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Get ready for an exhilarating crash course in Kiwi living, plus a semester orientation with fellow TEAN students. Explore New Zealand’s rich culture and environments starting in Auckland with a traditional Maori welcome ceremony and hangi dinner at a marae (meeting house). Next, stop at Hobbiton, then discover Rotorua’s renowned geothermal activity (including the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland), soak in natural hot springs, learn a powerful Maori haka, and more. After this packed four program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.
Choose from two university housing options: a private, dorm-style room in a residence hall or a private bedroom in a shared flat. In the residence hall, which includes shared bathrooms, lounge spaces, and a full board meal plan for the hall’s dining room, you’ll live with primarily first-year local and other international students. The self-catered, apartment-style accommodation comes with a bathroom, kitchen, and lounge area designed for five flatmates. Your TEAN Program Manager will provide more information about your housing options once you apply for the program.
Our team works with you from start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Hamilton Resident Advisor for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.Meet the Team
About the University
- Established in 1964 in Hamilton in the middle of NZ’s North Island.
- Traditional, medium-sized university with 12,500 students including 2,500 international students from 80+ different nations.
- University of Waikato’s Management School is triple crown accredited by AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA – an honor held by only 100 business schools worldwide.
- New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is a Waikato alum!
Courses (called “papers” in New Zealand) are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses at the University of Waikato, see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester (45 and 60 Waikato points), which usually transfers as 12-16 US semester credits or 18-24 US quarter hours.
Students will enroll once they are on-campus during the University of Waikato International OrientationFind Courses
Academic Departments and Schools at the University of Waikato are divided into seven academic divisions: Arts, Social Sciences and Law, Computing and Mathematical Sciences, Health, Sport and Human Performance, Education, Māori and Indigenous Studies, Science and Engineering, and Management.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
TEAN students have the opportunity to complete an internship during their semester in addition to taking 2-3 other classes. Open to all majors, internship placements are available at non-profit organizations, as well as in the corporate and government sectors, and consist of 15 internship hours across 2-3 days each week (180 hours total) that equals 15 Waikato credits, or 3-4 U.S. credits. If interested in interning, you will enroll in 2-3 other classes in addition to the internship course.
Students studying sciences who are in their third year or higher can take a specialized, research-focused science course: SCIEN301 for group projects or SCIEN313 for individual undergraduate research projects. There are several group projects run each semester or you can choose your own research topic (subject to approval), working with expert faculty in fields such as animal behavior, chemistry, coastal processes, earth science, ecology and biodiversity, environmental sciences, hydrology, and more.
Some projects may require specific knowledge or experience with instruments or research methods. Ask your TEAN Program Manager for more information.
- 2.5 GPA. Students with a lower GPA are encouraged to apply and may be admitted on a case-by-case basis.
- Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
EVENTS & EXCURSIONS
Our local staff organize various activities throughout the semester to help immerse you in the local culture. Each semester includes a minimum of three cultural activities or events, and two coffee catch-ups where you can connect with your Program Manager and other TEAN students. These are all included in your program price! If you have a specific interest or hobby, your Hamilton-based Resident Director can also point you in the right direction.
In addition to the TEAN events, our local team sends out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Hamilton and throughout the country – ranging from community events to music festivals – so you can make the most of your time in New Zealand.
During the semester, you’ll be busy with class and exploring your local area on the weekends. With this in mind, TEAN encourages students to get to know New Zealand better or travel to even more exotic destinations with excursions organized during school breaks. Participating in these excursions will depend on your program dates and semester abroad.
South Island New Zealand
New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere's highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won't be disappointed or bored!
Take advantage of your ideal location in the South Pacific and explore incredible Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive 9-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself hanging with Southeast Asia’s majestic giants - the elephants, introducing your tastebuds to tropical fruits, and lounging on a white sand beach. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion is not to be missed.
Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 1|
|Fall Deadline||April 1|
Your signed program contract and full payment for the program are due by the program deadline. Please note we do have options for using financial aid and enrolling in a payment plan if you cannot make full payment by the payment deadline. You can find more information about funding your program here
|Spring Payment Deadline||Nov 15|
|Fall Payment Deadline||TBD|
|Depart the US||July 3|
|Arrive in New Zealand||July 5|
|TEAN Orientation||July 5 – 8|
|Housing Move-In||July 8|
|University Orientation||July 11 – 15|
|Classes Begin||July 18|
|Semester Break||Aug 29 – Sept 11|
|Classes End||Oct 21|
|Study Period||Oct 25 – 28|
|Exam Period||Oct 31 – Nov 11|
|Program Ends||Nov 12|
Spring 2023 dates are coming soon!
