Once classes start

Your first few weeks as an international student can be overwhelming—if you need help with anything, talk to the University's International team.

Your textbooks

You can buy (and sell) textbooks from:

You can also borrow textbooks from the Victoria University Library—although they might not always be available when you need them.

Your timetable

You can find your personal timetable at myTimetable.

Course outlines

You’ll be given a course outline during the first week of lectures. This contains:

  • important information about the course
  • assignment topics
  • deadlines.

If you need them, your faculty office will have extra copies of current and past course outlines.

Signing up for tutorials

If any of your courses involve a tutorial, lab or studio, the details will be in your course outline. You’ll sign up for them in week one, usually through myAllocator, the University’s online tutorial and workshop registration system.

If you didn’t get a course outline in your first class, talk to your faculty office about signing up for tutorials.

Changing your courses

If you want to add or drop courses, you’ll need to do this by the end of the second week of classes. If you’re dropping courses, make sure you still have a full-time course load, otherwise your visa may be impacted.

Student Learning workshops

Student Learning runs a useful, fun and interactive course for international students called ExcelL (Excellence in Experiential Learning and Leadership).

It can help you with things like:

  • finding it difficult to talk to your Kiwi classmates or lecturers
  • being misunderstood even though you thought you made yourself clear
  • feeling frustrated because you didn’t know how to say ‘no’ to someone.