Victoria University of Wellington

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND

Brief information

According to AbbreviationFinder, Victoria University of Wellington has a long history as one of the oldest universities in New Zealand . It was founded in 1897 as Victoria College and named after Queen Victoria, who celebrated her Diamond Jubilee that year.

Over the past century, the University has built an excellent reputation for academic teaching and research beyond New Zealand’s borders. Students can complete a semester abroad, take language courses, complete undergraduate or postgraduate studies and much more.

Today, Victoria University of Wellington is one of New Zealand’s leading research centers in many key areas and collaborates with numerous national research institutes in Wellington, which means that the university and the city of Wellington as a whole attract a growing number of ambitious students from all over the world.

The school prides itself on having a solid base in New Zealand, enabling it to serve international students and businesses from anywhere in the world. In the renowned QS World University Ranking, Victoria University of Wellington even made it to 229th place in the “World’s Top 500 Universities”.

  • Victoria University of Wellington website

University facts

Year of foundation: 1897

Type of university: State university

Number of Students: Total 16800, 14200 Undergraduate, 2600 Postgraduate, International 3000

Accreditations:

  • AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business)
  • AMBA (Association of MBAs)
  • EQUIS (European Quality Improvement System)

Academic year:

The academic year at Victoria University of Wellington is divided into three trimesters.

Study programs

  • Academic gap year
  • postgraduate studies
  • semester abroad
  • bachelor’s degree
  • LLM
  • Master’s degree
  • MBA
  • promotion
  • language courses

International students are offered the opportunity to study for one or two terms at the Victoria University of Wellington as part of the semester program Study Abroad. There is the possibility of free semester and cross-departmental selection from all courses of the bachelor’s and master’s degree programs offered at Victoria University.

In addition, the VUW offers various programs in which the students continue their education in workshops and get to know their local fellow students better. In addition to the Buddy Program, these include the Victoria International Leadership Program, the Victoria Plus Program and special courses with a focus on New Zealand and the Pacific region. The aim is also to expand the cultural understanding of the students through the unique University Marae (Maori cultural meeting place on campus).

As a special feature, Victoria University offers a rugby and a golf study abroad programon. Here, the normal study program of one or two terms abroad is combined with rugby or golf. For example, the Rugby Study Abroad awards membership to the Old Boys University Rugby Club, five tickets to Wellington’s Super 14 International games and membership to the professionals’ health club. The Golf Study Abroad program offers membership at Shandon and Paraparaumu Beach Golf Clubs, including lessons with a PGA professional.

  • Semester program of the Victoria University of Wellington

Fees

  • Term 2 2022

Tuition (30 ECTS)

NZD13500.00

Tuition (27.5 ECTS)

NZD12350.00

Tuition (25 ECTS)

NZD11250.00

Tuition (22.5 ECTS)

NZD10100.00

Student Service Levies

NZ$450.00

The tuition for the Study Abroad program at VUW is currently NZ$13,500 per semester. This includes courses worth 60 Victoria Points, which corresponds to 30 ECTS. However, students applying through us have the option of choosing a reduced course size of 50 Victoria Points (25 ECTS) or 45 Victoria Points (22.5 ECTS). This also reduces tuition fees by up to NZ$3,000 per semester. In addition, there are costs for Student Levies and Overseas Insurance.

  • Tuition Fees at Victoria University of Wellington

Financing options

To finance the semester abroad at the Victoria University of Wellington, you can apply for foreign BAföG, among other things. In addition to support for living and travel expenses as well as health insurance, this also includes a subsidy towards tuition fees of up to EUR 4,600 if there is an individual entitlement to funding. In order to receive the funding, students must spend at least two trimesters at the VUW.

University-specific scholarships:

  • The Study Abroad Scholarship from the Victoria University of Wellington
  • Victoria University of Wellington Campus Reporter or Campus Blogger Fellowship

Requirements

German applicants for the Study Abroad Program must have successfully completed the first year of study at the time of departure for New Zealand. In order to be able to take courses from the postgraduate area, a bachelor’s degree must have been completed or the applicants must have already studied the intermediate diploma and two more semesters.

In addition, German applicants need at least an average grade of 2.5.

All international applicants must also prove that they have a sufficiently good knowledge of English. This proof can be provided by one of the classic language tests such as the TOEFL or IELTS. A DAAD language certificate is also sufficient. For German applicants, 10 points in English on the Abitur certificate are also sufficient. Alternatively, a letter of recommendation from your home university can be submitted as proof.

The language skills can be proven by one of the following test results or documents:

Undergraduate postgraduate
Certificate from home university possible
DAAD language test B2 level in all areas
English grade high school 10 points
IELTS 6.0 (no range below 5.5) 6.5 (no range below 6.0)
TOEFL (internet based) 80 90

The language certificate can be submitted up to two months before the start of the program.

