• VUW students in Wellington. Photo credit: VUWVUW students in Wellington. Photo credit: VUW
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  • The historic Hunter building. Photo credit: VUWThe historic Hunter building. Photo credit: VUW

Victoria University of Wellington is a vibrant, globally-connected university that will provide you with an education that is second to none. Victoria is proud to be New Zealand’s number one ranked university for research quality. We boast a number of internationally recognised academics who are passionate about their subjects and enhancing the student experience at Victoria by imparting their knowledge and skills in an interactive and engaging way.

Victoria is a city-based university with three campuses, all within walking distance of each other in the central city.  

Victoria consistently ranks among the world's best universities, in 2015/2016 it was ranked 229 equal in the QS World University Rankings and in 2015 it received five stars from QS Stars University Rating in each of the eight categories.

Campuses and Location

Victoria has three campuses in Wellington City, all within walking distance of each other. Each campus has a distinct feel.

Kelburn, the main campus, overlooks the beautiful harbour city and is home to the Humanities and Social Sciences, Education, Science and Engineering faculties, and hosts a wide range of student services as well as a purpose built student hub for socialising or studying.

The Pipitea campus is located in the heart of the city, right next door to the New Zealand Parliament and central business district. This is where business and law students spend most of their time.

Te Aro is the architecture and design hub, in a purpose built campus in the creative centre of a design-oriented city, on the fringe of the central business district.

Wellington’s unique and compact character makes Victoria a great place to be a student—our students enjoy, and are a big part of, the city’s liveliness and its diverse, cosmopolitan feel.

Wellington has an excellent public transport system, a vibrant nightlife centred on Cuba Street and Courtenay Place and something for everyone with great shopping, beaches, miles of coastline to explore, mountain-bike trails, galleries, museums, restaurants, festivals and live shows every night of the week. You can swim, kayak, surf, windsurf and sail all within 15 minutes of the centre of the city. Wellington is the hometown of Weta Workshop and Weta Digital, and has a lively music and theatre scene, not to mention the best cafe culture in the country.

Number One in Research

Victoria is the top New Zealand University for research quality*, as ranked by the New Zealand Government. This research informs our teaching at all levels – 678 of Victoria’s teaching staff are actively involved in research, 70% of them at the highest ranked level.

*as ranked by the 2013 Performance Based Research Fund (PBRF) Quality Evaluation by the Tertiary Education Commission.

Global Rankings

Victoria ranks within the top 2 percent of the world’s 16,000 universities and is in the top 100 universities in the world for 10 subjects*; Law, Social Policy and Administration, English Language and Literature, History, Linguistics, Accounting and Finance, Development Studies, Education, Geography and Psychology.

In Social Policy and Administration, Victoria is ranked 50th in the world, illustrating our capability in this area.

Victoria also hosts New Zealand’s only School of Government undertaking teaching and research on public policy and public administration and management.

Our law, design and education faculties rank well within the top 100 faculties of their type in the world and Victoria Business School is one of an elite group of commerce faculties worldwide to hold the highly sought after Triple Crown of international commerce accreditations.

*QS World University Rankings By Subject, 2016

Student Lifestyle

You will join a warm, open and diverse community of students from over 100 countries. Victoria offers excellent support networks, such as our International Buddy Programme, to help international students settle into their new living and learning environment.

Victoria has excellent facilities for students including a purpose built building on the Kelburn campus dedicated to student study spaces, retail and social areas.

At Victoria, you and can immerse yourself into the New Zealand culture by joining one of over 100 social, sporting and cultural clubs and societies. There are a number of extra-curricular programmes you can get involved in that will push you both personally and professionally.

Globally connected

Victoria is committed to a range of international initiatives and connections - many of these through our global programmes and partners.

As a capital city university, we have strong links with the Government, the business sector, the community, industries, as well as some of New Zealand’s major research institutes.

What can I study?

Here at Victoria we teach a wide range of subjects. Areas of study include:

  • Architecture and Building Science
  • Business
  • Design, Film and Media
  • Education and Teaching
  • English Literature and Creative Writing
  • Engineering and Digital Technologies
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Health
  • History and Philosophy
  • Languages and Linguistics
  • Law
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  • Music and Theatre
  • Politics and Public Policy
  • Psychology
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
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