Victoria University of Wellington


Victoria University of Wellington take pride in its 100 year old history and tradition of strong international links, teaching, research and programmes that are of national significance and of recognised quality internationally. The university is values its relationships with iwi (locals), business, government, the judiciary, and public and private research organisations and resources, other universities and tertiary providers and the international community through the diplomatic corps. At the same time, VUW is committed to offering students with the chance to obtain, understand and apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary know-how, as well as associated expertise and attitudes, and to develop their personal growth.


The University has four campuses across Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city. This vibrant city is located in the centre of New Zealand at the southern end of the North Island and is small enough to walk almost anywhere.  This enables Victoria to benefit from networks on the Island. Reputed for being a dynamic city, the learning doesn’t stop at the University’s doors. Wellington has miles of coastline, an amazing harbour, and many activities to explore such as surfing, tramping, cafes, bars, galleries, numerous eateries. The people are known to be down to earth while having the advantages of living in the city.


Kelburn’s Victoria University of Wellington Campus is the original Victoria site, less than 2kms away from the CBD. It is the central hub of the first year experience at Victoria. It primarily houses two of the largest faculties, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Science. Kelburn also offers a full range of student services and administration offices, the main university Library and Faculty of Engineering.

Karori’s Victoria University of Wellington Campus is the location of the teacher education programmes of the Faculty of Education and Foundation Studies programme. The campus is spread over an extensive area, incorporating many large open spaces. It has numerous recreational facilities, sports fields, gymnasium and an adjacent swimming pool. Accessible to students are a well-stocked library, computer facilities, technology spaces and a resource centre for hiring equipment. Getting to and from the campus is a breeze with superb public transport lines, frequent bus routes to the Kelburn campus as well as the city, while also having ample parking space.

Te Aro campus is on Vivian Street and is where the Schools of Architecture and Design are located. It is a stone’s throw away from cosmopolitan Cuba Street, which has funky shops, cafes, and street life. It is the perfect place to inspire the imagination.

Pipitea Campus is on Lambton Quay in Wellington and encompasses the three important Wellington landmarks: Rutherford House, Government Buildings, and Wellington Railway Station West Wing. The Campus is home to the Victoria Management School and the Schools of Government, Law, Economics & Finance, Marketing & International Business and Accounting & Commercial Law. There is easy access to train and bus facilities from the campus and frequent bus routes to the Kelburn campus as well. Students in their second year and beyond come here.

Southern Cross University offers courses in the following subject areas:

  • Architecture and Design
  • Commerce
  • Accounting
  • Economics
  • Marketing
  • Market Research
  • Public Policy and Public Management
  • Tourism
  • Education and Teaching
  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Art History
  • Asian and European Languages
  • Classics
  • Criminology
  • English
  • Film and Theatre
  • History
  • Linguistics
  • Media Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science and International Relations
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Science Research
  • Women’s Studies
  • Law
  • Music
  • Science
  • Biomedical Science
  • Chemistry
  • Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • Geography
  • Geology and Geophysics
  • Information Technology
  • Marine Biology, Ecology and Biodiversity
  • Mathematics and Statistics
  •  Physics
  • Psychology

One of AA Education Network’s counsellors will be happy to assist you in choosing from among the degrees on offer at VUW.

Entry Requirements

Undergraduate admission
English language requirements can be fulfilled by one of the following:
a.    Cambridge – CAE grade C
b.    IELTS – minimum overall score of 6.0 with no sub score below 5.5 (must be the academic test paper)
c.    TOEFL – minimum score of 550 (213 for the computer-based test, or 80 for the internet-based test)
Academic requirements generally call for the successful completion of the equivalent of Year 12 High School

Postgraduate admission

English language requirements can be fulfilled by one of the following:
a.    Cambridge – CAE grade B
b.    IELTS – minimum overall score of 6.5 with no subscore below 6.0 (must be the academic test paper)
c.    TOEFL – minimum score of 575 with a TWE of 5 (237 for the computer-based test, or 90 for the internet-based test with preferably a writing score of 20)
Academic requirements generally call for successful completion of a recognized Bachelor degree and possibly relevant work experience.

An AA Education Network counsellor can advise you of the specific requirements for your chosen course of study.

Enrolment dates

The academic year is made up of three trimesters commencing roughly around the following dates

  • Trimester 1 – Begins 2 March 2009
  • Trimester 2 – Begins 13 July 2009
  • Trimester 3 (Summer) Begins 16 November 2009

Early enrolment is important; generally applications should be made well ahead of the intended commencement date.

Student activities

There are over 100 sporting and non-sporting clubs at Victoria affiliated to VUWSA (Victorian University of Wellington Student Association). Sports clubs cater to all, from beginners to social players, right through to pros. Cultural and Student Representative Groups are also active on campus. The New Zealand University Games is the biggest sporting event in a student’s calendar. Universities from all over New Zealand and some from overseas take part in games to compete for the University Shield.

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