Victoria University of Wellington - Semester or Year Abroad


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General information applicable to all GlobaLinks Learning Abroad  Semester and Year Abroad Programs:

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad offers programs at Victoria University of Wellington through our partner International Studies Abroad.

Please click here to apply or learn more about Victoria University of Wellington and all other New Zealand program options.


GlobaLinks Learning Abroad formerly know as AustraLearn has designed the Victoria University of  Wellington program with your individual student goals in mind. It is built around a unique Discovery Model which is delivered by some of the best staff in study abroad, both in the U.S. and overseas, in order to provide you with an individualized experience through discovery in 5 key areas: personal, academic, cultural, social, and career. Learn more about the Discovery Model.

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, formerly known as AustraLearn, offers semester and year abroad programs at Victoria University of Wellington. Victoria University of Wellington is located in Wellington, New Zealand’s vibrant and cosmopolitan capital city. Victoria offers students the opportunity to live and study in New Zealand’s cultural, political, and intellectual capital.

Victoria has a strong research focus and was established in 1899 making it among the oldest universities in New Zealand. Victoria prides itself as a university with a significant international focus and a strong domestic base.

Wellington is known for its city buzz as well as the number of good cafes and lively night life. It is an energetic, compact city situated at the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, between a beautiful harbor and rolling green hills. The region offers a healthy lifestyle in a mild to temperate climate.

The University is home to over 21,000 students, including around 3,000 international students.




Wellington is a compact, dynamic, and fun city with all the trappings of a thriving metropolis, but all the comforts of a close community. It boasts world-class facilities, inspired arts and culture, and an expanding economy.  Wellington is also the perfect staging point for students wanting to travel and enjoy the whole of New Zealand.

Wellington is known for its city buzz as well as the number of good cafes and lively night life. It is a vibrant, compact city situated at the southern tip of New Zealand’s North Island, between a beautiful harbor and rolling green hills. The region offers a healthy lifestyle in a mild to temperate climate.

Academic Highlights

Located in Wellington are Crown Research Institutes, the Museum of New Zealand (In the Maori language: Te Papa Tongarewa), and national cultural assets such as the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Victoria has strong links with these institutions in both teaching and research, as well as with the city’s many other museums, archives, libraries, scientific institutes, cultural bodies, financial, legal and business institutions, and political and government agencies.

Victoria University prides itself on being world class in the areas of Earthquake and Antarctic Research and Music, where Victoria is home to the acclaimed New Zealand String Quartet. The University’s strengths also run to Film and Media Studies, Political Science and International Relations, Architecture and Design, and Earth Sciences.

Study abroad students have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses at different levels depending on the individual student’s background in the subject area.

Victoria University of Wellington's four campuses each host specific academic faculties:

Kelburn Campus: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Science, Faculty of Engineering
Pipitea Campus: Faculty of Commerce and Administration, Faculty of Law
Te Aro Campus: Faculty of Architecture and Design
Karori Campus: Faculty of Education

University Services

Study abroad students have access to a full range of student services. Victoria International (VI) is the first point of contact for international students. Students are met at the airport, delivered to pre-arranged accommodation, and must attend International Orientation.

Ongoing support is coordinated by VI with separate services including health services, counseling, disability support, mediation services, an accommodation service, student finance advisors, and learning support. Each Faculty also has an Academic Advisor for study abroad students.


As a GlobaLinks Learning Abroad student you are guaranteed pre-arranged accommodation to fit your lifestyle. There are a variety of housing options available which you will apply for after acceptance. Read below for more specific options offered at this university:

Accommodation is within walking distance to the Kelburn campus or close to one of the many public transport routes. Most study abroad students are sophomores or juniors, so the preferred option is often apartment style accommodation.

The Accommodation Service has a policy of placing students with a mixture of Kiwi students and other international students. This is seen as the best way for students to adjust to life in Wellington and to make new friends. It is important to apply for accommodation in advance of the appropriate deadline to have the best chance of securing your favored option.


Bridging Cultures Program

The GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program is our signature orientation program for all semester and year abroad students. The cost for this multi-day program is included in your program fees and covers several nights accommodation, most meals, local transportation, and excursions.

Typically 4-6 days in length, each orientation program includes:

  • Exciting excursions and activities
  • A chance to meet other students
  • Orientation sessions to help you adapt to your new country

Orientation sites vary based on the location of your program. Each site is selected based on the proximity to your host university as well as for the unique activities available within the area.

