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 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 and in the top 1% in 18 subject areas. It’s also the leading University in New Zealand for research intensity, according to the Latest Performance-Based Research Fund Quality Evaluation.

What is the Victoria University of Wellington acceptance rate for International Students?

The Victoria University of Wellington acceptance rate is 64%.

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Student Life

The University has four libraries on campus, which provide access to books, journals, databases, and other resources to support research and study. Victoria University of Wellington has invested in new facilities at its main Kelburn campus, which already has an impressive Central Library. Other support facilities include the Mauri Ora student health and counselling centre, recreation centre and university pharmacy on-site. A gymnasium, sports fields, and sports centre are available for students to use. Thanks to the first-rate facilities, basketball, volleyball, badminton, and other sports are all played on campus. The University has a campus medical centre, providing students with health services and counselling services to support mental health and well-being. A medical centre is also located on campus, providing health services to students.


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 international students can feel safe and at home while studying here.



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, a leadership development programme encouraging students to give back to 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.


Victoria University of Wellington offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs across its faculties, including arts, business, education, engineering, law, science, and more. The University also offers research opportunities and study abroad programs.

Admission requirements vary depending on the program and level of study, but generally include academic transcripts, English language proficiency test scores (for international students), and any additional program-specific requirements.

Victoria University of Wellington is a globally ranked, research-intensive university and the first-ranked University in New Zealand for research quality.

International students can apply for various scholarships to help them fund their studies. Some scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit, while others are based on financial need or other criteria. The scholarships are available for undergraduate and postgraduate study and research and study abroad opportunities. Examples of scholarships available for international students at Victoria University of Wellington include the Victoria International Excellence Scholarship, the Wellington Doctoral Scholarship, and the Victoria Master's by Thesis Scholarship. The University also offers scholarships specifically for students from certain countries or regions, such as the Latin America Academic Excellence Scholarship and the ASEAN Undergraduate Tuition Fees Scholarship. Students are encouraged to research and apply for scholarships early, as the application process can be competitive, and some scholarships have early deadlines.

The Victoria University of Wellington employability rate is 70%.

The Victoria University of Wellington is ranked 236th in the QS World University Rankings.


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