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International Diploma (Business)

This course is available


Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Jul 2023


Hamilton Campus


This programme is designed to support academic success and gain access to the Waikato Management School, a triple-crown accredited Business School in New Zealand. The International Diploma (Business) is a three trimester direct-entry pathway to the second year of the Bachelor of Business degree at the University of Waikato.

The Diploma is primarily aimed at international students who have completed the equivalent of 32 credits across three University Entrance approved subjects, but have not achieved the equivalence of New Zealand University Entrance. Combining the first year of the Bachelor of Business with English language development and a comprehensive programme of academic support and development activities, the Diploma aims to prepare students for successful completion of the Bachelor of Business at the end of three years of study. Offered in partnership with the Waikato Pathways College (WPC), the Diploma comprises of the six papers required for the first year of the Bachelor of Business with an academic English paper and DIGIB101 - The World of Digital Business. These eight papers are augmented by a comprehensive suite of academic development and support activities designed to meet the learning needs of international students.

Completion and Progression

Students who pass all eight papers will be eligible to graduate with the International Diploma (Business) or transfer into the second year of Bachelor of Business (BBus) at the University of Waikato. Students transferring into the second year of the BBus will be able enrol in the following majors:

  • Accounting (Tauranga and Hamilton)
  • Digital Business (Hamilton)
  • Economics (Hamilton)
  • Finance (Tauranga and Hamilton)
  • Human Resource Management (Hamilton)
  • Marketing (Tauranga and Hamilton)
  • Public Relations (Hamilton)
  • Strategic Management (Tauranga and Hamilton)
  • Supply Chain Management (Hamilton)
  • Tourism and Hospitality Management (Hamilton)

Required papers

  • ACCTN101 - Accounting for Management
  • ECONS101 - Business Economics and the New Zealand Economy
  • ENSLA100 - English for Professions
  • FINAN101 - Introduction to Finance
  • MGSYS101 - Integrated Thinking - Digital Business and Supply Change Management
  • MRKTG101 - Fundamentals of Successful Marketing
  • STMGT101 - Introduction to Management

Entry criteria

Students must have completed the equivalent of 32 credits across three University Entrance approved subjects and the numeracy component of the University Entrance.

An overall IELTS score of 5.5 (with no less than 5.0 in any band) or equivalent.

Additional English language requirements:

Duolingo - an overall score of at least 90 (equivalent to an IELTS score of 5.5); IELTS Indicator - Academic IELTS overall score of 5.5 (with at least 5.0 in the Writing band); iBT (internet based) TOEFL - Overall score of 46 with a score of 18 in writing; PBT TOEFL - Overall score of 44 with writing score of 14; Pearson PTE Academic - Overall score of 42 and no band score lower than 38; Waikato Pathways - B grade or better with a B in Writing at level 6 in the Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) programme.

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