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Victoria University of Wellington
Victoria University of Wellington (Vic) consists of three campuses located throughout central Wellington, all within a walking distance or a short bus ride from each other. Vic academics have a strong research focus and offer ISA students courses in a wide range of topics, such as its top ranked arts and humanities, social policy and administration, and psychology programs. In addition, Vic offers ISA students $2,000 USD worth of scholarships per year, distributed in two separate scholarships and credited towards the student's overall program balance with ISA.
Spring 2 2020
Mid Feb, 2020 - Late Jun, 2020
Nov 01, 2019
45 - 60 Credit Points
2.70 Minimum GPA*
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Housing is not included in the price above. For more information on housing options and prices, please refer to the housing section.
Courses are conducted through Victoria University and taught in English by host university professors. You will enroll in courses alongside New Zealand and international students. When studying at Victoria University of Wellington, you also have the opportunity the participate in the Victoria International Leadership Program, which combines seminars, speaker events, and experiential learning activities to inspire you to think and act globally. Every student who attends Victoria University of Wellington begins the program with a four day/ three night Bridging Cultures Orientation Program in exciting Auckland and Rotorua - click on excursions to learn more.
Semester + Semester Programs Available: Students may participate in the Spring + Fall OR the Fall + Spring sessions of this program by selecting their two semesters of interest when submitting the initial ISA online application. For more information about this option, please contact your Wellington Program Manager.
Students must have a minimum grade point average of 2.70.
MINIMUM ADMISSIONS PREREQUISITES
There is no language prerequisite for this program.
You must have a minimum of two semesters completed at a four-year university at the time of application. Some exceptions may apply, please contact the Program Manager for more information.
Comprehensive Advising and Support
Comprehensive Health, Safety, and Security Support
Tuition at the Host University
Bridging Cultures Program
Full-Time Resident Staff
ISA Discovery Model
Official Transcript from the Host University
Professional Development Toolbox
45 - 60
Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
12 - 20
Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
18 - 30
Sample Courses and Syllabi
- The courses listed below are only a sampling of courses available; please click the "Complete University Course Catalog Listing" link for the full Course Handbook. Requests for syllabi can be made to the Site Specialist.
- 1 Victoria University course = 15 credit points = 3 - 4 U.S. semester credits (4-6 U.S. quarter credits). 20 credit points = 4- 5 U.S. semester credits (6-7 U.S. quarter credits).
- Credit transfer is ultimately determined by your home university.
Course Level Recommendations
- ISA offers course level recommendations for the courses listed below. Please note that the course level recommendations are based on Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) subject (course) codes. All VUW subject codes consist of a four-letter abbreviation detailing the discipline, major, specialization, or qualification of the course (such as ACCY for Accounting), as well as a three-digit number. The first digit of the subject code represents the level of the course. The 000-level range is used for pre-degree level courses; 100-level courses are first-year or introductory courses; 200-level and 300-level courses represent advanced-level undergraduate courses; and honours and masters courses are 400- and 500-level. ISA recommends 200- and 300-level courses as upper division. These ISA recommendations are intended to facilitate the determination of course equivalencies by advisors and credential evaluators at your U.S. home institutions.
- ISA does not recommend that you sign up for online courses through your host university. If enrolling in an online course is necessary for you to meet your degree requirements, you may only enroll in one online class. It is your responsibility to confirm with your home university that you will receive credit for online courses taken through your host university.
- The transcript from the Victoria University will reflect Credit Points for each course listed below. Please be in touch with your U.S. University regarding credit transfer for this program.
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- Availability of courses is based on enrollment numbers. All students should seek pre-approval for alternate courses in the event of last minute class cancellations
Support & Funding
Funding Your ISA Program
As an ISA participant, you have the opportunity to apply for scholarships and grants that can be applied directly to assist with your study abroad programs. ISA offers over $1,000,000 in scholarships and grants each year. To see what opportunities are available, please visit the Scholarships and Grants page.View all Funding Options
Living in ISA housing will give you the opportunity to experience aspects of the Kiwi lifestyle that are inaccessible to the average visitor to New Zealand. All housing in Wellington is within walking distance of both campuses, the Cuba street shopping and entertainment district, as well as conveniently located to public transit routes. Travel times to the various university buildings generally range between five to 15 minutes depending on housing and class locations. With an open-mind and flexibility, the experience of living in another culture can be highly rewarding.
Apartment Without Meals
Apartments are a great housing option if you are seeking independence during your time abroad but also want the support of the university. You will be placed in co-ed flats with other international and local students but will not live in the same flat as other ISA students. You will have your own bedroom within a fully furnished four to six bedroom flat in one of the neighborhoods surrounding campus. Internet and bed sheets are provided, however towels are not. Meals and laundry service are not included.
You may elect to secure housing independently. If you select this option you will be responsible for your own housing during the program and will forgo any ISA assistance for housing matters.
THERE’S MORE TO DISCOVER WITH ISA
ISA excursions allow you to explore the diverse, distinct, and gorgeous landscape of New Zealand that you may not have the opportunity to visit on your own. While abroad, you will have the chance to go on a multi-day trip (the ISA Bridging Cultures Program at the beginning of your program), a weekend trip, and two day trips to the following destinations.
Auckland and Rotorua & Bridging Cultures Program
Kick-off your semester abroad with ISA during our four-day Bridging Cultures Program (BCP) in exciting Auckland and Rotorua. The BCP integrates our ISA on-site orientation with exciting activities aimed at introducing Kiwi culture, helping you define your study abroad goals, and encouraging you to meet other students. Activities include visit to Hobbiton, a traditional ceremony and hangi dinner at a Maori marae (meeting house), a visit to the Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland hot springs and a dip in Green and Blue lakes, a stop at Hamilton Gardens, the opportunity to learn the world-famous Haka, and most importantly, an informative, interactive, and memorable start to your study abroad experience.
Huka Falls & White Water Rafting in Taupo
Lake Taupo is surrounded by beautiful forests, volcanic mountains, and snowy peaks, undoubtedly making it one of the world's most unique and picturesque areas. During this trip, you will raft down the Tongariro River and have the chance to do some cliff jumping, if you so dare. You will then visit Huka Falls and cruise around the bays of Lake Taupo, visiting Maori Rock Carvings at Mine Bay.
Weta Workshop and Seal Coast Safari
A must for any fan of the Lord of the Rings or Hobbit trilogies, the Weta Workshop Tour is a movie based visitor experience providing unique behind-the-scenes glimpse into the workings of Weta Workshop. Then it's off to check out Wellington's rugged coast line, offering sublime views, and the chance to encounter New Zealand fur seals up close and personal.
Winetasting in the Wairarapa
You will explore the Lower North Island and take a day trip to the quaint, quiet town of Martinborough in the Wairarapa to check out one of the region's world-renown vineyards and sample some of the best wines produced in New Zealand. You will then head to the town of Greytown for brunch and end your day on a working farm and petting zoo.