New Zealand Student On Road With Mountains

Students at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) will be able to take a wide variety of courses with Kiwis and other international students in one of New Zealand’s most comfortable and cosmopolitan cities. Located in the capital, VUW offers top-level academics with a strong focus on regional issues. VUW also offers several opportunities for personal exploration and professional development through innovative leadership certificate programs.

What's Included?

Highlights

Pre Departure Services

Advising

@api Online System

Orientation Materials and Resources

Access to International Phone Plans

API Alumni Network

Social Networking

Scholarships

On Site Services

Airport Reception

On-Site Orientation

Resident Coordinator

Tuition

Medical and Life Insurance

Excursions (overnight, day)

Social and Cultural Activities

Welcome and Farewell Group Meals

Volunteer Opportunities

Housing (included, but billed separately from program cost)

Re-Entry Services

Re-Entry Materials and Support

Post-Program Evaluation

Transcript

Alumni Network and Global Leadership Academy

View all opportunities and amenities

Application Requirements

  • 2.7 G.P.A.
  • Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Completed API application
  • University contact information form
  • Official transcript
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Some advanced prerequisites and supplemental application materials (portfolio, writing samples, reels) may be required for students studying creative writing, architecture, or music performance
  • Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa

What You’ll Study

TOTAL CREDITS - 12-15 credits per semester

Students at the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) will be able to take a wide variety of courses with Kiwis and other international students in one of New Zealand’s most comfortable and cosmopolitan cities. Located in the capital, VUW offers top-level academics with a strong focus on regional issues. VUW also offers several opportunities for personal exploration and professional development through innovative leadership certificate programs.

MENTOR PROGRAM

VUW features a special mentor program called the International Buddy Program, wherein international students are introduced and paired with a local student (via email) prior to their arrival in Wellington. These ‘buddies’ provide ongoing information about university life and help advise on local customs and living.

VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAM

This innovative program was designed by VU W to help students develop leadership potential and advance their international knowledge and intercultural awareness. The program consists of seminars, speaker events, and experiential activities, and is centered on themes of international leadership, cross-cultural communication, global connectedness, and sustainability. Participants are required to attend and submit feedback on two seminars (at least one New Zealand-focused); attend two speaker events; and complete at least 20 Experiential Activity points.

VICTORIA PLUS CERTIFICATE SERVICE & LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT

The goal of this service program is to develop leadership, social responsibility, and employability skills among students. The program may be customized to fit students’ interests, and consists of three different components: extracurricular work with community groups and NPO s/NGO s; personal and professional development; and reflections and building of an ePortfolio, international leadership, cross-cultural communication, global connectedness, and sustainability. Participants are required to attend and submit feedback on two seminars (at least one New Zealand-focused); attend two speaker events; and complete at least 20 Experiential Activity points.

TRANSCRIPTS

Students receive an official transcript from the Victoria University of Wellington upon completion of their program.

Courses

COURSE OFFERINGS

CREDIT INFORMATION

Courses in New Zealand are commonly referred to as “papers.” Introductory papers are called 100-level papers; subsequent years or semesters are considered 200- and 300-level papers and usually require the fulfillment of academic prerequisites. 400-level papers are considered to be taught at the graduate level and require an advanced background in relevant subject areas. Most papers are offered on a single semester basis and are worth 15 or 20 points (credits). Students will enroll in 3 or 4 papers per semester for a total of 60 points. One 15 point paper is generally equivalent to 3-4 U.S. semester credits. Given that point values vary, the way in which credits completed abroad will transfer to a student's home campus will be under the discretion of the student's home institution and should be verified in advance.

VUW Course Information

Click here to view the course offerings at Victoria University of Wellington. Use the course finder to search for a course by subject or key words.

When searching for courses, make sure you are looking at courses available in the correct semester. In New Zealand, the university system goes by the calendar year vs. the academic year such as in the U.S. Also remember that New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere so their seasons are opposite than those in the Northern Hemisphere. Semester 1 in New Zealand refers to the spring term in the U.S. (February - July), whereas Semester 2 in New Zealand refers to the fall term in the U.S. (July - December). Study abroad students are able to choose from a large number of subjects offered by Victoria University, however, there are courses that are not open to study abroad students

  • Be sure to check when the courses are offered

  • Check to see if the course is open to study abroad students

  • Make note of “Prerequisites” required for the course

  • If you will need to obtain course pre-approval, API advises selecting 6-8 courses

Many API students seek out coursework with experiential components and/or field trips built into the academic course. Click here to view a list of courses at Victoria which include these components: VIC Experiential Coursework lists

Most courses at VIC are available to API students, but some are restricted, require portfolio submission, have limited entry or have earlier application deadlines. Please refer to the Study Abroad and Exchange restrictions page at this link here.

