Victoria Abroad

Eligibility  

To be eligible to participate in the Victoria Abroad programme, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Your current faculty's exchange requirements

  2. The Victoria Abroad exchange programme entry requirements

  3. In some cases, the host university's language requirements

 

 

1. Faculty specific requirements

Select your faculty below to see their exchange requirements and restrictions:

Architecture

Undergraduates can go:

2nd YearTri 1 only
3rd Year  - Tri 1 only

 

Postgraduates can go:

1st year of MArch(Prof), MLA, MIA and MBSc

*Masters elective courses must be at Masters level at host university

Design

Undergraduates can go:

2nd Year Tri 2 only
3rd Year  - Tri 1 only

 

Postgraduates can go:

Unavailable

 

 

Engineering

When to go? Normally in your second year or with faculty approval, in the third year of study. For a professional programme, such as Engineering, this will depend on the ability to find equivalencies of core courses.

Can you go in your final trimester? No, this is not available for Engineering as this is your project year and honours year.

Postgraduate opportunities? Post graduate diplomas, first year of MCompSc, MSc in Comp or ELCO are possible. The ME is a research degree and not available for exchange. You could use the Victoria Abroad experience to undertake your Part 3 BE(Hons) requirements.

 

Humanities & Social Sciences, Music

When to go? 2nd or 3rd year, with good planning you can go at any time (other than first year).

Can you go in your final trimester? Yes, if you have completed the minimum core requirements prior to leaving and have done at least half your 300 level major and degree requirements at VUW.

 

Music Students: Can go on exchange through VUW or Massey University

Science

When to go? Normally in your second year or third year of study, this depends on the ability to find equivalencies of core courses.


Forensic Science Minor: This can only be completed for your Victoria BSc through one semester of exchange at the National University of Singapore. You need to have completed or be completing one of the following courses BMSC/BIOL 244, CHEM 201, BMSC/BIOL 241. You must apply by the July deadline and the study starts in January of the following year.


PGDipGIS / MGIS: Due to an intensive programme structure, it is not possible to facilitate an everseas exchange as part of these programme.

 

Can you go in your final trimester? Yes, if you plan well, and ensure the Faculty and your Major discipline have agreed.

BSc/BBmedSc students normally need to do at least half their 300-level major and degree requirements here at Victoria before graduating.

Postgraduate opportunities: Yes, for PG Diplomas, the first year of a research Master’s programme or a semester of a taught Master’s. It is not available for the one year BSc/BBmedSc (Hons) programmes.

Victoria Business School

Before you go: BCom students normally need to have completed the 7 core BCom courses, especially FCOM 111 before embarking on an exchange; you may however apply prior to completing these requirements on the basis that you will have completed them before your exchange begins.

When to go? In your second or third year. Please note you can only credit one 300-level course per major back towards your BCom.

It is best to aim to do unspecified credit on exchange (earning general points towards your degree) rather than major requirements.

 

Can you go in your final trimester? Yes, if you plan well. You will need to arrange to have a degree audit done to determine how an exchange will fit with your degree structure before you apply to Victoria Abroad. You also need to successfully complete the courses you do on exchange towards your BCom in order to graduate after your final trimester.

 

2. Victoria abroad exchange programme entry requirements

If you have met you faculty requirements you can apply to Victoria Abroad to go on exchange if:

  1. You have completed at least 120 points or a full-time year of study before commencing their exchange. Students can apply in their first year, to study on exchange in their second year.

  2. You demonstrate qualities that show they will be a good ambassador for Victoria University and for New Zealand while abroad.

  3. You have a minimum ‘B’ average GPA and maintain this average up until the commencement of exchange. Your GPA is based on all courses you have been enrolled in for the duration of your university studies.If your are unsure what your GPA is, please make use of our GPA Calculator.

