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Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington


Amongst the Best

Victoria University of Wellington consistently ranks among the world’s best universities. We’re number one in New Zealand for intensity of high-quality research and one of only 13 universities in the world to hold the maximum 5 Stars Plus in the QS Stars rating of excellence, with five stars in each of eight categories— arts, employability, facilities, inclusiveness, global engagement, research, teaching, and library and information management. Students are offered an opportunity to study in a variety of areas, including: Architecture and Design Innovation, Business and Government, Education, Engineering, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, and Science. The University is home to more than 40 research centres and institutes, including the Antarctic Research Centre and Centre for Data Science and AI.

We offer students a choice of nearly 200 programmes and are ranked in the top 1 percent of the world’s universities for 10 subject areas: Development Studies, English Language and Literature, Geography, Hospitality and Leisure Management, Law, Library and Information Management, Linguistics (top 50 in the world), Performing Arts, Politics and International Studies, and Theology/Divinity and Religious Studies. Within New Zealand, we are ranked first in three subjects: Linguistics, Library and Information Management, and Politics and International Studies. You'll learn from world-class academics and researchers and benefit from our close connections with New Zealand's business, government, and scientific research communities.

Welcoming community

The University has a diverse community that welcomes international students from more than 100 countries and offers students complete support through a range of wellbeing and learning services. These include a specialised international team that is dedicated to supporting students during their studies, as well as the International Buddy Programme, which helps international students meet new friends and settle into university and Wellington city life.

While at Victoria University of Wellington, students can make the most of the many opportunities to get involved. With more than 140 clubs, societies, and sports to choose from, students can embrace new experiences, develop skills for their future careers, and connect with new groups. Victoria University of Wellington encourages all students to develop strong global citizenship skills through their studies and extracurricular programmes such as the free Wellington International Leadership Programme.

We're here to support you

The University’s dedicated international team is the first point of contact for international students. The team provides support and advice to students from application to graduation.

Support services include:

·help with international applications and admissions

·dedicated international student orientation and events

·free airport arrival meeting service

·the International Buddy Programme

·personal, cultural, and academic support and referral

·Studentsafe insurance support

·student visa support.

The ideal student location

Victoria University of Wellington sits across three campuses in New Zealand’s vibrant capital city. The University’s central location gives students access to diverse national organisations in the areas of business, government, politics, culture and heritage, the arts and filmmaking industry, and science and technology communities. Wellington is a compact city where students can easily explore nature trails, beaches, galleries, museums, and events. It is multicultural, safe, friendly, and has a reputation for great food and coffee—it regularly ranks as one of the world’s most livable cities.

Find your future

When you study at Victoria University of Wellington, you’ll be pushed to think independently and inspired to succeed. You’ll build a strong foundation for success that can help you take your career to the next level. Find your future with Victoria University of Wellington.


Victoria University of Wellington, one of New Zealand's oldest institutions, has a strong global outlook and an international reputation for academic excellence. We consistently rank among the best universities in the world—among the top 2 percent of 18,000 universities in the 2022 QS World University Rankings, and among the top 1 percent of universities in 18 subjects.


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    Kelburn Parade, 6012, Wellington