Waikato Pathways College

Why study abroad at Waikato Pathways College

Waikato Pathways College is your route to study at the prestigious University of Waikato, ranked #266 in the world in the QS World University Rankings 2020.

We are a true reflection of New Zealand culture and home to students from all over the world. You will join a welcoming and diverse student community, and receive the support you need to begin the degree of your choice.

Be supported to succeed

At Waikato Pathways College, we want you to be the very best you can be. Our staff and community go out of their way to support every international student, helping you settle in to student life in New Zealand. We are committed to supporting you every step of the way on your study journey. Our dedicated team provides you with the advice and services you need to ensure your time studying with us is successful and happy.

At Waikato Pathways College, you will get the support you need to prepare for your degree in the picturesque surroundings of the Waikato region. During your programme with us, our staff will help familiarise you with the higher education system in New Zealand, and build your English language and study skills. You can also get to know all the university faculties and discover all the study opportunities available to you at undergraduate level.

The International Student Services Office has a dedicated team to help you during your time at the University of Waikato. They oversee:

  • International orientation for new students
  • Immigration requirements and student visa renewals
  • Medical and travel insurance
  • New Zealand and international government scholarships
  • Study abroad and exchange support
  • International student events
  • Buddy programme

There are staff and services within Waikato Pathways College that can support you with all aspects of living and studying in New Zealand. Our staff are qualified professionals who speak a number of languages, and can help you with any issues. When you arrive, you will receive a full University-wide orientation programme to help you quickly settle into your new life.

Health services for all students are available on campus, including counsellors, doctors, and nurses. Our team of counsellors can help you adjust to university life, as well as assist you with any personal or study-related issues. Waikato has an ecumenical chaplain, a Catholic priest and two Muslim prayer rooms available.

The student centre is a state-of-the-art, multi-functional facility that provides students with an optimal learning environment, combining traditional library resources with hi-tech IT facilities. The student centre is also home to the Student Learning Unit, who will assist in developing your study skills, assignment writing and exam preparation. Many students also make use of the English Language Resource Centre, which is a dedicated space designed to support your English language development throughout your studies. The Resource Centre is a short walk from the Waikato Pathways College building.

Our student handbook provides you with information about student support, staff, university facilities, accommodation and other information that will help you settle into your new life in New Zealand.

Find out more about the services on offer to students at Waikato Pathways College in the student handbook.

Waikato Pathways College student Christian from Indonesia

Studying at Waikato has completely changed me. For example, the way I think and the way I behave towards people. I learned so much from my experience.

Christian from Indonesia
Studying Foundation Studies at Waikato Pathways College