Study Abroad

IFSA Victoria University of Wellington

  • Location: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Class Eligibility: Juniors and seniors


Fall 2022 Program Update – As of January 2022, the New Zealand border is supposed to open in April 2022, meaning students should be able to attend for the Fall 2022 semester. New Zealand has been extremely strict about their borders since the start of the pandemic, so there is the possibility this may change. However, IFSA is accepting applications for this program and are moving forward as if the program will be running in-person for the fall. 

COVID-19 Protocols and Travel Warnings
You can read about this program’s COVID-19 safety protocols at this link, and read the CDC Travel Warning and U.S. State Department Travel Advisory at the respective links. For more information about Haverford College Study Abroad and the ongoing Coronavirus outbreak, read the Study Abroad homepage here.

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As the capital city, Wellington is the political, geographical, and cultural center of New Zealand. The cosmopolitan city is surrounded by beaches and spotted with green spaces like Mt. Victoria and Somes Island. Wellington is a very walkable city with a vibrant university presence. University of Wellington is considered to be the top university for research quality in New Zealand.  In addition to its wide range of courses, Victoria University is home to a world-renowned performing arts department and an internationally acclaimed business school. The university also prides itself in being world class in the areas of Earthquake and Antarctic Research.

  • Visa:

    Required. Non-U.S. Citizens may have to meet additional requirements to study abroad in NZ depending on their country of citizenship. Non-US citizens should consult with the Office of International Student Support before applying to the program.

    Study Abroad & Applying for OPT Policy 

  • Fees: Students pay Haverford tuition to Haverford College. Haverford will then be responsible for submitting payments to the program. Student pay room and board fees directly to IFSA.

Students are strongly encouraged to take the indigenous Māori language while studying abroad in New Zealand.

Academic Credit

15 point classes in New Zealand are equal to one Haverford credit. Students must take at least 60 points. This is equivalent to four courses at Haverford. Major, minor, and concentration transfer credit will only be granted for courses in which students received a grade of a C or above.


Students may take any of the available courses offered by the university. A course catalog can be found on the University of Wellington’s website.

Course Highlights

Accounting, Architecture, Art History, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Classics, Commercial Law, Computer Science, Cultural Studies, Design, Economics, Education, Engineering, English, Environmental and Earth Sciences, Finance, Film, Geography, History, International Relations, Language Studies, Linguistics, Management, Maori Studies Mathematics, Media Studies, Pacific Studies, Philosophy, Physical Sciences, Political Science, Psychology, Religious Studies, Statistics, Theater

Note: Changes occur frequently. Students are responsible for finding the classes they need and consulting the official site of the institution.

Review the Full Academic Requirements for Studying Abroad


IFSA-Butler will provide airport pick-up for students, and bring them to picturesque Shakespear Regional Park, on the Whangaparaoa Peninsula, north of Auckland. The orientation there lasts 4 days and students stay in an open air sanctuary with thriving native bird life. Students will be introduced to academic and cultural differences. They will also participate in exciting outdoor activities such as kayaking, learning to play rugby, archery, mountain biking, beach trips and an afternoon excursion to Waiwera, a natural hot springs.

Number of Students

Over 20,000 students attend the Victoria University of Wellington.

Housing/Meal Plans

Students live in self-catered apartments with New Zealand and international students. Housing is self-catered and includes kitchens where students can prepare their own meals.

Haverford students may not opt for housing not arranged by the program. 


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Additional Resources

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  • Semester
  • Science/Math/Pre-Health/CompSci Approved
  • Direct Enrollment


  • Semester I: Early July through mid-November
  • Semester II: Mid-February through late June

Application Deadlines

  • Semester I: March 1
  • Semester II: September 5

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