Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand

In Wellington you’ll be in the political, scientific and cultural heart of New Zealand, surrounded by arts, culture, mountains, ocean and lots of great food. You’ll be living in a compact, vibrant, safe and fun city that Lonely Planet called the coolest little capital in the world.

Victoria is ranked among the world’s best universities for many of the subjects offered. While Victoria University of Wellington has over 120 subjects to choose from, they are ranked in the top 150 in the QS World University Rankings 2017 including Architecture, English, History, Linguistics, Performing Arts, Psychology, Earth Sciences, Geography, Accounting & Finance, Business, Media Studies, Development Studies, Education, Tourism, Law, Information Management, Politics, and Sociology.

Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Full Year 

Since New Zealand is in the southern hemisphere, Victoria University of Wellington (VUW) operates on a different academic timelines than PLU. The PLU spring semester will be VUW trimester 1, running from late February to late June. The PLU fall semester will be VUW trimester 2, running from early July to mid November.

Academic Features

You can choose from over 120 different subjects, as well as specialized Study Abroad Certificates. Coursework available in business; design, film, and media; education and teaching; English literature and creative writing; engineering and digital technologies; environmental sciences; health; history; philosophy; languages and linguistics; mathematics; music and theatre; political science; psychology; natural sciences; and social sciences.

Most semester courses are 15 or 20 points, which equates to 4 or 5.33 (respectively) PLU credit hours. The normal course load is therefore 60 credits per semester, or approximately 15 US credit hours. Study Abroad students are examined alongside full-time degree-seeking students. Most classes are examined through a combination of continuous assessment, mid-term assignments and an end of semester examination.

Search for courses using the Victoria Course Finder. When searching for courses, pay attention to the trimester it is offered and prerequisites.

Restricted subjects/courses: visit this webpage to learn about courses that may be limited or restricted to you as a study abroad student.

PLU Course Equivalency

As PLU students choose this program, a Course Equivalency Guide will be built and uploaded to this webpage.

Pacific Lutheran University awards all credits earned in this program. Semester-long study away programs fulfill PLU’s Cross Cultural Diversity requirement.

Course offerings are subject to change.


Students live in University Accommodation. You can choose a “catered hall” without a meal stipend or “self-catered hall” with a  meal stipend. Study Abroad students are integrated into the halls with other Victoria University of Wellington students, so you will have the opportunity to meet local students as well as other international students.

Accommodations range from residence hall rooms to apartment-style housing. Amenities depend on each residence but generally include a single bedroom with shared kitchen and bathroom facilities.

PLU students will apply for accommodation once they have been “pre-approved” by a PLU study away advisor.

Program Fee

The PLU comprehensive fee covers this academic experience (instruction and academic credit, housing, a meal stipend, activity fee stipend, study abroad insurance, and visa fees*). To find the current comprehensive fee for one semester, divide the total full-year cost listed on the Admissions website by two. Please note that the comprehensive fee varies each year, and the cost of this program will be based on the year in which you study away. Financial aid applies.

*The Wang Center will reimburse you for your visa fees up to $300; such fees can include: visa processing fees, consulate fees, online application fees. Reimbursement does not include: domestic travel costs for in-person submission, postage costs.

There are scholarships offered by the Victoria University of Wellington. Learn more here

Out-of-pocket Expenses

Some air travel, books/supplies, personal excursions, domestic travel*/postage for visa processing, and other miscellaneous expenses are not included in program cost.

*Be sure to research your visa requirements as you may have to go in-person to a consulate or visa processing center. Depending on the country, there may or may not be a local consulate, and you may have to fly to another US state.

Contact Us

Holly Peterson, Study Away Advisor and Semester Program Liaison


Sophomore, junior, or senior standing. Students must have a minimum 2.7 G.P.A. Must be a student in good standing.

Application Deadline

Fall, Spring and Full Year applications are due March 15

A $50 non-refundable fee is due with the application.

Each academic year the current application is made available during International Education Week in November.

Applicants must also complete the Victoria University of Wellington application, and the student accommodation application. This will be done after you have been approved by PLU.

Application Components

  • Short essays
  • Faculty Recommendation Form
  • $50 Non-refundable Application fee
  • Advising appointment
  • Applications for both PLU and VUW

Victoria University of Wellington Website

Visit Victoria University of Wellington’s website to learn more.

Maximize your study away experience with these programs and options

Learn about the International Buddy Programme, Victoria Plus Programme, the Victoria International Leadership Programme, and student clubs and societies.

Program Highlights

  • Fall Semester, Spring Semester, or Academic Year
  • Choose classes from across over 120 disciplines
  • Study in the capital city of New Zealand
  • Study and live alongside 21,000 Kiwi and international students