University of Waikato - Haskayne only

Originally established in 1964 on Māori land, the University of Waikato is deeply connected to its indigenous heritage and cultural values.

Waikato supports its Māori community through a variety of cultural events, specialized degree programmes, and culturally mindful support for its many Māori students - the highest proportion of any university in New Zealand. With its main campus in mountainous Hamilton and a secondary campus at the beachside Tauranga, Waikato has grown to become a leading research institution. It is ranked within the top 5 institutions in New Zealand (#274 globally - QS 2019), and is one of only 90 business schools worldwide with a Triple Crown accreditation. 

Key information




Fall, Winter

Program type


Application information

Application status



2024-2025 applications

First come first considered for remaining spaces until

Fall 2024 /Full year: March 15, 2025

Winter 2025: August 15, 2024

University-specific additional requirements

No academic reference required - see the Eligibility section below.

2025-2026 applications

Open November 1, 2024

Program details

Ensure you review your course selection with a Haskayne exchange advisor before leaving for your exchange to confirm transfer credit.

Haskayne undergraduate students must take their core courses at the University of Calgary. Students can take two senior commerce and/or non-commerce options, and/or a maximum of 2 concentration courses (not ACCT/PLMA). They are required to maintain full time status while on exchange.

Courses at Waikato are called "papers". Exchange students are expected to take 60 Waikato Points per semester. 3 UCalgary units (1 Half-Course Equivalent) = 12 Waikato Points.

The academic year is divided into 2 semesters:

  • Semester A runs from mid-February to late June
  • Semester B runs from early July to mid-November.

Students can start in either semester, however full-year students must start in February and continue to November (our Winter Semester to Fall Semester).

  1. Costs

    Exchange students pay their tuition and academic fees to the University of Calgary. Other expenses are paid directly to the service provider. 

    It is recommended that students budget a minimum of NZ$9000 per semester to pay for accommodation and living expenses. Waikato provides some cost of living estimates online. Also, remember to include things like visas, insurance, vaccinations etc in your budget planning.

    Hamilton cost comparison vs. Calgary: Click Here

    Student Tips: "Cell phone plans in NZ are extremely cheap, roughly $15 CAD for a basic call/text/data plan. Many cell phone providers have student pricing and it is worth having a NZ phone in case of emergencies or phoning home. The Wi-Fi in Waikato dorms is speedy and unlimited. McDonalds, KFC, and most cafes have limited Wi-Fi. Since international calls cost extra, using Wi-Fi or data to call home through an app like Hangouts or Whatsapp is cheaper. 
    If you own or rent a car, a parking pass for the university for one semester is $60."

  2. Funding

    Did you know that you can take your UCalgary funding with you on exchange? Since you remain a degree-seeking student at UCalgary while on exchange, you remain eligible for any awards and scholarships you are eligible to receive from the university as well as student loans.

    Our office administers the International Study Travel Grant for students travelling on approved UCalgary study programs that are credit bearing. The amount changes year to year as the money is split evenly between qualified applicants. Students may only receive the study travel grant once. Please see the funding page for more information.

Exchange students to Waikato are guaranteed housing from a range of options.

  • If you wish to stay on-campus, you may apply for a Hall of Residence, which offers either private rooms with access to a fully-catered dining hall or private rooms in an apartment for five with a shared kitchen.
  • If you wish to stay off-campus, you can rent inexpensive flats privately or with flatmates.
  • You can also apply for a homestay with a local family. All host families have been approved by the university and will provide a room and daily meals for students. Because of the range of housing types and meal packages, rental fees can vary greatly.

Students are encouraged to look into the detailed information provided.

Student Experience: "I lived in the Student Village fully-catered dorms. The housing arrangements were cheap and provided everything necessary. For a short, one semester, exchange, living on campus was easier than finding a place on my own. I liked that classes were so close and the living arrangements forced me to interact with others. Our housing provided food, the dining hall was located in a building directly outside my dorm building. The dining hall provided a cold breakfast of cereal or toast, and a hot lunch and dinner each day. Food was not available outside of the scheduled meal times, however students could arrange for a meal to be packaged and picked up early if they were unable to attend a meal. Meal cards could not be traded or used by anyone other than the student it was assigned to."

Haskayne students at UCalgary can ONLY apply for this partner through Haskayne, and must meet the Haskayne requirements for exchange.

What's special about Waikato?

Waikato's main campus is located in Hamilton (click here), while their secondary campus is in Tauranga (click here). Each campus has an array of facilities & resources to support students while giving you exposure to a different environment in New Zealand.

Waikato has a smoke-free campus policy. Smoking on campus is not permitted. 

Student Experience: "NZ is a first world country with many of the same products as Canada, however because of its distance from other countries, certain things are extremely expensive. Reese's peanut butter cups, Nutella, and sweets made by Hershey are expensive and worth taking if you cannot live without them. Another Canadian student I met had brought with her a 5 month supply of Tim Horton’s hot chocolate!"

What resources are available for new students?

Waikato runs a compulsory International Student Orientation with a variety of informative and social events for incoming students.

Student Experience: "The school planned for us to go to a Marae, a local hike, a beach which is nearby and other trips. Each trip was free for international students. The school also had an international culture week where the main social area became an area of activities and food from multiple cultures and it ended with a lantern lighting ceremony over the lake. 
I did not join any clubs, but I did join the intramural Indoor Netball team. The team cost $20 for 8 weeks of sport. Our team had a game every Thursday which lasted ½ an hour. It was not competitive but was a fun way to make friends and learn the sport without pressure to preform well. Take any opportunity and make friends with locals who can direct you to places a travel pamphlet might not tell you about."

What accessibility resources are available?

Waikato's Disability Support Services office provides comprehensive support for students with disabilities.

The exchange advisor for this program is: Erin Mizzoni

How to Apply

Download the application guide

This PDF contains information on how to complete your application and what to do after you have applied.

Application guide

Identify three programs of interest

We recommend applying for your top three programs for the priority application deadline, as placement may be competitive. We will assess your applications in ranked order.

Check requirements and deadlines

These may vary by program, so check the individual program pages and make sure that you are aware of any different application deadlines or eligibility requirements.

Start your application

Once you have gathered everything you need, you can begin your application!

Please note: Applications will not be considered complete until all required documents are submitted in full.


International travel presents challenges that may not be found when attending classes on campus. There may be a lack of resources, emergency services, hospitals, accessibility issues and/or demands on the physical and the mental self, all of which can challenge individuals when away from their usual support systems and structures. Adequate preparation is essential.

For this reason, it is imperative that you evaluate all aspects of your own physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual condition against the rigors of the particular global learning program you are selecting. If you are unsure of whether or not this program is a good fit for you and/or if you have any circumstances that could impede your enjoyment of the program, please contact us. Our Global Learning Advisors will be happy to assist in finding the best options for you and arrange any supports or accommodations necessary to ensure your success.

If you have or are seeking a certificate from Student Accessibility Services, you should provide this early to your Global Learning Advisor to ensure that the option that you are seeking can support your needs.

Please note: All participants must adhere to COVID-19 and other vaccination-related requirements for the destinations visited on this program. Failure to do so may have consequences such as being denied access to accommodation/housing, program activities, or to the host country itself.