Entry requirements for undergraduate international students
As an international student studying at undergraduate level, you are required to meet English language and academic entry requirements.
Have a look below to find out what your entry requirements are:
Academic entry requirements
Academic entry requirements are dependent on which country your previous study was completed in.
Entrance guidelines for students from selected countries
The following admission guidelines do not guarantee entry into a programme of studies. Each application is assessed on a case-by-case basis
|Country||Score and Qualification|
|New Zealand||See NCEA University Entrance criteria|
University of Waikato Foundation Studies, (Certificate in Foundation Studies – CAFS)
The Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies - no less than a C- grade in any subject plus a B- grade or better in two English subjects.
Entry to the Bachelor of Engineering (Hons) requires an overall B grade average, plus a B grade or better in two English subjects and depending on the area chosen:
Civil, Electronic, and Mechanical
Chemical and Biological, Environmental, Materials and Process
Entry to the Bachelor of Laws requires at least a B average and a B- in two English subjects.
|New Zealand foundation programmes||Successful completion of any of the foundation certificates offered by a New Zealand university.|
|Other foundation programmes||The University of New South Wales Foundation Year – a minimum GPA of 6.5 (C grade) with an 8.0 in Academic English. Professional programmes such as law and engineering will require higher passes in prerequisite subjects. The University accepts applicants from a number of foundation programmes offered in New Zealand, Australia, the UK and elsewhere. Please contact the University to find out if your programme is accepted for entry to Waikato.|
|Advanced Placement International Diploma||Grades of 3 or higher in each of at least four subjects in the Advanced Placement International Diploma (APID).|
|International examinations taken in New Zealand|
(Cambridge International and Advanced International Certificate of Education)
|A minimum of 120 points on the UCAS Tariff at A or AS level other than the General Paper, including at least three subjects (other than Thinking Skills) in which no grade is lower than D. Standards apply regarding literacy and numeracy and applicants should refer to www.wu.ac.nz/study/enrolment/undergraduate|
|GCE Advanced levels (outside UK)||Applicants must achieve a minimum of 6 points taken from three subjects, achieving a minimum grade of C in at least one subject. Points calculated as follows: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1. AS Level grades are not included.|
|International Baccalaureate (taken in NZ or overseas)||Completed International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma with a minimum of 24 points.|
Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR) of 70 or higher or QLD OP score of 14 or lower.|
This also applies to students studying Australian qualifications outside Australia, such as the South Australian Matriculation (SAM) and the Western Australian Certificate of Education (WACE).
|Bangladesh||Successful completion of one year of study at a recognised institution of university standing.|
|Brazil||Successful completion of one year of study at a recognised institution of university standing.|
|Canada||Ontario Secondary School Diploma – 65% overall average grade. Quebec Grade 12 Certificate – average of 60% across six subjects (including English). British Columbia Certificate of Graduation - pass in at least five Grade 12 courses.|
|Chile||Successful completion of one year of study at a recognised institution of university standing|
|China||Students who met the Tier One university Gaokao cut off score for their province will have met the academic entry requirements; or Two years' successful academic study at a recognised junior college; or Successful completion of one year of study at a recognised institution of university standing. Gaokao scores – click here|
|Colombia||Successful completion of Tecnólogo Especializado at a recognised tertiary institution; or Successful completion of one year of study at a recognised institution of university standing.|
|Fiji||Fiji Form 7 – an aggregate over 4 subjects of 250 marks out of 400 with a minimum of 50 in English. University of the South Pacific (USP) Foundation Year in either Science or Social Science with a grade average of B or higher and no grade lower than C in the 8 required courses.|
|France||Successful completion of Diplome du Baccalaureat.|
|Germany||Successful completion of Abitur or Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife.|
|Ghana||West African GCE Advanced Level examinations with at least three C grades. All passes must be gained in the same sitting.|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with at least three subjects achieved at Level 4 or better including English Language and two elective subjects.|
|India||Achieve an overall average of 75% in the Indian School Certificate (ISC), or the All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSC), with a minimum of 70% in English, or:|
An overall average of 80% in Senior School Certificate awarded from one of the following three Indian State Board year 12 qualifications: (i) Tamil Nadu Higher Secondary Certificate (HSC), (ii) Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education Higher (Secondary) School Certificate; (iii) Karnataka Pre-
University Certificate, with Minimum of 75% in English.
An overall average of 8.5/80% or more in SMA; or|
Successful completion of one year of study at a recognised institution of university standing; or
Successful completion of a Diploma II from a recognised tertiary institution.