Read more about the Bridging Cultures Program>

In addition to the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program which is included in your program fees VUW will provide a university specific orientation. The orientation program takes place one or two weeks prior to the first week of lectures. The program includes an official welcome, a traditional Maori welcome, performances, tours of the city and campus, an introduction to the VI staff, student services, and academic and course advice. After an enrollment briefing students finish the rest of the week by formally enrolling in courses.

Scholarships Available

In addition to the scholarships offered by GlobaLinks Learning Abroad, Victoria University of Wellington offers GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students scholarships to the value of $2,000 USD per year allocating the awards in two separate scholarships.

Special Programs/Excursions

Discovery Activities

Planned Excursions & Events
Our in-country resident staff arranges scheduled activities with students throughout the year. Activities are optional and designed to explore the five key areas of discovery: academic, social, personal, cultural, and professional. These are not just visits to tourist attractions. For example, these are activities such as networking opportunities, local festivals, gallery openings, and other similar events that you can’t find in a travel book. These activities will truly enhance your experience.
On-Going Activities
Your exploration of the culture, the academics, the people, and yourself is what will truly enhance your experience. Through the Discovery Model, our in-country staff will provide you with advice and recommendations for other types of activities you can undertake in order achieve your individual goals.

Specific Excursions Included in Your Program Fees

Multi Day Excursions included in your program fee
In addition to the Bridging Cultures Program, a free multi-day excursion is included in all semester/year abroad programs in Australia, New Zealand, or Fiji. Students studying in these destinations can choose from one of the four excursions listed to the right. The cost of the excursion is included; however, you will need to pay for transportation to the destination. Learn more>

Other Tours and Travel Available

Beyond our included orientation and excursions, you will be able to pre-book a wide variety of day, weekend, and week-long tours at a discounted price through our travel partner, STA Travel. These trips provide the ultimate flexibility for you to travel where you want to go, when you want to go, and with whom you want to go. Most trips have open dates, so you can pre-book the trip(s) that interest you, yet choose your dates later on in your semester. This flexibility also means friends that you make from other countries/programs or even your friends and family who are visiting you abroad can also participate. Learn more>

Victoria International Leadership Program

The Victoria International Leadership Program (VILP) is open to all Victoria students, including study abroad students. VILP is the first of its kind in New Zealand and requires participants to attend seminars, speaker events and experiential activities during the trimester. VILP enables students to better understand pressing global issues and develop valuable skills of interest to employers.

The program is a new internationalization initiative and extra-curricular opportunity for students to enhance their global competency, intercultural awareness and leadership potential while studying at Victoria University of Wellington. It takes advantage of the capital city by involving the diplomatic community in seminars, as well as senior members of the public sector.

VILP is open to all students for no additional cost and, upon successful completion, acknowledged with a Certificate of Participation for study abroad students.
Rugby or Golf Study Abroad

Victoria University of Wellington also offers AustraLearn students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and develop their skills in the sports of golf or rugby. For an additional fee of $840 USD, semester/year abroad students can participate in either the Golf or Rugby Study Abroad Program as an add-on to their standard semester experience.

Rugby or Golf Study Abroad
Victoria University of Wellington also offers AustraLearn students the opportunity to expand their knowledge and develop their skills in the sports of golf or rugby. For an additional fee of $840 USD per semester, study abroad students can participate in either the Golf or Rugby Study Abroad Program as an add-on to their standard semester experience.

Victoria International Buddy Program
The Victoria International Buddy Program (IBP) is open to all students studying at least 1 semester at the university. Moving to a new city can be very overwhelming, but it can also be exciting. A great way to meet new people and find your way around is to sign up for a buddy. Get first-hand information from someone who has already been in your shoes. Your buddy will welcome you to the campus, help you with information about university, and provide advice about local customs and living in Wellington. The International Buddy Program also will run events that you can both attend, and meet other local buddies and international students. You will be paired with a current international or local student based on a few common interests in order to extend friendship and support on a volunteer basis.

VUW YouTube channel

Virtual tour of campus
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Te Aro




Good city/location video
Day in the life video

Wellington city

Student testimonials from study abroad or degree seeking students (from the US or Canada)
Devon D’Aoust is from Toronto, Canada, and he is currently studying towards a Bachelor of Design Innovation at Victoria University of Wellington.

VUW's Rugby Study Abroad Program

Victoria University of Wellington offers a study abroad experience that combines New Zealand’s strengths of its rugby culture and quality university education. For an additional fee, semester/year abroad students can participate in the Rugby Study Abroad Program.

