Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand

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Study Abroad in Wellington: Academics

Academic Programs

Courses include: AACSB accredited business courses, New Zealand studies, Maori studies, Pacific studies, accounting, actuarial science, architecture, art history, Asian studies, biology, biomedical science, chemistry, Chinese, classical studies, communications, computer graphics, computer science, creative writing, criminology, cultural anthropology, design, ecology and biodiversity, economics, education, English literature, environmental studies, film studies, finance, French, geography, geology, Greek, health sciences, history, human resource management, international business, international relations, internship, languages, law, linguistics, management, marine conservation, marketing, mathematics, media studies, music (classical performance, composition, ethnomusicology, jazz and music studies), philosophy, physics, political science, psychology, religious studies, sociology, theater, tourism management

Program Options

The Full Curriculum Program at Victoria University allows students to choose from across the university’s entire curriculum of courses (subject to prerequisites) in a wide range of disciplines including art history, business, economics, English, environmental studies, philosophy, political science, psychology, sociology and more.

A 5-credit internship course (FHSS Internship) with a work-based project while on a voluntary placement is offered through the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Additionally the 5-credit interdisciplinary “Future of Work” course critically examines the changing nature of work and employment and asks students to apply their understanding to a specific challenge presented by a Wellington-based organization. This course is only available in the fall semester.

Special courses in Maori Studies and Pacific Studies are also available. These courses give you a deeper awareness, appreciation and understanding of New Zealand’s history and culture, past and present and of some of the issues and complexities facing the Pacific region today.

Most courses are recommended for 4 or 5 semester credits. The maximum course load in a semester is 16 credits, equivalent to 3 or 4 courses depending on course combination, but this can lead to a very demanding schedule. The minimum course load is 12 credits. All courses are taught in English.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail options are not available.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.7 GPA

Areas of study include: biotechnology and biodiversity, business, climate, creative arts and communication, culture and identity, data science or software and computing, education, environment and biodiversity, global studies, health studies, language, New Zealand and the Pacific Islands, society and ethics

The Specialized Study Abroad program at Victoria University has been designed for visiting students to allow you to focus on a particular area of study in more depth. Students select at least 3 courses from a particular study area and receive recognition on their transcripts of this specialization.

No AIFS participant is permitted to take a course without receiving a grade. Pass/Fail options are not available.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Semester up to 16 2.7 GPA

Students choosing the Fiji option will begin their academic program with a course in Pacific Studies at the University of the South Pacific in Fiji for 1 credit. This course is taught both in the classroom and the field with a wide variety of included field trips. A minimum enrollment of 5 students is required for this program to run.

Learn more about this program.

Session/Term Credits Requirements
Fall or Spring Optional Pacific Studies, Fiji 1 2.7 GPA

Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University offers a comprehensive range of internationally recognized courses and degrees, consistently ranking highly in the QS World Rankings by Subject. With AACSB, Equis and AMBA approved business courses, Victoria’s Business School is in the top 5% of business schools worldwide. In addition to business, sciences, architecture and design, education, engineering and music, Victoria University provides a wide variety of humanities and social sciences courses including courses in Maori and Pacific languages and cultures, Asian studies and international relations.

Home to around 22,000 students, including 3,000 international students, Victoria offers the opportunity to study at a top New Zealand university in a spectacular location with fantastic facilities. The university is centrally located in Wellington city, New Zealand’s political, cultural and creative capital.

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