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Victoria University of Wellington,Wellington,New Zealand

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Victoria University of Wellington is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious universities. It started in 1897 as Victoria College and became Victoria University of Wellington on 1 January 1962. The university is ranked amongst New Zealand’s top universities for research quality. It has around 22,000 students with more than 3,000 being international students. About half of the more than 2,000 strong staff is born outside New Zealand. 

In 2013 Victoria was ranked first among New Zealand universities based on the research performance of its academic staff in the national PBRF Evaluation. Holding the ‘Triple Crown’ from AACSB(Business) (www.aacsb.edu), EQUIS (www.efmd.org) and AMBA (www.mbaworld.com), the international accreditations, the university is among the 58 business schools from all over the globe.

Victoria University Press (VUP) is New Zealand’s leading publisher of new fiction and poetry, and a scholarly publisher specializing in New Zealand history, biography and essays. Founded in the 1970s, VUP now has a backlist of over 200 books in print and issues on average 25 new titles every year.VUP has also recently expanded into the realm of music by integrating with Rattle Records.


The university has 4 campuses:

  • Kelburn Campus - It houses the administration and the faculties specializing in the study of science, engineering, and humanities and social sciences.
  • Te Aro Campus – It is the centre for the study of Architecture and Design.
  • Pipitea Campus – It is close to the parliament and the courts. It houses faculties specializing in the study of law, government, business, and professional development.
  • Karori Campus – Being the home to the faculty of Education, it specializes in teacher education and education studies.

Student Facilities

  • Scholarships are available for the deserving students of the university.
  • The university offers two courses for students who are not fluent in English language in order for them to be better prepared for their chosen course of study. These are the English Proficiency Programme and Certificate in Foundation Studies.
  • To help students better manage their finances, the university has a Financial Support and Advice Team.
  • To help the international as well as the domestic students find a suitable accommodation, the university has an Accommodation Service. They arrange home stays for the international students. They also assist the students in finding other accommodation options.
  • There are a number of Pre-degree introductory courses to prepare the students for degree-level study. These courses are open for the new as well as the existing students.
  • The university has five libraries for students.
  • To support the learning of the students, the university has Student Learning Support Service. This service provides customized sessions on study skills and academic writing, study resources to the students etc.

Transport and Location

The university provides bus passes to all the existing students travelling between campuses for free. The passes can be obtained from the offices in Kelburn, Karori and Pipitea campuses. There are cycle racks and showers available at all campuses for the students who want to reach by bikes. All the university campuses are located close to the bus stops.

Contact Information

  • Address: Victoria University of Wellington, PO Box 600, New Zealand.
  • Telephone: +64-4-472 1000
  • Fax: +64-4-499 4601
  • Email: info-desk@vuw.ac.nz
  • Website: http://www.victoria.ac.nz/
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