Key dates

A list of important public dates, such as trimester application deadlines, course additions, withdrawals, and refunds, and trimester start and end dates.

There will be no examinations in Trimester 1. For further information see our academic advice to students.

The list below includes all Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington’s key dates, including application deadlines, trimester start and end dates, examination dates, ceremonies, holidays, and more.

Our key dates are also marked on our downloadable 2020 wall calendar.

Important dates and deadlines 2020

March 2020

DateDeadline
Sun 1 Closing date for round one applications for doctoral admission and doctoral scholarships.
Sun 1 Application deadline to have qualification awarded at the May graduation ceremonies.
Mon 2 Trimester 1 begins.
Fri 13 No addition of Trimester 1 or full-year courses after this date.
Fri 13 After this date, students giving notice of withdrawal from a Trimester 1 or full-year course will not receive a refund of tuition fees.
Mon 23Teaching break (3 weeks) begins due to COVID-19 alert level 4.

April 2020

DateDeadline
Wed 1 Halls of residence applications open for Trimester 2 2020.
Fri 10 Mid-Trimester 1 break begins.
Fri 10 Good Friday (University closed).
Mon 13 Easter Monday (University closed).
Tue 14 University closed.
Mon 27 Anzac Day observed (University closed).
Tue 28 Trimester 1 resumes (week 4).

May 2020

DateDeadline
Fri 1 Offers sent for Trimester 2 2020 halls of residence.
Fri 15 Last day for withdrawal from Trimester 1 courses. After this date, the associate dean’s approval is required.
Mon 18 Trimester 1 aegrotat period begins.

June 2020

DateDeadline
Mon 1 Queen’s Birthday (University closed).
Mon 15 Applications due for courses and programmes starting Trimester 2.
Mon 15 Discretionary Entrance and Special Admission for Trimester 2 courses close.
Mon 29 Mid-year break begins.
Mon 29 International Students’ Orientation begins and runs to Thursday 2 July inclusive.

July 2020

DateDeadline
Wed 1 Closing date for round two applications for doctoral admission and doctoral scholarships.
Wed 1Grade entry deadline Trimester 1 courses. Every effort will be made for results to be available by Friday 3 July.
Thu 2 Online enrolment closes for Trimester 2.
Fri 3 New Students’ Orientation for Trimester 2.
Fri 3 Deadline for payment of fees for Trimester 2 courses. Students must be fully enrolled by this date.
Mon 6 Trimester 2 begins.
Fri 10 No addition of Trimester 2 courses after this date.
Fri 17 Students giving notice of withdrawal from a Trimester 2 course after this date will not receive a refund of tuition fees.

August 2020

DateDeadline
Sat 1 Halls of residence applications open for 2021.
Fri 14 Last day for withdrawal from full-year courses. After this date, the associate dean’s approval is required.
Mon 17 Mid-Trimester 2 break begins.
Fri 21 Open Day.
Mon 31 Trimester 2 resumes.

September 2020

DateDeadline
Fri 18 Last day for withdrawal from Trimester 2 courses. After this date, the associate dean’s approval is required.
Mon 21 Trimester 2 aegrotat period begins.

October 2020

DateDeadline
Thu 1 Open for 2021 online enrolment
Thu 1 Application deadline to have qualification awarded at the December graduation ceremonies.
Thu 1 Offers sent for 2021 halls of residence.
Fri 9 Trimester 2 and full-year teaching period ends.
Mon 12 End-year study period begins.
Fri 16 End-year examinations begin.
Mon 26 Labour Day (University closed).
Tue 27 Applications due for courses and programmes starting in Trimester 3.
Tue 27 Discretionary Entrance and Special Admission for Trimester 3 courses close.

November 2020

DateDeadline
Sun 1 Closing date for round three applications for doctoral admission and doctoral scholarships.
Sun 1 Closing date for Victoria Graduate Awards and Master’s-by-Thesis scholarships.
Tue 3 International Students’ Orientation begins and runs for two days.
Thu 5 Online enrolment closes for Trimester 3.
Fri 6 Deadline for payment of fees for Trimester 3 November–December 2020 and November 2020–February 2021 courses
Sat 7 End-year examinations end.
Mon 9 Trimester 3 begins.
Fri 13 No addition of Trimester 3 November–December 2020 courses.
Fri 13 Students giving notice of withdrawal from a Trimester 3 November–December 2020 course after this date will not receive a refund of tuition fees.
Thu 19Grade entry deadline for Trimester 2 and full-year courses (except LAWS 100–399 courses).
Fri 20 No addition of Trimester 3 November 2020–February 2021 courses.
Fri 20 Students giving notice of withdrawal from a Trimester 3 November 2020–February 2021 course after this date will not receive a refund of tuition fees.
Tue 24Grade entry deadline for Trimester 2 and full-year LAWS 100–399 courses.

December 2020

DateDeadline
Tue 1 Deadline for applications to limited entry programmes and courses.
Fri 4 Graduate Diploma of Teaching and Master of Teaching and Learning programmes end.
Wed 9 Last day for withdrawal from Trimester 3 November–December 2020 courses. After this date, the associate dean's approval is required.
Wed 9 Graduation ceremonies at the Michael Fowler Centre.
Thu 10 Graduation ceremonies at the Michael Fowler Centre.
Fri 11 Graduation ceremonies at Te Herenga Waka Marae.
Fri 18 Trismester 3 ends. Last day of teaching 2020.
Mon 21 University closed (reopens 5 January 2021).