Victoria University of Wellington
For more than a century, the Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) has developed a tradition of strong international links in teaching and research and programs of national significance and international quality. VUW is committed to providing students with opportunities to acquire, understand and apply disciplinary and interdisciplinary knowledge, as well as related skills and attitudes, and to enhance their personal development. The university is located in the capital city across four campuses: Kelburn, Pipitea, Te Aro, and Karori. With 25% of its 21, 000 students coming from 80 other countries, VUW provides exchange students a unique cultural experience. VUW can take advantage of connections and values its relationships with Kiwi, business, government, the judiciary, public and private research organizations, cultural organizations and resources, other universities and tertiary providers and the international community through the diplomatic corps.
Wellington, New Zealand has a reputation for being a vibrant city where learning doesn't stop at the University's doors. It is often described as a cultural, sporting and political center of New Zealand. There is so much going on on-and-off campus, you’ll never be lost for something to do. Super 14 Rugby, film festivals, food festivals, arts, cultural, jazz and comedy festivals, concerts, theatre, museums, galleries, craft fairs and many more are all offered in Wellington. Wellington is the capital city and second most populous urban area in New Zealand. It is at the southwestern tip of the North Island, between Cook Strait and the Rimutaka Mountain Rang. Wellington’s central location acts as a perfect stepping stone for both and North and South islands to allow visitors to experience all New Zealand has to offer.
- This program is open to all majors.
- Be a TAMU student for at least one semester prior to application
- Attend TAMU for at least one full semester after the exchange
- Have a minimum 3.0 G.P.A.
- Have a minimum Junior classification by beginning of exchange (Can be a Sophomore at the time of application)
- Provide 1 letter of recommendation from Texas A&M faculty member (forms within application)
- Provide official transcripts from all college-level institutions attended
- Have a valid passport by the application deadline (strongly recommended but not required)
Students can choose to study abroad during (Note that Victoria University of Wellington has different dates than TAMU):
• Spring Semester (Trimester 1: February to June)
• Fall Semester (Trimester 2: July to November)
• Full Academic Year (Trimester 1: February to June, Trimester 2: July to November
& Trimester 3: November to February)
As part of the exchange programs, students must enroll as a full-time student in a minimum of 45 points per trimester, or normally three or four courses. As the program is based in a country whose official language is English, students have the full curriculum available to them. Due to this large selection of course offerings, this exchange program will satisfy the academic needs, including research, of most Texas A&M students. Most 200 and 300 level courses require previous study in the same or related area. These courses normally count back as 300 or 400 level courses at Texas A&M University.
The university offers an extensive selection of course within several colleges. To find the courses that will work for you and your degree plan, visit the VUW course finder page. This page also includes the lists of all of the courses offered by VUW, listed by their subject. Some of the wide array of subject areas includes:
Students are required to get all courses approved by their home university, Texas A&M University, prior to the start of their program.
Student has several options for housing at Victoria University of Wellington.
1. Residence Halls offer a variety or accommodation styles to meet an array of needs. However, halls are not guaranteed as there are a limited number. Applying on or before October 1 increases your chances of being placed in a hall. Students are placed with a roommate based on his or her’s personal profile. Some basic residence hall details include:
- Walking distance from all three of the university campuses
- Residents are responsible for cleaning their own bathroom
- Students are allowed calling cards for national, international and cell phone calls
- All halls are smoke-free
For more details on individual dorms see the Catered Hall info page and the Self-Catered Hall info page as well as a map of their locations.
3. Homestay accommodations are another option for international students. There is not one type of homestay; some families have young children, others have adult children who have left home. Because New Zealand is a multi-cultural country, homestay hosts come from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Please note that with very few exceptions, homestays are not situated within walking distance to the university. Students applying for homestays must be prepared to travel up to 35 minutes by public transportation each way.
2. Private Housing can be found close to campus. The Wellington region provides a variety of housing options including family homes, apartments, townhouses and old houses which have been converted to flats. Tips for finding private housing include:
One of the benefits of participating in a reciprocal exchange is their affordability. Overall costs are comparable to studying in College Station with the main difference in costs coming from travel related expenses and the exchange rate. Please keep in mind that because you are enrolled at A&M, your regular tuition and fees will be paid at A&M just as if you were taking classes on campus. Additionally, students will be provided with the necessary information for them to make arrangements for all other expenses.
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|A&M Tuition & Fees
|REEP Administrative Fee
|Estimated Fees Paid Directly to VUW
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|Misc. Expenses, Books & Supplies
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|Texas A&M Semester Comparison Cost
As soon as you decide to participate in a study abroad program, you will want to look into the funding available. Texas A&M Scholarships designated specifically for study abroad include: The Study Abroad Fellowship and the International Education Fee Scholarship. Also, many academic colleges and departments offer scholarships for students studying abroad. Additional information can be found at the Study Abroad Programs Office Funding webpage.
VUW Kelburn Campus video
VUW Pipitea Campus video
VUW Karori Campus video
VUW Te Aro Campus Video
VUW Course Finder
Study Abroad Programs Office Scholarship and Funding webpage
Scholarship and Funding options
Student Life and Housing
VUW Accommodation Service
VUW Residence Halls
VUW Catered Hall Info
VUW Self-Catered Hall Info
University Private Accommodation Finder
Residence Halls Comparison Chart
Residence Halls Map
Leadership Certificate Program
International Leadership Program
New Zealand Travel Guide
Wellington, New Zealand City Guide
Thoughts from a Former Exchange Student
"I decided to study abroad as a means of diversifying my professional skills, not to mention my career opportunities. Studying abroad is one of the best ways to broaden one's awareness of the complex issues surrounding this new international/global era in which we live. It helped me perfect my language skills and gain knowledge of the political, social, and economic issues the world faces today. Furthermore, I believe the personal experiences I gained will help me to be a better leader to welcome challenges, and to challenge the status quo."
Former Texas A&M Exchange Student
For more information about the exchange program to Victoria University of Wellington, contact Ilana Blumenfeld-Gantz in the Study Abroad Programs Office .