How undergraduate study works

Undergraduate degrees are usually three or four years of full-time study. Mix and match different subjects to make up your degree.

What’s involved

Undergraduate degree courses at Victoria can be made up of:

  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • studios
  • laboratories.

A course will usually have two or three 50-minute lectures a week. Tutorials, studios or laboratories are held in smaller groups of around 15–20 students. You’ll use these to discuss the lecture topics in more detail and get individual assistance from tutors.

Assessment is usually a combination of internal assessment, like assignments and papers, and a final examination. Some courses are 100 percent internally assessed.

Entry requirements

View full details of undergraduate study entry requirements.

When it starts

Our academic year consists of three trimesters:

  • Trimester One: February to July
  • Trimester Two: July to November
  • Trimester Three: November to February.
  • The main teaching period is Trimesters One and Two. 

Trimester Three is the summer trimester (similar to summer school) so there are fewer courses on offer—many students choose not to study during Trimester Three. If you want to start at Victoria in Trimester Three, contact our admissions team to check that the courses you want will be available.

What it costs

Undergraduate studies for international students cost between $25,000 and $33,000 per year. Use the fees and cost calculator to calculate your course fees, student levies and how much you’ll need to live in Wellington while you’re studying.


See full details on how to apply.

How it works

Victoria’s wide range of degree programmes and courses let you tailor a programme of study that’s just for you.

1. Choose your degree

Our world-class undergraduate degrees are usually three or four years of full-time study. Most of our programmes let you mix and match different subjects to form your degree. Browse the available options.

2. Choose a major

For most of our degrees, you’ll need to choose at least one major—this is the subject that you specialise in. Courses for your major will make up about a third of your degree. For some degrees, you can choose two majors—the degree won’t take any longer to complete.

Some specialist degrees don’t have majors—for example, the Bachelor of Laws and the Bachelor of Tourism Management.

3. Choose your courses

The building blocks of a degree are called courses. Each course is one or two trimesters in length.

Each course:

  • has a level—100-level courses are first year, 200- and 300-level courses are more advanced
  • has a subject code—for example, a course in Chemistry has the code CHEM, so CHEM 103 is a first-year course in Chemistry
  • is worth a number of points. At Victoria, most courses are worth either 15 or 20 points.

An average full-time course load is 120 points per year—six to eight courses in total, usually taken over the first two trimesters. To graduate with a three-year undergraduate degree, you’ll need to successfully complete 360 points. Use our course finder to see which courses we offer.