Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington offers an outstanding academic, social, and cultural experience to domestic and international students


Kelburn, Pipitea, Wellington CBD



Established in 1897, Victoria University of Wellington is at the heart of the country - nestled in New Zealand’s capital city and close to parliament and national institutions.

Wellington attracts people from diverse cultures and backgrounds, creating a global community that’s reflected in the university.

The university is consistently ranked in the top 1 percent of the world’s more than 18,000 universities.

World-class learning

Victoria University of Wellington (Te Herenga Waka) is New Zealand’s thriving capital city university. It offers a world-class learning and teaching environment to more than 22,000 students. The university’s strong student community includes 2000 international students from more than 100 countries.

The university’s programmes are designed to promote creative thinking and teach you how - not what - to think. The university is New Zealand’s leading university for research intensity, with academics encouraging innovation and a forward-thinking culture. This approach has a proven global impact, with the Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences ranking among the best in the world.

The university is also home to more than 40 research centres and internationally recognised institutes, with campuses in Auckland and in Vietnam, where a joint programme is taught at partner University of Economics Ho Chi Minh City (UEH).

New Zealand’s capital city university

Students benefit from the university’s strong capital city connections to Government, industry and national organisations, while gaining internationally recognised qualifications. Programmes are taught by award-winning academics who are experts in their fields and inspire a new generation of leaders.

The three main campuses in Wellington are all within walking distance of each other and are close to New Zealand’s parliament, the central city and the scenic waterfront. They are home to eight teaching faculties - architecture and design innovation, education, engineering, health, humanities and social sciences, law, science and the Wellington School of Business and Government.

The university is also recognised for its strong focus on sustainability, with 177 researchers currently undertaking work that significantly contributes to sustainable development. The university is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and achieving a goal of net zero carbon by 2030.


Victoria University of Wellington awards more than NZ$12 million in scholarships each year, including scholarships for international students.

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Additional details

Number of students 22,000
Number of international students 2,000
Overall cost of living $18,000 - $27,000
Accommodation cost $9,880 - $18,962*

*Fees are subject to change and may vary year-on-year.

Victoria University of Wellington is one of only 13 universities in the world to hold the maximum 5 Stars Plus in the QS Stars rating of excellence

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