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 credits transfer back for credit with your home school – 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.

Course Restrictions

Some courses at Victoria (particularly in Creative Writing and the Fine or Performing Arts) are defined as Limited Entry and/or require supplemental application materials (such as a writing sample or audition tape). Review the list of course restrictions and additional course requirements.

  • Spring (February - June) students interested in Limited Entry courses (noted by a carat in Victoria's course catalog) or other courses with required supplemental application materials should complete their application prior to the application deadline to allow time for Victoria to respond with further instructions.
  • Fall (July - November) students interested in Limited Entry courses should notify their Program Manager prior to submitting the Preliminary Course Form as some deadlines may have already 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 University depending on how many New Zealand points each course you have chosen is worth.

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

When selecting your courses from the overseas website, you should be aware of some differences in terminology. In New Zealand, most subject departments are referred to as faculties. In the U.S., we would refer to the Economics Department; in New Zealand, it is the Faculty of Economics.

Courses listed as being on offer Semester I will run from February to June and Semester II will run from July to November.

In the Victoria course catalog, select a subject (and level, if appropriate) from the drop-down menu. In the 'Show' section, be sure to select the relevant trimester and year.

Students must take at least one upper-level (200 or 300-level) course per semester. As part of the course approval process, Victoria University of Wellington faculty will review your home school transcript to ensure that you have completed the equivalent prerequisites. Once you have been approved for three courses or more at Victoria, they will not review you for any more - so make sure that your Arcadia course preference form includes all of the courses you are interested in or have been approved to take by your home school.

Enrollment Process

Course registration will begin online before you leave for New Zealand, and will be finalized in Wellington. Once the online registration has been completed, you will not be able to make changes to your course selections until you arrive in Wellington. Once you have registered, you will need to be aware of the add/drop policy at Victoria University before making further alterations to your schedule. You should also inform your home institution of any alterations you make to your schedule once you’ve arrived.


Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work, such as 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 to determine whether the courses you have selected have additional fees associated with them.