Enjoy studying in New Zealand’s lively, capital city

Wellington is the vibrant, political and cultural hub of New Zealand, placed on a beautiful harbor where the Australian and Pacific tectonic plates meet.

This unique combination of place and culture is reflected in the wonderful range of course offerings, and the university is a favorite for both domestic and international students, especially those studying in the areas of film, literature, politics and international relations, gender studies, earth sciences, Māori culture and language, music, theater and creative writing.

The campus rubs shoulders with parliament, NGOs, key national research and scientific organizations, as well as Weta Workshop (the creators of Lord of the Rings’ visual effects), Te Papa (the Museum of NZ), the National Library, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

Wellington is buzzing with cafes and restaurants, boutique galleries, independent theaters and cinemas. This is a city that prides itself on good coffee and intellectual conversation, and the hilly terrain and unpredictable weather often have our students comparing it to San Francisco.

If I had one thing to say to prospective students, all I'd have to say is to let it change you, let the experience take you where it wants to and just enjoy the ride. ”

Sean Dekkers

Rochester Institute of Technology Student, Victoria University of Wellington

  • Victoria University offers unique courses that examine the historical and cultural background of the Māori and other indigenous peoples of Pacific Island societies.

  • Meet other students at Victoria University of Wellington by signing up for the International Buddy Program. This is a chance for you to connect with full-time Vic students through social events and activities and really immerse yourself in Kiwi culture.

  • There are more than 100 clubs and societies focused on sports, culture, language, area of study, politics and social activities, so get involved!

  • Victoria University prides itself its Rainbow and Inclusion and hosts a variety of LGBT+ dedicated events throughout the semester.

  • You can take advantage of the university’s International Leadership Program. This free extracurricular opportunity allows you to engage in seminars and activities that focus on international issues, current events and culture.

Fees & Scholarship Details
Term/Period Departure Date Return Credits Base Program Fee Application Deadline
Fall 2023 6/26/2023 11/5/2023 12-18 $19,725 3/15/2023 More Info
Academic Year 2023 6/26/2023 6/23/2024 24-36 $35,975 3/15/2023 More Info
Spring 2024 2/13/2024 6/23/2024 12-18 $19,425 11/15/2023 More Info
Academic Year Southern Hemisphere 2024 2/13/2024 11/3/2024 24-36 $34,725 11/15/2023 More Info

Program fees listed are base fees only. Please select MORE INFO for an estimate of additional expenses and any additional fees that may be incurred based on enrollment selections or housing placements. Dates and fees for future terms will be posted as they become available. Please see Program Calendar for detailed dates.

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New Zealand

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Small City


As a participant on an Arcadia program, you are guaranteed housing. Our priority is to provide a safe, clean, cost-effective and convenient place for you to live, while offering you every opportunity to explore the local culture and community.


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Student health, safety and security in New Zealand are our top priorities. Our experienced and well-connected staff are prepared to deal with any emergencies that may arise...

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