Wellington, North Island

IFSA Victoria University Wellington Partnership

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Academic Program

Instruction consists of lectures, seminars, and tutorials. On-site orientation and some fieldtrips included.

  • Reviewed by: Professor T Kim-Trang Tran, Professor Marion Preest
  • Fields of study: A comprehensive research and teaching university offering a full curriculum that matches most 5C majors. The College of Humanities is the top ranked in New Zealand, as are the programs in Biology, Geology and Environmental Science. The Center for Biodiversity and Restorative Ecology and new coastal ecology lab are producing multi-disciplinary research of particular interest to Environmental Analysis majors.
  • Eligibility: 8.1 cumulative GPA required. A minimum of 3 courses completed in a relevant field of study is strongly recommended to be successful in upper division courses.
  • Size of the student body: 22,000 students including approximately 3400 international students of which IFSA students are a part. This campus as an International Buddy Programme where they pair new study abroad students with current students.
  • Number of program participants: The IFSA cohort size varies each semester and is made up of students from institutions across the United States who meet during IFSA orientation. Past IFSA students at Victoria University Wellington recommend participating in the Victoria International Leadership Programme, a free leadership development opportunity for students to discuss and address contemporary global issues, as a way to meet other students.

Living Arrangements

All IFSA participants live with 3-5 flatmates in single bedrooms with shared bathrooms and co-ed living spaces. Students shop for groceries and prepare their own meals with an allowance provided by Scripps based on the recommendation of IFSA. The apartments are close to campus and an easy walking distance to shops and cafes. Some apartments are near the famous Wellington Cable Car and some have access to a community garden.

Term Dates

  • Fall: Early July to mid-November (Semester 2 for course options)
  • Spring: Mid-February to early July (Semester 1 for course options)


  • Advising Tips: If you meet the minimum GPA requirement for the program, IFSA does not require a faculty letter of recommendation as a part of the Victoria University Wellington application. IFSA students have full access to the amenities at the Victoria University Wellington, including libraries, computer labs, on-campus study spaces, on-campus student counseling and student health center and recreation center as well as a wide range of clubs and societies for a truly integrated experience. Throughout the semester, IFSA coordinates excursions and cultural activities around Wellington and NZ which are included in the IFSA program and do not cost extra. Examples include a day exploring Kapiti region by bicycle after which you have an educational tour and regional culinary tasting at Tuatara Brewery, volunteering to plant trees and join in native bird and animal viewing and counting in Otari-Wilton Bush; A visit to the World of Wearable Art Show with discussion about design innovation in NZ; an Asian cooking lesson with a discussion about Asian immigration and communities in New Zealand; and a weekend visit to Picton, a wonderful small town on the South Island, where the group arrives by ferry and can spend the weekend kayaking, hiking and can sometimes feed sting rays!
  • Visa Information: The New Zealand student visa is free for US Passport Holders! After acceptance on the program, IFSA will provide all students with paperwork needed to complete their visa application. The embassy site will have information on visa requirements for planning purposes.
  • Budget Planning: For budget planning purposes, click here to view the current cost of living comparison between Wellington and Los Angeles.