Victoria Abroad

What does an exchange cost?

When you go on exchange you will be enrolled as a Victoria University of Wellington student and pay tuition fees here, not at the host university. You are responsible for your normal Victoria fees (60 points per trimester), as well as travel expenses, accommodation, insurance (NB: you may be required to purchase a particular type of insurance by your host university), materials/books/course related costs; and personal expenses during your exchange. These costs vary between programmes and it is essential you investigate the costs and plan for your exchange in advance. Please visit the host university's website for estimated living costs. Most students fund their travel and living costs through a combination of scholarships, StudyLink and personal savings.

Important note: Some universities may require you to submit Proof of Finances with your host application for immigration and visa purposes, so please plan early!

Plan a Budget!
Airfares and insurance $
Visa, passport, medical exam, vaccinations $
Accommodation on or off campus $
Airport transfers, travel to local destination $
Food, entertainment, shopping! $
Course Materials $

Need some help budgeting for your exchange?
The Financial Support and Advice Team can help you with financial planning and preparation for the costs of your exchange. They offer workshops during the trimester to help your prepare your exchange budget. We recommend students attend this workshop before preparing their application. Please ensure you have researched the costs associated with your exchange before meeting with the Financial Support and Advice Team.

Check Financing Workshop dates and book your spot

Contact: student-hardship@vuw.ac.nz or visit their website.

 

STA Travel - Victoria University
Book your exchange flights with STA and receive some great benefits!

  • Access to exclusive student and youth airfares
  • Student price beat guarantee
  • Fully refundable deposit on exchange if unsuccessful (only on STA Travel/youth fares)
  • Fully transferable deposit (only on STA Travel student/youth fares)
  • Book now, pay later: layby your flights
  • Free International Student Identity Card worth $30...AND MORE!
Find out more on the STA website

Insurance for your exchange

Victoria Abroad Insurance Requirements

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Study Link Loans & Allowances 

If you would normally be eligible for student loans/allowances/living costs through Study Link then you will be able to receive payments while on exchange. Once you have been accepted to the Victoria Abroad programme, you will be required to complete and submit an Overseas Study Form to StudyLink. We will advise you about this at the Pre-departure event.

IRD - Interest Exemption for exchange students

In 2010, the Student Loan Scheme (Exemptions and Miscellaneous Provisions) Amendment Bill was passed through Parliament. Students who go overseas on exchange study, remaining enrolled at a New Zealand University (i.e. Victoria Abroad students), are now eligible for an interest exemption for their exchange study. Interest exemption will be backdated from 1 April 2007.

Students who have been on a Victoria exchange from 2007 onwards have been contacted by the Victoria Abroad team and explained the interest exemption application process. They have all been provided with a letter confirming the details of their exchange, necessary for an exemption application. If you are one of these students and you have not recieved this information from us, we may have your old contact email address - please get in touch with us.

Future students will be given information on how to apply for this at the end of the trimester beore they depart on exchange.

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Victoria Abroad grant 

All successful Victoria Abroad students will receive a one-time grant of $1000.

This shows our genuine commitment towards our students going abroad, who stand to gain academically, personally, culturally and professionally from their Victoria Abroad experience.

In return, each Victoria Abroad student will be asked to submit an evaluation report and photos, attend the exchange fair and do at least two volunteer activities upon return.

Our experience suggests most will be keen to do all of the above, as you want to tell people your story!


VILP Global Leader grant 

Participants of the Victoria International Leadership Programme may be eligible to receive up to $1000 of additional funding for their exchange, on top of the $1000 Victoria Abroad grant. That's $2,000 of free funding towards your exchange! Students must complete the minimum requirements of the VILP program prior to exchange in order to be eligible for the grant. Visit here for details and to register online!

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General Scholarships 

  • Tufi Taufao Scholarship This scholarship was established to encourage greater numbers of Pasifika students to participate in student exchange. One scholarship of $2500 will be offered annually. Applications close 1 May for exchanges in Trimester 2 and Trimester 1 the following year. Students must have applied for and been accepted to participate in a Victoria Abroad exchange in order to be eligible for the scholarship. Find more details and the application form here. Read about our Victoria Abroad Pacific scholars here.

  • Kura Mai Tawhiti Scholarships This scholarship was established to encourage greater numbers of Maori students to participate in student exchange. Two scholarships of $2500 will be offered annually. Applications close 1 May for exchanges in Trimester 2 each year and 1 October for exchange in Trimester 1 the following year. Students must have applied for and been accepted to participate in a Victoria Abroad in order to be eligible for the scholarships, Find more details and the application form here. Read about our Victoria Abroad Maori scholars here.

  • Visit the Victoria scholarships homepage for the most up-to-date information regarding scholarships you may be eligible for.

