University of Waikato
New Zealand is as unique a study abroad destination as anywhere else a Catholic University student might go. Cultural diversity, geographic diversity, and a wide range of course offerings at the University of Waikato make New Zealand ideal for just about any type of person. With smaller class sizes, easy access to lecturers, affordable living, a wide range of support services, and dozens of student clubs, the student experience at Waikato is designed to be dynamic and distinctive.
Waikato uses the term ‘paper’ to refer to a course, and courses will have different workload values (typically 15 points each). When students apply, they are requested to review the list of available papers
and complete the Paper Selection Form, which will then be assessed so that a list of pre-approved papers can be provided to the student. This pre-approval process allows students to register easily upon arrival. However, students may not enroll in papers prior to arrival on campus; enrollment is completed during Orientation week.
Exchange students are eligible to study a maximum of 60 points (equal to 15 CatholicU Credits). In practice, a typical full-time workload equates to four undergraduate papers worth 15 points each. In order to be considered full-time for student visa purposes, students may not enroll in fewer than 45 points.
Accommodation & Meals
The Accommodation Office offers fully catered residence halls and self-catered flats on-campus, as well as homestays. On-campus housing is guaranteed for study abroad and exchange students if the accommodation application is submitted on time. Students are strongly encouraged to apply early to secure their preferred housing option. All students must complete the Arrival Form at least 1 week prior to arriving in New Zealand. Completing arrival information allows for a complementary door to-door airport shuttle from Auckland or Hamilton airports to the student’s accommodation address.
Exchange Scholar programs at The Catholic University of America provide an immersive international experience for a limited number of highly qualified students. This exclusive opportunity enables students to study at a select group of prestigious universities worldwide. Exchange partner schools are selected on the basis of mission, academic excellence, dedication to internationalization, and a commitment to research.