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Victoria University of Wellington

Welcome to Victoria next generation of scholars, inventors, entrepreneurs, and business and civic leaders. Our teaching and research is built on a proud tradition of academic excellence and is geared to meet the challenges of the current millennium, guided by staff who are world leaders in their fields.

With its scenic hills and natural harbour, the capital city of New Zealand offers unrivalled cultural, economic and political dimensions. It offers all the benefits of a major city. Victoria University has been the academic heart of the region for over 100 years and it continues to produce high quality graduates who are the

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At Victoria you will join a warm, open and diverse community of students from over 90 countries. We have excellent support networks built up from over 50 years of looking after the needs of international students. I welcome you to Victoria University and wish you the very best in your studies. I hope you enjoy your time here and take the opportunity we offer to achieve academic excellence. Professor Pat Walsh, Vice Chancellor

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Introduction to Victoria Located in Wellington, the geographic, political and cultural centre of New Zealand, Victoria is at the heart of an outstanding academic and political community that shares a global perspective.

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Victoria offers an outstanding academic, social and cultural experience. With a teaching focus on leadership, communication skills, and creative and critical thinking, our graduates are equipped to make a significant contribution to local, national and international communities.

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Victoria University campuses Kelburn Campus

overlooks the beautiful harbour city of Wellington and is the home of schools with interests in science, engineering, and humanities and social sciences, and the University’s administration.

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is in the creative centre of the city, on the southern fringe of the central business district, and is the home of the Schools of Architecture and Design.

Pipitea Campus

is in the heart of the CBD and next to Parliament and the courts, and is home to Victoria’s schools specialising in law, government, commerce and administration, and professional development.

Karori Campus

is five to ten minutes’ drive from the city centre and is the home of the schools specialising in teacher education and education studies.


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Museum of NZ, Te Papa Tongarewa Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, showcases world class, innovative and interactive exhibitions. Entry is free to the majority of exhibitions.

Westpac Stadium (sports, concerts) Westpac Stadium, or the ‘cake tin,’ is a fantastic venue for musical, cultural and sporting events. Check out the madness of the NZI Rugby Sevens, or see the Wellington Phoenix FC in action.


Oriental Parade and Bay (inner city beach) Oriental Bay, Wellington’s inner city beach is buzzing with runners, walkers, cyclists, and rollerbladers on a sunny day. Join in the fun by grabbing an icecream and wandering the length of the parade.

Lambton Quay (shops, bars, cafes) Lambton Quay, at the heart of the central business district, is lined with shops, cafes and historic buildings. The cable car travels from the Quay up the hill to the Botanic Gardens, stopping at the University on the way.


Cuba Street (shops, bars, cafes) Bohemian Cuba Street is a must-see, with its quirky boutiques, cafes, bars, tattoo parlours, buskers and the occassional street vendor. A great spot for people-watching!


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Study Options Victoria University of Wellington offers a wide range of study options for international students. From a shorter stay of one or two trimesters as an exchange or study abroad student, to an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or perhaps an English Language or Foundation Studies programme, you’re sure to find something to suit you.

English Language and Foundation Studies International Programmes Student Exchange and Study Abroad Student Exchange and Study Abroad offer the chance to study for one or two trimesters at Victoria University of

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Degrees

In a Victoria undergraduate degree, teaching is both lecture and tutorialbased, by academics personally involved in research. Students learn how to be focused, independent, resourceful and forward thinking. Postgraduate research degrees apply these qualities to individual research projects relevant in today’s world.

Bachelor’s Degrees

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prescribed and some chosen by you. Most non-professional first degrees take three years to complete and require at least one specialist subject, called a major.

Postgraduate Degrees

Postgraduate study at Victoria normally requires good marks in your first degree, with a major in the same area of study as the postgraduate degree. However, all applications are considered. Postgraduate degree options include; Graduate Diploma, Bachelor’s degree ©Honours, GTON NEW ZEALAND with Postgraduate Diploma, Master’s degree, and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree.

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I chose Victoria because of the unique Golf Study Abroad programme that they offer. I saw the great possibility to combine my studies with my hobby, gaining experience on the professional side at the excellent Victoria Management School while also improving my backswing and handicap at two of the finest golf clubs in the region. At Victoria, there are so many great courses on offer with engaged and motivated lecturers. Also, Wellington is a great place to be with lots of midweek and weekend entertainment. Coming to New Zealand was the best decision I ever made. Being away from home makes you see the world with different eyes and broadens your horizons. You learn so much from Kiwis and people from other countries. Everyone takes care of you. It really is a great experience!


