The International Centre
International Student Support
The International Student Support team advises and assists international students
by identifying their needs, helping them find solutions, and directing them
to appropriate services on and off campus. This includes personal issues, academic
support, medical and travel insurance, Student Visa and Permit requirements,
orientation, accommodation, and general concerns. Orientation programmes are
run for all new international students prior to beginning their studies and
regular information sessions are run throughout the academic year. During office
hours we have a Drop-in Centre with computer access for international students’
use. International Student Advisers are available to see students and appointments
can be made at the International Centre, phone +64 7 838 4439.
New Zealand Development Scholarships (NZDS) are awarded by the New Zealand
Agency for International Development (NZAID) on behalf of the New Zealand Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The scholarships are for Postgraduate and Undergraduate
(limited) study in New Zealand in areas of developmental relevance which will
enable students to make a significant impact on return to their home countries.
New Zealand Development Scholarships have two categories; Public and Open.
Students can only apply under one of these categories and must be resident
in their home country at the time of application.
New Zealand Development Scholarships cover tuition fees, enrolment/orientation
fees, return economy travel, medical insurance, and an allowance to meet course
and basic living costs. Limited assistance may be available for dependants
in New Zealand for courses of study 18 months or longer.
Further information on the scholarships and eligible countries can be found
at http://www.nzaid.govt.nz/ or http://www.waikato.ac.nz/international/.
New Zealand International Doctoral Research Scholarships
The New Zealand International Doctoral Research (NZIDR) Scholarships are funded
by the New Zealand Government and administered by Education New Zealand. The
scholarships provide financial support for students from designated countries
undertaking doctoral degrees by research in New Zealand universities. Scholarships
are awarded on the basis of academic merit. Further information on country
eligibility and the application process can be found at www.newzealandeducated.com.
International Student Exchange
The International Centre administers the University’s international student
exchange programmes and is the central resource of promotional material from
exchange partner universities from around the world. The majority of domestic
and international students are eligible to apply for an exchange after having
completed a minimum of two semesters degree-level study at the University of
Waikato and achieving the required grade average, although international students
may not go on exchange to their home country. All prospective exchange students
are interviewed at the time of application and are expected to be suitable
ambassadors for the University of Waikato and New Zealand. Study completed
at the partner university is usually able to be credited towards students’
University of Waikato qualifications, although specific credit transfer cannot
always be guaranteed in advance. In 2006, students with New Zealand citizenship
or permanent residence will receive travel grants to assist and encourage them
to participate in an international student exchange. Further information can
be obtained from the Exchange Adviser at the International Centre.
Strategic Alliances, International Partnerships and Agreements
The University is a forward-looking, innovative institution that welcomes
strategic alliances, international partnerships, and agreements. Consideration
is given to international institutions that match the University of Waikato
profile in terms of reputation, academic standing, and research output.
All proposals for University to University linkages should be discussed in
the first instance with the Pro Vice-Chancellor (International). Proposals
for guaranteed credit agreements need submission of full documentation to the
International Centre, who will refer them to appropriate academic authority
for approval. Partnership proposals are welcome and will be explored on a case
by case basis. Memorandums of Understanding should also be submitted as proposals
to the International Centre, who will refer them to the appropriate authority.
Overseas visitors are welcome. Prospective visitors should contact the International
Centre with full background information about their proposed visit. The International
Centre will arrange an itinerary which meets both the visitors’ and the University
of Waikato’s needs.