations

More information can be found on the online application regarding the required material.

*All MSU students must make an appointment with the MSU Office of International Programs before completing the application.

Courses at University of Waikato can be found on the following website:

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Please contact the appropriate individual to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program.