Studying in New Zealand

New Zealand has quality education, breathtaking scenery, vibrant culture and some of the friendliest people anywhere. And Wellington is at the centre of it all.

Wellington—the ideal student location

In Wellington, you’ll study in the heart of the country, in New Zealand’s thriving political, cultural and creative capital.

Wellington is known for its:

  • scenic hills and natural harbour
  • relaxed café culture and thriving craft beer scene
  • culinary excellence—we have access to the freshest foods of all types, and more restaurants and bars per capita than New York city
  • excellent recreational and sporting options
  • acclaimed arts scene—there are over 2,500 live performances here every year, and the city hosts around 40 festivals annually
  • exciting nightlife
  • quality boutique shopping
  • good public transport systems
  • wind! We do get wild weather—but on a good day, there’s nowhere better in the world to be.

Wellington has all the sophistication and opportunities of a major city, but the charm, safety and cleanliness of a small town. It’s compact enough to get most places on foot—and you’ll get fit fast from walking up hills.

Read more about living in Wellington.

Top quality education

New Zealand degrees are recognised by employers and universities all over the world as practical, modern qualifications of high international standing.

Victoria University of Wellington has a unique and proud history as a globally-ranked capital city university. It is New Zealand’s top ranked university for research quality, with a teaching focus on leadership, communication skills and creative and critical thinking.

By choosing Victoria University of Wellington, you’ll be studying in a place where new and independent thought is encouraged and where creativity thrives.

Safe and peaceful

The Global Peace Index consistently ranks New Zealand as one of the most peaceful countries in the world. Our crime rates are low and New Zealanders (known as Kiwis, after one of our native birds) are known around the world for our easygoing friendliness.

New Zealand is also stunningly beautiful—in an area about the size of the UK or Japan (and with a population of only 4 million), you’ll find:

  • coastal cities
  • rolling green farmland
  • snow-capped mountain ranges
  • active volcanoes
  • glacial lakes
  • thousands of miles of pristine beaches
  • pure bush
  • forests that are the same as they have been for hundreds of years
  • incredible geysers
  • bubbling mud pools.

Activities for everyone

As well as sight-seeing options, the choice of leisure and sporting activities in New Zealand is almost limitless. From sitting in a café drinking coffee with friends, to tramping through miles of native bush or surfing at the beach, all the options are never far away.

You can also throw your energies into the sports and activities that freedom-loving Kiwis take for granted, like:

  • skiing
  • tramping
  • canoeing
  • fishing
  • mountain-biking
  • sailing.

Exploring New Zealand from Wellington is easy—and because the country is so small, you can experience everything Wellington and New Zealand have to offer during weekends and trimester holidays.


  • the South Island—three hours south by ferry
  • skiing and volcano trekking—three hours north by car or an hour-long flight south to explore the South Island ski fields
  • the Wairarapa’s vineyards—one hour north by train
  • the Kapiti Coast—one hour north-west by car or train.

Work during and after your studies

With a New Zealand student visa, most international students can work up to 20 hours a week during term time, and up to 40 hours a week during the holidays.

From 26 November 2018, the New Zealand Government is making changes to the post-study work rights for international students. Find out more about the post-study work visa and how these changes might affect you.