Spotlight on: Victoria University of Wellington


Spotlight on: Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington is among the top universities in New Zealand, and the world-over, with a QS ranking of 215 for the year 2019. Being located in the capital city of Wellington, the university benefits from its proximity to the political, industrial and cultural heart of the country – in addition to its natural setting of a beautiful harbour surrounded by verdant hills.

VUW has received a spot in the global top 50 universities for its taught subject of Library and Information Science, and in the top 100 for several others including – Communication and Media Studies, Earth and Marine Sciences, English Language and Literature, Geography, Mineral and Mining Engineering, Law, and Performing Arts.

Of its 22,000 plus student population, more than 3000 are international, representing 110 countries. Keep reading for key information for an Indian student looking to continue their education at VUW.

Key facts

1. Entry requirements

If a Masters degree is what you’re looking to apply for, the minimum criteria for admission is a Bachelor’s degree – additional requirements including Honours in the relevant subject or a minimum score may also be applicable.

In addition, you will have to fulfil the English language requirements by achieving the minimum score in one of the following internationally-recognised English tests – IELTS, TOEFL, PTE Academic, or Cambridge English.

2. Costs and Funding

The tuition fee for postgraduate courses at VUW ranges from approximately 28000 $NZ for a programme in the Humanities and Social Sciences, to 33000 $NZ for Law, to 36000 $NZ for Engineering. Additional fees include a Students Services Levy of 790 $NZ.  

Scholarships: There are a number of general and international-specific student scholarships on offer at the university – an example of the latter is the Victoria Tongarewa Scholarship, on offer to all international students entering an undergraduate or postgraduate programme, with up to 10 scholarships of 10000 $NZ (for undergraduate and postgraduate), and up to 9 of 5000 $NZ (for postgraduate only), paid towards tuition fee – selection of students is based on merit and subject to the scholarship panel’s decisions. 

3. Application timeline

Applications usually need to be submitted by December 10 or January 10 (depending on the programme), for commencement of study in March 2020. Certain courses are more flexible, in that applications may be submitted anytime, with study commencing upon enrolment.

If the Victoria University of Wellington sounds like the place for you, the Hurray Overseas counselling team is happy to help! For assistance, reach out to us via email:, or phone: 8971357928,  for more details.

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