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!

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

Highlights
  • 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!

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.

Reviews

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based on 81 reviews
  • Academics 7.4
  • Support 8
  • Fun 8.5
  • Housing 8.3
  • Safety 9.2
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Cynthia
10/10

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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Yuting
9/10

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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Sydney
10/10

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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Katherine
9/10

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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Kristoffer
7/10

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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Bernice
9/10

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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Montse
9/10

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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yang
8/10

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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Laurens
8/10

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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Nicole
10/10

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
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Anne
9/10

Great university and experience

I am currently doing an exchange at Victoria in Wellington and having the best time! I am studying Industrial Design and the students and teachers are very nice and supportive. I did not have all the skills the students have here since my study back home is focussing on other things but everyone is very helpful and I have no problems adjusting.

Also the international program is really nice, the international office organizes a lot of events to make you meet new people and to get to know the university and culture. I am living in a house organized by uni hall, which is also very nice because I am living with other internationals. We are all experiencing the same and trying new NZ things so it is nice to share. The uni hall team also organizes a lot of activities which are very nice and make it easy to meet new people, especially when just arriving here.

All in all I would recommend studying at Victoria to everyone. It is the best experience for me until now.

How can this program be improved?
It is hard to think of something to improve. The only thing I could think of is that it is sometimes hard to come into the real kiwi community (we are with internationals most of the time) and it would be nice if there were more possibilities for this.
Response from Victoria University of Wellington

Hi Anne, thanks for your awesome review! It can be tough meeting locals when you study abroad. Do you know about our International Buddy Programme? If you would like a local student buddy, please contact [email protected].

Also check out the 'Get Connected' section on our website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/study/why-victoria/getting-connec… or come see us at Victoria International for ideas on how to connect with more of the university and city community.

Yes, I recommend
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Sian
9/10

Victoria Welcoming

The international buddy programme here at VUW has been a huge success. I definitely don't regret signing up to this. My buddy has been great and organised alot of socials. It's been a great way to get out of the small international loop.

How can this program be improved?
Not have accomodation that is solely for internationals. It can leave you out of the loop and isolated.
Response from Victoria University of Wellington

Hi Sian, thanks for your feedback, its great to hear you and your buddy are doing lots! Victoria offers a wide range of accommodation options but often study abroad students choose the same kind of accommodation as each other, which means they're more likely to be housed together. The Buddy Programme is definitely a great way to expand your local friends circle.

Yes, I recommend
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Daniel
9/10

Victoria University of Wellington Review

I have been living in Wellington now for about one and a half months. The city is awesome to live in, I love being able to walk/run down to the waterfront in no time at all and the general views I get when walking around are also outstanding - seeing snowcapped mountains in the distance. I have not managed to travel outside of Wellington much yet due to the University work being relatively full on (as you'd expect), although there is a two week break coming up and I have planned a skiing trip with the University's Snowsports club. I have also had some time to plan out my travels after the trimester is over - I've been given some insider information by the Kiwi's I live with about where to go in particular.

With respect to my degree programme, I'm following four courses which offer a decent challenge, but all the lecturers are incredibly approachable so any problems I have with the course or assignments can be easily resolved.

I have one problem with this place, and that is their heating. In general I've found that most of the houses are pretty cold - especially with it being winter at the moment. The place I'm staying doesn't have any form of central heating, insulation or double-glazed windows. This is, however, a little niggle, and is definitely worth being a little cold to experience this amazing place!

How can this program be improved?
I would honestly say that this programme is all but perfect, some of the information right at the beginning was a bit confusing - I ended up going to the wrong induction session, but overall it's been great so far.
Yes, I recommend
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Jack
8/10

As Fun As You Make It.

Definitely a great place and it's made even better if you put in effort and make things happen.

Classes: I'm a science major so I can't speak from other degrees. All of my classes were at the Kelburn campus which is pretty centrally located. Business and Law classes are about a 30 minute walk away. Standard lecture classes and then you have "tutorials" that you sign up for and it's a smaller tutor led review session. This is where you'll have most of your "homework". Large assignments every 2-3 weeks. I also had labs that often overlapped lectures which is totally normal. Skipping lectures is a way of life here. Most professors will record them and post them online.

Housing: I recommend living in University Hall. Wai-te-ata is closest to campus and town, really nice interior, houses 5 but its also really loud when it rains because its a tin shack. Te Kotahinga is more traditional apartments. Uni Hall arranges alot of events which is why I recommend it. I also advise living with other internationals. Kiwis aren't as friendly. Other internationals are looking for friends too and it makes it alot better. Just do it. If you want to live in a catered Hall, Te Puni village is the best in my opinion. The rest are out of the way and run down.

Social life: Clubs exist but arent as big as they are in say the US. Drinking is still a college pastime here. But alcohol is also more expensive so be wary. $8 for wine, $20 /12pk, $40 for hard stuff. Bars are really cool and the people in them are mostly students or young people. Mish Mosh, The Establishment, and Boogie Wonderland are fun places. Lots of bars and restaurants have specials on Wed night so...do that. And remember, you're only abroad once so live it up! You'll remember and cherish this experience forever.

Yes, I recommend
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Jin Yi
9/10

YOLO or go home!

There was this one crazy afternoon where me and my friend took off to Brooklyn Hill to conquer the Brooklyn Hill Wind Turbine Walk with groceries (think cabbages and carrots) and school stuff in tow. The sun would be setting in a few hours, and we were uncertainly unprepared; I was wearing extremely inappropriate shoes for navigating muddy trails and my friend was lugging her laptop in her backpack. Nonetheles, the proximity of Wellington City to Mother Nature was too close to deter us. I really like how city and nature can coexist side by side and the wonderful blend of city and nature - my room has a spectacular view of the nearby mountain range, albeit at the price of aching calves from climbing hills to get home - gives you the urge to go out and EXPLORE. On a more serious note, learning at VUW is really conducive. For instance, controversial topics such as transgender community are freely discussed in the classroom (all in the name of learning, of course!) To end off, I really can't wait to explore the rest of The Land of the Long White Cloud!!!

How can this program be improved?
I wish I was able to interact with more Kiwis!
Response from Victoria University of Wellington

Hi Jin Yi, thanks for your review! You are definitely now a Wellington Warrior having conquered the Brooklyn Hill walk carrying all your groceries! Do you know about the International Buddy Programme? This is a great way to meet lots of kiwis, as is the Victoria International Leadership Programme, which touches on lots of challenging topics that might interest you. If you love the outdoors, our hiking club is also a fantastic way to meet locals and experience some of New Zealand's most stunning scenery. Contact us at [email protected] if you need information.

Yes, I recommend

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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.

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