Men and women rugby players at all levels have the opportunity to enroll at VUW for one or two semesters and join the local club competition. You can indulge your passion in rugby while studying full-time at VUW. This program is only available during the February-June semester. Students should bring gear (playing gear and boots), but can purchase items in Wellington if necessary.


  • Membership to the Old Boys University Rugby Club
  • Free tickets to five Super 14 International games played in Wellington, the finest rugby in the world
  • Free gym membership - train with the professionals
  • Playing uniform from your team

VUW's Golf Study Abroad Program

Victoria University of Wellington offers GlobaLinks Learning Abroad students the opportunity to indulge their passion for golf as part of a unique and exciting study abroad experience. For an additional fee, as a study abroad student at Victoria University of Wellington, you will have the opportunity to incorporate your passion for golf into your semester abroad and experience a different side of the New Zealand culture. This program is exclusively offered to students studying abroad with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad.


  • A full-time course load and credit to your home degree
  • Full membership package at Shandon Golf Club, including five lessons with a PGA professional, comprehensive golf improvement plan, and free range balls
  • Full membership at Paraparaumu Beach Golf Club, including one playing round with a PGA professional
  • Branded starter pack including tees, balls, cap and pitch repairer
  • Limited travel vouchers for local train & bus travel to the value of $100 NZD

Golf clubs, clothes, and shoes may be rented upon arrival for an additional cost.

Get Involved Abroad

Extracurricular Activities

With a student body of over 21,000, students are part of a community the size of a small town. Facilities include a main library, cafes, a bank, book center, computer shop, complimentary newspapers, recreation and cultural facilities, and a medical center.

The Students Association helps students in many ways and funds almost 100 social, sporting, cultural, and ethnic clubs, which help to make students feel at home in their new learning environment.

At the newly renovated Recreation Centre, open up to 16 hours a day, students can get involved in a wide variety of health and fitness activities, outdoor pursuits, dance classes, as well as arts and crafts.

Wellington has one of the best sports stadiums in New Zealand where international rugby and cricket games are played. With the stadium only minutes from the entertainment district, the chance to enjoy a home team win and continue the night’s festivities is never far away.

As the capital city, international and local performing artists also frequently visit Wellington.

Community Involvement

While abroad, we recommend getting involved in your local community. It's an awesome way to meet locals, experience the true New Zealand culture, and create long lasting memories. From volunteering to festival-going, we challenge you to make the most of your international experience... See a sample of community involvement opportunities available in Wellington or discover your own upon arrival!

You'll get a taste of how enriching community involvement can be during your first few days in New Zealand on the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Bridging Cultures Program. The program includes pre-arranged volunteering with the local community. You'll interact directly with locals while giving back to and sharing your own culture with the community that first welcomes you to New Zealand. Plus, you can continue your volunteer efforts later in the semester by signing up for the GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Conservation Volunteer Weekend.

View Subjects

To determine if the classes you need are available at this university, select Courses/Subjects to view the specific course options.
Tips: For advice on navigating the university’s course catalog, use the Selecting Courses link. You may also view the suggested grade and credit transfer information through the Grade Conversion.
If you have any questions about course availability, please contact


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Victoria University of Wellington
All fees listed are for first term onlyYear Abroad Advice
Program FeesTBD
Housing with MealsN/A
Housing without MealsApproximately $4,200 - $4,700
What's includedSee below

Fee Includes

Your Personalized Semester/Year Program Includes

  • Tuition and instruction
  • Host university activity and insurance fees
  • 24/7 support for students and parents at home and abroad
  • Pre-departure materials and travel gear
  • Comprehensive assistance
  • Personal program manager
  • Scholarship and financial aid assistance
  • Facilitation of course selection / credit transfer

Activity and Excursion Package

Additional Housing Fee

Housing amenities are generally:

  • Single room
  • Technology package available
  • Linen package available

An additional refundable housing deposit may be required for your housing selection. This housing is self-catered, therefore you will have access to a kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

*All fees are subject to change.



Should you receive an offer, your offer letter will provide you with the most up to date university start dates. GlobaLinks Learning Abroad will attempt to provide you with the most up-to-date information as we receive it. Be sure to confirm dates before finalizing any travel plans. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants must have the required GPA and have completed at least the equivalent of one year of full-time study at the university/college level.

Required GPA: 2.70

GlobaLinks Learning Abroad Program Team

Program Manager
Jessica Mew

Advice From The Program Team:
What a better place to study Maori Culture than in New Zealand?! Students report that Maori 123: Maori Society and Culture provides a great background of this exciting culture.