Study Abroad at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand

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About

Wellington prides itself on welcoming people from around the world and providing an experience of a lifetime. New Zealand has an endless list of adventures awaiting any who dare to be bold.

As well as AACSB approved Business courses, Sciences, Architecture and Design, Education, Engineering, Health and Music, Victoria provides a wide variety of courses in NZ's largest Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Subjects popular with our Study Abroad students Maori/Pacific/NZ/Antarctic studies, Earth Sciences, Environmental Sciences, Design and International Relations.

Located in the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, between a beautiful harbor and rolling green hills, the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Wellington is the political, cultural and creative capital of New Zealand. Sign up with VUW today to make your trip to New Zealand one of a lifetime!

Highlights
  • Study in NZ's political, cultural and creative capital city!
  • Choose from over 120 different subject areas
  • Take part in the Victoria International Leadership Programme (Only programme of its kind in NZ!)
  • Join the hiking/tramping and club and see more of NZ! There are over 140 clubs & societies!
  • Complete a Specialised Study Abroad Programme in one of 12 study areas & get transcript recognition

Questions & Answers

Depending, courses are 15/20 points. The normal thing is to choose 3 or 4 depending on the number of points it has. So around 50/60 points would be the normal thing
How was the workload in maor 123? I'm currently taking it, hoping it won't be too difficult. I have a chem lecture that sadly has a final exam... which sucks but hopefully I should be able to do alright.
The hall is around 4.000 NZ $ and you have to pay it all together at once before coming and obviously the flight is also a bit expensive but once here you won't spend much. Traveling is cheap, food is at european price more or less... But there is always a cheap option. It depends on you. I live in a catered hall so food is included so i don't spend more than 50$ per month.

Reviews

90%
based on 105 reviews
  • Academics 7.6
  • Support 8
  • Fun 8.5
  • Housing 8
  • Safety 9.1
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Alexandra
10/10

2018

During my Study Abroad experience, I found that i was able to open up as a person and act as I truly wanted and I was very accepted. I have made great friends, friends who I will have forever and everyone is so supportive. Throughout my time here I have realized that traveling isn't about how many places you go or the pictures you take but rather who you get to experience these adventures with. My house has been more than supportive and it is always nice to come home to a nice and cozy home with great roommates. I am beyond grateful for my semester abroad and I would love nothing more than to see everyone else have the same experiences I have had.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Kendall
9/10

Great Experience

I loved the experience of living and studying in Wellington. I lived in a Uni Hall house and I thought the atmosphere and accommodation really made my exchange experience unique and memorable. Wellington is a great place to live and explore and the proximity of the flat to campus and the city was really convenient. The support from the Uni and from Vic International was helpful in the beginning, but I found it really easy to adjust and soon did not really need their help.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Alexa
10/10

Study Abroad in Wellington

My experience abroad in New Zealand was one of the most amazing experiences I have had thus far in my life. The opportunity to study in a different country than your own gives you the chance to broaden your world view not just in your education, but also your own life perspective. Victoria University of Wellington allowed me to travel through an amazingly, beautiful country and meet people from all over the world, while continuing my studies all at the same time! It is truly a once in a life time experience.

Yes, I recommend this program
Emma
9/10

Breathtaking

I must say one of the biggest contributor to my outstanding experience in Wellington, NZ must be because of my amazing flat mates. The accommodations here are all right, but you know, it's nothing more than you would expect from a student living. But my two flat mates (both international) have made every moment inside and outside of that flat x100 times better than I would imagine it being otherwise. This is one of the resons I love travelling so much, you truly get to meet so many cool people and you learn so much just by being around people from other countries and cultures. Of course there are times where you will meet some less cool people, but that's part of the experience as well so don't be afraid of that, because in another situation you're gonna score hard.

I have met some wonderful local kiwis as well, they are always super friendly and I've learned some funny slang from hanging out with those guys. I truly recommend anyone to find both local and international students to hang out with during an exchange, it's easy being an international student to only hang out with other internationals but getting to know the locals really adds some extra value to the experience.

I would also recommend anyone going here to travel travel travel as much as you can!! This country has soooo much to offer and is really easy traveling around. You can afford focusing a little less on the study's this semester, that's totally ok!