  • Wellington North Rotary Scholarship Trust awards scholarships to students in the Wellington region which can be utilized for study in any institution. The award may cover aspects of overseas study. The amount of a scholarship varies and is at the discretion of the Wellington North Rotary Scholarship Trust. There are 3 types of scholarships; a general grant and 2 grants for undergraduate/postgraduate Electrical Engineering studies. See website for the application criteria and form.

  • Different Rotary Club branches also offer Ambassadorial or similar scholarships, so check these out.

  • See givME - a database of awards, scholarships and grants for New Zealanders to see what you might be eligible for!.

  • Visit individual school and faculty websites as they may have scholarships available for outgoing exchanges.

Faculty Specific Scholarships 

Country and University Specific Scholarships 

  • Asia
    Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia
    'Prime Minister's Scholarships for Asia' (PMSA) is a scholarship programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand. The scholarship is awarded to individuals and covers costs relating to study or research in Asia. This can include tuition fees, return economy class flights, accommodation costs, a monthly living allowance, and medical insurance. It does not necessarily cover all costs. There are two application rounds each year closing March and September. Apply and find out more here.
  • Latin America
    Prime Minister's Scholarships for Latin America
    'Prime Minister's Scholarships for Latin America' (PMSLA) is a scholarship programme funded by the New Zealand government and administered by Education New Zealand. The scholarship is awarded to individuals and covers costs relating to study or research in Latin America. This can include tuition fees, return economy class flights, accommodation costs, a monthly living allowance, and medical insurance. It does not necessarily cover all costs. The are two application rounds each year closing March and September. Apply and find out more at https://enz.govt.nz/support/funding/scholarships/prime-ministers-scholarships-for-latin-america/
  • Austria
    Johannes Kepler University Linz
    Two Scholarships are available for Victoria students heading to JKU of 550 Euros per month. Come in and meet with the Victoria Abroad team to find out more!

  • China
    Nankai University - Nankai VUW Exchange Scholarship
    $3000 scholarships are available for students heading to Nankai University to study on exchange with Victoria Abroad. You apply for this scholarship through the Victoria Abroad office once you have been accepted for exchange.
  • Germany
    German language students should visit www.daad.ac.nz for information on DAAD funding.

    Baden-Wurtemburg Scholarships for univeristies in the region of Bavaria are often available, but funding differs yearly. Students will be informed of the application procedure once the student has been nominated to go on exchange and the university has confirmed the availability of this scholarship. Further information is available here

    • University of Konstanz
    • Tuebingen University
  • Hong Kong
    City University of Hong Kong
    Students studying within the College of Science and Engineering at City U HK with outstanding academic performance can apply for a scholarship which ranges from one semester of free on-campus accommodation (double room occupancy) to a maximum of HK$10,000. See the CSE website for more details.

  • Japan
    Japanese Language students are eligible to apply for a JASSO scholarship (80,000 yen per month up to 12 months and 80,000 yen for setup costs). To apply for this Scholarship, the Victoria Abroad office submits a JASSO nomination form with the students' application to the host university. Some host universities offer alternative scholarships to JASSO. As JASSO scholarship winners are often notified only after arrival at the Japanese host university, students must ensure they have sufficient guaranteed funds to continue their exchange if their JASSO application is unsuccessful.

    NZJEP General Grants Programme
    The NZJEP Grants encourage understanding and cooperation between Japan and NZ through promoting educational and cultural exchange programmes. There are two rounds of applications assessed per year: closing 31 March and 31 October.


    Asia New Zealand Foundation Study Grants to Japan
    The Asia New Zealand Foundation (Asia:NZ) has Study Grants to Japan available to senior secondary and undergraduate students in New Zealand who have been accepted on exchange programmes to Japan. The grants, which are kindly funded by Nakashimato Co Ltd in Japan, are a contribution towards study costs.

    Grants, worth up to $5,000 are available each year. Please check the website for application details and deadlines.

  • Korea
    Korea University
    Students are able to apply for one of three scholarships - an Admissions Scholarship of KRW 300,000 per month for the first four months of their stay, a Travel Scholarship, to assist students meet basic travel costs (a one-off payment of up to KRW 1,000,000), or a Merit Scholarship, awarded on the basis of academic merit of the student's first semester, of KRW 300,000 for the four months of the second semester.

  • Poland
    Valerie and John Roy-Wojciechowski Award to Poland
    This Award has been established by Valerie and John Roy-Wojciechowski in recognition of the very close links between himself and his family in New Zealand with his country of birth, Poland, and is designed to assist students at Victoria University of Wellington with a Polish connection to further their studies at the Warsaw School of Economics. One scholarship of $2000 will be available per year. Application Deadline: 31 March. Application Form

  • USA
    Go Overseas Travel Grant
    - Go Overseas offers two types of scholarships: Study Abroad Scholarships and Volunteer/Intern Abroad Scholarships! For a list of FAQ's and to apply, please visit the Go Overseas website. If you are studying on exchange in the USA, you are eligible to apply if you will be enrolled full-time in a US institution during your program.

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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.