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), majoring in Computer Science or Data Analytics, or the Bachelor of Computer Science (BCompSc) at the University of Waikato.

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 the Bachelor of Science, majoring in Computer Science or Data Analytics, or the Bachelor of Computer 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 entry in March and can be completed in 12 months.
  • Once you are studying on campus in New Zealand, 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 2023
Trimester B – N/A
Trimester C – N/A
Points 120
Location Hamilton

Course planner

  • First trimester
  • Second trimester
  • Third trimester
  • INDIP101 English for Academic Purposes
  • INDIP102 Positive Learning Practices
  • ENSLA100 English for the Professions
  • CSMAX170 Foundation in Computing and Mathematical Sciences OR MATHS168 Preparatory Maths*

*dependent on demonstrated mathematical capability.

  • INDIP103 Academic Skills and Practices
  • COMPX101 Introduction to Programming
  • MATHS165 General Mathematics
  • COMPX161 Introduction to the Web^ OR (DIGIB101 The World of Digital Business OR MGSYS101 Integrated Thinking: Digital Business Supply Chain Management)^^

^ to progress to the Bachelor of Science.
^^ to progress to the Bachelor of Computer Science.

  • INDIP104 Critical Reflection
  • COMPX102 Object-Oriented Programming
  • MATHS135 Discrete Structures
  • STATS111 Statistics for Science

Completion and Progression

Upon successful completion of the International Diploma (Computer Science) you’ll progress directly into the second year of one of the following degrees:

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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'm taking the Bachelor of Digital Business at the University of Waikato.
Before transferring to my major, I studied at the University of Waikato College, where I completed the International Diploma (Business) for my first year of my deqree The International Diploma programmme prepared me with important skills for my second year.

Lanie from Vietnam
Studied International Diploma (Business) at University of Waikato College

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