    • If an applicant’s GPA is a B- (between 4.0 and 4.99), an application can be considered together with an academic recommendation letter. The letter must come from a Victoria academic (e.g., a lecturer / tutor) who has taught the applicant within the last two years. Such applications will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and do not guarantee acceptance to Victoria Abroad. Any questions about the GPA requirement can be directed to Victoria Abroad.
    • Download the Recommendation Letter template and instructions here.
    • Partner universities that require a 'B+' average:
      • Australia National University Law
      • Bucerius Law School
      • Carnegie Mellon
      • Eindhoven
      • Rhode Island School of Design
      • Royal Danish School of Fine Arts
      • Royal Holloway
      • University of British Columbia.
      • University of Victoria Law
      • Windsor University Law

Undergraduate students

You must have studied for a complete year at Victoria University before commencing your exchange (but you are eligible to apply at any stage).

Postgraduate students

If you are completing course-taught postgraduate study, you may be able to complete up to half of your qualification on exchange. Thesis-based postgraduate exchange is not possible. School and Faculty approval for your exchange is essential and it is best to seek this prior to your application for Victoria Abroad.

MBA Students: For a list of MBA exchange partners, visit here.

International Students

International students can go on exchange if they meet the eligibility requirements, however, Victoria Abroad does not send international students to their home country for exchange. International students to some exchange partners may be asked to show proof of english language proficiency in the application to the host school.

Important note: If you plan on completing your degree while on exchange, you may not be eligibile to apply for the Post-study Work Visa. For more information please contact Immigration New Zealand

Please also see insurance information for international students on exchange.

Part-time students

You are eligible to apply as long as you have completed 120 points before you commence your exchange and study a full-time course while on exchange. You must have been enrolled at VUW within the 12 months immediately before you exchange.

Graduates

If you have already graduated are not eligible to apply for an exchange unless you are enrolled in another qualification that you are yet to graduate from.

 

3. Language requirements of non-English speaking exchange destinations

Most of our partner universities offer courses in English, even if the main language of that country is not English. Partner universities that do not teach courses in English sometimes require a minimum language level - please see extra information listed under each university. If there is no note, there is no language requirement. If there is a requirement and your proficiency is not evident, we may ask you to have your proficiency determined.


If you are planning on studying overseas for a Language major, please select and view the language major requirements below

Language major requirements for:

Chinese

Universities I can study at for Language major
credit or course
exemptions/waiver

 Peking University - Beijing
 Renmin University - Beijing
 Wuhan University – Wuhan, Central China
 Xiamen University – Xiamen City, Southern China
 East China Normal University - Shanghai
 Nankai University, Tianjin
 Guangdong University of Foreign Studies - Guangdong   National University of Taiwan - Taipei, Tawian

Can I get language major credit if I do not study in the languages 'home country'?

Students are encouraged to study Chinese in a Chinese speaking country

You may also complete a university-level Chinese language course while on exchange at a university in a non-Chinese-speaking country and have it counted towards your Chinese major, however you must contact the Chinese Programme exchange coordinator before any arrangement can be made.

You may be assessed before you are allowed to proceed with enrolment in other Chinese language courses.

What language courses are required before commencing my exchange?

You need to have completed CHIN101 before going on exchange. If you were exempt from your 100 level Chinese courses, you must have completed CHIN 112 before you go on exchange.

What sort of courses
should I study overseas to get language major
cross-credits at VUW?

Intensive language courses that involve speaking, listening, writing and reading and are deemed to be the equivalent level and duration of the course you would otherwise be taking at VUW.
In general, Chinese culture courses will not be cross-credited unless the language of instruction is Chinese.

Can I complete my
Language major on
exchange?

To complete your Chinese major, you must complete a 300-level course (CHIN 312 or CHIN 313 or CHIN 314) here at VUW.

When is the best time for me to study on exchange if I am
majoring in this
Language?

200 level Chinese courses, or beginning of 300 level Chinese courses.

 

How will the courses be cross-credited? I.e.
Major credits, exemptions, assessments…

 

It depends on the level you are enrolled in before your departure and the length of your stay overseas. Generally, you will be credited for one language paper per trimester spent overseas, provided the language course you complete on exchange is the equivalent of the language course you would otherwise be taking at VUW.
You must inform the Chinese Programme exchange coordinator upon your return. You may be assessed before you are allowed to proceed with enrolment in other Chinese language courses.
Cross crediting is at the discretion of the Chinese Programme. Make sure you consult the Chinese Programme exchange coordinator.

