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This university is located in Wellington, New Zealand. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:
Sitting in the 'dress circle' of New Zealand's scenic harbour capital, Victoria's main Kelburn campus enjoys an idyllic setting. Its elevated position commands stunning views, and has the unique dual benefit of removing the University from the hustle and bustle of a thriving inner city, while it remains a few minutes' walk from the city centre. VUW has 4 main campuses, three of which are all within a 15 minutes walk of each other in the middle of the city. Victoria's student population is of similar size to Georgia Tech with 21,000 students. 3,000 of those are international students from over 70 countries.
- on-campus dormitories
- off-campus private housing
There are 15 on-campus student residence halls. VUW reserves places in the halls for international students. However, international students are not required to live on-campus. For additional housing details click here . When you arrive in Wellington, the International Students' Office's free airport meeting service will see you safely to your new home.
Students pay between NZ$400-NZ$800 fee when applying for housing. In addition, if you are only studying at VUW for Trimester 1 (Feb-June), 10% is added to the cost of housing. On-campus housing is much easier to secure for students attending Semester 2 (July - Nov) or for an academic year starting Trimester 1 (Feb - Nov). VUW discourages students from applying for Trimester 1 only because of the difficulty in getting housing for that term.
Applicants for this program MUST apply for housing directly to VUW. This application is independent of the study abroad application and must be completed by their deadlines.
- residence hall meal plan
- on-campus dining
Out of the 15 on-campus residence halls, 7 include a meal plan. For further details about the "catered" dormitories, click here.
- Georgia Tech degree-seeking student.
- Good Academic Standing with a 3.0* (or higher) GPA at time of application
- Undergraduates must have completed at least two semesters of study at GT.
- At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
- Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
- Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
- All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
- All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).
*Some host schools have stricter requirements such as higher GPA or more time in school before study abroad. (See Academic Info on your host school GT program page for any restrictions.)
For VUW's course catalog, click here. You may refer to the previous academic year's course catalog if necessary when choosing classes, as the course offerings do not change much from year to year.
Exchange students are allowed to enroll in music performance classes, but must apply to the classes early as they have an audition process.
Architecture and Industrial Design students will need to submit a portfolio (any format - folder, CD, website, etc.) with their application. Please contact the advisor for this program for more information.
VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME
In July 2008, VUW launched VILP (Victoria International Leadership Programme), an academically-oriented extracurricular program featuring the following themes: international leadership, cross-cultural communication, global connectedness, and sustainability. The program is open to full-time students as well as exchange and study abroad students. Exchange and study abroad students may complete the certificate in addition to their regular course load. There is no fee for the program ,nor does it bear any credits. A certificate is awarded at the end. Exchange and study abroad students in the program are expected to complete the following requirements: attend two seminars, one of which focuses on New Zealand; attend two speaker events; participate in one New Zealand experiential activity; submit reflective pieces as required by the program. Incoming exchange and study abroad students may apply once they have been accepted to VUW.
Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.
CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
1 VUW credit = 0.20 GT credit
VUW Grade = US Grade
A+, A, A- (75-100%) = A
B+,B, B-(60-74%) = B
C+, C, C- (50-59%)= C
No equivalent = D
D, E, Q (49% or under) = F
Program Costs (Estimated)
- For most exchange programs, participants must pay GT tuition, GT campus fees, and study abroad insurance to the GT Bursar for each GT semester they are abroad. No other expenses associated with this program are paid to GT; instead, these expenses are paid on site.
- Keep in mind the costs of books, health insurance, food, living expenses, and travel money, as well as pre-departure costs like your passport and visa.
- Following are cost estimates for one semester at the exchange program school that may help you prepare for your term(s) abroad. All costs are in USD.