Waikato Pathways College

International Diploma (Science)

Once you have completed the International Diploma (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 (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 (Science) is recognised by all New Zealand universities.

*July is the only available intake in 2020.

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 (not available in 2020)
Trimester B – July 2020
Trimester C – N/A
Points 120
Location Hamilton

Course planner

  • 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:

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.

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.

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

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