Language Programme
student exchange
liaison:

Dr Luo Hui
Room: vZ 716
Phone: 463 6461
Email: hui.luo@vuw.ac.nz

French

Universities I can study at for Language major
credit or course
exemptions/waiver

- You can study towards your French major or minor in France or New Caledonia.

  • The universite de La Rochelle is the recommended university in France for students of French. Appropriate French Language for Foreigners courses (FLE) from CUFFLE can be cross-credited.
  • Students can study various subjects at the université de la Nouvelle-Caledonie and appropriate FLE courses can be cross-credited.
  • At the universite Jean Moulin / Lyon 3, appropriate FLE courses in the DEUF programme can be cross-credited in some rare circumstances, but never in the SELF programme.
Discuss these options with the French exchange-liason coordinator well before your application deadline.

Can I get language major credit if I do not study in the languages 'home country' (i.e. Mandarin Chinese in Hong Kong)?

No. However, if you pass a French Language course while on an exchange in a non-French-speaking country, you can apply for an exemption for a corresponding French Language course, but you cannot get cross-credits. To get an exemption, you need to present your results and a detailed description (content, level and hours of teaching, assessment) of the language course(s) you took while overseas. A placement test may be required before you are allowed to proceed with your enrolment in another French language course.

 

If you consider taking a French Language course at VUW on your return, you should contact the French Exchange liaison person well before your application deadline.

What language courses are required before commencing my exchange?

Undergraduate students must have passed at least FREN 201 (ie reached a low B1 level) before going to study in French in France. A higher level might be required in some cases.

 

Some exchange programmes in France (such as the SELF programme at Lyon 3 for Law students) offer courses in English that require no prior or little knowledge of French.

What sort of courses
should I study overseas to get language major
cross-credits at VUW?

You must complete a French Language course for Foreigners (FLE course) equivalent to FREN 301 (covering the 4 skills, at lower B2 level and with a minimum of 48 hours of teaching). You must seek approval from the French Exchange liaison coordinator before your departure.

 

You also need to take other courses to gain general credit. When you successfully complete literature courses in France, you get general credit for these.

Can I complete my
Language major on
exchange?

No. You can only get FREN 202 or/and FREN 301 cross-credited towards your French major or minor. You must therefore take FREN 104, FREN 201, FREN 221, FREN 302 and FREN 331/332/ 333 while at VUW.

When is the best time for me to study on exchange if I am majoring/minoring in this
Language?

If you are majoring or minoring in French, the best time to study in France or New Caledonia is after you complete FREN 202 and before you undertake FREN 301. However, it is possible to go and study in France or New Caledonia earlier if you have completed FREN 201 at a very good level.

 

How will the courses be cross-credited? I.e.
Major credits, exemptions, assessments…

 

- You must complete a FLE course (or courses) equivalent to FREN 201 and/or FREN 301 (ie covering the 4 skills at B1 and/or B2 level and with a minimum of 48 hours of teaching) to get cross-credits. You also need to take other courses to gain general credits. See the French Exchange liaison person for further details, advice and approval well before the application deadline.

 

- If you have successfully completed a French language course while on an exchange in a non-French-speaking country and wish you take a French language course at VUW on your return, you can apply for an exemption (but NOT cross-credits) for the corresponding French language course. For this, you need to present your results and a detailed description (content, level and hours of teaching, assessment) of the language course(s) you completed overseas. A placement test may be required before you are allowed to proceed with your enrolment in another French language course. Contact the French exchange-liaison coordinator as early as possible.

Language Programme
student exchange
liaison:

Dr Keren Chiaroni
Room: vZ 514
Phone: 463 5798
Email: keren.chiaroni@vuw.ac.nz

German

Universities I can study at for Language major
credit or course
exemptions/waiver

 Konstanz University
 Technical University of Munich
 Tübingen University

Can I get language major credit if I do not study in the languages 'home country' (i.e. Mandarin Chinese in Hong Kong)?