  • Victoria University of Wellington Application Requirements

Degrees/Courses

Degrees/Courses in English – Undergraduate

  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Architecture
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Architecture History and Theory
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Interior Architecture
  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies in Landscape Architecture
  • Bachelor of Arts in Art History
  • Bachelor of Arts in Asian Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Chinese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Classical Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Criminology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Development Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Economics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Education and Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in European Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Film
  • Bachelor of Arts in French
  • Bachelor of Arts in Geography
  • Bachelor of Arts in German
  • Bachelor of Arts in Greek
  • Bachelor of Arts in History
  • Bachelor of Arts in International Relations
  • Bachelor of Arts in Italian
  • Bachelor of Arts in Japanese
  • Bachelor of Arts in Latin
  • Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Māori Resource Management
  • Bachelor of Arts in Maori Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Arts in Media Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Modern Language Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Music
  • Bachelor of Arts in Pacific Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies
  • Bachelor of Arts in Second Language Education
  • Bachelor of Arts in Social Policy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Spanish
  • Bachelor of Arts in Te Reo Māori
  • Bachelor of Arts in Theatre
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science in Human Genetics
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science in Molecular Pathology
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science in Molecular Pharmacology and Medicinal Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Building Science in Project Management
  • Bachelor of Building Science in Sustainable Engineering Systems
  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems in Information Systems Development
  • Bachelor of Business Information Systems in Information Systems Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Accounting
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Commercial Law
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in eCommerce
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Economics
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Finance
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Human Resource Management and Industrial Relations
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Information Systems
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in International Business
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Management
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Māori Business
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Marketing
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Public Policy
  • Bachelor of Commerce and Administration in Taxation
  • Bachelor of Design Innovation in Culture + Context
  • Bachelor of Design Innovation in Industrial Design
  • Bachelor of Design Innovation in Media Design
  • Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Electronic and Computer Systems Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Network Engineering
  • Bachelor of Engineering in Software Engineering
  • Bachelor of Health in Health Informatics
  • Bachelor of Health in Health Promotion
  • Bachelor of Health in Health Psychology
  • Bachelor of Health in Health Software Development
  • Bachelor of Health in Population Health, Policy and Service Delivery
  • Bachelor of Laws
  • Bachelor of Music in Classical Performance
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition (Instrumental and Vocal)
  • Bachelor of Music in Composition (Sonic Arts)
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz (Composition and Arranging)
  • Bachelor of Music in Jazz (Performance)
  • Bachelor of Music in Music Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics
  • Bachelors of Science in Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Biotechnology
  • Bachelor of Science in Cell and Molecular Bioscience
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Development Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Computer Systems
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
  • Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies
  • Bachelor of Science in Geography
  • Bachelor of Science in Geology
  • Bachelor of Science in Geophysics
  • Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology
  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Operations Research
  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Geography
  • Bachelor of Science in Physics
  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology
  • Bachelor of Science in Statistics
  • Bachelor of Tourism Management

Studies/Courses in English – Postgraduate

  • Masters of Applied Finance
  • Master of Architecture
  • Master of Architecture (Professional)
  • Masters of Arts
  • Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics
  • Master of Arts in TESOL
  • Master of Biomedical Science
  • Master of Building Science
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Masters of Commerce & Administration
  • Master of Computer Science
  • Master of Conservation Biology
  • Master of Design Innovation
  • Masters of Development Studies
  • Masters of Education
  • Masters of Engineering
  • Master of Environmental Studies
  • Masters of Health Care
  • Master of Information Management
  • Masters of Information Studies
  • Master of International Relations
  • Master of Landscape Architecture
  • Master of Laws
  • Master of Management Studies
  • Master of Marine Conservation
  • Master of Midwifery
  • Master of Museum and Heritage Studies
  • Masters of Music
  • Master of Music Therapy
  • Master of Musical Arts
  • Master of Nursing
  • Master of Professional Accounting
  • Master of Public Management
  • Master of Public Policy
  • MSc
  • Master of Strategic Studies
  • Master of Theater Arts
  • Master of Tourism Management

Campus

The faculties of Victoria University of Wellington are spread across three campuses within the city. The oldest, which is also the main campus, is the Kelburn campus, idyllically situated just above the city center and the harbour. The Science, Humanities & Social Science and Education departments as well as the university administration are housed at this founding site of the Victoria University of Wellington.

The architecture and design departments are located on the Te Aro campus in the heart of Wellington’s bohemian district.

The Pipitea Campus, in the heart of the government district, is home to the Victoria Business School and the Faculty of Law. It is partly housed in historic and restored government buildings and the west wing of Wellington Railway Station.

Still relatively new is the Victoria University Coastal Ecology Laboratory, which is on Wellington’s south coast. Research work is carried out here in the fields of marine biology and coastal ecology.

  • Victoria University of Wellington campus maps

Housing

International students at Victoria University of Wellington have a variety of accommodation options available through the University’s Accommodation Service.

The following accommodation options are available:

  • student residence
  • Apartments on campus
  • Private apartments / hotels
  • guest families

The college town of Wellington

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand and is located at the southern end of the North Island. The city is situated in a bay between a picturesque harbor and green hills. About 400,000 people live here.

Wellington is the political and cultural center of New Zealand and the geographic center of the country. Traveling from here to other parts of the country is very easy due to the short distances, so it takes only three hours by ferry to South Island, and it is also only a three-hour drive to go skiing or to explore the volcanoes.

The film industry has also found its center here, including director Peter Jackson and Weta Studios.

Wellington offers all the amenities of a big city with the charm, safety and cleanliness of a small town. Public transport is available everywhere and the nightlife is also interesting in numerous clubs, cafes and bars. Many festivals take place in Wellington throughout the year, including the Festival of the Arts.

Victoria University of Wellington