Apply for degree programmes

To study at Victoria as an international student, you'll need a good command of the English language and a good record of academic achievement.

All fees quoted relate to studying in 2017 unless otherwise stated.

To apply to Victoria, you’ll need to know which programme of study you want to do.

If you’re an international student interested in a PhD at Victoria, you’ll need to contact the Faculty of Graduate Research.

1. Check you meet the entrance requirements

Entry requirements will display here once you select a programme.

If you’ve completed some related tertiary study somewhere else, you might be able to transfer credit or get exempted from required courses.

Undergraduate academic requirements

If you went to high school in New Zealand

You’ll need University Entrance.

If you’ve never studied in New Zealand before

The minimum academic requirements are different for each country.

Country Requirements
Australia One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Completion of Year 12 with an ATAR of at least 75
Brazil One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Successful completion of one year of tertiary study at a recognised institution*
Canada One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Average of 65% across six subjects (including English) in the Grade 12 High School Diploma – requirements may vary from Province to Province. Ontario Secondary School Diploma with a minimum average of 65% in six subjects in Grade 12
China One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Senior High School Graduation minimum 75%, plus one year of Bachelor’s study at a recognised institution
  • Senior High School Graduation minimum 75%, plus successful completion of a two-or-three year diploma from a recognised institution
  • Achieved a Tier 1 score in the National University Entrance Examination (Gaokao). (Tier 1 scores are subject to change, and will be updated yearly. For more information, please contact Victoria International Admissions)
Denmark One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Successful completion of Studentereksamen or Højere Forberedelseseksamen
Fiji One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • A score of 250 or higher in the Fiji 7th Form Certificate with passes in 4 subjects
  • Seven passes in the University of the South Pacific Foundation year with a minimum of C in Communication
Finland One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Certificate of Matriculation plus the Upper Secondary School Certificate; a grade of 8 or higher in English in the Upper Secondary School Certificate fulfils the English language requirement
France One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Successful completion of the Baccalauréat
Germany One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Abitur/Zeugnis der Allgemeinen Hochschulreife
Hong Kong One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Hong Kong Diploma in Secondary Education (HKDSE) with 3 subjects achieved at level 4 or better including English language and two elective subjects
  • Three Hong Kong Advanced Level passes at grade C or higher
India One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • At least a 75% average in Year 12 CBSE, HSC, or ISC
Indonesia One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • SMA 3 with a Grade Point Average of 7.0 and one year of study at a recognised institution*
  • SMA 3 with a Grade Point Average of 8.0 or higher
Iran One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Iranian High School Diploma Grade 15 or higher, plus one year of study at a recognised institution*
Italy One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Submit your completed application to be assessed for New Zealand entrance equivalency
Jamaica One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Submit your completed application to be assessed for New Zealand entrance equivalency
Japan One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Completion of the High School Diploma with an average of 3.5 or higher
Kenya One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Submit your completed application to be assessed for New Zealand entrance equivalency
Malaysia One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Three passes in STPM exam at C or better; OR A maximum score of 18 points over 6 academic subjects in the UEC
  • Three Advanced Level passes at grade C or better
  • Successful completion of an Australian Matriculation programme with an ATAR of at least 75
  • Successful completion of a Canadian Matriculation programme with an average of 65% across six subjects in Grade 12
Netherlands One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • VWO Gymnasium A or B
New Zealand One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Attained NCEA Level 3; and Achieved 14 credits at NCEA Level 3 in each of three subjects from the list of approved subjects; and Achieved University Entrance Literacy requirements: 10 credits at Level 2 or higher, made up of 5 credits in reading and 5 credits in writing from specific standards; and Achieved University Entrance Numeracy requirements: 10 credits at Level 1 or higher from specific achievement standards, or three specific numeracy unit standards.
  • Successful completion of the NZ Diploma in Business; or Successful completion of one year of full-time study toward the NZ Diploma in Business with a B- average
  • Successful completion of the Victoria University of Wellington Foundation Programme; or Successful completion of a New Zealand university foundation programme – for grade requirements contact the Admissions team.
  • Successful completion of a diploma rated Level 4 or higher by NZQA and taught by a New Zealand polytechnic or university; or Successful completion of one year of full-time study towards such a diploma, with at least a B- average
Norway One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Vitnemål fra den Videregående
Philippines One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • At least two years’ study at a recognised university* with an average grade of at least B-/2.0
Samoa One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Eight passes in the University Preparatory Year (UPY) with a B average including Foundation English 2 (minimum C1 pass)
Saudi Arabia One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Successful completion of one year of Bachelor’s study at a recognised university
  • Successful completion of a two- or three-year Diploma from a recognised tertiary institution
Singapore One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Three H2 Level passes at grade C or better; or 18 points where A=10, B=8, C=6 etc
South Africa One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Successful completion of the National Senior Certificate having achieved an aggregate of at least '3', with at least a '4' in English. The certificate must state your eligibility to study in a South African university
South Korea One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • At least 80% in the Korean University entrance examination
  • High School Diploma plus one year of successful study at a recognised university*
Sri Lanka One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Three Advanced Level passes at grade C or higher
Sweden One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Successful completion of Avgångsbetyg, or Slutbetyg from a Gymnasium
Taiwan One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • B+ average in the Senior High School Diploma, plus one year of study from a recognised institution*
Tanzania One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Submit your completed application to be assessed for New Zealand entrance equivalency
Thailand One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • M6 with a GPA of 3.2 or higher
  • One year of study from a recognised institution* with a GPA of 2.5 or higher
Tonga One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • South Pacific Senior Secondary Certificate with 3 B/Merit grades plus a minimum grade of 5 in PSSC English and 6 in PSSC Maths
  • University of the South Pacific Foundation year with a minimum of C in Communication
  • National University of Samoa Foundation Certificate with an average grade B3
  • A score of 250 or higher in the Fiji 7th Form Certificate with passes in 4 subjects OR Tonga National Form 7 Certificate with 3 B grades plus a minimum grade of 5 in PSSC English and 6 in PSSC Maths
United Kingdom One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Three Advanced Level passes at grade C or higher
United States of America One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • High School Diploma plus SAT score higher than 1650 with at least 500 in each of Critical Reading, Math and Writing (if taken before March 2016. For results issued after March 2016, please contact Victoria International Admissions)
  • High School Diploma plus an ACT score of 24 or higher
Vietnam One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Tot nghiep pho thong or ‘Universal Graduation’ with a grade of at least 7 out of 10, plus one year’s successful study at a recognised post-secondary institution*
  • A grade of at least 8 out of 10 or higher in the Universal Graduation
Zimbabwe One of the following:
  • Achievement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma
  • Submit your completed application to be assessed for New Zealand entrance equivalency