If I had to sum up this semester in one word I would just go with breathtaking. Partly because the nature is just so stunningly beautiful it literally takes your breath away but also because it's been such an intense semester in many ways and walking up and down the hills in this city everyday will surely have you out of breath... but it's just totally worth it!

How can this program be improved?
To be honest I didn't know about this organisation or that I've ven been a part of this program until now. My whole exchange has been organised by my home university and so that is how I've received all the information abroad. However I checked out your website and I think it's a really great idea of an organisation you have so my only thought of improvement would be to communicate your role with the international students better because like I mentioned I haven't really been aware of your organisational presence until now.
Yes, I recommend this program
Pablo
9/10

Time of my life!

New Zealand is great! Everyone is super nice and the country is just full of adventure. Academically it is different compared to home but definitely manageable! More written answers instead of multiple choice, which was different for me. This experience will allow me to be able to adapt to whatever environment I’m put in. I brought a bag full of tramping gear and it benefited me as I planed to do a lot of hiking and exploring during my stay. So if you’re planing on doing the same I highly recommend this!

Yes, I recommend this program
Matilda
10/10

Lovely place filled with lovely people

I arrived with a group of students from the United States. We were all met with open arms by our housing staff and shown to our rooms that were cozy and paired with fantastic flatmates. The information for O-Week was clear and engaging and I met lots of fun friends that I bonded with for my whole time at Vic. My biggest advice for future students is to get involved! Join clubs and go to university events and get to know the people sitting next to you!

Yes, I recommend this program
Bee
9/10

It's what YOU make it

Building a new community is HARD. especially when you're used to having your people around for support, no questions asked, whenever you need. It's easy to take that forgranted I've discovered. But there are beautiful, like-minded people all over the world, and it just takes maybe a couple steps outside of your comfort zone to find them. Get involved. Do what you love. That's how you will find your people. <3

How can this program be improved?
Nothing comes to mind-- was pretty awesome :)
Yes, I recommend this program
Jaene
9/10

Living the Best Life!

I am so grateful to have chosen wellington to come to study abroad! I honestly couldn't be happier with my decision. My experience in this city, and in this country, has been amazing. I have met so many wonderful people and have made so many memories. I feel at home here, and I wish I could stay longer. I loved everything about New Zealand, including the opportunity to live with a kiwi family, and having fun exploring both the South and North islands. I have also grown as a person, and I've learned to challenge myself and do things outside my comfort zone. Coming from the states, I didn't feel too much of a cultural difference, so it was easy to get adjusted and to fit in. Overall, I had an amazing time, I will definitely come back in the future!

How can this program be improved?
More housing resources and guidance would have been helpful for people that chose not to apply for student accomodation.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Sylvia
8/10

My Experience At VUW

Wellington is a wonderful city full of life, culture, and lot's to do, see and explore. VWU is run differently from my home school in Canada, there are fewer assignments, but each is worth a lot more. I found most lectures pointless because we were not tested on the material that was went over in class. It was much more 'self-taught' then I'm used to, which made it hard to find motivation to go to class. Overall the school was decent, but I would not pick VUW for its academics.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Claire
10/10

Claire Treu in Welly

School is much more challenging than my home university in the states. It seems that professors are less likely to hand out A's to hardworking students. The housing situation and accessibility of the whole city has been incredible in helping my study experience and also helping in balancing school and travel/exploration. Victoria university is a big school with a small feel. The cafe's around campus make studying throughout the day fun and exciting. The library is easy to use and accessible, although it did take a little for me to figure out how to use it. All in all the transition was made easier by friends who came abroad with me in my program and all of us working together to adjust and embrace unusual situations.

Yes, I recommend this program
Emily
10/10

Having the time of my life

New Zealand has proven to be such a unique place to spend time in! With interesting classes and lots of things to do, places to explore, cultures to learn about and more I have had an extremely positive experience at Victoria. I also love how the environment around Wellington encourages you to go explore and try new things all over the country and beyond! The city is also a great international city and I have found it hard to become very homesick because there is so much to enjoy here. My favorite activity so far was taking a camper van with some friends all over the south island for a week during the mid-semester break and getting to explore some of the most beautiful natural sights I have ever seen. The Milford Sound and Fiordland National Park was definitely my favorite destination on that journey.
One of the things I have found very useful here is trying new foods! The cuisine here has much more of an Asian influence than what I see at home, and really getting to taste the flavors from the Asia-Pacific has actually helped me assimilate into a healthy diet and lifestyle without breaking the bank. As well as going to the farmers market every weekend to get fresh produce, I have felt more at home while also being adventurous.
Overall, I know for a fact that my experiences in New Zealand have changed my life. I feel like I have become more confident in myself and in my studies, I have learned a lot of new things, and expanded my horizons and learned a lot about the Maori culture, which is truly one of a kind. I feel more globally aware and I am getting more and more excited to travel the globe more in the future. I will be going home without regrets!

