About Victoria University of Wellington
Learn more about international students at Victoria University of Wellington:
With over 100 years of history, Victoria University of Wellington offers you an opportunity to study a wide variety of subjects in a beautiful urban setting. 17,000 students, 1,800 of them international, study at Vic and as a study abroad student you'll become part of this lively multi-cultural community.
There are a wide variety of courses available. Typically you will enroll in three papers (that's what the Kiwis call courses) per semester earning between 15 and 18 credits depending upon the level of courses. Particularly strong fields of study include political science, women's studies, film/theatre, and earth sciences while some of the more unique study opportunities include public policy, deaf studies, criminology, development studies, media studies, and tourism management with an environmental focus. There are even opportunities for research and field experience in the earthquake and Antarctic studies, criminology and women's studies.
Unless you are studying business, law, architecture or the fine arts, you'll spend most of your time on the Kelburn campus. Perched on a hillside overlooking downtown Wellington, this picturesque campus provides many stunning views of Wellington Harbour and the rest of the city. A cable car ride down or up the hill puts you in the heart of the city in less than five minutes. If you have courses at either of Vics two downtown campuses, commuting time will probably be no more than ten or fifteen minutes.
In addition to the beautiful campus and all of the unique course offerings, life at Vic includes an active campus community. The Victoria University of Wellington Students Association runs more than 100 clubs focused on sports, culture, language, area of study, politics and social activities. Becoming an active member in one of these clubs is a great way to integrate with Kiwi students and become an active member of the student body at Vic.
If you like to be active in sports, there is a Recreation Centre on campus. You'll be able to run on a treadmill, lift weights or play pool. They even have skis and boots available for rental should you want to head off to one of New Zealand's beautiful ski resorts. If working out isn't your thing and you prefer spending time with friends over a good cup of coffee, the Student Union has a variety of cafes and retail outlets available.