Waikato Pathways College

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International Diploma (Business)

Once you have completed the International Diploma (Business), you will be eligible to enrol into year two of the Bachelor of Business (BBus) at the University of Waikato.

Why choose the International Diploma (Business)?

  • The programme offers direct entry into year two of the Bachelor of Business (BBus) at the Waikato Management School, a triple-crown accredited Business School.
  • The programme is recognised by all New Zealand universities
  • The Diploma incorporates the first year papers of the Bachelor of Business with English language development, a complete programme of academic support and development activities to ensure international students are well equipped to undertake higher education studies in New Zealand.
  • The programme offers flexible intakes, with two points of entry during the year
  • The Diploma is a three trimester course that can be completed in one year
  • The courses are taught on the University of Waikato main campus so you have access to all services and facilities as degree level students

Programme Information

Entry requirements An overall IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent. The equivalent of 32 credits across University Entrance approved subjects.
Duration 1 year
Start dates Trimester A - March
Trimester B - July
Trimester C - N/A
Points 120
Location Hamilton

Course planner

  • English for the Professions
  • Introduction to Management
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Positive Learning Practices
  • Digital Business and Supply Chain Management
  • Introduction to Finance
  • Business and Economics and the NZ Economy
  • Academic Skills and Practices
  • Accounting for Management
  • Fundamental of Successful Marketing
  • The World of Digital Business
  • Critical Reflection


Successful completion of the International Diploma (Business) enables students to progress into the Bachelor of Business (undergraduate degree) at the University of Waikato in a variety of subject areas.

  • Bachelor of Business (Accounting)
  • Bachelor of Business (Digital Business)
  • Bachelor of Business (Economics)
  • Bachelor of Business (Finance)
  • Bachelor of Business (Human Resource Management)
  • Bachelor of Business (Marketing)
  • Bachelor of Business (Public Relations)
  • Bachelor of Business (Strategic Management)
  • Bachelor of Business (Tourism and Hospitality Management)
  • Bachelor of Business (Supply Chain Management)

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Waikato Pathways College offers you:

  • Qualified, experienced, and caring teachers
  • A supportive and personalised learning environment
  • Opportunity to mix with domestic students to improve your English skills and make local friends

Trimester dates


  • Orientation:  24-28 February 2020 (for March intake)
  • Trimester A:  2 March 2020 – 26 June 2020
  • Trimester break:  27 June 2020 – 12 July 2020


  • Orientation:  6-10 July 2020 (for July intake)
  • Trimester B:  13 July 2020 – 6 November 2020
  • Trimester break:  7-15 November 2020


  • Trimester C:  16 November 2020 – 19 February 2021
  • Teaching recess:  19 December 2020 – 4 January 2021

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Students with a New Zealand secondary school qualification

Students who have completed a New Zealand secondary school qualification, but do not initially meet the entry requirements for their preferred undergraduate degree at a New Zealand university, are able to apply for the Certificate of University Preparation (CUP).

Students who enter the CUP programme will study at the Waikato Pathways College for the duration of one semester and learn the tools and skills they need to transition to the University of Waikato, or any other university in New Zealand. CUP students have full access to all the facilities and services at the University of Waikato during their studies. For more information about this programme, including fees, entry requirements and how to apply, visit waikato.ac.nz/study/qualifications/certificate-of-university-preparation.