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Students at 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.
Due to the range of housing options, the housing fees are billed separately.
Fall Housing Fees: $4,000-$4,500
Housing Fees: $4,000-$4,500 per session.
*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
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.
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.
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.
Get a look into how chocolate is made, and give some of the more unique New Zealand flavors a try!
Midway through the semester API students will fly to Rotorua on the north island for a three-night adventure. This excursion will include opportunities to learn about the Maori culture. In addition to seeing Maori arts and dance exhibitions, students will have the chance to experience some of the area’s natural wonders through zip-line and luge escapades, guided hikes and eco-tours of the local jungle, geysers, and thermal mud pools.
Go beyond the city, experiencing Wellington’s coast line from above as you’re taken on an off-road sightseeing tour along Wellington’s mountainous west coast. After travelling through Terawhiti Station (New Zealand’s largest wind farm), you’ll 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.
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. This university also holds "Triple Crown" accreditation - AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA.
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 VUW 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.
Students receive an official transcript from the Victoria University of Wellington upon completion of their program.
Karen Dryden will be your Resident Coordinator and a resource for you while you are in New Zealand!
Rebecca Cott will be your Program Manager and prepare you to go abroad!
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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.
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.
Language of Instruction: English
Language of Instruction: English
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-$4,950 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.