• New Zealand
    • Wellington
12 - 26 weeks
Program Tags
College Credit Cultural Immersion Post-High School Study Abroad
Merit-based funding, General grants/scholarships
Health & Safety

Program Details

Hiking Sightseeing Swimming
Academic Year Fall Spring
Apartment Host Family
Primary Language
Age Min.


Starting Price
Price Details
Gap Term students pay a single flat fee which covers tuition fees for a full-time program of study. Gap Term tuition for one trimester: 13,500 NZD (around 8,300 USD)

Please note accommodation costs, insurance, student levies, and other living expenses are additional to this fee.
University Accommodation Halls (catered): From 325 NZD - 428 NZD per week
Homestay: From 680 NZD - 770 NZD per week

What's Not Included
Accommodation Activities Airfare Meals SIM cards Transportation Travel Insurance Visa
What's Not Included (Extra)

Gap Term students who choose university housing will stay in catered halls - meals will be included in your accommodation fee.

Aug 02, 2023
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About Program

Choose to study a Gap Term Abroad at Te Herenga Waka - Victoria University of Wellington and earn transferrable college credit while exploring New Zealand! You can select 3 - 4 first year (100-level) courses from over 120 subject areas. Enhance your term abroad by getting involved with our community service and leadership programmes, Wellington Plus and the Wellington International Leadership Progamme, or join one of over 100 different clubs. Meet local university students by signing up for the International Buddy programme.

In Wellington you’ll be in the political, scientific and cultural heart of New Zealand, surrounded by arts, culture, mountains, ocean, and lots of great food. You’ll be living in a compact, vibrant, safe, and fun city that Lonely Planet called the coolest little capital in the world. Wellington has more cafes per capita than New York City, and is a great place to learn about the Kiwi way of life. Walk, bike, or bus around town to get to know Wellington!

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Diversity & Inclusion

BIPOC Support

Victoria University of Wellington's population includes people from a diverse range of communities. We have student support networks like our VIC.Without.Barriers community for Refugee-Background Students, and Māori and Pasifika Hubs for Indigenous students looking to connect with their communities on campus. Student are encouraged to join clubs like the Cultures United club and the Victoria African Students Club, among 100+ other student clubs at the university!

LGBTQIA+ Support

At Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, asexual/agender (LGBTQIA+), and takatāpui communities are known as the Rainbow community. The University's rainbow and inclusion service supports LGBTQIA+ and takatāpui students and works with our community to make sure our campuses are a safe and inclusive environment for students of all sexual orientations, gender identities, and sex characteristics.

Accessibility Support

Te Amaru—Disability Services works in partnership with staff, students and the disability community to strengthen Victoria University of Wellington’s culture of inclusion, celebrate disability and ensure students can fully participate and achieve their aspirations. We encourage students with accessibility concerns to register with Te Amaru—Disability Services to receive individualized tailored support and access to key services such as a Disability and Inclusion Advisor, Access Suites, Inclusive Learning Software, Adaptive Technology, and more.



Victoria University of Wellington is championing a sustainable future by fostering the leaders of tomorrow, delivering world class research and building a sustainable campus, with a goal of Net Zero Carbon by 2030. We rank #1 in New Zealand for Climate Action and Affordable Clean Energy (THE Impact rankings); we have 177 researchers undertaking work with significant contribution to sustainable development; and since 2007, we have saved 28,000 tonnes of carbon emissions by our sustainable practices. We encourage reusable coffee cups on campus, run frequent tree and native bush planting events, and just opened a Recycling Wall on our Kelburn Campus.

Program Highlights

  • Earn transferrable US College Credit with access to over 120 subject areas
  • Vibrant, compact, and safe city creates an ideal study location for students
  • Participate in Extracurricular Programs, Club Sports, Social Societies, and more!
  • Study for one or two terms
  • Start dates in February and July

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