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Study in Wellington

All the information you need about studying in Wellington as an international student.

Why study in Wellington?

Located on the southern coast of the country’s North Island, Wellington is New Zealand’s thriving capital city. Despite its capital status,

Wellington is a relatively small city that sits between a blue natural harbour and lush green hills - the perfect destination for international students looking for a major city surrounded by natural beauty.

Wellington Airport connects the city with the rest of New Zealand and Australia, offering flights to Auckland, Christchurch, Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney amongst others.

Universities in Wellington

Wellington is home to several major universities, including some of New Zealand’s highest-ranked institutions like Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University.

There are also several colleges and university campuses located in the city and the surrounding area, giving Wellington a vibrant student population.

What to study in Wellington

Although there are only a few universities in Wellington, they all offer a wide range of programs. You’ll be able to find courses at every level including bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral.

Programs in law and social sciences are particularly highly regarded in Wellington, but you’re bound to find a course that matches your interests or ambitions.

Find a program in Wellington

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How to study in Wellington

Once you’ve decided what you want to study, and what university you want to attend, you need to look carefully at the entry requirements and application process.

Most universities let you apply through their website, where you can complete your application and submit any documents requested. Most applications ask you to write a personal statement, provide academic references, and show your English proficiency test scores, if applicable.

If your application is successful, the next thing you’ll need to do is apply for a New Zealand student visa. You’ll need this before you can travel to Wellington and start your study abroad adventure.

Cost to study in Wellington

The cost of tuition in Wellington will depend on two factors: the university you attend, and the program you choose to study. As a rough guide, annual fees can cost between NZ$35,000 and NZ$60,000 for an undergraduate program. Postgraduate programs can be cheaper, with tuition varying from around NZ$17,000 to NZ$40,000.

Living costs in Wellington are relatively high, however, it is cheaper on the whole than in Auckland. It is also cheaper than most major cities in the US and Europe like New York, London, and Paris.

Key facts of Wellington

  • 64/49°F Summer/winter temperature
  • 215,000 Population
  • 3 Universities
  • New Zealand Country