Spend a semester or academic year in the vibrant and cosmopolitan city of Wellington, New Zealand, with AIFS! Study a variety of academic program options at Victoria University, rated as one of the top 5% business schools worldwide. Home to 22,000 students, the campus is centrally located in the city. Begin your program in spectacular Fiji with the Optional Pacific Studies Program in Suva.
The AIFS inclusive program fee includes all of the great features below in addition to many pre-departure, on-site and upon-return services to help students make the most of their time abroad.Review Our Policies
Up to 16 semester credits
Wide variety of courses available; taught in English
University residence hall
3-day excursion to Rotorua
A wide range of AIFS-organized cultural activities and social events to enrich your experience
To help with any questions or advice you may need throughout the program
24/7 emergency support and comprehensive insurance
Access to the renowned Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment and alumni network
U.S. to Fiji/Fiji to Wellington/Wellington to U.S. flights with Optional Pacific Studies Program
U.S. to Wellington/Wellington to U.S. flights without Optional Pacific Studies Program
Airport transfers to and from campus
Fiji (7 days)
In Wellington, you will live in a residence hall which offers a supportive, friendly environment and a chance to meet students from New Zealand and around the world.
Internet access is included in all AIFS housing in Wellington. Single rooms may be available for a supplement. Contact the AIFS Program Advisor for details.
AIFS students receive a transportation subsidy when in Wellington for use on the excellent public transportation system.
Wellington is the political and cultural heart of New Zealand as well as the geographical center of the country. More than 400,000 people live in Wellington which is situated on the southern-most tip of the North Island, set between a beautiful harbor and rolling green hills.
Wellington is also known as the culinary capital, famous for tucked-away bars, quirky cafes, award-winning restaurants, curly fries and really good coffee.
Kia Ora! I’m thrilled that you are looking to study abroad in New Zealand. Born and raised in Connecticut, I studied abroad at Victoria University of Wellington in 2011 and loved it so much I moved back after graduation to continue my studies and work. My time studying abroad in Wellington was incredibly transformative and I am dedicated to ensuring that all of our AIFS students have a similarly life-changing experience.
I work as part of the Victoria University of Wellington International team here. I help all of our international students make the most out of their time here, but in particular I oversee AIFS students, a responsibility I am thrilled to have given my background!
Don’t hesitate to reach out to me with any questions you have, big or small.
The AIFS Resident Director provides academic advice, introduces you to the community and handles communication with the University.
A cultural calendar of activities and social events is included in your program fee. These activities will include both typical tourist sites and attractions and lesser known visits which take advantage of the expert knowledge of our local AIFS staff and give you a more authentic and insightful view of “Kiwi” life. The university itself has over 100 social, sporting, religious, cultural and ethnic clubs for you to join. Past events and activities have included:
Follow in Frodo’s footsteps through Hobbiton Woods in the heart of the real Middle-Earth, Wellington. Visit Wellington locations used in the filming of “The Lord of the Rings”, learn little known facts about the movies and then travel to Miramar, home to Sir Peter Jackson’s and Weta New Zealand’s studios and post-production facilities. Visit Weta Workshop for a guided tour of the physical prop-making and make-up work of the studios followed by behind-the-scenes insight into the digital special effects side of the studio.
Explore the compact capital on foot, learning about and sampling Wellington’s lively food scene while meeting makers, roasters, brewers and chocolatiers. This guided tour will introduce you to some of the city’s best kept foodie secrets and gourmet go-to hideouts.
New Zealanders are passionate about the environment and Zealandia is a great example of their dedication to ecological restoration and living with nature. This must-see eco-attraction is home to some of New Zealand’s rarest birds, reptiles and insects living wild in their natural environment. A Zealandia guide will provide an overview of the sanctuary’s conservation efforts and share curious facts about the sanctuary’s inhabitants which include little spotted kiwi, tuatara and hihi.
Get out on the water, enjoying a ferry ride across Wellington harbor to Matiu/Somes Island, one of the city’s most important conservation sites. A ranger will introduce you to the history of the island including its use as an animal quarantine station and military defense base. You will also learn about the unique and unusual native inhabitants of the island and the initiatives being undertaken to help endangered native creatures. Relax with a picnic lunch before returning to the city.
Immerse yourself in Kiwi culture cheering on either New Zealand’s national rugby team, the All Blacks, or local legends, the Hurricanes, at Wellington’s Westpac Stadium – affectionately known as the Cake Tin.
You may be asked to pay a small supplementary fee for some of these events.
Wellington Plus is a free service-learning oriented extra-curricular program which improves leadership, social responsibility and employability skills. Make connections with other students, employers and people in the not-for-profit sector across Wellington and gain valuable experience, broadening your thinking and learning, and reflecting on your selfdevelopment throughout the semester. Wellington Plus is focused on personal and professional development, offering a range of workshops and seminars on leadership and social responsibility, and personal and career development as well as an ePortfolio tool providing insight into your abilities and preparing you for résumé writing and interviews. The one semester Certificate version of the Wellington Plus Award is open to study abroad students.
The award-winning Wellington International Leadership Program (WILP) is a free, self-paced extra-curricular program aimed at exploring the leadership challenges around global issues, building global competency and employability. Students have the opportunity to engage in meaningful ways with staff and students from across the university community, the Wellington diplomatic community, not-for-profit organizations and the commercial sector. The program is oriented around seminars, speaker events and experiential activities which inspire students to think creatively about how to address global leadership challenges. A one-semester Certificate version of the WILP is open to study abroad students.
Get the insider’s view of life in Wellington with a pre-arranged and matched local student contact. Students are paired up with current students based on a few common interests in order to extend friendship and peer support on a volunteer basis. Buddies have the opportunity to “meet” via email prior to the start of the semester. Victoria University of Wellington International hosts a welcome event and a variety of other events for all buddies throughout the semester. All local buddies receive support training to assist in their role, and on-going support is provided for all students through Victoria University of Wellington International and the Buddy Program Coordinator.
There are gyms located on the Kelburn and Pipetea campuses with weight training and cardio equipment, indoor and outdoor sports areas for volleyball, soccer, basketball and tennis. The Kelburn Recreation Center offers group exercise classes and also runs a variety of sports leagues and outdoor adventure excursions.
Visit Huka Falls, Rainbow Springs and the Polynesian Spa, Mitai Maori Village, the Lady Knox Geyser and Wai-O-Tapu, a geothermal park. Participate in your choice of adventure and adrenaline activities. Includes round-trip transportation, accommodations, entrance fees, daily breakfast, one lunch and two dinners.
Program is closed
Students can select an optional transportation package for all AIFS programs. Students who choose to book their own flights should meet up with group at the program location and will need to make their own ground transportation arrangements.
Below are fees by departure city based on average historical costs and subject to change. If you select this option on your application, the total flight package price will be confirmed in your account 6 months prior to departure. (Program fee is guaranteed.)