Usually not.

However, you can apply for an equivalence for the German language course you take overseas on your return. For this, you need to present a detailed description (content, level and hours of teaching, assessment) of the language course(s) you completed and contact the course-coordinator of the language course in which you wish to enrol on their return. A placement test may be required before students are allowed to proceed with enrolment.

What language courses are required before commencing my exchange?

You must have completed GERM 103 and 104 (if you began at the beginner`s level) and 217 and 218 (only 217 and 218 if you entered university after 5 years of German at school).

What sort of courses
should I study overseas to get language major
cross-credits at VUW?

Intensive language courses which involve speaking, listening, writing and reading and are deemed to be the equivalent level of the course you would be otherwise be taking at Victoria University (B2 on the common European framework). Courses of an equivalent level which contain some cultural content and are taught in German may also be considered, provided the language component is of a B 2 level but this would be at the
discretion of the German Programme.

Can I complete my
Language major on
exchange?

No. If you study for one semester on exchange, you must come back to VUW to complete at least one content or language course here and also have the language assessment.

If you study German language in a German-speaking country in Trimester 1 of your third year and pass, you will be credited with either GERM 315 or GERM 320. You will need to complete
the content course (GERM 314) and either GERM 316 or 321 on your return.

When is the best time for me to study on exchange if I am
majoring in this
Language?

The beginning of your 300 level courses in German.

 

How will the courses be cross-credited? I.e.
Major credits, exemptions, assessments…

 

If you study in Germany for Trimester 1 of your third year (and pass) you will be credited with either GERM 315 or GERM 320 by the German Programme on your return.

Language Programme
student exchange
liaison:

Dr Margaret Sutherland
Room: vZ 615
Phone: 463 5975
Email: margaret.sutherland@vuw.ac.nz

Japanese

Universities I can study at for Language major
credit or course
exemptions/waiver

It is recommended that Japanese Language students must study on exchange for TWO trimesters. Shorter exchanges should be discussed with Japanese studies.


April - January
Meiji Gakuin University, Tokyo
Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto
Gakushuin University, Tokyo
Doshisha University, Kyoto
Kansai University, Osaka
Ryukyu University, Okinawa
Tokyo University of Foreign Studies


October - August
Osaka University, Osaka


Students who wish to study in Japan towards their Japanese Major should apply directly to Victoria Abroad. Eligible students will then have their language level and their university placements decided by Japanese studies.


Students wishing to study in English at Waseda University, Akita International or University of Rikkyo University should apply directly to the Victoria Abroad office.

Can I get language major credit if I do not study in the languages 'home country' (i.e. Mandarin Chinese in Hong Kong)?

No.

What language courses are required before commencing my exchange?

You must have completed at least the 100-level Japanese-language course JAPA112 before commencement of your
exchange; this is a trimester 2 course. If you were exempt from your 100 level Japanese courses, you must have completed JAPA204 before you go on exchange to Japan.

What sort of courses
should I study overseas to get language major
cross-credits at VUW?

Japanese Culture and Language courses.

Can I complete my
Language major on
exchange?

If you wish to complete your language major whilst on exchange, please discuss your application with the Japanese studies exchange coordinator. It is recommended that you complete JAPA 305 (or FHSS401 - JAPA) here at Victoria. We would strongly recommend you also take JAPA304 if you take JAPA305.

You can study on exchange if you have completed the requirements of your Japanese major at Victoria already. Priority will be given to those who plan to study for a BA Honours degree at Victoria. You are not eligible if you have already graduated.

When is the best time for me to study on exchange if I am majoring in this
Language?

From 100 level or 200 level. Priority will be given if you plan to study Honours at Victoria after completing your studies in Japan.

How will the courses be cross-credited? I.e.
Major credits, exemptions, assessments…

 

Generally, if studying on exchange in Japanese 2nd year – 200 level Japanese, you can gain JAPA 204 and JAPA 205.
If you are planning to go on exchange during 3rd year please discuss with the Japanese studies exchange coordinator as you may be required to complete either JAPA 305 or FHSS401(JAPA) upon your return. This cannot be guaranteed until you have returned from your studies, when you may be required to sit a placement test. Decision of the crediting about courses lies with the Japanese Programme.

