International Diploma (Computer Science)

This programme will be available from March 2022.

Once you have completed the International Diploma (Computer Science), you will be eligible to enrol into year two of the Bachelor of Science (BSc) at the University of Waikato, majoring in either Applied Computing, Computer Science or Data Analytics.

Why choose the International Diploma (Computer Science)?

  • The International Diploma combines the first year of a bachelor degree with English language development and a comprehensive programme of academic support and development activities, ensuring you are prepared to successfully complete your bachelor degree in New Zealand.
  • Once you complete the International Diploma, you will progress to the second year of your chosen major in the Bachelor of Science at the University of Waikato.
  • The International Diploma is taught on the University of Waikato’s main campus in Hamilton, so you have access to all the same services and facilities as degree level students.
  • The three-trimester programme offers two entries (March and July) and can be completed in 12 months.
  • As you progress through the International Diploma and Bachelor of Science you will gain hands-on experience with some of the most up-to-date and high-tech computing facilities and laboratory equipment in New Zealand.
  • During your University studies, you will also have the opportunity to gain practical skills through work-integrated learning.
  • The International Diploma (Computer Science) is recognised by all New Zealand universities.

What is the International Diploma (Computer Science)?

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. Find out more.
Duration 1 year
Start dates Trimester A – March 2022
Trimester B July 2022
Trimester C – N/A
Points 120
Location Hamilton

Course planner

  • First trimester
  • Second trimester
  • Third trimester
  • English for Professions
  • Foundations in Computing and Mathematical Sciences
  • English for Academic Purposes
  • Positive Learning Practices
  • Introduction to Programming
  • Preparatory Mathematics
  • Introduction to the Web
  • Academic Skills and Practices
  • Object-Oriented Programming
  • Statistics for Science
  • Discrete Structures
  • Critical Reflection


Once you successfully complete the International Diploma you will go on to study one of the following Bachelor of Science majors at the University of Waikato:

  • Applied Computing (Hamilton campus)

    You will learn how technologies are integrated to build systems, how to find out what your customers' software needs are, and how to design useful and usable software.

  • Computer Science (Hamilton and Tauranga campuses)

    You will be taught about software systems, how people and computers interact, and how to create new software that is easy for people to use.

  • Data Analytics (Hamilton campus)

    You will learn how to enhance productivity and help make more informed decisions, while using your computer science and statistical analysis skills through data analytics.

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University of Waikato 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

I chose Computer Science because I want to become a web developer in the future and of course, I love programming. The teacher gives us a lot of examples in the course so we can know [which direction to take]. It's really interesting, and of course we have lots of exercise like lab and assignment so we can practise ourselves.

Ella from China
Studied at University of Waikato College
Now studying Bachelor of Computer Science

Waikato Pathways College student Ella from China
Students taking a selfie by Raglan Beach

Entry requirements

A guide to the academic and language requirements to study at University of Waikato College

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Visa information

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