What Victoria offers

Located in the geographic, political, and cultural heart of New Zealand, we offer an outstanding academic community with a global perspective.

Victoria University of Wellington teaches 22,000 students every year, including more than 3,700 international students from more than 100 countries around the world.

We offer:

  • internationally recognised courses and degree programmes in more than 170 different subjects
  • teaching that focuses on leadership, communication skills, and creative and critical thinking
  • New Zealand's leading centre of research
  • award-winning student support services to help international students settle into their new living and learning environment.

Global rankings

Victoria University of Wellington consistently ranks among the world’s best universities. In 2019, Victoria ranked 215 in the QS World University Rankings.

Top rankings

Overall, Victoria University of Wellington is in the top 2 percent of the world’s 18,000 universities.

We are among the top 1 percent of the world’s universities in 19 subject areas (2019 QS World University Rankings by Subject).

We have two subjects ranked in the top 50 in the world, including Library and Information Management, which sits within the Information Studies programme at Victoria Business School. The subject is ranked 24th in the world in the QS World University Rankings by Subject, up from 40th in 2018.

We are ranked in the top 100 universities in 13 subjects:

  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Development Studies
  • Earth and Marine Sciences
  • English Language & Literature
  • Geography
  • Law
  • Library and Information Management
  • Linguistics
  • Mineral and Mining Engineering
  • Performing Arts
  • Politics and International Relations
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies (called Theology, Divinity, and Religious Studies in the QS rankings).

The University is also ranked in the top 100 in the world for arts and humanities.

QS Stars top universities

Victoria University of Wellington has five stars overall in the QS Stars rating of excellence and five stars in each of the eight categories—arts and culture, discipline ranking and accreditations, employability, facilities, inclusiveness, internationalisation, research, and teaching


Victoria University of Wellington is New Zealand’s top-ranked university for research quality (2018 Performance-Based Research Fund). More than 2,534 publications resulting from our researchers’ work were published in 2018.

Triple Crown

Victoria Business School is one of an elite group of commerce faculties worldwide that hold the Triple Crown of international accreditations of EQUIS, AACSB (Business), and AMBA.

Capital connections

As a capital city university, we enjoy privileged access to New Zealand's leaders, influencers, and decision makers. This in turn shapes our world-class degrees. We have strong links in both teaching and research with local institutions, organisations, and businesses such as:

  • Crown Research institutes
  • the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
  • Zealandia eco-sanctuary
  • the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

When you study in Wellington, you also have access to the city’s many museums, archives, libraries, scientific institutes, cultural bodies, financial, legal and business institutions, and political and government agencies.

Leadership programmes

Victoria University of Wellington offers two extracurricular leadership programmes designed to enhance degree study and employability.

Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP) is an award-winning extracurricular programme designed to develop leadership potential, and advance international knowledge and intercultural awareness. It’s academically oriented around seminars, speaker events, and activities to inspire students to think creatively about how to address global leadership challenges.

Victoria Plus is the University’s service and leadership development programme. This three-part programme helps develop leadership, social responsibility, and employability skills.