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Entry requirements

International students need to meet our English-language and academic entry requirements to study at Victoria University of Wellington.

We welcome applicants from all around the world. Select your level of study to find your academic and English requirements:

Undergraduate entry requirements

Select your country to find out your minimum undergraduate academic and English entry requirements. Some programmes may require a higher level of English.

Select your country

Don’t meet these requirements?

If you don’t meet the undergraduate requirements listed here, we offer two pathway programmes to help you achieve entry into undergraduate study:

Foundation Studies

Our Foundation Studies programme helps you met our undergraduate academic and English requirements.

Successful completion of our programme will guarantee you undergraduate university entrance.

Find out more

English for Academic Purposes

Improve your English on campus or online in our 10-week English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme.

You may need to take two or more courses to meet your study goal.

Find out more

Postgraduate academic requirements

For entry into postgraduate study, you will need the equivalent of a Bachelor’s (undergraduate) degree from a recognised institution with at least a B- average.

Postgraduate programmes include Graduate Diplomas, Honour’s degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas, and Master’s degrees. For PhD study, you need to meet the PhD entry requirements. You should contact the Faculty of Graduate Research with any questions about applying.

A background in a particular subject area may be required or recommended. Entry is at the programme director’s discretion. For more information, check the requirements tab on your chosen degree page before you apply.

Postgraduate English requirements

Select your country to find out your minimum English entry requirements. Some programmes may require a higher level of English.

Select your country

If your previous studies were in a native English-speaking country for at least one year, including at a New Zealand secondary school, you may not need to meet these English requirements. This will be assessed by the admissions team when you submit your application.

Don’t meet these requirements?

If you don’t meet the English requirements listed here, there are pathways to help you achieve entry into postgraduate study:

Find a pathway to your degree

If you do not meet the academic requirements for your chosen postgraduate programme we can help.

Contact us and we can build a path of study to prepare you for your degree.

Contact us

English for Academic Purposes

Improve your English on campus or online in our 10-week English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme.

You may need to take two or more courses to meet your study goal.

Find out more

How to apply

Once you know the entry requirements for your degree or programme, you can apply at any time. Find out how to apply to study.

You can still apply if you don’t meet our minimum English-language requirements. You will get a conditional Offer of Place and must meet the requirements before you apply for your student visa.