International Orientation

International Orientation is your introduction to life at Victoria University of Wellington. During orientation, you will also complete your enrolment.

Orientation dates

International Orientation is held before your first classes start—for some students this may be up to two weeks before the start of trimester.

Check your orientation and start dates to find out when you need to attend. Your orientation dates will also be included in your Offer of Place letter.

International Orientation is compulsory for all new international students in their first trimester of study. This includes PhD students and English Proficiency Programme (EPP) students who have finished EPP and are starting their degree.

What you need to bring

You will need to bring to International Orientation:

  • your passport
  • a printed copy of your e-visa.

What happens at orientation

International Orientation is a fun and informative two-day session for new international students. You will meet the University’s International team and receive information to help you settle into life at the University.

Your orientation activities will include:

If you are a new English Proficiency Programme (EPP) student, you will attend a half-day orientation once you have sat your placement test. We will tell you more about this when you arrive.

Enrolling during orientation

For many international students, International Orientation is when you will enrol in your courses.

Your enrolment activities at orientation may include:

If you have already enrolled in your courses online, you will still need to complete some enrolment steps in person during International Orientation. These will be explained to you when you arrive.

If you are an international PhD student, you will enrol through the Faculty of Graduate Research. You should report to the Faculty when you arrive.

Find out more about enrolling.

After orientation

Once you have received your Confirmation of Enrolment email, you can get ready for your studies. It may take up to five days before your enrolment is fully processed.

You will need to:

Find out what else to do when you first arrive at the University. This could include attending the University’s orientation for all new students, which is optional but a great way to meet new friends.