Study Abroad at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand!
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Study Abroad at Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand!

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!

A direct enrollment option is available for students attending a non-affiliated university.

  • Study in NZ's political, cultural and creative capital!
  • Choose from over 120 different subject areas
  • Take part in the Victoria International Leadership Programme (Service & Leadership Programme)
  • Join the hiking/tramping and club and see more of NZ!
New Zealand
Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Subject Areas
Art History
Asian Studies
Conflict Studies
Conservation and Preservation
Creative Writing
Criminal Justice
Cultural Studies
Earth Sciences
East Asian Studies
English Literature
Global Studies
Graphic Design
Hispanic Studies
International Business
Landscape Architecture
Liberal Arts
Māori Studies
Marine Biology
Media Relations
Natural Sciences
Pacific Studies
Peace Studies
Public Policy
Public Relations
Service Learning
Social Sciences
Sustainable Development
Theater, Drama and Dance
Women's Studies
Degree Level
Academic Year
Host Family
Official Transcripts
Language Requirement
GPA Requirement
Starting Price
Price Details
These costs are quoted and apply to studying in 2018.
Study Abroad tuition for one trimester: 12,000 NZD (around 8,687 USD)
Study Abroad levies for one trimester: 377 NZD (around 272 USD)

You’ll also need medical and travel insurance for the duration of your time in New Zealand.

Full degree study also available. International PhD students pay domestic tuition fee rates at Victoria.
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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
The only really fun/ interesting lighter load class that I took was MAOR 123. It was super great to learn about the history of the Maori people and New Zealand in general. There are tons of international students in it and I would highly recommend it.
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.

Program Reviews

based on 71 reviews
  • Academics 7.5
  • Support 8.1
  • Fun 8.4
  • Housing 8.5
  • Safety 9.2
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The Time of my Life

I absolutely loved studying at VUW for a semester, so much that I wish I had the opportunity to do my entire degree there! The people were all so lovely and I felt right at home from the second I started. Classes were challenging but manageable, a good quality for study abroad courses. I would highly recommend anyone to study abroad at VUW because they have heaps of opportunities for everyone! Campus life at VUW was definitely more than ideal; the hub at the Kelburn campus is a great place to hang out in between classes and get some quick review studying in when needed. There are also plenty of affordable food and drink options around campus for an in-between class treat! The international student activities were a hit and I met many people from all over through attending their events. These activities ranged from group hikes (tramps, as kiwis would say), eating dumplings and playing pool, watching Pitch Perfect 2 in the comfiest movie theatre around, sporting events, to potluck dinners and ice cream socials. All of the staff in the international student department were so friendly and welcoming, helping me feel right at home from the start of my experience until the end. It was also nice to live with people who understood what it felt like to be so far from home. There were plenty of opportunities to meet locals other than the housing situations. VUW did a great job at paring my house together, we all got along very well. I could tell you I had a terrible time, but then I'd be a liar. My time spent at VUW was easily the best time of my life so far, and that is no exaggeration at all!

How can this program be improved?

If I had to change one thing about this program I would make it so the International students lived with more local New Zealander students.

Yes, I recommend
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amazing exchange opportunity!

I am Jojo from Thailand. I like to do a lot of new stuffs all the time, one day I thought ‘why not go study aboard?’ and that was how my story begins.

Before I came here, it was really terrified, many things that I worried about, like what if I cannot make new friends, what if I cannot pass the course, what if something go on my trip. With the help of international office, if you can remember my email, I have emailed you like a million times about many stuffs, they answer all of my questions and give me as much as information they have. That was a huge relieve.
After I got here, it was extremely exciting and super terrifying at the same time. Anyway the first week went well, I make a lot of friends at orientation and we still hang out so far. I went to many places in wellington, I went to Victoria mountain to see the view of wellington that’s so stunning, I went to Somes Islands just last week and that was the first time I see the sheep and lamb, that was amazing! Besides the activities in wellington, I found out that the classes in Victoria are so exciting too. Even though the classes in Victoria University are quite different from my home university, but I like it here even more than my home university, we have tutorials that gave us opportunities to discuss with other student; this expended my point of view in life. The facility both in university and Wellington are so convenience, the system was designed very systematic and easy to understand. The last thing I like about the exchange opportunity is Kiwi people are SO NICE, they are easy to talk to, very generous, and the most I like is their accent even it’s very fast but the tone of speaking are so cool!
I would not regret to going aboard at New Zealand and I believe that whoever want to come here will not regret it too!

Yes, I recommend
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Great Experience at Victoria University

I was a bit worried coming here to Wellington but everyone is so welcoming here, the international office organises great trips and it is very easy to find and make new friends.
I have classes at both Pipitea Campus and Kelburn Campus so my hall (Katharine Jermyn) is right in between them with a 10/15 minute walking distance. Shops and Restaurants are very close by aswell.
The International Buddy Program is amazing, my buddy showed me around the first few days when I arrived and made me feel very welcomed straight away- I would definitely recommend joining the program.

