Waikato Pathways College

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Waikato is known as one of the friendliest universities in New Zealand. In the down-to-earth university community, everyone is welcomed and supported. This helps ensure that each student has an enjoyable, safe and successful university experience.

Students first

Founded in 1964 by a handful of academics who wanted a university to serve the local community in Hamilton, the University of Waikato has never been afraid to do things differently.

Students’ interests are at the heart of the University motto of ‘Ko Te Tangata’, meaning ‘For the People’. Flexible degree structures allow you to follow your interests and career plans. The University’s emphasis on practical experiences means students are ready to go from the classroom into a successful career.

The University is committed to supporting you on your study journey. Dedicated staff provide you with everything you need to ensure your time studying with us is successful and happy.

The Waikato experience

The University’s campuses are bursting with life and energy. With smaller class sizes, better access to lecturers, affordable living, and dozens of student clubs available, your experience at Waikato will be unforgettable.

Culturally connected and diverse

We recognise and value the diversity of our students. We have many support services available to ensure your experience at Waikato is a great one.

A unique university experience

From the moment you arrive at the Hamilton campus as a Pathways College student, you know you’re in a great place. The picturesque campus has everything students need during their studies - a library, lecture theatres, student support services, cafés, a bank, a gym, swimming pools, and more. The centre of Hamilton is just a short bus or bike ride away. Once you progress to University, you also have the opportunity to study in Tauranga.


Over 90% of our students would recommend us

International Student Barometer 2017

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.