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English Language and Foundation Studies Foundation Studies Programme

Victoria University’s Certificate in Foundation Studies is an eight-month programme designed to teach English language proficiency and academic skills that are required for students to gain entry to university and to succeed in degree study.

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English Proficiency Programmes The English Language Institute offers 12-week, full-time English Proficiency courses to help students develop their English language skills and language learning strategies.

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International Programmes Victoria offers international programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate level in cooperation with leading partner institutions throughout the world. These international programmes support a wide range of different opportunities for both staff and students to study or undertake research at Victoria. These include staff and student exchange, joint programmes (twinning) and articulation, English language short courses, study abroad and postgraduate programmes. In many of our twinning programmes, credit is awarded for approved local courses thus lessening the time required for study in Wellington. Victoria’s international programmes provide genuinely cost effective opportunities for an excellent international qualification.

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Victoria’s Joint Programme campus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam In association with the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City, Victoria has a Joint Programme campus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Students can complete papers towards the Bachelor of Commerce and Administration at the campus before transferring to Victoria to complete the degree programme. English language courses are also available on the campus. For more information on our International Programmes, please see: www.victoria.ac.nz/international/studyoptions/twinning.aspx

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Enhance your degree Leadership Programmes Victoria offers two leadership programmes – the Victoria International Leadership Programme and the Victoria Plus Award. Both are self-paced, extra-curricular and aimed at enhancing degree study and employability. On completion, you are awarded a certificate and your participation is noted on the academic transcript for your degree.

intercultural awareness. It is academically oriented around seminars, speaker events and activities, to inspire students to think creatively about how to address global leadership challenges.

Victoria International Leadership Programme: The Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP) is an awardwinning, extracurricular programme of interest to those wishing to pursue a truly international career. The Programme is designed to develop leadership potential, advance international knowledge and

Student Exchange (Vic OE) In the Vic OE programme, students can complete one or two trimesters of study towards their Victoria degree at one of over 100 partner universities worldwide.

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Victoria Plus Award: In this leadership programme Victoria students volunteer to engage in service to the University and actively lead in clubs or societies.

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I benefited immensely from the Foundation Studies Programme and found the papers it offered intriguing.

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Thanks to encouraging lecturers, I was pushed hard in Information Management and Computing Technologies to think critically and improve my work. In Modern New Zealand Literature, I learnt to appreciate New Zealand writers and their unique cultural background, and gained the knowledge to fit well into this society. There is an exciting array of activities in Wellington such as the World of Wearable Arts Show, the Comedy Festival and Phoenix’s games. My Master’s degree is in Marine Biology and blends field and lab work. To me, using molecular biology to study and protect New Zealand’s bountiful coastline is a job as sacred as anything in medicine.I benefited immensely from the Foundation Studies. Ha is one of the top students on the Joint Programme. She has received scholarships for her exceptional academic achievements in HCMC from both Victoria and the New Zealand Chamber of Commerce. A graduate of Le Hong Phong High School, she spent one year at UEH before transferring to the Joint Programme. Studying abroad has been Ha’s dream from a very early age. She attributes her success to the active approach that she brings to her studies, contributing her ideas in both lectures and tutorials. Now in her second year in Wellington, Ha enjoys her independent living style and is learning to do many things by herself. “I love the new environment - it’s not as hot as HCMC, although the wind can be a bit strong! I enjoy the advanced courses I am taking and I have met many new friends from other parts of the world, as well as New Zealand.”

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I joined the Victoria International Leadership Programme in the first semester of my degree and that is one decision of which I am really proud. It was supposed to be an extracurricular activity but it turned out to be much more than that – it was a completely new experience. By the first month in VILP, I started taking part in seminars which improved my way of thinking not just academically but also emotionally. It is also through the VILP that I discovered Vic OE. I went on a Student Exchange to Hong Kong for a semester with the help of Vic OE and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

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• The Faculty’s two-tier degrees align with international and institutional standards. • We are leaders in the latest developments in design education within a constantly changing global context – you will be taught by staff with international profiles and extensive professional experience. • Our mix of disciplines is unique in New Zealand and offers students new and exciting opportunities in design innovation and the built environment.

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Studying at Victoria Commerce and Administration • A Bachelor of Commerce and Administration (BCA) can focus on more than one major – there are 13 from which to choose – and can include a number of courses from other faculties. • In 2010 Victoria’s Business and Accounting degree programmes attained AASCB accreditation, placing it in the top 5% of business schools worldwide. The Faculty is the first in New Zealand to have obtained accreditation from AACSB in both Business and Accounting.

