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The Victoria University of Wellington

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Sponsor: The College of Global Studies, Arcadia University

Location: Wellington, New Zealand


The Victoria University of Wellington, or "The Vic," offers students an opportunity to study a wide variety of subjects in New Zealand's artistic, cultural and political capital of Wellington. Most students will take courses at the Kelburn campus, a picturesque campus perched on a hillside overlooking downtown Wellington, or either of Vic’s convenient downtown campuses. 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.

Limited-entry courses: Some Vic courses, such as Film Production, Theatre and 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.

Program Type: Affiliated


  • Full Year
  • Fall
  • Winter/Spring

Term Notes: This program follows the New Zealand academic calendar: Fall Quarter program begins in early July and ends in November. Winter/Spring Quarters begin in early February and end 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.


  • Arcadia University requires students to enroll in 12-16 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. Carefully review Choosing Courses to Take Abroad.
  • While Northwestern's GPA requirement is 2.5, this program requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.7 for consideration.

Admission Info:

To apply, Northwestern students must: 

  1. Complete a Northwestern Study Abroad Application by the appropriate deadline
  2. Complete an Arcadia application by the program's deadline

Languages: English


  • Everton Hall: Self-catered student apartments with other Kiwi students, within short walking distance to campus and downtown Wellington.
  • Te Kotahinga: Fully furnished, self-catered houses that are dotted around the outer edges of the Kelburn campus. Most houses have a Kiwi host.
  • For more information about the Vic's housing options, visit Arcadia's Housing Information page.

Program Costs: 

Fall 2017: $24,840

Billed by Northwestern: $15,680

Estimated additional costs: $9,160

  • Housing: $3,600
  • Meals: $1,955
  • Airfare: $1,900
  • Local transportation: $280
  • Books & supplies: $105
  • Personal expenses: $1,120
  • GeoBlue: $200

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