Wellington University offers free study to 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.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Grant Guilford says a scholarship covering 100 percent of tuition fees is available for study beginning in Trimester 2 (starts Monday 13 July), to people whose work and life has been disrupted by the pandemic.

“We are wishing to support people who have lost their job, been forced home from overseas or find themselves in changed circumstances, such as needing to care for dependents at home,” says Professor Guilford.

“At times of crisis, universities have an important role to play as inclusive institutions where learning flourishes and new beginnings are possible.

“This offer is one of the things we can do to support our communities and get behind the people of Wellington and New Zealand in a time of need,” says Professor Guilford.

The offer announced today 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.

People can register their interest by visiting the University’s website.

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.

How do I register interest or find out more?

You can register interest immediately here. We will then send you more information and we can arrange a course planner to call you to discuss your options.

What courses are covered by this offer?

You can enrol in any courses offered in Trimester 2, so long as you meet the entry requirements and prerequisites.

When do I need to enrol by?

The usual dates for Trimester 2 apply, with applications due 15 June. See key dates here.

What costs does the offer cover?

It 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.

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

Yes. 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.

Is there any limit on the number of courses I can do?

Yes, our usual course/workload limits apply. Check our website for details.

Can I do a double degree or enrol in two degrees?

Yes, you are restricted by the usual course limits.

Can I enrol part-time?


Is it possible to study online?

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.

Are there any University-provided accommodation options in Trimester 2?

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

Isn’t it harder to start 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.

Is the scholarship for one trimester?

The offer is for Trimester 2 only at this stage.