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Studying at Victoria Education • The Faculty offers one-year intensive graduate diplomas in early childhood, primary or secondary teacher education. • The Faculty is highly renowned for education research – a number of international students take our Master’s programmes and undertake research for a PhD. • Graduates of our teaching programmes are qualified to teach in New Zealand early childhood, primary and/or secondary schools depending on the study programme and are eligible for provisional teacher registration from the New Zealand Teachers Council.

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Studying at Victoria Engineering • The Faculty of Engineering focuses on innovations in electronics, optics, magnetics, software tools and networks. • The professional Bachelor of Engineering (BE) degree focuses on project work, and includes management skills and work placements. • Postgraduate research is strong, particularly in the areas of artificial intelligence, distributed systems, human/computer interaction, and communications and networking.

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Studying at Victoria Humanities and Social Sciences • Humanities and Social Sciences is Victoria’s largest Faculty and offers extensive postgraduate opportunities. • There are over 40 majors for the Bachelor of Arts (BA) – many students graduate with a double major. • The BA is the ideal degree to include in a conjoint degree programme.

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• Many of our graduates continue with postgraduate studies and take advantage of the Faculty’s links with the national historical and cultural resources of the capital city.

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Studying at Victoria Law • The Law Faculty is in the heart of Wellington’s central business district, next to New Zealand’s parliament and the District, High and Supreme Courts. • The four-year Bachelor of Laws (LLB) is a professional degree for those who wish to practise law or pursue a career where a knowledge of the law is important. • The Faculty’s vibrant postgraduate community has students from around the world – research is the emphasis and Master’s students have the opportunity to enjoy internships in a variety of specialist workplace environments.

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Studying at Victoria Science • Wellington has the highest concentration of scientists and science organisations in New Zealand. • Bachelor of Science (BSc) students can add a second major from outside science and still complete the degree in three years. • Areas of research strength include biomedical science, conservation and marine ecology, material science, earth sciences, organic synthesis, Antarctic and climate science, nanotechnology, development studies, computibility theory, modelling, biostatistics, clinical/ cross-cultural/forensic/cognitive and behavioural psychology, to name a few.

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• Wellington’s strength in Science was recognised at the 2009 inaugural Prime Minister’s Science Prizes, where four of the five winners had Wellington and Victoria University connections.

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When I decided to study overseas, New Zealand and Victoria University were the first on my list. New Zealand is renowned for being a beautiful country with friendly people, and Victoria is internationally recognised as a tertiary institution focused on academic excellence.

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I have completed a BCA, the Honours programme and have started a PhD in Human Resource Management. I expect my degrees from Victoria, an institution with a world-class research record, will open up new international career opportunities for me. My time here has been very enjoyable and valuable. I have received a quality education, achieved academic successes, been employed as a tutor and made great friends. Wellington has a lively, cheerful vibe, you can’t beat this wonderful city on a sunny day it is paradise.

architecture and design I chose to study Landscape Architecture at Victoria because I wanted to learn in a young country filled with aspirations and diversity. There is no doubt that I’m learning from the best – Wellington is the arts and cultural capital of New Zealand. I enjoy living in a pedestrian city, where everything is close – lots of galleries, cafés and streets filled with creativity and my favourite botanical garden. People are friendly, the coffee is great, and the city has parks and interesting public spaces all around and a safe and fun nightlife. Design studio classes are guided by experienced tutors who make you love what you’re doing. Studying design doesn’t mean being a bookworm, as the city itself is a literature – a canvas full of exciting and inspirational designs, a reward after a week of working hard!


I came to Victoria for two reasons. Firstly, because New Zealand – as a leader in the treatment of indigenous issues – has deeply developed study of the Treaty of Waitangi. I lived in Rapa Nui for seven years and my interest as a lawyer is to study the analogous Chilean case, the Act of Annexation of 1888. Secondly, because I have always wanted to live in an English-speaking country. New Zealand gathered all these features! Victoria is simply perfect. It has everything available for you, computers, facilities, people always striving to make you feel comfortable. New Zealand is a peaceful country with a high level educational standard and lovely, friendly people. I highly recommend those with families to study at Victoria University.

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I came to New Zealand on scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman in 2005. The Foundation Studies Programme could not have been a better start. I was honoured and pleased to win the Foundation Scholarship for 2006. It was an appreciated reward and a huge encouragement to work even harder for the coming phase, especially as I was planning to go into a challenging field and study Law. I enjoyed studying the five non-law papers in my first year at uni, which included International Relations, Media and Religious Studies. They were a good introduction to what uni life was like. The first year of Law was challenging as the grades I got would determine whether I got into second-year Law. I’m currently in my fourth year, and although I’m getting familiar with the requirements and style, the workload is not getting any less. It has been a very fruitful experience. I’ve improved a lot academically and I also feel that I’ve matured socially. I am looking forward to my graduation in the first semester next year hopefully. I will make the most of my experience of living in New Zealand, and studying Law at Victoria, by putting what I’ve studied and learnt into practice in Oman.

