Waikato Pathways College

International Study Programmes

Pathways to the University of Waikato

Waikato Pathways College is your route to the University of Waikato. Our programmes are designed specifically for international students to ensure you get the best start to your studies at the University.

Our Foundation Studies programme provides comprehensive university preparation, helping you to develop your subject knowledge and the core study skills you need to begin your degree. Successful completion of the Foundation Studies programme will guarantee you entry to most undergraduate degrees at the University of Waikato.

The International Diploma (Business) is suitable for international students who have completed the equivalent of 32 credits across three University Entrance approved subjects, but have not achieved the equivalence of New Zealand University Entrance. Combining the first year of the Bachelor of Business with English language development, a comprehensive programme of academic support and development activities ensures you are best prepared for your higher education studies in New Zealand. Successful completion of the IntDip(Bus) provides you with direct entry into year two of the Bachelor of Business at Waikato Management School, a triple-crown accredited Business School in New Zealand.

The English Language programme offers a number of flexible study options to help improve your English language skills in order to study at the University of Waikato. Successful completion will guarantee entry to the Foundation Studies programme or most degree programmes.

The General English programme is designed for international students who wish to improve their everyday English and is suitable for students preparing to enter the Academic English programme. The programme includes core language and vocabulary skills, fluency and accuracy in listening, speaking, reading and writing.

If you have completed a New Zealand secondary school qualification but do not initially meet the entry requirements for your preferred undergraduate degree at a New Zealand university, you can apply for the Certificate of University Preparation (CUP) programme. Find out more.

Courses will be delivered by Study Group NZ Limited on behalf of the University of Waikato

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Foundation studies programme

Students on the Waikato campus

The programme offers guaranteed entry to most University of Waikato undergraduate degrees

International Diploma (Business)

Waikato Pathways College Students with their teacher

A one-year programme leading to the second year of the Bachelor of Business and your chosen major at the University of Waikato.

International Diploma (Science)

Waikato students looking through a microscope

A one-year programme preparing you for entry to the second year of your chosen major in the Bachelor of Science at the University of Waikato.

English Language programme

Students on campus at the University of Waikato

Designed for students to improve their English language skills to study an academic course

General English programme

Using Waikato facilities

This programme is suitable for students preparing to enter the Academic English programme

International Groups

Waikato students on beach trip

The International Group programme offers groups of visitors the opportunity to discover more about New Zealand’s culture, whilst developing their English langauge skills.

Progression degrees

Science lab at the University of Waikato

Discover the degree programmes available to students who have completed their studies at Waikato Pathways College