International Orientation

International Orientation is your introduction to life at Victoria University of Wellington.

Orientation dates

International Orientation is held before your first classes start. Check your orientation and start dates to find out when you need to attend.

International Orientation is compulsory for all new international students in their first trimester of study. This includes PhD students as well as students who have finished the English for Academic Purposes (EAP) programme and who are starting their degree.

What happens at Orientation

International Orientation is an information session that will be delivered in-person. You will be able to learn about the University, Wellington, and New Zealand at your own pace before classes begin, using the same digital tools which you will be using throughout your studies. Students will receive more information about their orientation programme closer to the start date.

Your orientation activities will include:


Enrolment will be completed online before your orientation begins. You must be enrolled in order to access our digital orientation content⁠. If you are having trouble with enrolment, contact the international team and we will help you.

Find out more about enrolling.