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New Zealand is simply perfect – it is not too far from Malaysia; it has a high standard of living, good security and low cost of living, as well as spectacular scenery. The peaceful and clean environment makes it a perfect place for me to further my studies. Science at Victoria is extremely enjoyable and challenging for me. I’ve started Honours and am thrilled to have the chance to learn and improve my skills in Vic’s well-equipped labs. I’ve learnt a great deal from the very friendly and helpful lecturers here. I’ve also benefited from the facilities and services that Vic provides, such as the Student Recreation Centre, Accommodation Services, Student Learning Support and Student Health. Besides receiving quality education, I also get to experience a new lifestyle and culture; make new friends and enrich my working experience. In a nutshell, Victoria is an ideal place for me to learn and enjoy as well as to challenge myself to greater heights and achievements.

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Student profiles I chose to study Landscape Architecture at Victoria because I wanted to learn in a young country filled with aspirations and diversity. There is no doubt that I’m learning from the best – Wellington is the arts and cultural capital of New Zealand. I enjoy living in a pedestrian city, where everything is close – lots of galleries, cafés and streets filled with creativity and my favourite botanical garden. People are friendly, the coffee is great, and the city has parks and interesting public spaces all around and a safe and fun nightlife. Design studio classes are guided by experienced tutors who make you love what you’re doing. Studying design doesn’t mean being a bookworm, as the city itself is a literature – a canvas full of exciting and inspirational designs, a reward after a week of working hard! I chose Victoria because of the unique Golf Study Abroad programme that they offer. I saw the great possibility to combine my studies with my hobby, gaining experience on the professional side at the excellent Victoria Management School while also improving my backswing and handicap at two of the finest golf clubs in the region. At Victoria, there are so many great courses on offer with engaged and motivated lecturers. Also, Wellington is a great place to be with lots of midweek and weekend entertainment. Coming to New Zealand was the best decision I ever made. Being away from home makes you see the world with different eyes and broadens your horizons. You learn so much from Kiwis and people from other countries. Everyone takes care of you. It really is a great experience!


New Zealand is simply perfect – it is not too far from Malaysia; it has a high standard of living, good security and low cost of living, as well as spectacular scenery. The peaceful and clean environment makes it a perfect place for me to further my studies. Science at Victoria is extremely enjoyable and challenging for me. I’ve started Honours and am thrilled to have the chance to learn and improve my skills in Vic’s well-equipped labs. I’ve learnt a great deal from the very friendly and helpful lecturers here. I’ve also benefited from the facilities and services that Vic provides, such as the Student Recreation Centre, Accommodation Services, Student Learning Support and Student Health. Besides receiving quality education, I also get to experience a new lifestyle and culture; make new friends and enrich my working experience. In a nutshell, Victoria is an ideal place for me to learn and enjoy as well as to challenge myself to greater heights and achievements.


I came to New Zealand on scholarship from the Ministry of Higher Education in Oman in 2005. The Foundation Studies Programme could not have been a better start. I was honoured and pleased to win the Foundation Scholarship for 2006. It was an appreciated reward and a huge encouragement to work even harder for the coming phase, especially as I was planning to go into a challenging field and study Law. I enjoyed studying the five non-law papers in my first year at uni, which included International Relations, Media and Religious Studies. They were a good introduction to what uni life was like. The first year of Law was challenging as the grades I got would determine whether I got into second-year Law. I’m currently in my fourth year, and although I’m getting familiar with the requirements and style, the workload is not getting any less. It has been a very fruitful experience. I’ve improved a lot academically and I also feel that I’ve matured socially. I am looking forward to my graduation in the first semester next year hopefully. I will make the most of my experience of living in New Zealand, and studying Law at Victoria, by putting what I’ve studied and learnt into practice in Oman.


I joined the Victoria International Leadership Programme in the first semester of my degree and that is one decision of which I am really proud. It was supposed to be an extracurricular activity but it turned out to be much more than that – it was a completely new experience. By the first month in VILP, I started taking part in seminars which improved my way of thinking not just academically but also emotionally. It is also through the VILP that I discovered Vic OE. I went on a Student Exchange to Hong Kong for a semester with the help of Vic OE and it was one of the best experiences of my life.

