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  • Locations: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Restrictions: AU applicants only
  • Budget Sheets: Fall, Spring
  • This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Housing: Shared Apt. Language Pre-requisite: none
Language of Instruction: English Language Courses Offered: Yes
Non-AU Students Accepted by AU:
No Internship: No
Advisor: Sarah Beumer Harlow Minimum GPA: 2.75
Class Level Required for Admission: Second-semester Sophomore standing
Program Type:
Direct Enrollment
Program Description:

Is this program right for you?

This program is right for students who wish to experience the New Zealand education system first hand by taking classes directly enrolled at an New Zealand university alongside local students.  The Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) is located in Wellington which is the capital of this dynamic country.  Students interested in international relations and political science will especially benefit from comparing capital city lifestyle of Wellington to that of Washington, DC. 


Victoria University is known for its academic strengths in the following areas: Law, Music, Government Studies, Commerce, IT, Architecture and Design, Earth Sciences, Liberal Arts, Linguistics, and International Relations. Visiting students will especially benefit from the wide range of courses offered in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science. Many courses pertain directly to New Zealand's significant location in the Pacific Ocean. Students will have the opportunity to explore the nation's unique geography, culture, and economy while earning full credit towards an American University degree. For a possible list of course offerings please visit Victoria University of Wellington's course catalog.

Course Equivalency: Click here to find out which courses on this program have already been equated to AU courses. Please note that you are NOT limited to just these courses. Students will need to request equivalency for courses which have not been previously reviewed.

Student Life

Wellington cable car and cityNew Zealand is famous for its beautiful coastlines, jagged mountain ranges, friendly people, and unique heritage influenced by the native Maori culture. It is located in the South Pacific about 1,400 miles east of Australia and consists of a few main islands plus several smaller surrounding islands. The population is just about 4 million people and contains a vibrant mix of European, Maori, Polynesian and Asian cultures.

Students attending Victoria University will study in Wellington, New Zealand's political, commercial, financial, intellectual, and cultural capital. It's located at the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island and is home to all of New Zealand's national institutions. It's also the center of New Zealand's international technology-based film industry, the second city in the world to become completely wired, and has one of the highest rates of internet usage in the world. The population is about 400,000 people, but do not let the size fool you: there is always something going on in Wellington! In addition to hosting one of the top six arts festivals in the world, the International Festival of the Arts, Wellington hosts about 40 other arts and cultural festivals every year.

Housing & Meals

Accommodation is within walking distance to the University or close to one of the many public transport routes. Most study abroad students are sophomores or juniors, so the preferred option is often apartment style accommodation.

The Accommodation Service has a policy of placing students with a mixture of Kiwi students and other international students. This is seen as the best way for students to adjust to life in Wellington and to make new friends. It is important to apply for accommodation in advance of the appropriate deadline to have the best chance of securing your favored option.

More information on accommodation is available on Victoria University of Wellington's Accommodation website

ATTENTION SPRING STUDENTS: The housing application for Victoria University of Wellington is due BEFORE the general study abroad application is due.  Make sure you apply for Vic U housing BEFORE October 1 to increase your chances that you will have university arranged housing in Wellington!  Please visit their housing website to apply. 

Visa Information

AU students are responsible for researching what they need to do to legally study in New Zealand.  Please visit the New Zealand Embassy website and read the information provided to you by VUW International Office in order to figure out what you need to do to legally be a student in New Zealand. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2017 09/27/2016
Varies by program 02/27/2017 07/05/2017
NOTE: Official acceptance decisions can often take several weeks to be received from the overseas partner university.
Academic Year 2017-2018 03/10/2017
Varies by program 07/10/2017 07/04/2018
NOTE: The start date includes orientation. Please check with you host university or program for specific arrival date before arranging travel.
Fall 2017 03/10/2017
Varies by program 07/10/2017 11/18/2017
NOTE: The start date includes orientation. Please check with you host university or program for specific arrival date before arranging travel.

** The time it takes to receive an admissions decision varies greatly by program; it can take as little as two weeks or as long as several months. Contact AU Abroad for further details on your program's admissions timeline.

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This program is currently not accepting applications.