Your chosen programme may have additional entry requirements—check the Degree Explorer for specific entry requirements.

Recognised institutions

To find out if your university or institution is a “recognised institution”, contact Victoria International.

If you’ve studied a university foundation programme outside of New Zealand, it must be recognised by Victoria and you’ll need to have completed the programme with at least a 75% average or equivalent. Applications are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Undergraduate English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to include evidence of your English proficiency; for example, a copy of an IELTS or TOEFL test score that’s less than two years old.

You’ll need to supply evidence of one of these:

  • IELTS overall band of 6 with no sub-score below 5.5
  • TOEFL 80 on the internet-based test
  • a minimum of three ratings of 4 and one rating of 3 from our English Proficiency Programme
  • an equivalent, e.g. CAE grade C.

If you’re planning to study teaching, you may need to have a minimum IELTS overall band of 7.0 with no sub-score below 7.0.

You may be exempt from the English language requirements if you’ve previously studied in an English-speaking country. Note this on your application and our admissions team will let you know.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements

Postgraduate academic requirements

Academic entry requirements for Victoria’s postgraduate programmes vary. You’ll need to have successfully completed a New Zealand Bachelor’s degree or its overseas equivalent from a recognised tertiary institution; and, for some programmes, evidence of relevant work/research experience may be necessary.

