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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 in either Auckland and Rotorua (Fall) or in Queenstown (Spring). You can expect an introduction to Maori culture and experience New Zealand’s natural beauty. After this packed four-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.
Note: Students studying during the Spring semester will have their orientation in Queenstown and students studying during the Fall Semester will have their orientation in Auckland and Rotorua.
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
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.
Victoria University of Wellington’s main campus, is elevated in an idyllic setting with views of this artsy and quirky city. With an assortment of courses to choose from and amazing access to the wonders of both New Zealand’s North Island and South Island, you’ll quickly find yourself in love with your new home. Students participating in our Victoria University of Wellington program enjoy courses that are ranked in the top 100 internationally-recognized programs for arts and humanities, social sciences and management while living in apartment-style university housing with new friends from around the world.
For students seeking an inspiring location for creative enterprises, Massey University can’t be beat. Set in what is considered New Zealand’s creative capital, Wellington, the university is New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious art and design school. Located in the heart of the city, this is where many of New Zealand’s best designers and artists began their careers and TEAN students can too with comprehensive courses. The school also offers professional internship opportunities for communications students.
As the home of Massey University’s original campus, Palmerston North boasts a youthful population of university students and is beautifully situated within easy distances to some of the highlights of the North Island. Although the university has a relatively small student body of 8,500, its comprehensive course offerings, including a focus on the life sciences, agriculture, horticulture and veterinary studies, are impressive. Connect with students in class then go out on an adventure jetting past the cliffs of Manawatu Gorge in a high-speed boat or skiing down Mt. Ruapehu.
Christchurch is home to the second oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Canterbury, widely respected for its academic excellence in teaching and research. Participants enjoy access to a wide spectrum of course offerings, as the university is highly ranked for civil engineering, education, accounting and history among other disciplines, along with an unbeatable base for exploring some of the world’s most thrilling landscapes, including the South Island’s stunning Southern Alps and majestic Fjordlands. Students find it easy to meet similarly-minded explorers in their apartment-style university housing.
Located just 30 minutes from the center of Christchurch, Lincoln University is considered New Zealand’s specialist land-based university offering unique courses in such areas as agriculture, biological sciences, viticulture, landscape architecture and more. With a small and relaxed campus, Lincoln provides participants with a unique glimpse into South Island life. Dormitory and apartment-style housing is available for participants where they’ll meet students from New Zealand and as well as from countries around the world.
As New Zealand’s largest university, the University of Auckland is also the country’s highest ranked institution as well. While academics here are of the highest standard, the school’s incredible location allows students not only to focus on their studies but explore all the country has to offer as well. With big city attractions just steps away from campus and gorgeous natural surroundings perfect for hiking and spending the afternoon at the beach just a short drive or ferry ride away, there’s always something to do!
Dunedin is home to the oldest university in New Zealand, the University of Otago, and literally grew around the university – 85% of the university’s students living within a 15-minute walk of campus. With a focus on the traditional arts and sciences, the university offers a broad spectrum of courses for study abroad students paired with an unbeatable location from which to explore the incredibly beautiful South Island of New Zealand. Queenstown and the Southern Alps are only a few hours away, and the wildlife and beautiful landscapes of the nearby Otago Peninsula and surrounding region are easily accessible.
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