Waikato Pathways College

Study in New Zealand

Why study in New Zealand

Students from around the world choose to study abroad in New Zealand, thanks to its world-renowned education system and unrivalled quality of life.

You’ll experience a friendly, multicultural society, vibrant cities, stunning landscapes and a huge range of activities in New Zealand. By studying here, you will gain a high-quality education and a student experience like no other.


The Waikato region

The University of Waikato is one of the top universities in New Zealand, with highly ranked subjects and world-leading research that tackles global issues.

Outside the classroom, international students can enjoy a variety of activities. New Zealand is famous for its great outdoors, with plenty of natural wonders to explore, such as stunning beaches, snow-capped mountains and lush rainforests. The city of Hamilton has a relaxed atmosphere, a thriving café culture and peaceful green spaces to enjoy throughout the year. Sports are also hugely popular in Hamilton, especially New Zealand’s national favourites rugby and cricket.

No trip to the Waikato region is complete without a visit to Hobbiton. Over 150 locations across New Zealand were used as filming locations for both The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, and many attractions around the country are available for fans to visit. The set of Hobbiton is just under an hour away from the Hamilton campus and offers a unique look behind the scenes of the blockbuster films.


The Bay of Plenty

Once you progress from the Waikato Pathways College to the University of Waikato, you can choose to study in the beautiful Bay of Plenty region. The Tauranga campuses are based in the biggest city in the Bay, within walking distance of stunning beaches. Head up to Mount Maunganui for amazing views of the harbour, or take a trip to Moturiki Island for a peaceful break from your studies. There is so much to do in this unique part of the world.

Ranked in the top 300 universities in the world

QS World University Rankings 2020

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Waikato students working together in class

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Studying in New Zealand

Students on campus at the University of Waikato

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Living in New Zealand

University of Waikato students visiting Raglan beach

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Student life at Waikato

Students on campus at the University of Waikato

Waikato Pathways College campus has welcoming atmosphere that will make you feel at home

Waikato Pathways College student Yuxin from China

After being here for a year, I feel like life is getting easier and I'm involved in the New Zealand culture. The foundation programme did help me a lot because it's a transition from the education I had in China to New Zealand. I'm so impressed with how much I've learned.

Yuxin from China
Studied Foundation Studies at Waikato Pathways College. Now studying Bachelor of Civil Engineering at the University of Waikato.