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New students

Log in or sign up to the Pūaha portal to apply to study a Bachelor’s degree, certificate, diploma, Honours degree, or Master’s programme. You can use this portal to save your application and complete it later.

Go to Pūaha Guide to applying

Returning students

You only need to select your courses online to complete your re-enrolment, but you'll need to contact your Student Success Adviser first if you're changing your degree or major. If you've been enrolled for Trimester 1, you can add courses for Trimesters 2 and 3 via the Student Records tool in Pūaha.

Guide to re-enrolment
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International students

You can apply at any time, but you'll need to allow time to get your student visa. Find out how to apply (and other useful information) on our site for international students.

Find out how to apply

PhD and doctoral students

If you want to do a PhD or other doctorate, you'll apply through the Wellington Faculty of Graduate Research. It's the same process for both domestic and international students.

Find out how to apply

How to enrol

You can apply online for admission and for your preferred degree (or other qualification) through our Pūaha portal up to two years in advance. We'll send you an Offer of Place for you to accept.

You can then select your courses and finish your enrolment closer to your study start date. We'll send you an Enrolment Agreement for you to accept.

Step-by-step guide


Applications for Trimester 1, 2023 study have now closed. To start studying in Trimester 2, 2023, you need to submit your application by 20 June 2023.

Some limited-entry, postgraduate, and Teacher Education programmes have different application dates.

More key dates

Course advice

If you’re a new student, you can book an appointment with our Future Students team. They can help you plan your studies and choose courses.

If you're a re-enrolling student, talk to your Student Success Adviser, who you can find in Pūaha.

Book an appointment Go to Pūaha

Gaining entry

You'll be granted admission to the University if you can show that you've met the educational requirements to succeed as a student.

If you don't have University Entrance or a similar qualification, you might qualify for Provisional or Special Admission. Or you could do a foundation course first.

All about admission Foundation courses
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Need help?

Find out how to get course advice and what to do if you’ve been declined admission, been put on a waitlist for a course, or are having problems applying.

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