Waikato Pathways College is located on the beautiful University of Waikato campus. The atmosphere is relaxed, friendly, diverse and is equipped with everything you need. We have five cafés, a gym, a campus pharmacy, shops, banks, a library, quiet study spaces and childcare facility. Off-campus shops are only a 5-10 minute walk away, and the city centre is only a five-minute drive away.

Our teachers are passionate about teaching and are insightful about culture shock and acculturation as many have lived and taught abroad. They are research informed and innovative in their approach to teaching to ensure students remain motivated throughout their studies.

The communicative language teaching approach is used widely at WPC. Teachers also embrace current technology and have adopted a blended learning environment within the classroom incorporating Interactive Whiteboards and Chromebooks. This technology enhanced learning (TEL) is supported by the 3E framework.

The Certificate of Attainment in Academic English (level 6, 7, or 8) can provide direct entry to most university programmes and has five intakes per year.  Students in this programme can take different electives such as English for Academic Purposes, Business English or IELTS Preparation to assist them in reaching their goals.

Students can participate in English club, Friday Sport, Chess and Table tennis, UoW Frisbee Competition (2nd in 2016) or Optional Activities (peak times, fee applies).

Homestay is the preferred option for new students as it is a good environment to experience Kiwi culture and practice your English speaking.  Homestay includes three meals per day for first four weeks.  We also offer on-campus hostel accommodation for long-term students.

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Contact Details

School Website: http://waikato.ac.nz/pathways

Waikato Pathways College
Gate 1, Knighton Road
Private Bag 3105
Hamilton 3240
Phone: 64 7 858 5600
Fax: 64 7 858 5694
Email: pathwayscollege@waikato.ac.nz
Waikato Pathways College

Special Courses

  • General English
  • Academic English
  • Game On (Rugby and English)
  • Groups plus adventure activities


  • Specialised English Language Resource Centre, free Wifi and computer labs
  • Access to all university services and campus facilities
  • Kitchen, lounge and cafeteria area to eat and/or study
  • IELTS testing centre
Waikato Pathways College

Our Students are From (Top 5)

  • China
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Japan
  • Korea
  • Oman
Waikato Pathways College