VUW Internships

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES INTERNSHIP

API Students studying Humanities and Social Sciences are able to apply for the VIC FHSS/HRIR Internship. This is a limited entry program in which students engage in an internship in a public sector agency, private sector establishment, or a non-governmental organization. Students will enroll in a course to analyze, summarise and reflect upon the internship experience for their own professional and personal development.

Students will earn 20 points or 4 U.S. semester credits of academic credit as well as real-world experience by working voluntarily for up to 100 hours for employers in Wellington.

THE FUTURE OF WORK

This course is open to all study abroad students in which students will critically examine the changing nature of the work and employment from a range of perspectives including Sociology, History, Philosophy, Media Studies, Design, and Management. It also includes a research project with a local organization.

VUW Specialized Program Options

If students wish to, they can focus on a particular study area by choosing courses from one of Victoria’s Specialised Study Abroad Programmes. Students must enroll in at least three courses from the specialized course lists and will receive transcript recognition. This is particularly good for first or second-year college students.

There are 12 specializations to choose from as listed below. Click here to see a listing of course recommendations in these areas. API students could choose a fourth course outside of the specialization area.

  • New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

  • Education
  • Creative Arts and Communication
  • Language, Culture, and Identity
  • Global Studies
  • Health Studies
  • Business
  • Society and Ethics
  • Biotechnology and Biodiscovery
  • Climate, Environment, and Biodiversity
  • Data Science
  • Software and Computing

VUW Course Information

Click here to view the course offerings at Victoria University of Wellington. Use the course finder to search for a course by subject or key words.

When searching for courses, make sure you are looking at courses available in the correct semester. In New Zealand, the university system goes by the calendar year vs. the academic year such as in the U.S. Also remember that New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere so their seasons are opposite than those in the Northern Hemisphere. Semester 1 in New Zealand refers to the spring term in the U.S. (February - July), whereas Semester 2 in New Zealand refers to the fall term in the U.S. (July - December). Study abroad students are able to choose from a large number of subjects offered by Victoria University, however, there are courses that are not open to study abroad students

  • Be sure to check when the courses are offered

  • Check to see if the course is open to study abroad students

  • Make note of “Prerequisites” required for the course

  • If you will need to obtain course pre-approval, API advises selecting 6-8 courses

Many API students seek out coursework with experiential components and/or field trips built into the academic course. Click here to view a list of courses at Victoria which include these components: VIC Experiential Coursework lists

Most courses at VIC are available to API students, but some are restricted, require portfolio submission, have limited entry or have earlier application deadlines. Please refer to the Study Abroad and Exchange restrictions page at this link here.

VUW Internships

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES INTERNSHIP

API Students studying Humanities and Social Sciences are able to apply for the VIC FHSS/HRIR Internship. This is a limited entry program in which students engage in an internship in a public sector agency, private sector establishment, or a non-governmental organization. Students will enroll in a course to analyze, summarise and reflect upon the internship experience for their own professional and personal development.

Students will earn 20 points or 4 U.S. semester credits of academic credit as well as real-world experience by working voluntarily for up to 100 hours for employers in Wellington.

THE FUTURE OF WORK

This course is open to all study abroad students in which students will critically examine the changing nature of the work and employment from a range of perspectives including Sociology, History, Philosophy, Media Studies, Design, and Management. It also includes a research project with a local organization.

VUW Specialized Program Options

If students wish to, they can focus on a particular study area by choosing courses from one of Victoria’s Specialised Study Abroad Programmes. Students must enroll in at least three courses from the specialized course lists and will receive transcript recognition. This is particularly good for first or second-year college students.

There are 12 specializations to choose from as listed below. Click here to see a listing of course recommendations in these areas. API students could choose a fourth course outside of the specialization area.

  • New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

  • Education
  • Creative Arts and Communication
  • Language, Culture, and Identity
  • Global Studies
  • Health Studies
  • Business
  • Society and Ethics
  • Biotechnology and Biodiscovery
  • Climate, Environment, and Biodiversity
  • Data Science
  • Software and Computing

VUW Course Information

Click here to view the course offerings at Victoria University of Wellington. Use the course finder to search for a course by subject or key words.

