The University of Waikato is internationally recognized for the variety and high quality of its educational programs. While studying there for a semester or year, you will discover the Maori traditions on campus provide cultural richness and diversity and are an important aspect of Waikato's overall identity. There are 12,500 enrolled students at Waikato, and 2,000 of them are international students. Students come from over sixty different countries, bringing together cultures and experiences from around the world. Waikato's Management School is recognized as one of the best business schools in the Southern Hemisphere, and if you are interested in learning more about the Maori culture and history, courses concerning New Zealand/Pacific society are widely available. Waikato offers more than just a semester in New Zealand; it will give you a greater appreciation for local culture as you earn academic credit towards your degree.
With a population of 110,000, Hamilton is New Zealand's fourth largest city and is well served with parks, gardens, and scenic river walks. The city has an active music, art, and cafe culture, all with a distinctly New Zealand flavor.
The College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS), a partnership of colleges and universities—two and four year, large and small, public and private, domestic and foreign—encompasses the broad spectrum of international higher education. CCIS members sponsor a variety of programs, notably study abroad programs and professional development seminars for faculty and administrators, which are designed to enhance international/intercultural perspectives within the academic community.