Victoria University of Wellington

PO Box 600
Wellington 6140
New Zealand
+64 4 472 1000
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Victoria University of Wellington is one of New Zealand’s oldest and most prestigious higher education institutions, located in the country’s capital.

It has a global reputation for excellence in a range of disciplines, including law, social sciences, and the humanities.

In addition to a large domestic cohort, the university’s student body includes learners from more than 100 countries around the world.

Academics at the institution are also drawn from around the globe, with about half having been born outside New Zealand.

Victoria University has nine faculties, seven of which conduct teaching and research, and three campuses in Wellington: at Kelburn, Pipitea, and Te Aro.

The institution also offers business courses from a centre in Auckland, and has a campus in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.

Prospective students from New Zealand are guaranteed admission if they meet minimum entry requirements, while the institution is also strongly committed to Māori education and scholarship.

Victoria University was founded in 1897, the year of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations, as Victoria College, a constituent college of the University of New Zealand.

It moved to the Kelburn campus in 1906, and took on its current name in 1962, following the dissolution of the University of New Zealand system.

More recently, it incorporated the Wellington College of Education as the faculty of education in 2005 and, the following year, set up the New Zealand School of Music in partnership with Massey University.

Notable alumni of Victoria University include the actor Sam Neill and comedians Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, two halves of the musical duo Flight of the Conchords.

Wellington is located on the south-western tip of New Zealand’s North Island and, with a population of around 400,000, has been described as the “coolest little capital in the world” by Lonely Planet.

Key Statistics

  • 17,142
  • 21.1
    Student:Staff Ratio
  • 21%
    International Students
  • 55 : 45
    Female:Male Ratio

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PO Box 600
Wellington 6140
New Zealand