International Orientation is your introduction to life at Victoria University of Wellington. During orientation, you will also complete your enrolment.
International Orientation is held before your first classes start—for some students this may be up to two weeks before the start of trimester.
Check your orientation and start dates to find out when you need to attend. Your orientation dates will also be included in your Offer of Place letter.
International Orientation is compulsory for all new international students in their first trimester of study. This includes PhD students and English Proficiency Programme (EPP) students who have finished EPP and are starting their degree.
What you need to bring
You will need to bring to International Orientation:
- your passport
- a printed copy of your e-visa.
What happens at orientation
International Orientation is a fun and informative two-day session for new international students. You will meet the University’s International team and receive information to help you settle into life at the University.
Your orientation activities will include:
- completing your enrolment
- opportunities to meet other students from around the world
- presentations about your new campuses, living in Wellington, and being a student at the University
- optional tours of the University campus and Wellington central city
- information about the student services and support available on campus
- tips on adjusting to the cultural differences you may experience living here
- activities to help you feel connected to your new University community
- tips on how to prepare for your academic study.
If you are a new English Proficiency Programme (EPP) student, you will attend a half-day orientation once you have sat your placement test. We will tell you more about this when you arrive.
Enrolling during orientation
For many international students, International Orientation is when you will enrol in your courses.
Your enrolment activities at orientation may include:
- enrolling in your chosen courses
- finding out how to change courses
- meeting faculty staff
- having a photograph taken for your student ID card.
If you have already enrolled in your courses online, you will still need to complete some enrolment steps in person during International Orientation. These will be explained to you when you arrive.
If you are an international PhD student, you will enrol through the Faculty of Graduate Research. You should report to the Faculty when you arrive.
Find out more about enrolling.
Once you have received your Confirmation of Enrolment email, you can get ready for your studies. It may take up to five days before your enrolment is fully processed.
You will need to:
- set up your online services
- find and manage your study information using myTools
- manage or redirect your student email account
- collect your student ID card
Find out what else to do when you first arrive at the University. This could include attending the University’s orientation for all new students, which is optional but a great way to meet new friends.