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Victoria University of Wellington
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.
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)
Get an adrenaline rush during our Orientation Excursion in the 'adventure capital of the world' - Queenstown - where you are exposed not only to local culture and incredible nature but to New Zealand’s love of extreme adventure
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
Go on an adventure with our mid-semester excursion option to Thailand’s culture-rich cities and beautiful beaches
Appreciate access to TEAN’s in-country Resident Director and Wellington-based Resident Advisor for continued support throughout the semester
There are few places more scenic than your new host country, and during your Orientation Program in Queenstown take you to some of the most picturesque spots on the South Island with excursions ranging from journeying through the Milford Sound fiord to dining high above Queenstown with panoramic views. No orientation to New Zealand is complete without an introduction to Maori culture, and you’ll learn from Maori guides who provide an introduction to their history, as well as insight into how Maori culture influences contemporary New Zealand life. After this packed five-day program, you’ll feel confident navigating all things Kiwi with a strong foundation on which to build your semester.
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.
Our team works with you start to finish through the study abroad process. Our programs staff will help guide you through the application process to go abroad, then upon arrival in New Zealand, you will meet our team who will provide assistance during your time in-country. Throughout your semester you will meet with the Wellington Resident Director for informal discussions and excursions. Our staff is readily available and able to assist you with any academic, social, or cultural questions or issues that you may face during your time abroad.Meet the Team
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.
The Victoria University of Wellington has four campus locations all within walking distance, located within Wellington. Visit the google map link below to see the main Kelburn campus location.View Map
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 see our course selection instructions. Students enroll in 3-4 papers per semester (between 41 and 81 Victoria credits), which usually transfers as 12 – 16 U.S. semester credits.Find Courses
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.
|Communications & Media||
|Humanities & Social Sciences||
|Visual, Performing Arts & Design||
- 2.7 GPA
- Minimum sophomore standing at a four-year institution at the time of participation.
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.
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.
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.
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 incredible 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.
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.
TEAN has a rolling admissions process. We recommend submitting your application anytime from June for Spring applications, and from January for Fall applications. Late applications may be considered. Contact TEAN if the application deadline has passed.
|Spring Deadline||Nov 15|
|Fall Deadline||April 15|
|Date of Departure||Feb 7|
|TEAN Orientation||Feb 9||Feb 13|
|University Orientation||Feb 26||Feb 27|
|Classes Begin||March 4|
|Semester Break||April 13||April 28|
|Classes End||June 7|
|Study Period||June 8||June 16|
|Exam Period||June 17||June 29|
|Program Ends||June 30|
|Date of Departure||June 29|
|TEAN Orientation||July 1||July 5|
|University Orientation||July 9||July 12|
|Classes Begin||July 16|
|Semester Break||Aug 25||Sept 9|
|Classes End||Oct 19|
|Study Period||Oct 23||Oct 25|
|Exam Period||Oct 26||Nov 17|
|Program Ends||Nov 18|
Fees & Inclusions
- Estimated tuition and program fees: $13,980*
- Estimated university on/off-campus housing: $3,765 – $4,890
*Tuition for 4 courses. Students are permitted to enroll in 3 courses but there is no tuition discount.
- Tuition and program fees: $13,980
- University on/off-campus housing: $3,765 – $4,890
- Full tuition (4 courses)
- Guaranteed, pre-arranged housing including internet
- Bedding Pack
- Comprehensive health and travel insurance
- Services of local TEAN support staff throughout the semester
- 5-day Orientation Excursion Program with meals, excursions, accommodations and transportation
- Local SIM card
- Cultural events and catch ups during the semester such as attending a rugby match
- Access to unique and exciting optional mid-semester excursions, which may include New Zealand’s South Island, Thailand and other places
- Access to pre-arranged itineraries and booking agent
- 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 at TEAN Orientation and in host city
- Student association fees
- Host university orientation
- Farewell Dinner at conclusion of program
WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED
- International airfare ($1,500)
- Domestic airfare in U.S. ($500)
- 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.
In addition to the current financial aid you receive, you may want to consider one of our TEAN scholarships. Each year we award thousands of scholarship dollars to qualified program participants, including a Full Ride Scholarship. Refer to our scholarships page for details.
In addition to the above TEAN scholarships, Victoria University of Wellington provides an additional two US$1,000 for Spring 2019 in scholarship funding. Any TEAN VUW students that apply for a TEAN scholarship will automatically be considered for this VUW specific scholarship.
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.
"It is a beautiful city that provides amazing views, and was my favorite city in New Zealand."
