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.
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.
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|
In the Victoria course catalog,
|New Zealand Term||U.S. Equivalent|
|Faculty||Department, School or College|
|Trimester 1||Spring Semester|
|Trimester 2||Fall Semester|
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.
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|
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.