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Victoria University (IFSA-Butler)
Wellington, New Zealand (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Academic Year,
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Program Sponsor: IFSA-Butler 
Restrictions: Vanderbilt applicants only
Fact Sheet:
Gabriela Luis
Minimum GPA:
Language of Instruction: English Language Prerequisite: No
Apartment (shared), Dormitory Program Provider: Butler Institute for Study Abroad
Area(s) of Study:
Diverse studies available (see below) Fall Calendar: Early July to mid-November
Spring Calendar: Mid-February to early July
Program Description:
View of Victoria University from the top of the hill

At a Glance

Victoria University offers the New Zealand bound a leading academic institution in a thriving, modern, coastal city. Students have easy access to the country's cultural center of Wellington via public transportation. Wellington incidentally is also an excellent staging point for travel throughout both islands. Since the city is next door to many outdoor sets of the famous Lord of The Rings movies, the adventure minded should be right at home as they live their easy-going metropolitan lifestyle in New Zealand's capital.

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New Zealand's second-oldest university is well known for its commitment to research, since many of its most highly regarded departments are research based. The liberal arts programs are also very strong. In addition the university contributes staff and resources to the ongoing development of a nearby wildlife sanctuary, as well as to the research and maintenance of a growing tuatara colony!

You may enroll for the full New Zealand academic year (February through November), the US academic year (July through July), or a single semester. Whatever your enrollment, you are required to take a regular full-time program of undergraduate study. This consists of three or four courses per semester. The university prohibits study abroad students from enrolling in a single semester of a year long course. Most courses are organized on semester teaching plan, though some introductory level courses run for the full academic year, February through mid November.

If you meet the prerequisites and do not have any scheduling conflicts, you can choose any combination of undergraduate courses. Your work is assessed for final letter grades according to regular departmental standards, which include final examinations at the end of each semester.

Victoria University
Butler Institute for Study Abroad

Areas of Study

These are the courses of study made available by the provider or host university. Some Areas of Study may not receive Vanderbilt course credit (e.g., Agriculture, Fashion Design, etc.). Credit is determined via the course evaluation process.

Anthropology, Architecture, Art History, Asian Studies, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Chinese, Communication, Computer Science, Computer Systems Engineering, Creative Writing, Criminology, Ecology, Economics, Education, Electronic Engineering, English, Film, French, Geography, History, Italian, Japanese, Maori Studies, Marine Science, Math/Statistics, Media Studies, Music, Network Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Religion/Theology, Social Policy & Administration, Sociology, Software Engineering, Spanish, Theater/Drama, Women's Studies

Online Course Catalogue
Vanderbilt Course Evaluation List - Victoria

Victoria U. - Student Union

Student Life

If you want a university that combines good academics with an easy-going, metropolitan lifestyle, consider Victoria University of Wellington. You'll find 20,000 students (including 3,000 international students) participating in an active social life while pursuing their academics.

Cultural, social, and athletic clubs are a big part of the life on campus at Victoria. The university offers theatre, cafes, and restaurants, as well as the social events organized throughout the year by the student union. The university sits on a hillside with spectacular views of Wellington's harbor, and the city's excellent public transportation system allows for easy access into the city.


All accommodation is within walking distance or close to one of the many public transportation routes. Students share a furnished flat or live in a hall of residence. Some residence halls offer apartment style housing, which students share with New Zealand students and other international students.


Wellington is a compact, dynamic, and fun city with all the trappings of a thriving metropolis by all the comforts of a close community.

Wellington's city center curves around a sparkling harbor and steep hills give the city its unique character. As the nation's cultural center, Wellington is home to the country's major museums, libraries, and national institutions. The city also hosts regular cultural festivals, including the New Zealand International Festivals of the Arts and the Wellington International Film Festival. One of the information technology centers of the South Pacific, Wellington is also a "smart city" with one of the highest rates of Internet usage in the world.

Wellington recently received global attention for being the home of Peter Jackson's the acclaimed Lord of the Rings film trilogy. Situated at the southern tip of New Zealand's North Island, Wellington is the perfect staging point for travel to all of New Zealand. The region offers many recreational and sporting activities, including water sports, hill and bushwalking, and fishing. Skiing spots are just four hours away by car.


Spring 2011 study abroad student, Arian Flores, shares some of his favorite travel clips from his semester abroad and muses on the importance of being open to meeting new people anywhere you go:

Here is a little video collage of some of the traveling I did on my down time while studying abroad at Victoria University in New Zealand. While traveling I really learned how to meet new people and how doing so can really help you in sticky situations. At one point while working my way from Brisbane to the beach town of Byron Bay in Australia, I met this wonderful woman who offered me a tent to sleep in for the night. I originally planned on sleeping in a van that a mutual friend offered me for the night, but I was unaware that sleeping in a car is illegal in Australia and that I could have been charged a significant fine for doing so... Therefore I pitched that tent by the beach instead, and the next morning woke up to the sounds of the ocean. It was an amazing experience, and to this day I never miss an opportunity to get to meet someone new. You never know what they could help you with in the future.


For More Information

For more information or to ask questions about your GEO application, you may contact this program's Global Education Office advisor, via our advising page, or use the "Request Info" button at the top of this page.

You may also contact the IFSA-Butler representative for this program, particularly if you have very specific questions about the program or about the IFSA-Butler application materials.

Don't forget your fellow students! Student perspectives can be very valuable to your information-gathering and decision-making. There may be alumni of this program listed toward the top of this brochure; they are happy to receive emails from you. You can also check out other students who might have gone to New Zealand among GEO's Student Ambassadors, or talk to one of our Peer Advisors about study abroad in general.

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.