Victoria University of Wellington is a university in Wellington, New Zealand. It was established in 1897 by Act of Parliament, and was a constituent college of the University of New Zealand. Victoria University of Wellington is not only the number one ranked university in New Zealand for research quality it is located in the capital city of New Zealand. As a capital city university, Victoria has strong links with government departments and agencies, international agencies, industries, regional and local government, iwi and environmental organisations, as well as some of New Zealand’s major research institutes. The university has three campuses across Wellington: Kelburn, Pipitea and Te Aro. The Victoria Business School also offers courses at an Auckland premise. The university also teaches a joint programme from premises at a partner university in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. Victoria aims to produce graduates whose learning has been developed inside and outside of the classroom, experientially, and informed by a global perspective. There are ten faculties, eight of which conduct teaching and research—Architecture and Design, Education, Engineering, Health, Humanities and Social Sciences, Law, Science and Victoria Business School. Wellington sits on a stunning natural harbour and is surrounded by lush green hills, wellington is a beautiful, vibrant and cosmopolitan city and region. Students at the university produce a weekly magazine called Salient, which focuses on students news and the university itself. The university has its own art gallery, the Adam Art Gallery on the Kelburn Campus. NOTABLE ALUMINI: • Barbara Anderson, (BA) author, poet • Michelle Ang, (BCA, BSc) actor • Sir Brian Barratt-Boyes, (BSc) cardiologist • Dr John Cawte Beaglehole, (BA, MA) Captain Cook expert, OM recipient • Sir Michael Hardie Boys, (BA, LLB) former Governor-General of New Zealand • Sarah Billinghurst, (BA) artistic director Metropolitan Opera • Dr Robert Burchfield, (BA) lexicographic scholar • Alistair Campbell, (BA, DipT) poet, novelist • John Campbell, (BA(Hons)) New Zealand television personality • Philippa Campbell, (BA) New Zealand film and television producer and theatre development executive • Jane Campion, (BA) Oscar and Palme D'Or winning director/screenwriter • John Clarke, (Honorary Doctor of Letters) creator of Fred Dagg • Jemaine Clement, Flight of the Conchords • Nellie Euphemia Coad, (MA) teacher, community leader, author • Baron Cooke of Thorndon, (LLB, LLM) former Law Lord • Frank Corner, (MA, Honorary Doctor of Laws) New Zealand diplomat, public servant • Andrew Digby, (PhD) Astronomer and ecologist, working in conservation of New Zealand's endemic birds
Undergraduate Programmes IELTS overall band of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5 Undergraduate teaching degree programmes may require a minimum IELTS overall band of 7.0 with no sub-score below 7.0 Graduate and Postgraduate Programmes IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0 Postgraduate teaching degree programmes and all Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health programmes require a minimum IELTS overall band of 7.0 with no sub-score below 7.0. • Master of Laws and Master of International Trade requires a minimum IELTS overall band of 7.0 with writing score of 7.0 with no sub-score below 6.5 • Master of Information Management requires a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5, with writing score of 7.0 with no subscore below 6.0 • Master of e-Government requires a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 with writing score of 7.0 with no sub-score below 6.0
UNDERGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS: All-India Senior School Certificate (AISSC) minimum 75% overall; or India School Certificate (ISC) minimum 75% overall. A grade of 65% or higher in English fulfils the English language requirement. POSTGRADUATE REQUIREMENTS: Academic entry requirements for Victoria’s postgraduate programmes vary. You will need to have successfully completed a New Zealand Bachelor’s degree or its overseas equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution; and, for some programmes, evidence of relevant work/ research experience may be necessary. In general, for applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree graded in a GPA system, the GPA should be at least 3.0 out of 4.0. For applicants with a Bachelor’s degree graded in the British system, including India, the Bachelor’s degree must be in the first or upper second class. Please note some programmes may require a higher entry requirement. In addition to this application, applicants should include: • Graduation certificates and full academic transcripts for all tertiary studies. • Two Academic References. • Your Curriculum Vitae. • Research proposal for thesis programmes.
Organising accommodation is one of the most important things you need to do before arriving in Wellington. HALLS OF RESIDENCE Living in a hall means you will be part of a friendly and supportive community of students from different backgrounds and interests. Some halls are fully catered and others have kitchens for self-catering. All halls provide support for students and facilities for recreation and study. Living in a hall also provides the opportunity to make new friends and live alongside students from all over the world. Every hall works hard to provide a warm and welcoming sense of community—both within the hall and with other halls. Social events are held across all halls throughout the year, and individual halls organise their own activities too. If you are going to be under the age of 18 when you start studying at Victoria, you must apply for either homestay accommodation or a room in a catered hall. Self-catered halls are not available for under-18 students. OTHER ACCOMMODATION The Accommodation Service can also help students find private accommodation. You may choose to rent a room in an existing flat, set up your own flat with a group of friends or board with a family. Homestay accommodation is also available for students enrolled in English language courses or Foundation Studies. The homestay experience will help you develop your English language skills. You are provided with a furnished bedroom in a suburban home with meals, but you may be further from campus so transport costs may be higher. If you are not able to move directly into your hall or homestay when you arrive in Wellington the Accommodation Service can give you advice about your temporary accommodation options. For further information on private, homestay or temporary accommodation, check out the Accommodation Service website, www.victoria.ac.nz/accommodation
SCHOLARSHIPS Victoria offers a range of scholarships for international students, the amounts vary and can cover tuition fees and living costs. The below is a summary of some of the scholarships on offer. VICTORIA GRADUATE AWARD Designed to encourage students to progress on to graduate study and research degrees. They available to Honours and Master’s by coursework students for one year. VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL EXCELLENCE SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship is available to high-achieving undergraduate international students currently studying in high schools. COMMONWEALTH SCHOLARSHIP Available to citizens of Commonwealth countries for postgraduate study at a New Zealand university, these scholarships cover full tuition fees, return airfares, a living allowance and other study-related costs. Application must be made through your home country. www.victoria.ac.nz/Commonwealth-scholarships NEW ZEALAND DEVELOPMENT SCHOLARSHIPS Undergraduate and postgraduate scholarships are offered to students from developing countries by the New Zealand Aid Programme at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade ‘to enhance the skills, training and knowledge of selected individuals and thereby build capacity to contribute to the sustainable development of key areas in their home country. SCHOLARSHIPS FOR RESEARCH VICTORIA DOCTORAL SCHOLARSHIP NEW ZEALAND INTERNATIONAL DOCTORAL RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIP Each year the New Zealand Government offers around 10 scholarships for international students who are accepted for doctoral study at a New Zealand university. VICTORIA MASTERS (BY THESIS) SCHOLARSHIP This scholarship offers living costs and partial tuition fees to encourage students to undertake full-time research-focussed Master’s degrees at Victoria.