When searching for courses, make sure you are looking at courses available in the correct semester. In New Zealand, the university system goes by the calendar year vs. the academic year such as in the U.S. Also remember that New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere so their seasons are opposite than those in the Northern Hemisphere. Semester 1 in New Zealand refers to the spring term in the U.S. (February - July), whereas Semester 2 in New Zealand refers to the fall term in the U.S. (July - December). Study abroad students are able to choose from a large number of subjects offered by Victoria University, however, there are courses that are not open to study abroad students

  • Be sure to check when the courses are offered

  • Check to see if the course is open to study abroad students

  • Make note of “Prerequisites” required for the course

  • If you will need to obtain course pre-approval, API advises selecting 6-8 courses

Many API students seek out coursework with experiential components and/or field trips built into the academic course. Click here to view a list of courses at Victoria which include these components: VIC Experiential Coursework lists

Most courses at VIC are available to API students, but some are restricted, require portfolio submission, have limited entry or have earlier application deadlines. Please refer to the Study Abroad and Exchange restrictions page at this link here.

VUW Internships

HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES INTERNSHIP

API Students studying Humanities and Social Sciences are able to apply for the VIC FHSS/HRIR Internship. This is a limited entry program in which students engage in an internship in a public sector agency, private sector establishment, or a non-governmental organization. Students will enroll in a course to analyze, summarise and reflect upon the internship experience for their own professional and personal development.

Students will earn 20 points or 4 U.S. semester credits of academic credit as well as real-world experience by working voluntarily for up to 100 hours for employers in Wellington.

THE FUTURE OF WORK

This course is open to all study abroad students in which students will critically examine the changing nature of the work and employment from a range of perspectives including Sociology, History, Philosophy, Media Studies, Design, and Management. It also includes a research project with a local organization.

VUW Specialized Program Options

If students wish to, they can focus on a particular study area by choosing courses from one of Victoria’s Specialised Study Abroad Programmes. Students must enroll in at least three courses from the specialized course lists and will receive transcript recognition. This is particularly good for first or second-year college students.

There are 12 specializations to choose from as listed below. Click here to see a listing of course recommendations in these areas. API students could choose a fourth course outside of the specialization area.

  • New Zealand and the Pacific Islands

  • Education
  • Creative Arts and Communication
  • Language, Culture, and Identity
  • Global Studies
  • Health Studies
  • Business
  • Society and Ethics
  • Biotechnology and Biodiscovery
  • Climate, Environment, and Biodiversity
  • Data Science
  • Software and Computing
Highlights
  • Classes taught in English
  • Top business accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA)
  • Service learning and leadership certificate programs
  • Mentorship programs

Faculty

  • Abby Wilson

    Abby Wilson

    Abby Wilson will be your Resident Coordinator in Wellington and a resource for you while you are in New Zealand!

  • Rebecca Cott Head Shot

    Rebecca Cott

    Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!

    Email - rebecca.cott@apiabroad.com

API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Wellington programs. All excursions and cultural events are subject to change.

  • Wellington - Orientation

    API New Zealand students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Wellington. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API, and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into New Zealand life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.

  • Off-Road Hiking & Sightseeing Tour

    Go beyond the city, experiencing Wellington’s coastline from above as you’re taken on an off-road sightseeing tour along Wellington’s mountainous west coast. After traveling through Terawhiti Station (New Zealand’s largest wind farm), students will get to experience spectacular views of the South Island and Wellington’s leaning lighthouse before heading down to the ocean to visit a native New Zealand Fur Seal Colony.

  • Matiu/Somes Island

    Matiu/Somes Island is a tranquil retreat for wildlife and visitors alike. Maori have occupied this island for generations. In more recent times, Matiu/Somes Island has served as a human and animal quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defense position. Students will take a ferry boat from Wellington Harbour and have a unique opportunity to volunteer on many important projects, such as assisting with the reintroduction of native plants on the islands.
  • Wellington Kayaking Tour

    Students will spend the day exploring their new city via water by kayak with trained guides – what a refreshing experience!
  • Zealandia

    Zealandia is the first facility fully-dedicated to telling New Zealand’s unique conservation story. The exhibition presents 80 million years of natural history right up to the conservation movement of the present day. See some of New Zealand’s rarest birds, reptiles and insects living wild in their natural environment.
  • South Wairarapa Tour

    Students will travel on a guided tour to Cape Palliser, the southernmost point of the North Island. After climbing up to the lighthouse, the group will go on a guided walk through the Putangirua Pinnacles, a famous filming location from The Lord of the Rings movies. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and stops along the way including Kaitoke Regional Park plus a scenic drive through the Rimutaka mountain range and along the southern coast of the North Island.
  • Wellington - Orientation

    API New Zealand students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Wellington. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API, and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into New Zealand life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.

  • Off-Road Hiking & Sightseeing Tour

    Go beyond the city, experiencing Wellington’s coastline from above as you’re taken on an off-road sightseeing tour along Wellington’s mountainous west coast. After traveling through Terawhiti Station (New Zealand’s largest wind farm), students will get to experience spectacular views of the South Island and Wellington’s leaning lighthouse before heading down to the ocean to visit a native New Zealand Fur Seal Colony.

