• On campus. Photo credit: VUWOn campus. Photo credit: VUW

Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city university, located in the geographic, political and cultural heart of New Zealand. It is also New Zealand’s leading university for research quality*. At Victoria University of Wellington, students join an outstanding academic community with a strong reputation for success.

A world-class education

Victoria University of Wellington is ranked first among New Zealand universities for research quality*. We are ranked in the top 2% of the world’s 18,000 universities, and in the top 1% of those universities in 19 subject areas, including media studies and communication; earth and marine sciences; English language and literature; geography; law; politics; psychology and linguistics**. The Victoria Business School is among an elite group of business schools worldwide that hold a ‘Triple Crown’ of international commerce accreditations.

You can choose what to study from 33 undergraduate and 139 postgraduate programmes, across 170 different subjects. We also offer a comprehensive graduate research programme for PhD and doctoral study.

*Performance-Based Research Fund evaluation 2018

**2019 QS World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings by Subject

Quality learning and teaching environment

Victoria University of Wellington has nine faculties across three city campuses and offers a world-class learning and teaching environment. We are a leading global research centre and home to more than 40 research institutes. The University has quality facilities, including modern workshops and newly built labs for students of architecture and design, engineering and science. Our new Miramar Creative Centre sits alongside the Weta Group’s Wellington headquarters and offers students of creative arts and technology access to cutting-edge professional studios within Wellington’s thriving filmmaking hub.

Learn real-world skills

The University consistently produces high-quality graduates who are well equipped for the international workforce. Our teaching methods encourage you to strive for success and to become an independent, critical and creative thinker. Many programmes offer the opportunity for real-world experience through field trips, research projects, work placements or working alongside internationally regarded experts and researchers.

We are committed to research excellence and to work that will have a positive impact on the world. As a capital city university, we have close partnerships with leading business, government and scientific research communities, and in New Zealand’s thriving tech and arts sectors. You’ll benefit from industry collaborations, expert guest lecturers and speakers, and networking opportunities.

Develop your leadership potential

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your leadership potential through the unique, award-winning Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP), a self-paced extracurricular programme designed to develop your global citizenship skills, and via Victoria Plus, the University’s service and leadership development programme.

An ideal student location

New Zealand has quality education, breathtaking scenery, a vibrant culture and some of the friendliest people anywhere. And Wellington is at the centre of it all. In our ‘coolest little capital in the world’ (Lonely Planet), you’ll find an exciting, compact, welcoming city and a great quality of life. You can enjoy arts, events and adventure all year round and ready access to a beautiful harbour, beaches, miles of glorious coastline, mountains and native bush.

Wellington is also New Zealand’s high-tech capital – it has the highest concentration of web-based and digital technology companies in New Zealand – and is home to the country’s most important cultural institutions, including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera, Royal New Zealand Ballet, the National Library, Archives New Zealand, the New Zealand Film Archive and New Zealand’s national museum, Te Papa.

Diverse and welcoming

At Victoria University of Wellington, you’ll join a warm, open community of students from more than 100 countries. The University has more than 22,000 students, including almost 3,500 international students. You will have plenty of opportunities to engage in student life and meet other students through International Orientation, our International Buddy Programme, campus events, or at one of our 140 student clubs. More than 25% of people who live in Wellington were born outside of New Zealand, making it a diverse and welcoming city.

Excellent student support services

As an international student, we offer you a warm welcome and ongoing student support, from the moment you arrive and during your studies. The University has a dedicated team who’ll help you settle into your new environment, and support you to achieve your study goals. They will provide practical assistance with visa renewal, health insurance claims, academic guidance and personal support to help ensure your time at the University is a success.

Why choose Victoria University of Wellington?

  • Victoria University of Wellington is ranked first in New Zealand for research quality*
  • Victoria University of Wellington regularly ranks in the top 50 universities in the world for law and is in the world’s top 100 universities in 13 subjects**
  • The University offers a quality student experience, strong global outlook and a great quality of life
  • In 2018, Wellington was ranked the World’s Most Liveable City for the second year running by the Deutsche Bank Quality of Life Survey

*Performance-Based Research Fund evaluation 2018

**2019 QS World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings by Subject

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