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Program Description:





Program Dates

Fall semester: Mid July - Late November
Spring semester: Mid February - Late June

Program Costs

Estimated program Budgets can be found above in the "Budget Sheets" box or by clicking the links below:

Academic Year
Calendar Year

Global Scholar Program Opportunities may be available for New Paltz students applying for this program.  The SUNY New Paltz Global Scholar Program opportunity grants successful New Paltz applicants a significant reduction in the cost of their program fee. This program aims to identify eligible students who demonstrate the ability to think critically about global issues and who are willing to invest in both the New Paltz community and their host community abroad.  For more information, click the link below and contact the Center for International Programs:

Global Scholar Program Opportunity

Special Scholarship Opportunity for US Students Studying Abroad in New Zealand! Education New Zealand Study Abroad Travel Awards (ENZTA) offer US$2,000 to help students fund their flight to New Zealand. Generation Study Abroad New Zealand Universities Excellence Awards (NZUEA) offer US$500 for study at one of the eight New Zealand universities.


Location Description

Wellington is the cultural center of New Zealand and the southernmost capital city in the entire world. It is New Zealand's political and cultural center, and currently has the 12th best quality of living in the entire world.  It is also home to the Royal New Zealand Ballet Company, the New Zealand School of Dance, the New Zealand Drama School, and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, whose principals and players are engaged as tutors and often perform at Victoria University.


Host University

Victoria University of Wellington combines the benefits of a long and distinguished tradition of academic excellence with innovation and a strong sense of commitment to serving the needs of students and the community in the new millennium. It also combines the advantages of almost ideal size for a university with a superb location in the country's political, commercial and cultural capital. Currently the fourth largest of New Zealand's seven universities, it has approximately 15,000 students from more than 50 countries.


Academic Program

Victoria University of Wellington offers courses in the following faculties: 

  • Humanities and Social Sciences
  • Commerce and Administration
  • Law
  • Architecture and Design
  • Education
  • Science
  • Business


After clicking the link above, be sure you are selecting Undergraduate Courses and then the correct Subject.  From the Results page, you can narrow your search by using the filters on the right-hand side of the screen.  Keep in mind, the Spring semester for us here in the US is the first trimester at VUW (Trimester 1), the Fall semester in the US is Trimester 2 at VUW.  If a course is only available in Trimester 3, it is not available to take while abroad.

Credits at VUW are awarded differently than they are here in the US, see the scale below for a conversion that should help when you are browsing their catalogue:

VUW Credits US Credits
20 5
15 4
other credit values determined proportionally

It is unlikely that students will enroll in more than 3 courses while studying at VUW.

An additional tool to help you in the course review and selection process is our Course Equivalency Database.  Click the link to view and use the database in order to find courses taken at this university by previous participants in this program and see the SUNY New Paltz course equivalent.

Victoria International Leadership Programme

Our world is a changing place - a place where information and communication knows no borders; where local events have global ramifications; where the welfare and security of humanity depends upon responsible action, both individual and communal.

This dynamic environment requires us to be equipped with the knowledge, skills and awareness to address the challenges of tomorrow.

To meet this need, Victoria University of Wellington launched the Victoria International Leadership Programme Te Puao Manukura (VILP) in October 2008 - the first programme of its kind among New Zealand universities.

The Victoria International Leadership Programme (VILP) is an academically-oriented extra-curricular programme of seminars, speaker events and experiential activities relevant to the themes of :

  • international leadership
  • cross-cultural communication
  • global connectedness, and
  • sustainability.

Victoria International Leadership Programme offers a tailored version for Study Abroad and Exchange students. It has fewer participation requirements due to time constraints.

Upon completion, you will receive a Certificate of Participation in VILP and it will be noted on your academic transcript.

To read a first-hand account of the program from a former study abroad participant check out the write up below:

VILP Write Up


Language of Instruction

Courses are taught in English.



12-18 undergraduate credits may be earned per semester.


Students who have successfully completed at least one full-time semester of college level study are eligible to apply. A minimum GPA of 2.7 at the time of application is required for this program.



Participants live in university residence halls with shared kitchen, bathroom, and laundry – bedrooms are either single or double, depending on housing option chosen – an extra fee for electricity may be required, depending on hall selected.  Students live with New Zealand students and other international students.

"Catered" and "Self Catered" Halls are available.  All meals are provided in all the catered halls. The ingredients are provided for you to pack your own lunch if you cannot return to the hall. All halls will provide late meals with notice. Vegetarian options are available at all these halls.  The self-catered halls vary in what cooking equipment is provided. In some halls you will need to supply your own pots and pans, crockery and cutlery.



The international office at Victoria University organizes events and activities for study abroad students throughout the semester.

Internship/Volunteer Opportunities

Through Victoria University's International Leadership Program, students can earn academic credit for conducting internships in such fields as: Architecture, Design, and Business.  See the heading above labeled "Victoria International Leadership Programme".



On-Site Support

The International Office at Victoria will help study abroad students with their questions and concerns. Student learning support, counseling services and a medical center are also available.


Required for US citizens studying in New Zealand – an acceptance letter from Victoria University is required to apply for your visa.  

Have Questions?

Please refer to our Frequently Asked Questions page.

Contact SUNY New Paltz Study Abroad Advisor, Catherine Collado.
To schedule a virtual advising appointment with Catherine, please click here.