  • Matiu/Somes Island

    Matiu/Somes Island is a tranquil retreat for wildlife and visitors alike. Maori have occupied this island for generations. In more recent times, Matiu/Somes Island has served as a human and animal quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defense position. Students will take a ferry boat from Wellington Harbour and have a unique opportunity to volunteer on many important projects, such as assisting with the reintroduction of native plants on the islands.
  • New Zealand International Film Festival

    The New Zealand International Film Festival is a national event extending the cinematic options of audiences and filmmakers throughout New Zealand. A programme of between 150-170 features is presented in Auckland and Wellington.
  • Wellington Kayaking Tour

    Students will spend the day exploring their new city via water by kayak with trained guides – what a refreshing experience!
  • Zealandia

    Zealandia is the first facility fully-dedicated to telling New Zealand’s unique conservation story. The exhibition presents 80 million years of natural history right up to the conservation movement of the present day. See some of New Zealand’s rarest birds, reptiles and insects living wild in their natural environment.
  • Wellington - Orientation

    API New Zealand students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Wellington. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API, and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into New Zealand life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.

  • Off-Road Hiking & Sightseeing Tour

    Go beyond the city, experiencing Wellington’s coastline from above as you’re taken on an off-road sightseeing tour along Wellington’s mountainous west coast. After traveling through Terawhiti Station (New Zealand’s largest wind farm), students will get to experience spectacular views of the South Island and Wellington’s leaning lighthouse before heading down to the ocean to visit a native New Zealand Fur Seal Colony.

  • Matiu/Somes Island

    Matiu/Somes Island is a tranquil retreat for wildlife and visitors alike. Maori have occupied this island for generations. In more recent times, Matiu/Somes Island has served as a human and animal quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defense position. Students will take a ferry boat from Wellington Harbour and have a unique opportunity to volunteer on many important projects, such as assisting with the reintroduction of native plants on the islands.
  • New Zealand International Film Festival

    The New Zealand International Film Festival is a national event extending the cinematic options of audiences and filmmakers throughout New Zealand. A programme of between 150-170 features is presented in Auckland and Wellington.
  • Wellington Kayaking Tour

    Students will spend the day exploring their new city via water by kayak with trained guides – what a refreshing experience!
  • Zealandia

    Zealandia is the first facility fully-dedicated to telling New Zealand’s unique conservation story. The exhibition presents 80 million years of natural history right up to the conservation movement of the present day. See some of New Zealand’s rarest birds, reptiles and insects living wild in their natural environment.
  • South Wairarapa Tour

    Students will travel on a guided tour to Cape Palliser, the southernmost point of the North Island. After climbing up to the lighthouse, the group will go on a guided walk through the Putangirua Pinnacles, a famous filming location from The Lord of the Rings movies. There will be plenty of photo opportunities and stops along the way including Kaitoke Regional Park plus a scenic drive through the Rimutaka mountain range and along the southern coast of the North Island.

All API Wellington students will be housed close to each other in student dorms on/near campus. Students will have their own private bedrooms, and share common areas such as a kitchen, dining/lounge room, and bathroom facilities with their flatmates. Internet and utilities are included.

Due to the range of housing options, housing costs have been separated out from the program costs. The housing range for students on the VUW program is $4,000-$4,500 per semester. These fees include internet, electricity, linens, and kitchen utensils (in most placements). Housing is billed separately and once housing placement has been confirmed. Please contact the API office for more information.

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*Due to the range of housing options, housing costs have been separated out from the program costs. API reserves the right to charge fees based on placements, inclusions, currency fluctuations, or other factors. These fees include internet, electricity, linens, and kitchen utensils (in most placements). Housing is billed separately and once housing placement has been confirmed. Please contact the API office for more information.

**Tuition and fees are included in the program fee but please note some universities charge extra tuition/fees for specialty areas in some science and engineering disciplines, for example, to cover laboratory, studio, or fieldwork. These fees will be billed separately but students will know in advance which papers are subject to additional fees.

Housing fees per session: $4,400-$4,950

Session Program Dates Program Cost Application Deadline Payment Deadline
Fall Jun 30, 2019 - Nov 10, 2019 $13,880 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 30, 2019
Academic Year Jun 30, 2019 $26,780 Apr 1, 2019 Apr 30, 2019
Spring Feb, 2020 - Jun, 2020 $13,380 Nov 1, 2019 Nov 15, 2019
Spring Feb 21, 2019 - Jun 30, 2019 $13,880 Nov 1, 2018 Nov 15, 2018