Victoria University of Wellington’s main campus, is elevated in an idyllic setting with views of this artsy and quirky city. With an assortment of courses to choose from and amazing access to the wonders of both New Zealand’s North Island and South Island, you’ll quickly find yourself in love with your new home. Students participating in our Victoria University of Wellington program enjoy courses that are ranked in the top 100 internationally-recognized programs for arts and humanities, social sciences and management while living in apartment-style university housing with new friends from around the world.


Semester Program


February - June
June - November

21,000 Students

2.7 GPA to apply


Urban Setting
4 City Campuses

Off-Campus Apartments


Victoria University of Wellington is ranked in the top 250 universities in the world while its Arts & Humanities programs are ranked 59th internationally by the QS World University Rankings (2015)

Take advantage of our included pre-semester excursion to the beautiful islands of Fiji

Experience the local student living experience, with accommodation in apartments and houses within minutes’ walk to campus

Live in Wellington – an artsy college town that just happens to be the capital of the country and is perfectly located to explore the North and South Islands

Spend time wandering the city on a lazy Sunday when the local market is in full-swing, take in some of “Windy Welly’s” bohemian cafes, or learn more about local Maori history at the world-renowned Te Papa Tongarewa

Enjoy mid-semester excursion options throughout New Zealand’s adventure-packed South Island or exploring the culture and beaches of Thailand

Feel the adrenaline rush during our Orientation Program, which exposes you not only to local culture but to New Zealand’s love of extreme sports

Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director and Wellington-based Resident Advisor for continued support throughout the semester

Program Details

Fiji Excursion

The TEAN Fiji pre-semester excursion is included for all New Zealand semester programs taking students to the Fijian islands for four days before continuing on to Auckland for Orientation. To kick off your semester abroad, you’ll stay at a local island resort offering an exotic getaway as well as an important introduction to the islander way of life. Since the cultures of the Pacific Islands permeate New Zealand, this excursion is a great opportunity to get to know your fellow TEAN students and start adjusting to life in the Pacific.

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Hit the ground running with our Auckland-based Orientation Program. After this action-packed five-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi – from the country’s academic structure to settling in and meeting the locals.

New Zealand is the adventure capital of the world – and so we throw you straight into the mix with activities ranging from zorbing to rappelling alongside waterfalls. There are few places more scenic than your new home, and we take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the North Island.

No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture. Spend time with our Maori guides, who provide a fun and interactive introduction to their history and culture as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life.

With the new friendships and knowledge gained, you will leave the Orientation with a strong support structure and foundation on which to build your semester in New Zealand.


TEAN places students into university housing with a choice of residential apartments or houses, all within a short walk of campus. While the university offers a range of housing options, TEAN recommends a couple of accommodation options that students have most enjoyed. Your TEAN New Zealand Program Manager will provide more advice on your housing options upon application.


About the University

  • Established in 1899, Victoria University of Wellington is comprised of four campuses located within Wellington.
  • The main campus of Kelburn houses the Departments of Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, and Engineering. Many Business courses are also taught at Kelburn. Kelburn is elevated in an idyllic setting with views of the harbor. The Department of Business and Law is located on the Pipitea campus which is opposite Parliament and the High Court. The Te Aro campus houses Architecture and Design, whereas Karori is home to the Department of Education. Most TEAN participants study at the Kelburn campus, however all of the campuses are walking distance from each other.
  • For students who are interested in learning about New Zealand, Māori and Pasifika people and cultures there is a broad range of courses available at Victoria University.
  • Victoria University ranks in the top 250 universities in the world based on the QS World Rankings, and in the top 100 internationally for arts and humanities, social sciences and management.


Academic Departments and Schools at Victoria University of Wellington are divided into 7 academic divisions: Faculty of Architecture and Design, Faculty of Education, Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Law, Faculty of Science and the Business School.  

Courses (called “papers” in New Zealand) are available in the below disciplines. For detailed instructions on how to find and select courses, and a list of popular courses at Victoria University refer to Step 2 – Get Schooled – of our 6 easy steps to studying abroad. You can also refer directly to the Victoria University online course catalog for a listing of all courses. Students enrol in 3-4 papers per semester (between 41 and 81 Victoria credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.

Subject Area
  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration/Management
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resources Management
  • International Business
  • Management
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marketing
  • Tourism
Communications & Media
  • Creative Writing / Professional Writing
  • Film (Practical)
  • Film / TV Studies (Theory)
  • Media Studies
  • Media/Multimedia
  • New Media
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education
  • Music Education
  • Teaching English as a Second Language
  • Computer Engineering
  • Robotics and Mechatronics Engineering
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Management
  • Marine Biology
  • Natural Resources Management
  • Pre-Medicine
Humanities & Social Sciences 
  • Anthropology
  • Criminology/Criminal Justice
  • Development Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Geography History
  • Linguistics
  • Literature
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Law
  • Psychology
  • Public Policy
  • Religious Studies / Theology Sociology
International Studies
  • Asian Studies
  • Chinese Language / Studies
  • French Language / Studies
  • German Language / Studies
  • International Relations
  • Italian Language / Studies
  • Japanese Language / Studies
  • Maori Studies / Language
  • New Zealand Studies
  • Pacific Languages / Studies
  • Southeast Asian Studies
  • Spanish Language / Studies
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Science
  • Biotechnology
  • Botany/Plant Biology
  • Cell Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Information Technology
  • Mathematics
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience
  • Physics
  • Statistics
Visual, Performing Arts & Design
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Graphic Design
  • Industrial Design
  • Instrumental Performance
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Music
  • Music Theory
  • Photography
  • Theatre
  • Theatre Performance
  • Theatre Production
  • Theatre Studies
  • Video Game Design
  • Vocal Performance



  • 2.7 GPA
  • Sophomore standing at a four-year degree-granting institution at the time of enrollment.

