New Zealand

Experience a semester abroad studying at the University of Waikato! Considered one of the safest and most progressive countries in the world, New Zealand is a destination like no other. The University of Waikato is a institution committed to international student integration and success, and with a wide range of courses offered, every student will have a chance for positive growth, both personally and academically. 

NOTE: Internships and research opportunities are available during this long-term study abroad program.


  • Study at a world-ranked university, focused on international education and global research
  • Engage with welcoming, and accessible academic staff
  • New students participate in the International Buddy Program, where they are paired with existing University of Waikato students who help welcome international students, show them around campus, and participate in weekend excursions.
  • Hamilton is located near the center of North Island and is the perfect place to go exploring. Beach days, hiking trips, visits to other cities, and even a visit to "Hobbiton," from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit films, are all very accessible.


  • GPA Requirement: 3.0
  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior UGs - all majors
  • Strong academic performance and ability to work independently
  • Strong desire to experience and expose yourself to new cultures and world ideas
Course Information

Take a look at the University of Waikato's course finder to see potential courses of study. All courses will need to be pre-approved by Nazareth University and converted over to a Nazareth course code before departure.

Living Accommodations

Student accommodations differ between students and fields of study. Please review the accommodation options offered by the University of Waikato. The CIE staff are also available to help arrange these accommodations. 

Costs & Financial Aid

The program fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Room and board
  • One week orientation
  • Sightseeing trips organized by the University of Waikato

The program fee is payable to Nazareth. An additional service fee is also payable with semester fees, and includes costs such as: insurance; residency permit; course reading materials; cell phone rental and a lab fee.

Out-of-pocket costs include:

  • Round trip airfare (to and from New Zealand)
  • City transportation (student rate)
  • Lunches
  • Miscellaneous personal items and personal weekend and spring break travel.

Students will be provided with a cost estimate for out-of-pocket expenses for the semester.

Nazareth students pay the on-campus cost for this University of Waikato program and continue to use their financial aid package and payment plan. Matriculated students are eligible for all financial resources for which they would qualify if they were studying on the Nazareth University campus (including federally subsidized loans). Students are also encouraged to apply for outside scholarships and grants to supplement their support resources.

Students from other universities will be assessed the standard semester fees for the program in addition to an administrative fee. Visiting students are advised to consult with their home campus Financial Aid Office for any other support they may receive from their institution.

There is no opportunity for students to receive U.S. Federal work-study funding while studying in New Zealand.

The Refund Policy is in accordance with the Registrar's Office of Nazareth University (585-389-2033).

Travel & Documents

Students will be responsible for arranging and paying for their round trip airfare. Nazareth University will advise all students of the best flight connections for timely arrival at the study site. Questions about travel are amply covered at orientation meetings on the Nazareth Campus or to visiting students through advisement by telephone or email. Students will also need to fill out the arrival form to arrange free transport from Hamilton airport to campus.

All students will need a valid passport that continues to be valid at least six months after the conclusion of the semester program in New Zealand. Before arrival, students will need to be approved for a student visa to study in New Zealand. Students will need to apply directly online.

It is necessary to take proof of health insurance coverage, as well as your Nazareth student ID, and a second form of official ID, such as a Driver's License.

Study in New Zealand!

    At A Glance

    Term: Fall & Spring

    Program Level: Undergraduate

    Program Type: Academic; internships and research available

    Major(s): All majors

    Language Requirement: None

    Minimum GPA Requirement: 3.0