• The Hunter Building on the Kelburn Campus. Photo credit: VUWThe Hunter Building on the Kelburn Campus. Photo credit: VUW
  • Students enjoying their stunning views from university accommodation. Photo credit: VUWStudents enjoying their stunning views from university accommodation. Photo credit: VUW
  • Aerial view of the Kelburn Campus. Photo credit: VUWAerial view of the Kelburn Campus. Photo credit: VUW
  • Exploring the city of Wellington. Photo credit: VUWExploring the city of Wellington. Photo credit: VUW
  • Sunset over the harbour. Photo credit: VUWSunset over the harbour. Photo credit: VUW
  • Students enjoy the sunshine. Photo credit: VUWStudents enjoy the sunshine. Photo credit: VUW

Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s capital city university, located in the geographic, political and cultural heart of the country.

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 intensity*. We are ranked in the top 2% of the world’s 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 Wellington School of Business and Government is one of an elite group of business schools worldwide with a ‘Triple Crown’ of international commerce accreditations. You can choose what to study from over 30 undergraduate and more than 130 postgraduate programmes, across 170 subjects. We also offer a comprehensive graduate research programme for PhD study.

*New Zealand PBRF evaluation 2018

**2020 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 Miramar Creative Centre sits next to the Weta Group’s Wellington headquarters and offers students of the creative arts and technology access to cutting-edge professional studios in Wellington’s thriving filmmaking hub.

Learn real-world skills

The University consistently turns out 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. We have close partnerships with leading business, government and scientific research communities, and in New Zealand’s thriving tech and arts sectors. You will benefit from collaborations with industry and networking opportunities as well as expert guest lecturers and speakers.

Develop your leadership potential

You’ll have the opportunity to develop your leadership potential through the unique, award-winning Wellington International Leadership Programme (WILP), an extracurricular programme to develop global citizenship skills, and via Wellington Plus, our 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, adventure and events all year round and ready access to a beautiful harbour, beaches, miles of glorious coastline, mountains and native bush. Wellington is New Zealand’s high-tech capital – it has the highest concentration of web-based and digital technology companies – 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 3,700 international students. You will have plenty of opportunities to engage in campus life and meet other students at International Orientation, via our International Buddy Programme, at 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, welcoming city.

Excellent student support services

We offer you a warm welcome and ongoing student support from the moment you arrive. The University has a dedicated team who will help you to settle in, and support you to achieve your study goals. They will provide practical assistance with visa renewal, health insurance claims, academic guidance and any personal support you need
to help ensure your time at the University is a success.

Why choose Victoria University of Wellington?

  • Ranked first in New Zealand for research intensity*
  • Regularly ranks in the top 50 universities in the world for law and is in the world’s top 100 universities in 13 subjects**
  • 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 in a row by Deutsche Bank's Quality of Life Survey

 

*New Zealand PBRF evaluation 2018

**2020 QS World University Rankings and QS World University Rankings by Subject

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