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The Victoria University of Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand

Wellington, New Zealand

Program sponsor: The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University

Panoramic view of Wellington
Panoramic view of Wellington

The Victoria University of Wellington offers students an opportunity to study a wide variety of subjects in New Zealand's artistic, cultural and political capital of Wellington. The Vic excels in the areas of film/theatre, political science, women's studies, creative writing and the earth sciences.

Take advantage of the Vic's International Leadership program, a non-credit, extracurricular opportunity to engage in seminars and activities that focus on international issues, current events and culture.

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Program Requirements


Open to students from all majors with a minimum 2.7 GPA.


  1. Apply for permission to study abroad
    All students are required to apply for permission to study abroad. Learn more about the process, deadlines, and access the application on the apply to study abroad page.
  2. Apply for your study abroad program
    All affiliated programs and all Northwestern exchange programs require an additional external program application. Please check the program’s website for more details and deadlines.


Limited-entry courses
  • Some Vic courses, such as film production, theatre and creative writing, are defined as limited entry and are competitive and require supplemental application materials (e.g. reel or writing sample) that must be submitted by December in the year prior to enrollment.
  • Review the Arcadia course page for detailed information on applying for limited entry courses.
Course enrollment requirements
  • Arcadia University requires students to enroll in 14-16 semester credits; however, if you hope to earn 6 units at Northwestern per semester, you must enroll in a minimum of 15 semester credits.
  • Students participating on this program for Winter/Spring quarters must enroll in at least 15 semester credits to maintain full-time status at Northwestern.
  • Important Note regarding Creative Writing (CREW) courses : Creative Writing (CREW) courses earn Pass/Fail grades, which are *not* transferable to Northwestern. If you plan to take a CREW course, you must enroll in an additional course that is transferable to Northwestern in order to maintain full-time status at Northwestern. This is particularly important if you are participating on the program during Winter/Spring quarters.


Term notes

This program follows the New Zealand academic calendar: Fall quarter program begins in early July and ends in mid-November. Winter/Spring quarters begin in mid-February and ends in late June. Full year is either February through November (the New Zealand academic year) or early July through late June (the U.S. academic year). Students may choose either option.

Program Contacts

Estimated Credit

  • 4 to 6 Northwestern units
  • Visit Registration & Credit to learn more about credit types and requirements, registration, and other considerations.



Self-catered student apartments with Kiwi and international students.

Program Cost

Study abroad program costs vary widely and may be more or less expensive than studying at Northwestern. Review the comparison.

Fall 2019: $25,350

Estimated Additional Costs
  • Housing: $3,800
  • Meals: $2,200
  • Airfare: $1,600
  • Local transportation: $300
  • Books & supplies: $100
  • Personal expenses: $1,100

Total: $9,100

Financial Aid & Scholarships

  • Financial aid is based on the total cost of the program, including all expenses outlined above.
  • Visit the Arcadia website for information about their available scholarships.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for other study abroad scholarships.

Program Financial Details

This section outlines some of the billing and financial arrangements for affiliated Arcadia programs, and is intended as a guide to help you navigate the financial aspects of your study abroad process. You should always refer to your program materials for the most current information and instructions.


After you are accepted to an Arcadia program, you will be required to pay a deposit directly to Arcadia to confirm your participation on the program. It is your responsibility to pay the deposit; Northwestern cannot pay or waive deposits for affiliated programs.

Northwestern Invoice

Your Northwestern invoice will be issued through CAESAR on the regular quarterly schedule, and will include only your Arcadia tuition and the NU study abroad fee. Refer to your program materials for the most current cost information.

If you receive financial aid and/or loans, these funds will continue to apply directly to your CAESAR account.

If you use the Northwestern 9PAY plan, you may continue to use 9PAY for your NU-billed study abroad expenses, but you should request a study abroad 9PAY estimate to have your plan set up appropriately.

Arcadia Housing Invoice

You will receive a separate invoice from Arcadia for your housing abroad. It is your responsibility to pay Arcadia directly by their deadline; you can view and pay your Arcadia invoice through the Arcadia Passport.

You should not pay your host institution abroad directly for your housing under any circumstances. Always refer to your Arcadia materials for all information about your housing placement and payments, and contact your Arcadia program manager directly if you have any questions.

  • Arcadia Deposit: If you paid a confirmation deposit to Arcadia, it will be credited to your Arcadia housing invoice.
  • Arcadia Scholarships: If you were awarded an Arcadia scholarship, it will appear on your Arcadia invoice, not on your Northwestern account.
  • Financial Aid Arrangements: If you plan to use your NU financial aid refund to pay your Arcadia invoice, complete the Arcadia Financial Aid Deferment form and send it to Krista Bethel.

Additional fees may apply for certain courses, meal plans, housing add-ons, or other optional items related to your program. In particular, when you register for your courses abroad, carefully review the information provided by Arcadia regarding additional course fees for certain departments. If applicable, you are responsible for paying any supplemental fees directly to Arcadia.

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