Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand


The Victoria University of Wellington was established in 1897 by an Act of Parliament and was named after Queen Victoria on the 60th anniversary of her coronation. Until 1961 it was known as Victoria University College and had been a part of the University of New Zealand before becoming its own university.

It has more than 22,000 students including over 2,000 international students from around the world and is partnered with 170 universities in 39 countries. It is ranked in the top 250 universities in the QS World University Rankings as well as being in the top 1% in 18 different subject areas. It’s also the top university in New Zealand for research intensity according to the Latest Performance-Based Research Fund Quality Evaluation.

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Wellington is known as ‘the coolest little capital’ and is small enough to walk across it in no more than 40 minutes. It has also ranked fifth in the world for personal safety, meaning that international students can feel safe and at home while studying here.

Victoria University of Wellington has invested in new facilities at its main Kelburn campus which already has an impressive Central Library. Other support facilities here including the Mauri Ora student health and counselling centre, recreation centre and university pharmacy on-site.

The Wellington School of Business and Government is one of an elite group of commerce faculties worldwide that hold the Triple Crown of international accreditations of EQUIS, AACSB (Business), and AMBA.


Victoria University of Wellington has a Careers and Employment service available to help students and graduates make the right choices in their careers. They can help understand how to get a job, what career options are open and how to work towards future goals. This includes CV checks, 1-2-1 appointments with careers consultants and employer networking opportunities. The Careers Service also runs the Wellington Plus Programme, a leadership development programme encouraging students to give back the community and gain skills. The Wellington International Leadership Programme helps students gain an international perspective ideal for opening up job opportunities around the world.



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