New Zealand Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington
Preliminary Course Registration Instructions

The Course Selection Process

In order to proceed with your application at Victoria University, you will need to propose a preliminary course selection for your semester. Your courses should be chosen in consultation with your academic advisor, so if you have not previously done so, please meet with your academic advisor to ensure that the courses that you plan to take overseas will transfer back to your degree program.

To obtain the most up-to-date listing of courses, refer to the overseas university website. Please refer to the section "Navigating the Overseas Course Website" listed below for more information.

In addition to your proposed course selections, we recommend that you choose a series of alternate courses. Your first choice selections may not be available due to scheduling changes, time conflicts, prerequisites or cancellations. Your flexibility is very important to the process.

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 course selection form. While every effort will be made to accommodate your selections, Arcadia University cannot guarantee placement in any specific course.

Course Registration

You are required to maintain a full-time course load throughout your period of study in New Zealand. A full-time course load is defined by Arcadia University as 14-16 U.S. semester hours of credit. This 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. You should also be aware of any credit requirements at your home institution.

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

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 alternations you make to your schedule once you’ve arrived.

Other Important Points:
  • 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.
  • Additional course fees may be associated with some of your overseas course work. Courses that include laboratory work, field excursions or theater trips will often require a supplementary fee. Additionally, many fine art or production courses will include a supplemental fee for the materials used in the class. Please refer to the online course descriptions to determine whether the courses you have selected have additional fees. Please see our fee information online here.
  • 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). You can review the list of course restrictions and additional course requirements here. 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.


Navigating the Overseas Course Website

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. Whereas in the U.S., we would refer to the Economics Department, in New Zealand it would be referred to as the Faculty of Economics. Please be mindful of the semester in which you are looking to take courses. Courses listed as being on offer Trimester I will run from February to June and Trimester II will run from July to November.

Victoria University of Wellington Course Catalogue

The above link will take you directly to the Victoria University of Wellington Course Catalogue. 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.


For assistance with any part of the application process, email your Program Manager or call 1-866-927-2234

Please review your course choices with your academic or study abroad advisor, and submit the online course registration form on your Arcadia Passport.