What will I learn?

With a BA you gain an internationally recognised degree, leading to diverse career opportunities. Through your study you will develop sector-specific analytical abilities and research experience, well-honed written and verbal communication skills, and a broad perspective on the world and its various cultures.

We offer many possibilities to study languages and enable you to use multimedia applications to make international communication easier. You'll significantly increase your marketability and open doors for adventurous overseas job opportunities. Our languages programme is QS-rated in the top 250 subjects in the world.

We offer a range of options for studying languages with papers in Chinese, French, Japanese, Te Reo Maori and Spanish. You can choose to major in International Languages and Cultures endorsed in Chinese, French, Japanese or Spanish or take language papers to round off your degree. We allow you to combine languages with other courses, such as law or science, to further enhance your preparation for the workforce.

Students also benefit from travelling abroad to study their language through immersive learning opportunities. Chinese students, for instance, travel to China to gain first-hand language skills and cultural understanding.

Waikato gives you the space to become versatile to deal with texts in a variety of media formats to meet communication and translation needs. The International Languages and Cultures programme at Waikato is highly reputed and increases employability for those seeking job opportunities in other cultures and with different people groups.

Career Opportunities

  • Diplomat
  • Hospitality Operator
  • International Lawyer
  • Tour Guide
  • Translator or Interpreter
  • Travel Agent

Which department am I in?

School of Arts

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$27,210.00 (13,72,163) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

7 March 2022, 18 July 2022

Venue

Hamilton Campus

Gate 1, Knighton Road,

HAMILTON,

Hillcrest,

3216, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must meet NCEA University Entrance or its equivalent. English Language Requirements: IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 80 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 50 with no PTE communicative skills below 42; Waikato Pathways - Successful completion of Level 7 with a B grade average in the Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (CAAE) programme. Applicants must achieve a minimum of 6 points taken from three subjects, achieving a minimum grade of C in at least one subject. Points calculated as follows: A = 5, B = 4, C = 3, D = 2, E = 1.  AS Level grades are not included.

For international students

Entry requirements vary from country to country.

You can apply if you have international academic qualification equivalent to NCEA University Entrance. All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. For more details, please visit university website.

Students must demonstrate proficiency in written and spoken English. The University's English language entry requirements are: IELTS (Academic) - 6.0 overall (no band less than 5.5); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - 80 with a score of 21 in writing; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 50 with no PTE communicative skills below 42; PBT TOEFL: Overall score of 60 with writing score of 21; C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge English Advanced CAE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge Proficiency Exam CPE): Overall score of 169 and no bands below 162; Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB): 80.

Note: To provide flexibility to students during COVID-19 who are affected by the closure of testing centres, the University of Waikato will accept the following alternative tests for all 2021 and 2022 intakes. Please note this policy is subject to review.

  • IELTS Indicator (this is an online version of the regular IELTS test)
  • TOEFL iBT Home (Plus) (this is an online version of the regular TOEFL test)
  • Duolingo English Test (DET) score of 100 for undergraduate programmes.

Students who are accepted into their programme using any of the three language tests named above will be issued an unconditional offer, but will be required to undertake a supplementary online language assessment.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

The University of Waikato offers below pathways courses for this subject

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • The University of Waikato Foundation Studies Programme
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About The University of Waikato

More than 90% of students are highly satisfied with the student experience at the University of Waikato.

  • Start online and receive a 20% bursary in 2021
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