• VUW students in Wellington. Photo credit: VUWVUW students in Wellington. Photo credit: VUW
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  • On campus. Photo credit: VUWOn campus. Photo credit: VUW
  • Law School and Rutherford House. Photo credit: VUWLaw School and Rutherford House. Photo credit: VUW
  • Studying in the Rankin Brown library. Photo credit: VUWStudying in the Rankin Brown library. Photo credit: VUW
  • 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, as ranked by the New Zealand Government (2012 Performance-Based Research Fund). 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.  It is home to more than 22,000 students, including over 3,400 international students from more than 100 countries.

Areas of study

Victoria offers undergraduate programmes in more than 100 different subjects and over 220 postgraduate degrees and diplomas.

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

Global Rankings

Victoria consistently ranks among the world's best universities, in 2016 it was ranked 228 in the QS World University Rankings and in 2016 it received five stars from QS Stars University Rating in each of the eight categories.

Victoria ranks within the top 2 percent of the world’s 18,000 universities and is in the top 1 percent of the world’s universities in 14 subject areas (2017 QS World University Rankings by Subject). Victoria is ranked 46th in the world in Law and in the top 100 universities in six other subjects:

Accounting and Finance, Education, English Language and Literature, Geography, Performing Arts and Psychology.


Wellington is a mixture of culture, creativity, history, and luscious green backdrops that you may not find anywhere else in the world. Wellington is at the heart of New Zealand, the capital city and where our Government is housed. Wellington is home to the New Zealand’s most important cultural institutions including the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, the National Opera the Royal New Zealand Ballet, and the country’s national museum – Te Papa. Walk just minutes from the city centre, and you will be surrounded by the natural flora and fauna of New Zealand, in one of the many parks and green spaces. Not only is there plenty to do in Wellington, it is a safe and peaceful country where you will also experience a world class education.

Student Support

Victoria has one of New Zealand’s most successful support networks to help students get the most out of their time at university. There is support available for all aspects of university life – academic, social, cultural and personal. Victoria International provides a specific support network for international students.

Enhance your degree

At Victoria, you will experience world-class teaching facilities 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, these include:

Student Exchange

In the Victoria Abroad student exchange programme, you have the opportunity to enhance your degree and experience other cultures by completing one or two trimesters at one of our partner universities. Victoria has over 130 partner universities in 30 countries around the world.

The exchange experience is one of academic and personal growth. You will gain valuable skills during your time abroad such as communication, innovation and leadership skills. Like Victoria our partner universities offer some of the highest quality educational opportunities worldwide.

The Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP)

The VILP is designed to advance your knowledge and global awareness, creating opportunities for international experience and networking with diplomats, global business leaders and leading international academics. Victoria is the only New Zealand University to offer an internationally focussed leadership programme and you will receive credit for your involvement at the end of your time at Victoria.

The Victoria Plus Programme

The Victoria Plus Programme is a leadership programme that aims to develop your social responsibility, employability and leadership skills with opportunities to volunteer in the community and take part in a number of workshops and seminars.

The International Buddy Programme

The International Buddy Programme pairs new international students with current Victoria students to help ease the transition into life at Victoria and Wellington. Offering a number of relaxed, socialising opportunities and events, the International Buddy Programme helps with immersing yourself into the Kiwi culture and Wellington life.

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