Events & Excursions

Activities / Immersion

Our local staff arrange various activities during the semester designed to help immerse you into the local culture. These activities are included in your semester program. In addition, if you have a specific interest or hobby, your Wellington-based Resident Director will be able to point you in the right direction. Below are examples of previous activities arranged for students. Note that activities may change each semester.

In addition to the TEAN events, to make sure you don’t miss out on any opportunities, our local staff send out frequent emails letting you know what is happening in Wellington and throughout New Zealand – ranging from community events to music festivals. We aim to tap you into the local culture right from the start.


It’s the national sport! Cheer on the local team, the Hurricanes, or when available TEAN students are treated to an All Blacks rugby game.

Live Theatre

Wellington is the creative capital of the country so TEAN students join local theatre-goers for a show at the iconic BATS theatre, where most of the productions are New Zealand works.

Coffee Breaks

Wellingtonians love their fabulous coffee. We follow their lead and meet up for coffee and cake at various times during the semester. This is a great opportunity to catch up with your TEAN local support staff.

Optional Excursions

TEAN’s mid-semester (spring break) trips allow you to explore as much as possible on your semester abroad. These mid-semester break excursions are an optional extra so you can choose to participate based on your interests. We operate our excursions at cost. This means you’ll save on average 15% - 30% off comparable itineraries because there are no travel agent commissions or profit margins involved. And our excursions are specifically designed for study abroad students, and since we have been working with students for a long time we know just what to include.

South Island New Zealand

New Zealand’s South Island offers some of the most magnificent natural surroundings this planet has to offer! And it’s home to some of the world’s most extreme adventure sports. From the Southern Hemisphere's highest (and original) bungee jump, to jet boating through ravines, white water rafting the raging rapids, and hiking glaciers, you won't be disappointed or bored!


Take advantage of your ideal location in the South Pacific and explore exotic Asian destinations. With TEAN’s exclusive 9-day excursion to Thailand, you’ll find yourself hanging with Southeast Asia’s majestic giants - the elephants, introducing your tastebuds to tropical fruits, and lounging on a white sand beach. With the culture of the north and the beaches of the south, this excursion is not to be missed.

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Don’t miss your chance to explore the hidden gems of Melbourne. On our weekend trip to this uber cool city you’ll explore hidden alleys and be introduced to the sporting culture of Aussie Rules Football. Led by our local Resident Director, this is one place you absolutely must visit.

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Program Dates

Fall 2016

Date of Departure June 24
Fiji Pre-Semester Excursion June 26 June 30
TEAN Orientation June 30 July 4
Housing Move-In July 4
University Orientation July 6 July 7
Classes Begin July 11
Semester Break Aug 20 Sept 4
Classes End Oct 14
Study Period Oct 17 Oct 20
Exam Period Oct 21 Nov 12
Program Ends Nov 13

Spring 2016

Date of Departure Feb 8
Fiji Pre-Semester Excursion Feb 10 Feb 14
TEAN Orientation Feb 14 Feb 18
Housing Move-In Feb 18
University Orientation Feb 22
Classes Begin Feb 29
Mid-Semester Break April 23 May 1
Classes End June 3
Exam Period June 10 June 29
Program Ends June 30

Fees & Inclusions

fall 2016

  • Program Fees: $13, 980
  • University On and Off-Campus Housing: $3,635 – $4,260


  • Full tuition
  • Pre-semester excursion to Fiji
  • Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
  • Bedding Pack
  • Comprehensive health and travel insurance
  • Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
  • Five-day Orientation Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
  • Cell phone with initial credit to get you started
  • Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
  • Access to unique and exciting optional pre-semester and Spring Break trips, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
  • Access to low airfares and discounted group flights
  • Extensive pre-departure counseling and information packets
  • University and course selection advice
  • Official academic transcripts from host institution
  • Credit approval and transfer assistance
  • Help with student visa preparation
  • Financial aid transfer planning
  • Airport pickup and reception upon arrival and airport transfer at end of semester (provided you are booked on the group flight)
  • Student association fees
  • Host university orientation
  • Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program


  • International airfare ($2,100)
  • Domestic airfare in US ($500)
  • Student visa ($40)
  • Books ($200)
  • Meals during the semester ($1,900)

*Numbers are estimated based on previous student experience and budget. Actual amounts will vary depending on student.


TEAN Scholarships

In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our many scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants. Refer to our Scholarships information for details.

Education New Zealand

We encourage our students to apply for the scholarship opportunities offered through Education New Zealand. They have awards up to $2,000 to put toward flights, plus $500 scholarships toward tuition.

We Love Victoria

Fran Harvey

Fran Harvey

Resident Assistant - Wellington

Wellington Tip
Coastal Walk

Red Rocks is a fantastic coastal walk where you can experience the local sea life (seals) face to face between May and August. Public transport can get you there and back and the walk along the beach takes less than an hour. Alternatively you can take the Windmill Track and head through the hills. This way is longer, steeper and offers a 360 degree views of Wellington.

Kaylie Adams-2

Kaylie Adams

Assistant Program Manager

Wellington Tip
Best Dessert

If you’re a sweets fiend check out Strawberry Fare. The restaurant also does meals but is well established for its generously portioned and elaborate desserts. They’re big enough to share but you may have second thoughts once you tuck into something as decadent as the black forest tower (my fave).

Kate Hilby

Kate Hilby

Program Manager

Havana Bar

Havana Bar is sweet as cocktail bar and restaurant that is directed at more of a folk/indie/rock audience. The place is amazing inside! Very old school décor. It boasts a great atmosphere, and of course spectacular coffee.

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