Victoria University of Wellington

About Victoria University of Wellington

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.

  • The University is spread across 3 campuses, namely Kelburn, Pipitea, and Te Ara. Additionally, it has premises in Auckland’s CBD.
  • Kelburn campus houses 5 faculties: Humanities and Social Sciences, Science, Engineering, Education and Health.
  • Pipitea campus is home to Victoria Business School and Faculty of Law.
  • Te Ara campus offers Architecture and design courses.

Victoria University of Wellington Accreditation

  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
  • European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS)
  • Association of MBAs (AMBA)
  • The 'Triple Crown' accreditation held by Wellington School of Business and Government is further enhanced by specific programme recognition and accreditations from industry and professional bodies.

Victoria University of Wellington’s Scholarships

The below programmes will have automatic $10,000 NZD scholarships for all international students who meet the course entry requirements.

Master of Intercultural Communication and Applied Translation

Duration: 12 months Entry: B in a related Bachelor’s degree

Master of Conservation Biology
Duration: 12 months
Entry: B+ in a related Bachelor’s degree

Master of International Trade
Duration: 12 months
Entry: B in any Bachelor’s degree Master of Engineering Practice Duration: 12 months Entry: B+ in a related Bachelor’s degree Creative Practice scholarships 4 x  $24,000 NZD scholarships and 8 x $10,000 scholarships

CLICK HERE for more Information on Scholarship.

Victoria University of Wellington English Language requirements

The minimum scores to be attained in either of the English proficiency tests are mentioned below:

English proficiency tests Scores for UG Scores for PG
IELTS 6.0 6.5
TOEFL 80 90
Victoria University English Proficiency Programme test Three ratings of ‘4’ + one rating of ‘3’ Three ratings of ‘4’ + one rating of ‘3’
PTE 58 65

Victoria University of Wellington Highlights

University Type Public University
Campus Setting Urban
Establishment Year 1987
No. of Campuses 3
No. of Residence Halls 14
Student Satisfaction Rate 86%
Research Funding 22.05 million NZD
Total Funding 442 million NZD
Average Cost of Attendance 53,000 NZD
Applications Accepted Online/Offline
Work-Study Available
Intake Type Trimester wise
Mode of Program Full time and online

Victoria University of Wellington Average Tution fees and Other Expenses

Programmes UG PG
Architecture and Design 32,550 35,050–54,700
Business 27,750–29,250 28,450–50,950
Education 24,650–28,600 34,900–42,050
Engineering 33,400 36,250–52,350
Health 27,650 28,000
Humanities and Social Sciences 26,150–34,400 28,600–39,350
Law 32,050 33,550–45,900
Science 29,900-34,900 34,900–52,350

Victoria University of Wellington Living Cost

Type of living Cost
Basic living 18,000 NZD (2 trimesters)
Generous living 27,000 NZD (2 trimesters)
Residence hall 2,000-4,000 NZD (quarterly)

Average Tuition Fee Per Year


$ 29,150


$ 38,707

Costs per year

Overall cost of living

$ 18,430

Campus accommodation

$ 15,450

Please note that fees will vary. Always check the exact cost of the program and bear in mind likely additional expenses.

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