Language Programme
student exchange
liaison:

Dr Emerald King
Room: vZ 705
Phone: 463 6467
Email: emerald.king@vuw.ac.nz

Spanish

Universities I can study at for Language major
credit or course
exemptions/waiver

 Argentina: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Argentina
 Chile: Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile and niversidad
de Chile
 Colombia: EAFIT University
 Mexico: Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM) and Universidad de Monterrey
 Spain: Carlos III de Madrid, Universidad de Jaén and Universidad de Oviedo

Can I get language major credit if I do not study in the languages 'home country' (i.e. Mandarin Chinese in Hong Kong)?

If you complete a university level course in Spanish while on exchange in a non- Spanish-speaking country there are two possible courses of action depending on what sort of credit you are seeking:


(1) Directly crediting a course towards your degree
You will have to bring back a Course Outline that indicates the
number of teaching hours involved in the course, the material covered, textbook used and coursework to be completed, as well as evidence that you passed the course.


(2) Gaining a waiver for a Vic Spanish course You will need to talk to a member of the Spanish Programme and give them information relating to the course you took overseas and possibly take a placement test to make sure that your Spanish is at a suitable level to have a course waived and continue with other courses. Again, as above (1), you will also need to have passed the relevant course but you wouldn't need to supply quite so much information as in the first case.

What language courses are required before commencing my exchange?

You need to have completed SPAN216 before going on exchange to a Hispanic country.

What sort of courses
should I study overseas to get language major
cross-credits at VUW?

 Hispanic literature or culture courses (such as history, art
history, politics, etc.) taught in Spanish


 You may consider taking Spanish Language courses or courses on Hispanic history, etc. that are taught in English. These courses are not usually credited towards the major requirements but may be counted as general points towards your VUW degree.

Can I complete my
Language major on
exchange?

No, you have to complete SPAN316 and SPAN312 here at Victoria. These courses are the key major requirements and must be taken in Trimester 2 at Victoria.

When is the best time for me to study on exchange if I am majoring in this
Language?

The first trimester of your 300-level Spanish year (when you would otherwise be taking SPAN315) Important Note: For Spanish major students, going in the second trimester
can be problematic. There are two second trimester content courses that are core to the major and which must be taken in consecutive years. Missing one of those by going overseas in
Trimester 2 may mean your Spanish major takes an extra year to complete.

 

How will the courses be cross-credited? I.e.
Major credits, exemptions, assessments…

 

Students can receive a maximum of 60 VUW points per trimester on exchange. Students cannot receive any specific
credit for their Spanish major; however SPAN 315 can be waived.

 If you go on exchange in the first trimester of third year you have an option of enrolling for a special version of SPAN315 if you want to get the credits. This involves completion of some special assessments when you get back. Very few students do this, but the option is there if you need the extra credits. If you want to explore this option, you should see the Spanish Programme student exchange liaison for further details.

Language Programme
student exchange
liaison:

Dr Carolina Miranda
Room: VZ 502
Phone: 463 5647
Email: carolina.miranda@vuw.ac.nz

Summer Study Abroad for Language Learners

Courses are available for students of Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish in Trimester 3.

Find out more on the School of Languages and Cultures website here

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Application Deadlines


10 July - For exchange in Trimester 1 of the following year.

 

1 December - For exchange in Trimester 2 of the following year.

 

Some Host Universities have a yearly intake only and will require you apply by December 1 for exchange during Trimester 2 the following year or Trimester 1 the year after that. Please check the notes under you chosen universities to see if this applies to you. e.g. University of British Columbia (UBC), Waseda University, Dalhousie Law, University of Victoria, Osaka University.

Missed the Victoria Abroad application deadline?

If you have missed the deadline, don't despair! Contact Victoria Abroad as you may be able to submit a late application. Please note that there may not be places still available at your proposed host universities, so you may need to be flexible with your exchange plans.