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Victoria University of Wellington



Victoria University is one of New Zealand's oldest and most prestigious tertiary instituitions with a proud tradition of academic excellence. It was founded in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Currently, Victoria ranks withing the top 2 percent of the world's 16,000 universities and is in the top 100 universities in the world for 10 subjects.

The University carries out world-class research, teaching and engagement, drawing upon the global mindedness of its location in New Zealand's capital.

Vision Statement:

Victoria University of Wellington will be a world-leading capital city university and one of the great global-civic universities. The University will adopt a distinctive academic emphasis, underpinned by excellence and with a particular focus on advancing Wellington, New Zealand and the Asia-Pacific region.

Victoria will be imbued with distinctive qualities through its values and through the Treaty of Waitangi, m?tauranga M?ori and te reo M?ori. The University will be distinguished internationally by the excellence of its fundamental and applied research, the success of its alumni and the depth of its intellectual influence.

The student experience at Victoria, the quality and relevance of the teaching and learning, and the career opportunities that result, will be second to none. Victoria’s staff, postgraduate and undergraduate students will be proud of the role they play in cultivating intellectual, social, cultural and creative capital. They will thrive in Victoria’s highly creative, multidisciplinary and entrepreneurial environment.

The University will attain the scale, quality and academic profile appropriate to a leading public university. Victoria will be respected for leading thinking on the major issues confronting environmental, societal, cultural and economic wellbeing, for resolutely fulfilling its ‘critic and conscience’ role and for its contribution to the betterment of society.

Mission and Purpose:

Victoria Univerity of Wellington's mission is to undertake excellent research, teaching and public engagement in the service of local, national, regional and global communities.

Values and Commitments:

Victoria University of Wellington’s core ethical values are respect, responsibility, fairness, integrity and empathy. These values are manifested in our commitment to civic engagement, sustainability, inclusivity, equity, diversity and openness. We prize intellectual rigour and independence, academic freedom, critical inquiry and excellence.

Leadership, creativity and entrepreneurship, whether social, cultural or commercial, are at the heart of our capacity to imagine, to express new possibilities, to find new solutions to complex issues.

With, and as, tangata whenua, we value te Tiriti o Waitangi, rangatiratanga (leadership), manaakitanga (the generous fostering of knowledge), kaitiakitanga (responsibility for, and guardianship of, knowledge), whai m?tauranga (intellectual curiosity), whanaungatanga (collaboration and collectiveness) and akoranga (collective responsibility for learning).

Faculties & Schools

1. Faculty of Architecture and Design

2. Faculty of Education

3. Faculty of Engineering

4. Faculty of Graduate Research

5. Faculty of Health

6. Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

7. Faculty of Law

8. Faculty of Science

9. Victoria Business School

Our Campuses

Victoria University has three campuses spread out over Wellington city. They also have premises in Auckland's CBD.

1. Kelburn Campus

- Kelburn Campus is the heart of the first-year experience at Victoria where students get access to student support, admin offices, the Central Library and five Faculties.

2. Pipitea Campus

- Pipitea Campus is the home of the Victoria Business School and the Faculty of Law.

3. Te Aro Campus

- Te Aro Campus is the Cuba Quarter campus, the heart of the University's Architecture and Design programmes.

The Wellington Life

Students get to take advantage of the capital city's position as central to New Zealand's culture, creative arts and science endeavours, as well as the home of government and many international businesses. 

Picturesque and Accesible

- Wellington is a beautiful city overlooking its busy harbour. It's a thriving capital city that is still compact and easy to get around.

The Bustling Capital

- Wellington is known for its excellent public transport, a vibrant nightlife centred on Cuba Street and Courtenay Place and something for everyone with great shopping, beaches, miles of coastline to explore, mountain-bike trails, galleries, museums, restaurants, festivals and live shows every night of the week. 

One of a Kind

- Having the capital city status, Wellington is home to many national organisations and treasures found nowhere else in the country, including Parliament, Te Papa, the highest courts in the country, the National Library, Zealandia, and the New Zealand Film Archive, as well as the highest concentration of science organisations in New Zealand.

Recreation Centre

- Victoria's Recreation Centre, located on the Kelburn Campus, is similar to any downtown gym and provides a membership scheme for staff and students. The Recreation Centre includes a large gymnasium along with dance, weight and multipurpose sports rooms. Classes are held for a range of activities.


Courses Available


  • Bachelor of Architectural Studies


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Music

Arts & Design

  • Bachelor of Design Innovation

Biological/Biomedical Science & Biotechnology

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science

Built Environment

  • Bachelor of Building Science


  • Bachelor of Commerce

Education & Training

  • Bachelor of Education (Teaching) Early Childhood


  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)


  • Bachelor of Health


  • Bachelor of Laws


  • Bachelor of Science

Tourism & Event Management

  • Bachelor of Tourism Management


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New Zealand

New Zealand offers a sample of every possible landscape within a relatively small country, from rolling green farmland to barren volcanic desert areas, from golden beaches with clear blue water to majestic snow-covered mountains. New Zealand is similar in size to the United Kingdom or Japan but the population is only about 3.8 million. Most of the people live in urban areas, so the countryside is very sparsely populated.

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