Honestly I would recommend to everyone to come study here for a semester or two, it will be a once in a lifetime experience.

Yes, I recommend
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VUW is a dream place

It was a correct choice that I had given up the other exchange program since I knew I was able to study VUW.
I quite love study here because every one here keeps beautiful and sunshiny smile and is very very polite. In addition, professors try their best to help you to make out your questions.
I love the Website 'Blackboard' of VUW that I can know everything I should do in few days and also check the grades in present after I submitted my homework.
My friend who study here before recommended me to live in home stay and I chose it. Living in Wellington is a healthy choice by fresh air, safety traffic and sweet milk. I am so impressed about the drivers here who stopped and waited for me kindly when I was reaching to cross road.
Sometimes I also visit my friends house in Uni. They just likes a family, washing dishes, hosting party and potluck all together, which seems like that they have known each other for a long time but not actually.
All in all, Victoria University of Wellington is a warm place to study, likes a library, palace filled with various knowledge, where I thought that is a dream place.

How can this program be improved?

If it could, I would like to play more sports in Uni.

Yes, I recommend
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Week 1 at VUW

Victoria International did a great job from the very first week upon arrival. I was provided free transportation from the Airport to my dormitory and I was given an information packet with a free SIM card so I could have an active cell phone# soon after arriving in New Zealand. The first few days of orientation for International students was very helpful and the free tours of Wellington during the first weekend was very helpful in getting to know the area. Also, the mixers for all International students and participants in the International buddy program were very nice and made us all feel welcome and allowed us to meet new people.

How can this program be improved?

There was a little confusion at the airport because I was not on the list of the people from Victoria International providing transportation. Even though I signed up for pick-up at the airport several weeks in advance, there was no one there to greet me specifically.

Yes, I recommend
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Home sweet home.

The more time I spend here the more I fall in love with the people, places, and everything in between. I am not a city person, but Wellington has such a lively, friendly, and unique vibe that makes it hard not to love. It is also really easy to travel outside of the city and explore the wilderness if you want to get away for a bit. People are also really friendly and eager to adventure, so it's not hard to find good company to join you.

The university is also great. I like my class structures and my teachers are all very passionate and seem to actually care whether or not we learn. The international program has also been very helpful. I signed up for an international buddy and I am so happy I did. We initially clicked and are now really close and she has introduced me to lots of her kiwi friends. I am even spending Christmas and New Years with her and her family on the South Island. You never know who you're going to meet when you sign up!

So far coming to New Zealand is the best choice I have ever made. Not just because the people, the city, the university, and the outdoors are amazing, but also because I try to take advantage of any opportunity that I can. This opens so many doors for me and you never know where it will lead you.

How can this program be improved?

Encourage international students to stay at least 1 year!

Yes, I recommend
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It Is Amazing!!!

Although I arrived in July when it is during the winter of Wellington, I can still feel the warmth that it provides.
Firstly, I would like to talk about my university hall which locates extremely close to Kelburn (the campus). The kiwimate in my flat is really energetic and warmhearted. It really makes me feel at home. Had it not been for my flatmates' selfish help, I wouldn't have got used to the life in New Zealand and got rid of the jet lag.
Then comes my campus life here. What really surprises me most is that every class has a tutor or more. They are all willing to help. During the class, you can not only learn the basically academic knowledge but also deepen it through the discussions and movies displayed in class. Besides, the library is built so considerately that it has been a place I frequent in the weekdays.
Last but not least, the most interesting part is the daily life here. Though there is some downhills, I always consider them as a natural gym. Until now, I've been to bars, ballrooms and so on. What is different from what I supposed them to be is that they are not similar to the forbidden areas in my own country. That is to say, they are good places for us to relax ourselves.
It's really my pleasure to study here and to acquaint myself with a group of interesting friends. Also, if it is possible, I would like to recommend this charming and amazing city to you.

How can this program be improved?

If it is possible, I suggest that the gym in Kelburen could be expanded.

Yes, I recommend
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Wonderful Wellington

Studying in Wellington has proved to be one of the most enlightening, beautiful experiences of my life. VUW is a great school, offering lots of academic help and support for international students. VUW administration are really good about making students feel welcomed and integrated into the campus's community. Off campus, Wellington stands as one of the hippest little cities with a really thriving community that offers something for every individual: Cozy cafés, quaint restaurants, happenin' bars, and awesome live music venues. What's great about being in Wellington is that you have all of the amenities that come with living in a big city, but at the same time you are close enough to many incredible nature spots, hikes, and national parks. You're also fairly close to an airport, making it easy and accessible to rent cars, or fly to anywhere in the nation or the Pacific.

How can this program be improved?

I think more transparency coming into the program would've been helpful: More information prior to arrival.

Response from Victoria University of Wellington

Hi Sydney, Thanks for your review!

We're always looking to improve our services to students and would love to hear your feedback on our pre-arrival information. Please feel welcome to email us at [email protected].

