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Education Abroad Office

University of Waikato

Area: Global Direct Summer
Location: Waikato
Country: New Zealand
Term: Summer
Website: University of Waikato Summer Program

New Zealand is a small yet mighty country of 4.5 million people located in the South Pacific. A study and travel experience in New Zealand is transformative. You'll join a world-class education system, meet friendly locals, see amazing sights, and enjoy a healthy work-life balance. The University of Waikato is centrally located on the North Island in the city of Hamilton, just 1.5 hours south of Auckland. Our location makes it easy to explore New Zealand's stunning beaches, forests, and mountains... all in one day!

Cost: Approximately 7500 NZD, paid directly to Waikato

Requirements: 3.0 GPA

 There are two summer program options to choose from:

Enhancing Sporting Performance

Delivered through hands-on learning in the classroom, labs, modern gym, and trips to local sports organizations, students will develop knowledge in nutrition, recovery practices, physiology and prescription, strength and conditioning, coaching, performance analysis, and biomechanics.

While studying at Waikato, athletes will have the opportunity to continue with their sport, practicing with local teams in the evenings and competing on the weekends. Students will have access to state-of-the-art high performance training centres where researchers work with elite teams, including New Zealand Cycling and New Zealand Sevens rugby, to reach peak athletic performance.

Creative Filmmaking

This short programme will be delivered through a mixture of learning in the classroom, filming in the television studio, editing in computer labs, and have hands-on use of film production equipment.

You will work in an intensive creative environment, where you will collaborate with your team to produce professional short films. You will dive into using cameras, lighting, and sound equipment to create a series of progressively complex and independent short films.

You will cover the chronological aspects of moving image production: pre-production, production, and post-production, including learning and using the professional editing tool Adobe Premier Pro.

The highlight of the programme is the creation of a professionally produced short film that will strengthen your portfolio and and develop the skills necessary to pursue a career in film production. 

To see courses UofSC students have taken with this specific university, please reference the Registrar's Course Equivalency Table

Various funding opportunities exist for this program. Please note the terms eligible listed for each:

  • Beyond Boundaries: The Beyond Boundaries Award is a financial award of $1500 or more to be used to help fund a credit-bearing Maymester/summer study abroad experience. The goal of this award is to help students with high financial need make an overseas experience possible.
  • Carolina Global Study Award: All USC students participating in semester, academic year, or summer programs are eligible to compete for this award. The number of awards available varies from year to year. The goal of this award is to help provide a study abroad experience for students with financial need. 
  • Passport Travel Grant: The Passport Travel Grant is a financial award of up to $2000 to be used to help fund a Maymester or summer study abroad experience for Capstone, Honors, and Top Scholar students. 

Per university policy, all UofSC students will be charged emergency medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance for their time abroad. Contact the Education Abroad Office for more details.

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