Hamilton, New Zealand—Study Abroad

This program is offered through ISA at the University of Waikato. 

With lush greenery and softly rolling hills, it's no wonder the Hamilton area was chosen as the set location for the Shire in the Lord of the Rings films. Hamilton is one of the few New Zealand cities not on the coast and is in fact the largest inland city in the country, located toward the northwest corner of the North Island and surrounded by green hills. The Waikato River that runs through the city is the longest river in New Zealand. 

The University of Waikato is one of New Zealand's most modern and innovative universities, based in the river city of Hamilton, with a satellite campus located in Tauranga.

Waikato are home to more than 13,000 students including close to 2,000 international students from over 70 countries.

The University has a distinctive New Zealand character derived from our region. Waikato is the Maori name meaning “flowing water”, a name shared with New Zealand’s longest river and our home province. At Waikato, students can combine major and supporting subjects from over 3000 courses, providing a sound basis for future employment or further study.

Established in 1964, the University is spread over a beautifully landscaped 68 hectare campus, a short distance from the center of Hamilton. Hamilton is New Zealand’s fourth largest city located in the North Island, 90 minutes drive south of Auckland. It has a population of 143,000 people and is central to many of New Zealand’s most popular tourist attractions and outdoor activities – surfing, skiing, whitewater rafting, hiking, caving, climbing, kayaking to name a few. Scenic river walks, numerous parks and gardens, and a growing café and restaurant culture enable students to enjoy a relaxed yet cosmopolitan environment, with a lower cost of living than many other New Zealand cities.