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Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand
Very High


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.

Victoria consistently ranks among the world's best universities. It is ranked 219 in the 2017/18 QS World University Rankings and in 2015 it received five stars from QS Stars University Rating in each of the eight categories- arts and culture, discipline ranking and accreditations, employability, facilities, inclusiveness, internationalisation, research, and teaching. 

In the QS World University Rankings by Subject, Victoria is ranked 38 in the world in Law and in the top 100 universities in 11 other subjects; Archaeology, English, History, Linguistics, Performing Arts, Psychology, Earth Sciences, Geography, Development Studies, Hospitality & Leisure Management, and Library Management.

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. Learn why students love living in the capital city of New Zealand.



The University’s halls of residence offer a variety of accommodation styles to meet a range of housing needs for its students. Options include single rooms, studio rooms, shared rooms, set rooms and shared apartments/houses. Some halls are fully-catered and others have kitchens for self-catering. All halls provide support for students and facilities for recreation and study.


Victoria has excellent library facilities on all its campuses, with friendly staff available to help access the information students need.


Counsellors are available at all campuses to discuss personal and academic issues that affect students’ general sense of wellbeing, or their learning among others. There are specialist counsellors for Māori and international students.

Learning support

Student Learning can help with services including transition to university and peer-assisted study sessions (PASS) groups among others.

Medical services

Student Health offers a full range of affordable general practice medical services on campus, including illness and injury care, preventative care and referrals to specialist care.

Sports and Recreation

Victoria Recreation provides sports, recreation, wellbeing, fitness and club services for the Victoria student community.

Victoria International

Victoria University is home to 3,500 international students from more than 100 countries. The Victoria International office is the first point of contact for an international student, choosing to study at Victoria and the team is dedicated to student success. Team members will assist with application and enrolment, they hold a tailored International Orientation programme to help students get settled into New Zealand university life and they will help throughout students’ studies to make sure they are achieving what they set out to achieve.

Services include airport meeting service; personal, cultural and academic support and referral, and international student orientation and events.

To study at Victoria as international students, would require a good command of the English language and as well as a competent record of academic achievement.

Entry requirements are listed under each programme. The University considers each individual’s academic and English background on a case-by-case basis when it assesses the applications.

If the students don’t meet the English language requirements for their chosen courses, they can enrol in Victoria’s English Proficiency Programme. The English Proficiency Programme (EPP) is a 12-week course of study aimed at developing the students’ English skills for academic study. Successful students will be awarded a Certificate of Proficiency in English.

If they don’t meet the academic requirements for their courses, they can enrol in the Foundation Studies programme, which is designed to help international students who don’t meet the entry requirements to prepare for undergraduate study.

The Victoria Foundation Studies Programme is taught by ACG New Zealand International College, and offers successful students guaranteed entry to Victoria University of Wellington’s undergraduate programmes.

Programs available

Postgraduate Faculties/Departments and Programs

Study Abroad and Exchange

University Highlights

Total students - 17,544


International students - 3,651


Total faculty staff - 1,050


Total students - 17,544


International students - 3,651

Total faculty staff - 1,050

QS Stars is a rating system that helps you select the right university based on your interests. It provides a detailed look at an institution, identifying which universities rate highest in the specific topics that matter to you, like facilities, graduate employability, social responsibility, inclusiveness, and more.

QS Stars Ratings for Victoria University of Wellington

For more in-depth information about QS Stars, please click here.

English language requirements

This institution accepts IELTS!
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Please check the specific English language requirements for your chosen course with the university.

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