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Featuring CCIS Programs

University of Waikato, New Zealand Summer

Hamilton, New Zealand (Australia & New Zealand)

Quick Facts

Creative Filmmaking [ Cancelled ]
Dates: June 7, 2021  July 3, 2021
Application Deadline: March 15

Costs: $6,500 CCIS Member | $6,900 Non-Member

Enhancing Sporting Performance [ Cancelled ]
Dates: June 7, 2021  July 3, 2021 
Application Deadline: March 15 
Costs: $6,400 CCIS Member | $6,800 Non-Member
[With Rugby Add-On Package] 
$7,900 CCIS Member | $8,300 Non-Member

New Zealand Marine Science [ Cancelled ]
Dates: Not running Summer 2020
Application Deadline: N/A
Costs: N/A

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 150,000, 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.

Contact Program Sponsor and Advisor

Montana State University
Rachael Peters
Study Abroad Advisor

Questions? Contact me

This program is sponsored and administered by Montana State University.

Academics & Program

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.

Course Offerings

*Note: Course scheduling and availability is subject to change at the discretion of the host institution.

Creative Filmmaking

This innovative programe, designed for students interested in the film and TV industry, will challenge your creativity and develop your practical skills through a hands-on filmmaking course delivered through a mixture of learning in the classroom, filming in the television studio, editing in computer labs, and hands-on use of film production equipment.

You will work in an intensive creative environment, where you will collaborate with your team to produce professional short films. You will dive into using cameras, lighting, and sound equipment to create a series of progressively complex and independent short films.

You will cover the chronological aspects of moving image production: pre-production, production, and post-production, including learning and using the professional editing tool Adobe Premier Pro.

The highlight of the programe is the creation of a professionally produced short film that will strengthen your portfolio and and develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in film production.

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Enhancing Sporting Performance This exciting programe, designed for athletes of all levels and students studying sport, is taught by experts in the University of Waikato’s School of Health, Sport and Human Performance.

This programe will be delivered through hands-on and experiential learning in the classroom, labs, a modern gym, and trips to local sports organisations and facilities.

You will develop knowledge in nutrition, recovery practices, physiology and prescription, strength and conditioning, coaching, performance analysis, and biomechanics.

You will have the opportunity to continue with your other sporting commitments, practicing and competing with local teams throughout the week.

Chiefs Rugby Club High Performance Add-On Package: Train with world class athletes while being coached by some of the best in the industry!

Out of the current NZ Super Clubs, The Gallagher Chiefs have the record for most Super rugby playoff appearances in a row (7) and have 12 current or former All Blacks in the 2019 squad.

In addition to everything included in the Enhancing Sporting Performance Progrmme, Chiefs programe participants will also get:
*Dependent on the Chiefs having a home playoff match.

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New Zealand Marine Science This experiential programe is an active field-based four week programe (June-July) based at our campus in coastal Tauranga.  Students then have the opportunity to continue with one semester of marine science coursework if they choose.

The Bay of Plenty region, home to some of New Zealand's best beaches, boasts a variety of unique marine experiences. Opportunities include research into New Zealand's worst ship wreck, diving in a living climate change lab, and working with one of the world's largest shark nurseries for bronze whalers. Students will learn about marine biodiversity and ecology, human impacts on marine ecosystems, aquaculture, bioactives, ecotoxicology, and more.

Academic Highlights

Our papers are built with theoretical and practical components to enable you to get the best possible academic experience.

Our programes are industry-relevant and offer experiential learning opportunities, so you can put your learning into practice and build your networks. 

Course Credits

Courses are 15 units, or 4 US credits, each

Language of Instruction


Student Life & Housing

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. These activities include bungee jumping, whitewater rafting, sea kayaking, 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.


Accommodation is included in the Summer programes, and there is no need to apply for accommodation separately. Throughout the application process you will be asked to pick one of thefollowing two options. There is no guarantee you will be placed in your chosen accommodation, as placements will be made based on availability and suitability. 

Students participaing in University of Waikato Summer programs can choose from a homestay with a local family or a residence hall on campus.

In a homestay, You will receive your own bedroom complete with a bed, desk/table and lamp, drawers and cupboard space to store your personal items and three meals per day, seven days per week. You are expected to keep your room clean and tidy and help with other household duties as if you were one of the family. Homestays are usually located within 30 minutes travel time from the University campus.

Students staying on campus will be placed in either Bryant Hall or Student Village. Both halls are fully catered (meals provided) and have free WiFi in every room. The rooms are single study bedrooms with a single bed, mattress, mattress protector, chair, desk, desk light, bookcase, drawers and a wardrobe. All rooms have curtains, are fully carpeted and centrally heated. Residents in Student Village are arranged in pods of six, sharing bathroom and kitchenette areas. In addition, there are TV and computer rooms in both halls, as well as coin-operated laundry facilities.

Duration & Costs


Creative Filmmaking: 

Enhancing Sporting Performance: Suspended

New Zealand Marine Science: Suspended


Creative Filmmaking: 

Enhancing Sporting Performance: Suspended

ESP with Rugby Add-On Package: Suspended

New Zealand Marine Science: Suspended

Costs Included

All program fees include tuition & instructional fees, CCIS and sponsor fees, CISI health insurance, New Zealand student health insurance, course materials, a University of Waikato t-shirt, housing, meals, and airport pickup. 

The program fee for Creative Filmmaking also includes an overnight trip to Wellington with a visit to Weta Workshop (a special effects and prop company), free access to film production gear, cameras, lighting, and sound equipments, a hike and natural hot springs trip, a trip to Hobbiton (the filming location for The Shire in The Lord of the Rings movies), and a Noho Marae overnight experience (traditional Māori culture; optional)

The program fee for Enhancing Sporting Performance (with or without Rugby Add-On) also includes individual placement with a competitive local sports team (optional), an on campus gym membership, visits to the University of Waikato Adams Centre for High Performance and AvantiDrome, a mountain biking and Rotorua luge trip, surfing lessons at Raglan Beach, 
and a Noho Marae overnight experience (traditional Māori culture).

Cost Not Included

Estimated costs include passport, airfare, local transport, laundry, personal expenses, and airport transfer at program end.

*Note: A non-refundable program deposit of $400 is due upon acceptance and is applied toward the total cost of the program.

All costs, fees, and dates are subject to change without notification. Contact the program sponsor to verify all costs, fees, and dates for this program. 

Please refer to your acceptance materials for information on arrival, orientation, and academic calendar. The refund policy is program specific and non-transferable. Refer to your acceptance materials for the comprehensive refund policy or contact the program sponsor.

Eligibility & Deadlines

Application Deadline

March 15

Eligibility Requirements

Interested students should have at least sophomore standing and a GPA of 2.5 based on a 4.0 scale or higher, in addition to transcripts and two letters of recommendation.

Have you talked with your study abroad advisor about your home institution's application process? Your institution's deadline might be earlier than the CCIS program application deadline. Check now to make sure all of your material is submitted on time!

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