How can this program be improved?
Can't think of anything right now. The Vic International staff is super welcoming and helpful.
Yes, I recommend this program
Michael
9/10

Wisconsin to Wellington

It was really great to have a chance to go to such a far away continent. As part of my major, I will be seeing many different nations over the course of my study, but I chose to take this program specifically because I saw it as an opportunity to really test myself and go as far away from home as physically possible, while still being somewhat culturally and socially similar to home - a bit of a training situation, if you wish.

The campus of Victoria University is varied, modern, and inviting. Amenities are available to students around every corner from quiet areas to study, food and snacks, or even pleasant places to hang out and relax. I have no complaints, and only compliments to give about the infrastructure of VUW as well as the city it resides in, Wellington.

Wellington itself, despite the capital of New Zealand, will seem quite small to students familiar with the city life. If you are willing to walk for a bit, you could easily make it across the town in an afternoon, though admittedly a bus or taxi is recommended to make it past the massive Mt. Victoria cutting the city roughly in half. There's plenty to do in the city, and the weather is consistently mild (though when it rains, expect it to continue for days at a time!) The only real negative I can focus on is that, as far as I can tell, buildings aren't very insulated against the cold, so when it DOES get a bit chilly there is little to stop your bedroom from dropping to surprisingly low temperatures overnight - bring an extra blanket!

New Zealand and its people is a beautiful nation, and those inclined would be happy to discover that one can drive a car across most of the northern island in a single day, but that day will be spent in perpetual awe at the sights abound in the landscape. If you go here, you MUST take a roadtrip of some sort, no matter how brief - the destination doesn't even matter! Just pick a highway and stick to it until you want a break, then find something interesting to stick to!

All in all I would highly recommend anyone who has the option to visit this country to do so, and to use Victoria University as an avenue for the stay - they made every effort possible to keep my stay a pleasant one, and frankly the dorms are almost as good as my house.

How can this program be improved?
OK seriously who forgot to insulate these buildings? It gets chilly at night!
Yes, I recommend this program
Andrea
10/10

Fantastic Place

I could not be happier I studied abroad in New Zealand. From the Tararuas to Queenstown and Wanaka to Tongariro, the outdoor opportunities for tramping are limitless. New Zealand is both a comfortable and challenging place to study abroad with some surprising differences from home. Victoria has a very strong academic program with a very close community of exchange students. I would strongly recommend any student sho loves being outdoors to come to New Zealand.

Yes, I recommend this program
Gabriel
9/10

Vic Uni is Awesome!

As an America, I was a little hesitant about how much I'd fit into an international university. But as time went on and although the education system is more independent than in America, I found that Victoria is a great university. The Hub is always a great place to study and socialize and the campus is clean and welcoming. Being an American the most important thing to note is that independent studying is crucial to success in courses at Vic, but the material isn't much more difficult than what I was already used to. It's so nice to have experienced a new educational culture and I'll bring back to America a fresh and eager drive to study on my own and get better grades. I highly recommend studying abroad at Victoria!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Johanna
8/10

Studying in Wellington

New Zealand is a beautiful country with friendly people and many opportunities. I feel at home in Wellington, which is a small, creative city where it is easy to be queer and vegan. Victoria University is a much bigger and better structured school than what I am used to, with clubs and events for all kinds of students. Wellington is based in the middle of New Zealand, which makes it easy to travel and explore the rest of the country on weekends and holidays.

How can this program be improved?
Be sure that there is no mould in the uni halls.
Yes, I recommend this program

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Located in the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, between a beautiful harbor and rolling green hills, the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Wellington is the political, cultural and creative capital of New Zealand.

Victoria offers a...