Yes, I recommend
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Studying at Vic

Not only is Wellington the ideal location for a city, but it is also the perfect place to have a university! I am studying for one trimester at Victoria University of Wellington. So far it has been wonderful. The courses are challenging, yet exciting, and all of my professors are extremely supportive. I am taking a paper on the Treaty of Waitangi and my professor has not only answered my endless questions, but also reached out to me on her own to make sure I was understanding the terminologies and concepts because I am foreign. UniHall is also an amazing place to live. The housing team at Vic is efficient and welcoming, I have never felt like I was on my own when it came to housing. Any issue I have is dealt with immediately, but issues are rare anyway! I have really been enjoying my time here at Vic, there is so much to get involved in club wise, as well! I recommend Victoria's canoe club and all of the international programs that are offered!

Yes, I recommend
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Definitely worth it!

In general I'd say the exchange programme at Victoria is excellent, and the International office really does a lot to help you settle in Wellington. The university has a lot of great offers and facilities, that you can take advantage of either for free or for what I would consider a cheap fee. I feel well taken care of and when I had an accident that resulted in an injury I could even go to the doctor and get physiotherapy at the Kelburn campus. Awesome!

New Zealand itself is a beautiful place and Wellington certainly is as well. It's very different from what I am used to from Europe, which is great. Just be prepared to walk up and down hills all day :)

How can this program be improved?

The housing is rather poor, especially considering the price, and it's even worse in the winter because of the lack of insulation, which most international students will probably be used to from home. I'd also like to see the university trying to provide more opportunities to mix with the locals, as it often ends up being just a lot of international students getting to know each other. Nothing wrong with that, but it would be fun to get to know more locals as well.

Yes, I recommend
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Overseas study at Victoria University of Wellington

Wellington is a great city with a very special atmosphere and I enjoy living here as if it is my second home! The VIC staff is very professional and easy to approach, which makes it feel like a big family. Also the Uni Hall housing is great!

Yes, I recommend
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Feeling at home

Wellington is you place if you want a small touch, reachable by foot. A town that appreciates culture and that is absolutely in love with rugby (remember we are in New Zelanad). If you love outdoor activities this is your place!
Since the beginning VUW has organised different activities to help us to meet other internationals students. We travel, we party and we study having loads of fun together. Definitely a very good option. I've met other students from all around the world and that is really enriching.
The classes are quite good, I study engineering an I have a 4h lab every week of each of the subjects. So you always get to see how the things you learn in theory can be applied in real life. The teachers have been very helpful since the beginning and have offered me help with some extensions at the start of the course when I was a bit lost with uni.
Travelling: there are many things to see in NZ!!! Renting a car is the best option an is quite cheap compared to the prizes in Europe (around 33NZ$ per day). In the weekends you have time to travel but things are quite far away and normally the rides are very long. But there are some amazing places to visit in the North island and the north of the South island that can be visited in a weekend. Also, there is a mid-term break of two weeks that would give you plenty of time to see the places that are further away.
For living I recommend Uni Hall, they are flats really near to uni of around 5 roommates and you have space to organise parties and stuff. However, for those that don't want to buy, cook and clean I strongly recommend you to go to TPV(Te Puni Village). It is like 3' walk from Kelburn campus. This residence hall is full of first-year kiwis and it is good to get to know locals because living in a flat means going with international students 90% of the time. So I am very happy in TPV.

I would therefore recommend anyone to come here!! You are going to enjoy the program a lot!!

How can this program be improved?

Organise trips for all the students. When the trimester continues everyone starts to go only with their friends, it would be good to keep on having some organised excursions.

Yes, I recommend
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Cultural Exchange

Coming here from another continent and get settle down in a new country is not easy. However, with the great help from the school and the well arranged programmes, it makes this exchange really smooth and a lot of opportunities are provided for us to meet new friends and exploring the wonders of new zealand. I have really enjoyed my time here as an exchange student.

Yes, I recommend
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More than just a study

I've been in Wellington for a few weeks now and haven't regret my choice for a second. Wellington is a nice city with beautiful surroundings. Many other beautiful places easy to go to and are perfect for a weekend trip.
Living in the UniHall is also great. You get to know a lot of new people before the study even starts. The Uni service is also great and they reply quickly when you have any questions.

How can this program be improved?

Some parts of the introduction for international students could've been better organised.
Many seminars and speaker events are early in the afternoon, when most students still have class and thus can't attend.

Response from Victoria University of Wellington

Hi Laurens, thanks so much for your comments! Orientation is an important day for all students and we're always looking for new ideas to make it more even more valuable and fun. If you have ideas on what might be improved, please feel welcome to give us some feedback at [email protected].

Re: the Victoria International Leadership Programme seminars and speaker events, VILP try to hold these at different times throughout the trimester, so remember to keep an eye out on CareerHub or in the VILP newsletter for upcoming events at times that better suit your schedule.

Yes, I recommend
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My experience in Wellington

There are so many amazing things to do and see in Wellington and the Victoria University Staff and atmosphere enhances that experience greatly! Everyone is so friendly and willing to help. I felt at home the second I got here.

Yes, I recommend

About Victoria University of Wellington

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...