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Waikato Student Summer

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We know the summer will be a bit different for you this year, our education providers are working hard to help you have your best Waikato Student Summer!

The Mighty Waikato has so much to offer this summer, both educational and recreational!

Here is where you find out about what we have to offer.

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International Student Summer Activities

The Wintec International Centre has put together three weeks of learning, fun activities, day trips and social events. We’ve teamed up with the University of Waikato to run sporting activities too! We encourage you to come along to as many events as you can to meet new friends, experience the beauty of New Zealand, and get the most out of your summer break. Events run from Monday 30 November to 18 December and will be repeated from 18 January 2021.

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Summer Opportunities

The University of Waikato is committed to providing support and care over this coming summer as the New Zealand borders remain closed. We have a number of exciting study opportunities that you can get involved with over the summer period: - Kick start your career with the University of Waikato’s new ‘Ready for Work’ paper - Sign up for our special FREE EPP Summer Volunteering programme - Stay connected with other students over the break

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Summer School

Did you know you can start a new undergraduate or postgraduate degree over summer with the University of Waikato’s C trimester start date? C Trimester runs from November 16 - February 21 and is a great way to ensure you complete your degree programme early! Study at the Hamilton or Tauranga campus in C trimester and you will receive a generous financial bursary to offset your tuition fees. If you are a school leaver and you want to study in Hamilton, you will automatically receive the 20% bursary for your first year of study to a maximum of 120 points. If you are enrolling in an undergraduate programme at our Tauranga campus, you will automatically receive a $10,000 bursary.

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Summer Start Programme

If you are an international student who has just finished year 13 at a New Zealand high school then the University of Waikato’s new Summer Start Programme is the perfect option! Starting on 11 January 2021, and running for 6 weeks, this programme is an opportunity for you to prepare for success in your tertiary studies. The Summer Start Programme fee is $5,500 and covers a university-level paper, academic skills preparation classes, and co-curricular activities run each Friday. Over the Summer Start programme, you can even stay in University accommodation if you’d like to! You can experience Waikato’s largest hall of residence, College Hall - at an extremely discounted rate!

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English language Summer School Module, with an IELTS focus

If you’re looking to improve your IELTS score, consider enrolling in Wintec's 3-week English Language Summer School Module, at the Centre for Languages. They’ll be providing English language classes with an IELTS focus. Wintec Mon 30 November – Fri 18 December 2020 20 hours a week Anticipated cost: $1205, including GST Insurance for this block if you don’t already have it, is $62.50 To find out more email

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Certificate in Aotearoa Cultural Studies

Certificate in Aotearoa Cultural Studies from the Freedom Institute Learn through practical experiences, to the language, history, culture, life styles, work lives, study skills of Aotearoa Learning especially focuses on developing the knowledge and skills to live, travel, study or work independently.

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Foundation & Cultural Programmes

FREEDOM offers unique foundation programmes in small friendly classess. Each programme has been designed to support New Zealanders, international students, refugees, migrants and business migrants to learn more about New Zealand history, culture, government and systems, information technology, employment and business options plus your rights and responsibilities. Learning especially focuses on developing the knowledge and skills to live, travel, study or work independently.

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Travel for 18-35 Year Olds
Travel New Zealand from $165* per day


Explore Hamilton

Hamilton is one of the country’s fastest-growing cities and has the attractions to go with it, whether you’re looking for family fun or a thriving nightlife. The vibrant café and bar scene is making a name for itself, and plentiful open spaces mean the city is an easy place to spend time in. The city is also rapidly gaining a reputation as a business hub for creativity and innovation as well as a destination for world-class international, national and local events.

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Fresh and local products and produce is best and the Waikato region is the place to make the most of some of New Zealand’s best. Enjoy award-winning cheese and wine, sample fresh produce such as asparagus or blueberries, browse at the numerous farmers markets, and dine at top cafes and restaurants.

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The Waikato regions long rolling landscapes and native bush clad mountains provide for an unlimited number or walking and hiking tracks of all levels.

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Water Activities

Water defines the Waikato region, from the harbours and surf of the west coast to the rivers and waterways that course through its heart, including the country’s longest river. The Waikato River itself and the hydro lakes that have been formed along it provide a base for boating, kayaking, rowing, fishing and cruising. While on the rugged west coast, surfing, kite-surfing, stand up paddleboarding and more are all on offer in Raglan.

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Live Events

HLive is Hamilton’s event hotspot – where you can find out about all of the city’s very best events in one place! Whether you are a sports fan, music lover, comedy nut or fancy some fun family entertainment, you’re sure to find an event to excite you.

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Nothing tastes better than fresh food straight from the source. New Zealand Farmers’ Markets are a great way to meet the people who produce the fresh, tasty food the country is famous for, and the Hamilton & Waikato region is no exception. Not to mention the array of craft and art markets that regularly feature throughout the region.

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Arts Trail

Hamilton has a growing collection of public art, as well as an eclectic range of talented local artists.

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