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Free study for people impacted by COVID-19

Free education is being offered by Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

A scholarship covering 100 percent of tuition fees is available for study beginning in Trimester 2 (starts Monday 6 July), to people whose work and life has been disrupted by the pandemic.

This offer is open to domestic students of all ages who meet the University’s academic entry requirements. Eligible students will be able to enrol in all courses that are available and have capacity in Trimester 2.

This offer is not available to current students of the University who are impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. However, current students are able to apply for hardship support which covers a range of circumstances including those due to COVID-19.

Interested in this study offer?

Register your interest about studying at Victoria University of Wellington.


Trimester 2 courses

You can enrol in any courses offered in Trimester 2, so long as you meet the entry requirements and prerequisites. Trimester 2 applications are due 15 June 2020. See all our key dates.

There is limit on the number of courses you can do. Our usual course/workload limits apply.

We have options to do a double degree or enrol in two degrees as well as part-time study.

At this stage this offer is for Trimester 2 study only.

Online study

The University uses a blended learning model which offers a flexible mix of on-campus and off-campus teaching delivery. This provides our students significant levels of choice over such things as whether they attend a lecture in person or watch a video of the lecture from home.


The free study offer covers 100 percent of your tuition fees. You will need to pay the Student Services Levy and cover the costs of text books or course papers and other course-related costs.

Transferring students

If you currently attend another university, you can transfer and receive the Trimester 2 tuition fees scholarship.

We can help you work out any credit transfer you may be eligible for and set up an appropriate programme for you where possible. You will also need to show you have been impacted by COVID-19.

Accommodation options in Trimester 2

The University has a range of accommodation options at different costs available. Contact in the first instance.

Starting study in Trimester 2

We will help you work out a programme that suits. We have a team available to help with course planning. The University also has an orientation for new students starting in Trimester 2 which will help you connect with all the support we have available.