Completion of a high school diploma with a B average; or |
One year of successful study at a Japanese university; or
Completion of a Junior College Diploma of two or three years' duration.
|Korea||National College Scholastic Aptitude Test (CATS) with a minimum score of 250.|
|Kuwait||Successful completion of General Secondary Education Certificate with an overall average of 80% (calculated on academic subjects only).|
|Malaysia||A minimum of 6 points obtained from at least three Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) subjects. Points calculated as follows: A=5, A-= 4, B+=4, B=3, B-=2, C+= 2, C=1; orUnified Examination Certificate (UEC) with a maximum of 18 points over six academic subjects.|
|Nigeria||West African GCE A Level with at least 3 C grades. All passes must be obtained in the same sitting.|
|Norway||Successful completion of the Vitnemal fra den Videregaende Skole (Certificate of Upper Secondary Education).|
|Oman||One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing.|
|Pakistan||One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing.|
Successful completion of a diploma at a recognised College of Technology; or |
One year of successful study at bachelor’s level, at a recognised institution of university standing.
|Singapore||A minimum of 6 points obtained from three H2 Level subjects with at least one grade of C. Points calculated as follows: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.|
|South Africa||Successful completion of the National Senior Certificate with confirmation of eligibility to enrol in a bachelor’s degree at a South African university.|
|South Pacific countries (not individually listed)||South Pacific Form Seven Certificate (SPFSC) with a minimum of three B grades. All students must have Grade 5 or better in PSSC English and Grade 6 or better in PSSC Maths.|
|Sri Lanka||Sri Lankan General Certificate of Education Advanced Levels with at least three C grades achieved. At least one year of successful tertiary level study at a recognised University or Institution.|
|Taiwan||One year of university study; or Senior high school and a two-year Junior College Diploma; or Junior high school and a five-year Junior College Diploma.|
|Thailand||One year of successful study at a recognised institution of university standing.|
Successful completion of Tonga National Form Seven; or |
South Pacific Form Seven Certificate (SPFSC) with a minimum of three B grades. All students must have Grade 5 or better in PSSC English and Grade 6 or better in PSSC Maths.
Successful completion of a Higher Diploma from a recognised Higher College of Technology; or |
One year of successful study at bachelor’s level at a recognised institution of university standing.
|United Kingdom (GCE)||A minimum of 6 points obtained for three A level subjects with at least one grade of C. Points calculated as follows: A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1.|
|USA||High School Diploma plus SAT-1 (taken in grade 12) score of at least 1000 combining Critical Reading and Mathematics scores; or High School Diploma and ACT scores with at least 24 in every section.|
|Vietnam||Certificate of Secondary School Graduation (Bang Tot Ngiep Trung hoc Pho thong) with 8 out of 10.|
Recognised tertiary institutions and universities are those acknowledged as offering programme equivalent to those of Waikato. To find out whether your institution or university is recognised, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
English language entry requirements
Where applicants are non-native speakers of English, acceptable evidence of English language competence is required
The University teaches in the medium of English and requires all students to demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English.
The University’s English language entry requirements are set out below. If you do not meet the English language entry requirements you can enrol in an English Language programme with our Waikato Pathways College.
If English was the language of instruction in the last two years of secondary/tertiary studies, an English language waiver may be considered. Students need to provide evidence of this at the time of application.
Exceptions at Undergraduate level
Students who have achieved the following English scores in their high school qualifications do not need to provide additional evidence of English language proficiency:
|Country||Score and Qualification|
|Malaysia||UCLES English O levels (English 1119) with a grade B or above.|
|Norway||Grade 4 or higher in English Level 1 from the Norwegian first level/year of Upper Secondary School (Videregående Skoler).|
|Sweden||VG (Pass with distinction) or MVG (Pass with honours) grade in Level B English language from senior high school.|
Minimum English language requirements
These tests must have been completed in one sitting within the 2 years prior to the proposed start date of the programme.
|iBT (internet based) TOEFL||Pearson PTE Academic||Waikato Pathways|
|Undergraduate (all courses except those listed below)||6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5)||80 with a score of 21 in writing.||Overall score of 50 with no PTE communicative skills below 42.||Successful completion of Level 7 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE) programme.|
|7.0 overall (no band less than 7.0)|
|Bachelor of Laws (LLB)||6.5 overall (no less than 6.0 in any band)||90 with a score of 21 in writing.||Overall score of 58 with no PTE communicative skills below 50.||Successful completion of Level 8 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE) programme.|
|Bachelor of Social Work||6.5 overall (no band less than 6.5)||Considered on a case-by-case basis.|
Considerations for special admission to study at the University of Waikato
Students over 20 years of age with successful post-secondary education and/or work experience may be considered for special admission to a Bachelor degree if they do not meet academic requirements.
The Faculties or Schools of Studies may place students admitted on the basis of special admission in a restricted programme of studies.
If you do not meet the entry requirements the University has English language and academic pre-degree programmes available that can help you gain direct entry into a university programme.
Note: some programmes have limited numbers.
Entry requirements are constantly reviewed and the University reserves the right to amend the above guidelines at any time.