Fees & Inclusions
- Program fee: $13,950
- Housing: $3,250-$6,350
- Program fee: $14,950
- Housing: $3,325 – $6,525
- Full tuition (4 courses)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
- Bedding Pack
- Comprehensive health and travel insurance
- Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
- 4-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Local SIM card
- Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
- Access to unique and exciting optional mid-semester excursions, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
- Access to pre-arranged flight itineraries and booking agent
- Extensive pre-departure advising
- University and course selection advice
- Official academic transcripts from host institution
- Credit approval and transfer assistance
- Help with student visa preparation
- Financial aid transfer planning
- Airport pickup and reception upon arrival at TEAN
- Orientation and in host city
- Student association fees
- Host university orientation
- Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
What’s Not Included
- International airfare ($1,800)
- Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
- Books ($200)
- Meals during the semester ($1,700)
- Student visa ($30)
*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on the student.
Apply for TEAN scholarships – starting at $1,000 – for the chance to receive money specifically for studying abroad. Each year we award thousands of dollars in need- and merit-based scholarships, diversity scholarships, a full ride scholarship and more. Visit our scholarships page for details!
From the Blog
Jump start your undergraduate life by experiencing living and studying abroad in Sydney! While many college study abroad programs don’t accept first year students, TEAN’s unique Gap Year Program in Sydney, Australia offers a one-of-a-kind opportunity to spend your freshman year abroad at the prestigious University of Sydney (USyd) with plenty of support from TEAN through the entire experience – from helping you figure out your schedule to organizing free cultural and group activities during your stay! TEAN has been running programs in Sydney since 1997 and our experienced local staff will guide you every step of the way to make the most of this incredible city while also starting your academic career.
International work experience is more important than ever and one of the best ways to make the leap into working abroad is by completing an internship in Australia – a longtime leader in the health, sports and technology industries. Offering a range of internship opportunities throughout the country, TEAN works tirelessly to connect students with highly relevant placements in every trade from finance, to environmental conservation, to even sports medicine. While Sydney is a popular destination as an international business hub, other cities throughout the country also provide a variety of internships suited to meet nearly every degree or interest.
Seeking near-perfect weather, a city with a small town feel and beaches at your doorstep? Look no further than the University of Western Australia in Perth. As a large and comprehensive university, a wide spectrum of course offerings are available and the architecturally-stunning campus is minutes from the city’s Central Business District. Students can take advantage of the opportunity to reside in the campus’ residential halls where new Australian friends are ready to be met.
The University of Melbourne is not only located in the world’s most liveable city, but is also consistently ranked as one of the top two universities in Australia and within the top 50 in the world. Here students are challenged in the classroom with leading programs and innovative methods while experiencing big city life near Melbourne’s Central Business District. Outside of studying, discover all that Melbourne has to offer – from its vibrant arts scene, to exciting cafe culture and everything in between.
RMIT University’s modern architectural design accents the lively streets of Melbourne. Often considered the world’s most liveable city, participants can’t help but feel energetic in this urban campus. With an assortment of comprehensive courses, emphasizing on technology and design, and the best parts of Melbourne at your feet, you’ll find it easy to settle into your new routine. Students participating in our RMIT University program live in high quality, fully furnished student apartments a short walk from campus.
Students seeking a unique campus experience and the excitement of Melbourne, one of Australia’s most vibrant cities, will feel right at home at Monash University. As one of the top-ranked universities in the country, not to mention the world, the curriculum is varied and challenging while the opportunities for campus involvement are immense. Students can also take advantage of all that Melbourne – regularly named the world’s most liveable city – has to offer, from its creative community to famous cafe culture.
Sitting along the stunning Illawarra cliffline, the University of Wollongong presents students with a once-in-a-lifetime chance to soak up some of Australia’s finest beaches, engage with locals in a moderately-sized city, and still spend a considerable amount of time exploring bustling Sydney. Ranked in the top 100 universities in the world for geography and materials science studies, the university offers a range of classes to fit all fields of study. Additionally, students majoring in business are eligible to take an internship for academic credit as part of their semester abroad.
The University of Sydney boasts a beautiful campus with grassy courtyards and dramatic sandstone buildings in the middle of the city’s most artistic neighborhood. Featuring a multitude of courses covering a variety of subjects, the university is also considered one of the top three universities in the country. Students have the added option of completing a professional internship, to further boost their education and resume, and access to guaranteed living arrangements in our high-quality apartments.
Within walking distance of stunning Coogee Beach and home to Australia’s oldest study abroad program, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) offers students an impressive array of courses to choose from plus an academic calendar similar to the U.S. Known for its commitment to innovation and research, UNSW is a leading university not only in Australia but around the world for science, technology and more. Along with enjoying the campus’ convenient location close to both the city center and the beach, UNSW students have guaranteed living arrangements in our Sydney off-campus, high quality housing as well as the option to reside in our beachside housing, literally steps away from the shore.
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