I benefited immensely from the Foundation Studies Programme and found the papers it offered intriguing. Thanks to encouraging lecturers, I was pushed hard in Information Management and Computing Technologies to think critically and improve my work. In Modern New Zealand Literature, I learnt to appreciate New Zealand writers and their unique cultural background, and gained the knowledge to fit well into this society. There is an exciting array of activities in Wellington such as the World of Wearable Arts Show, the Comedy Festival and Phoenix’s games. My Master’s degree is in Marine Biology and blends field and lab work. To me, using molecular biology to study and protect New Zealand’s bountiful coastline is a job as sacred as anything in medicine.


When I decided to study overseas, New Zealand and Victoria University were the first on my list. New Zealand is renowned for being a beautiful country with friendly people, and Victoria is internationally recognised as a tertiary institution focused on academic excellence. I have completed a BCA, the Honours programme and have started a PhD in Human Resource Management. I expect my degrees from Victoria, an institution with a world-class research record, will open up new international career opportunities for me. My time here has been very enjoyable and valuable. I have received a quality education, achieved academic successes, been employed as a tutor and made great friends. Wellington has a lively, cheerful vibe, you can’t beat this wonderful city on a sunny day - it is paradise.

I came to Victoria for two reasons. Firstly, because New Zealand – as a leader in the treatment of indigenous issues – has deeply developed study of the Treaty of Waitangi. I lived in Rapa Nui for seven years and my interest as a lawyer is to study the analogous Chilean case, the Act of Annexation of 1888. Secondly, because I have always wanted to live in an English-speaking country. New Zealand gathered all these features! Victoria is simply perfect. It has everything available for you, computers, facilities, people always striving to make you feel comfortable. New Zealand is a peaceful country with a high level educational standard and lovely, friendly people. I highly recommend those with families to study at Victoria University.


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Student Services and Facilities Te Puni Village, one of Victoria’s newest Halls of Residence, is home to over 300 students, and boasts spectacular views over Wellington city and harbour.

Accommodation Living in the supportive environment of a Hall with other students is an enjoyable experience with opportunities for making new friends from a wide variety of backgrounds. Halls of Residence offer the opportunity to live in a community of students from New Zealand and around the world.

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There is a variety of Halls of Residence available for international students. The majority are self-catered but there are halls that provide meals for students in their first and second year at university. While prices vary, we recommend that you budget at least NZ$350 a week for accommodation including food and other expenses.

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The Accommodation Service also assists students to find other accommodation such as private board, furnished rooms, vacant flats or a place in an established flat. They operate an online vacancy service advertising current listings and this ONis© NEW daily ZEALAND updated on the Accommodation Service website. Private housing is not checked or approved by Victoria University.

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Homestays can also be arranged for international students attending Victoria University.

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Student Support Victoria International is dedicated to helping make sure that your time at the University is as enriching and enjoyable as possible. As an international student at Victoria, you will be part of a very special community. The centre of that community is Victoria International (VI) which provides assistance and support to international students from the time of enquiry and application through to graduation. Victoria International is a dedicated office made up of international marketing and recruitment, international admissions,

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international programmes, Victoria International Leadership Programme, student exchange and student support (Services), reporting to the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor International. Victoria International is your first point of contact for information and advice. You can contact us through our Online Support Centre (victoria-help.custhelp.com). Our Admissions team answers questions regarding admission and enrolment procedures. Our Services team answers enquiries about airport pick-up, orientation and insurance, and provides support during your time at the university.

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Victoria’s university-wide student support network has set the standard in New Zealand for ensuring that students have the support they need, both in their studies and in their personal life. Support Services and Facilities available to students include;

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Victoria Careers Service Student Job Search Victoria University Students’ Association Student Computing Service Library facilities The Language Learning Centre

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Finances Living costs depend on where and how you choose to live.

Please see the tuition and funding section of our website for a comprehensive guide to the cost of living in Wellington.

The average weekly cost of a Hall of Residence is between NZ$180 and NZ$300 Tuition Fees and it may include up to three daily meals, Please see the tuition and funding internet, electricity and local phone calls. section of our website for a full list of tuition fees. Rent for flatting – shared apartment or house – averages NZ$150 per week, Scholarships with additional costs for food, internet, Scholarships are available for international phone, and electricity. If flatmates cook students wishing to study at Victoria, together and take advantage of the lowparticularly for PhD and other research. cost supermarkets and weekly fruit-andPlease see the Scholarships page of vegetable market, expenses for food can be our website for information about our significantly lowered. scholarships.

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