"Wellington felt like home from day one even though I was seven time zones away."
"Studying abroad made me feel much more connected to the rest of the world."
We Love Welly
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).
Where did you study abroad?
I studied abroad with TEAN at Victoria University of Wellington in the spring of 2016. After months of looking at different schools and cities across Australia and New Zealand, I found that Wellington was just my dream city. It’s a small, quirky capital city that’s right on the water and surrounded by mountains. Plus, it’s in the center of the country, which gave me easy access to anywhere else I’d want to visit – what more could I ask for? VUW offered classes I wanted to take and it was really different in size and atmosphere from the small school I attended back in the States, so it seemed like the perfect challenge!
What inspired you to move back to Wellington after graduation?
There were a lot of factors that encouraged me to head back after I finished school. As I started my senior year of college, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do next and I really had no idea but, in my head, New Zealand was the thing I kept coming back to. I’d always wanted to travel more and I wasn’t quite ready to go to grad school or settle down somewhere and get a 9 to 5 job, so I decided to go for it. Ten days after graduation, I was on a plane back to Wellington.
What advice can you give to a recent graduate who is thinking about making a similar move?
Read up on what it’s like to move and live abroad in whatever country you want to go to. Studying abroad somewhere is really different from working and living there, so it’s important you know what you’re getting yourself into! I read a lot of blog posts and the entirety of Moon’s “Living Abroad in New Zealand” guide so I could learn about employee rights, visa options, housing regulations, work culture and everything I may not have thought about while studying abroad.
What do you love about Wellington and what makes it a great place to study abroad?
Wellington has a little bit of everything! Great food and shopping, awesome (usually free) museums and festivals, cool walks, hikes, beaches and parks, and it’s right in the center of New Zealand, so you can easily travel anywhere in or out of the country! It’s also stunningly beautiful – seriously, I could walk along the waterfront everyday and never get sick of it.
Where do you like to take out of town visitors when they visit for the first time?
My first stop would usually be Te Papa, the national museum of New Zealand. It’s huge, completely free and will teach you anything you’ve ever wanted to know about the country. Another staple would be the cable car, since it’s in literally every brochure or book written about the city and there’s a cool little light show in the tunnels that no one tells you about. Finally, I’d bring them to Kaffee Eis for some gelato and coffee, because it’s to-die-for and I just discovered that they only have locations in Wellington Central, which is unfortunate for the rest of the country.
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.
Tell us a little about what you do at TEAN?
I currently work on our New Zealand programs. My role as team lead and Program Manager is to make sure everything on these programs is running smoothly working with our team. It includes everything from making sure students have pre-departure information on time to making sure they submit all of the items they need to study abroad (i.e. transcripts, courses, contracts, arrival details, payments, visa confirmations).
Where did you study abroad?
I studied with TEAN in Melbourne, Australia at Deakin University. It’s a more traditional campus, just outside the city but being able to live in the city and commute gave me the best of both worlds. Honestly, Melbourne has something for everyone – think sporting events, art, music, theatre, comedy, laneway cafes/restaurants/bars, shopping, the list goes on. Melbourne is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, so why wouldn’t you choose to study there? If you’re looking for a Melbourne equivalent in New Zealand, check out Wellington known as the coolest little capital in the world. It’s a smaller city, but that makes it an easy city to get around by foot. It’s a very accessible city for study abroad students.
What brought you back to Melbourne to live and work after graduation?
When I graduated, I knew I wanted to return to Australia. My time studying abroad had given me that exposure to living abroad and I wanted to spend more time there as a professional. For my career, It was great to gain work experience at a university abroad. I’m so glad I went down this path or I might not have ended up at TEAN today!
Packing for study abroad is always a challenge and popular topic, as a frequent flyer – what insider tips do you have for someone packing for the semester?
I’ve become pretty good at packing light over the years since there have been so many times earlier on where I’ve overpacked. I took half of my closet and never touched the majority of it. You will hear the advice – pack everything you think you’ll need then take half of it – and it’s so true. My other advice is to pack articles of clothing you can mix and match to create different outfits to help reduce items. Also try to keep the shoe situation under control, they take up a lot of room. Bring a couple pairs that are super versatile (and comfortable).
If you were going to study abroad tomorrow on a TEAN program where would you go?
I’m biased, but I would study on one of our New Zealand programs. Since working with our TEAN New Zealand students, I’ve had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand a few times and have visited all program locations. I’ve also done some traveling in the South Island. I would love the idea of going for a full semester, joining a tramping club on campus and getting out into the beauty of New Zealand in my free time!
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.