Victoria University of Wellington Courses

You are required to maintain a full-time course load through your time in New Zealand. A full-time course load as defined by Arcadia University is 14-16 U.S. credits per semester. Courses can be found on Victoria University Wellington’s website.

  • Make sure your courses transfer back for credit with your home school and that you are registered for a full academic load according to your home school policies – this is your responsibility.
  • Please be flexible about courses – we can’t guarantee placement in specific courses.
  • Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form to The College of Global Studies at Arcadia University.
  • Arcadia University does not issue pass/fail grades for work completed overseas.

Course and Department Restrictions

Some courses are defined as Limited Entry and/or require supplemental application materials. Review the list of course restrictions to see what courses are not available to study abroad students.

  • Spring (February - June): for Limited Entry courses (noted in red next to the CRN on the course page) or others with supplemental materials: complete application prior to the application deadline.
  • Fall (July - November): for Limited Entry courses: notify Program Manager prior to submitting the Preliminary Course Form (some deadlines may have passed).
  • Please note: CREW and WRIT courses are highly competitive and require a writing sample.

Choosing Your Courses

A full-time course load is equivalent to three or four courses and 55 or 60 points at Victoria depending on how many New Zealand points each course you have chosen is worth.

Victoria University Credit Point Units U.S. University Semester Hour of Credits
15 4
20 5

In the Victoria course catalog,

  • Choose a subject from the drop-down menu or use the search function with a keyword.
  • Be sure to select the relevant trimester and year in the "Narrow Your Search" column.
  • Make sure that your form includes all of the courses you are interested in or have been approved to take by your homeschool.

Special Nomenclature

New Zealand Term U.S. Equivalent
Faculty Department, School or College
Trimester 1 Spring Semester
Trimester 2 Fall Semester

Enrollment Process

The faculty will review your transcript for pre-requisites to determine your course approvals. Once your courses have been reviewed your program manager will email you with the outcome. If you have 3 courses or more that are approved you must respond to your program manager with the courses you want to enroll in within 48 hours. If you have 3 courses approved Victoria will not review you for any more until you arrive on campus. If you do not have 3 courses approved you must send your program manager additional courses to be considered for approval.

Once your program manager has the courses you want to enroll in they will complete your online enrollment. Once the online enrollment is complete nothing can be changed until you arrive on campus.

Course enrollments will not be finalized until students are on campus. The preliminary course form students submit to Arcadia prior to departure does not guarantee approval or enrollment in those courses. There is an add/drop period at the beginning of each semester that allows students to make changes to course enrollments. If you make any changes it is your responsibility to inform your home institution.

If your enrollment is conditional upon entry into a specific course or courses, it is very important that you indicate these requirements at the bottom of the preliminary course form on your Arcadia Passport.

Grade Scale

The following information is vetted and provided by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO) on the Electronic Database for Global Education (EDGE).

Grade Description Ranking Suggested U.S. Equivalent
A+ High First 85 - 100% A
A Clear First 80 - 84% A
A- Bare First 75 - 79% A
B+ High Second 70 - 74% B
B Clear Second 65 - 69% B
B- Bare Second 60 - 64% B
C+ Sound Pass 55 - 59% C
C Pass 50 - 54% C
C- Marginal Pass 50 - 54% C
D Failure 40 - 49% F
F Failure 0 - 39% F
Intellectual property copyright AACRAO EDGE.


Possible additional fees for courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips. Many fine art or production courses will include a supplemental fee for the materials used in the class. Please refer to the online course description.

For studio art, graphic art, media production, drama, dance or music courses, submit a portfolio or audition tape on slides or a CD. Submit between 8-12 examples of your work. Portfolio is non-returnable. Some fine arts courses are year-long and begin in February.