In general, for applicants who have a Bachelor’s degree graded in a GPA system, the GPA should be at least 3.0 out of 4.0. For applicants with a Bachelor’s degree graded in the British system, including India, the Bachelor’s degree must be in the first or upper second class. Some programmes may have a higher entry requirement.

Postgraduate English language requirements

If English isn’t your first language, you’ll also need to include evidence of your English proficiency—e.g. a copy of an IELTS or TOEFL test score that’s less than two years old.

You’ll need to supply evidence of one of these:

  • IELTS overall band of 6.5, with no sub-score below 6
  • TOEFL 90 on the internet-based test with at least 20 in writing
  • a minimum of two ratings of 5 and two ratings of 4 in our English Proficiency Programme
  • an equivalent, e.g. CAE grade B.

Some programmes have higher English requirements. To study:

  • postgraduate teaching degree programmes or all Graduate School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health programmes, you’ll need a minimum IELTS overall band of 7.0 with no sub-score below 7.0
  • Master of Laws, you’ll need a minimum IELTS overall band of 7.0 with writing score of 7.0 with no sub-score below 6.5, or TOEFL or Victoria University English Proficiency Programme equivalent
  • Master of Information Management, you’ll require a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5, with writing score of 7.0 with no sub-score below 6.0, or TOEFL or Victoria University English Proficiency Programme equivalent
  • Master of e-Government, you’ll need a minimum IELTS overall band of 6.5 with writing score of 6.5 with no sub-score below 6.0, or TOEFL or Victoria University English Proficiency Programme equivalent.

You should only use this information as a guide. We consider each individual’s academic and English background on a case-by-case basis when we assess their application.

If you don’t meet the entry requirements

2. Check fees and costs

You don’t need to pay your fees until your application is accepted and you’ve decided you definitely want to come to Victoria. When you apply for your student visa, you’ll need to prove you have enough money to support yourself while you’re here. More information about paying your fees.

Victoria has dozens of scholarships that are open to international students. Explore your scholarship options.

Living in Wellington doesn’t have to be expensive, but you do need to make sure you’ve got enough money to live on while you’re here. Our living cost calculator can help you work out how much you’ll need to save.

Work out your costs

3. Make your application

There’s no fee to apply to become a student at Victoria University.

Download the application form

Documentation you’ll need to apply

  1. a completed and signed application form
  2. a certified copy of your academic results, including your graduation or diploma certificates and full academic transcripts, written in your original language along with the certified English translation.
  3. a certified copy of your passport’s personal details page
  4. a certified copy of your IELTS or TOEFL score if English isn’t your first language. The certificate needs to be less than two years old.

For some postgraduate programmes, you’ll also need:

  1. two academic references
  2. your Curriculum Vitae (résumé)
  3. a research proposal, if you’re applying for a research-based programme
  4. details of any relevant work experience.

If your original documents aren’t in English, you’ll need to supply certified translations as well as the documents.

Where to send your application

Send your application by courier or mail—you can’t email or fax it. We recommend that you use a tracked worldwide courier service.

Courier it to:

Victoria International
Victoria University of Wellington
Level 2, Easterfield Building
Kelburn Campus, Kelburn Parade
Wellington
NEW ZEALAND

Or send it by regular mail to:

Victoria International
Victoria University of Wellington
PO Box 600
Wellington 6012
NEW ZEALAND

Disability support

If you have an impairment or injury that affects your mobility, hearing, speech, vision or concentration, we have services to support you. Tell us on your application and we will send you more information with your Offer of Place.

After you’ve applied

We’ll send you an email when we receive your application.

We’ll usually let you know by email if your application is successful within a week of receiving it. If you’re accepted to Victoria, we’ll email you an Offer of Place letter that will guarantee you entry into your chosen degree programme and tell you what you need to do next.

If you haven’t received a confirmation email more than two weeks after couriering your application, or it’s been more than a week since you were notified that your application was received, you can contact us to check where things are at.