International Baccalaureate

If you’ve completed the International Baccalaureate (IB) at a school in New Zealand, you’ll be admitted through this category.

To be automatically accepted into programmes offered, you will need to:

  1. achieve University Entrance
  2. achieve the Guaranteed Entry Score
  3. fulfil any other degree-specific requirements (e.g., performance audition)
  4. apply by the deadline.

When applying, select the admission type ‘International Baccalaureate’.

If you studied you diploma overseas, you will need to select the admission type 'Qualification at Entrance Level'.

The Guaranteed Entry Score also applies to applicants who sat IB prior to 2016.

University Entrance through IB

University Entrance through IB consists of the full IB diploma (24-points minimum).

The Guaranteed Entry Score

The Guaranteed Entry Score (GES) from IB is 28 points for all undergraduate degrees, except the Bachelor of Architectural Studies and Bachelor of Building Science which require a GES of 29.

You will be ranked according to your IB score. If you achieve 28 points for IB, your score will also be 28 points.

If you achieve University Entrance but do not achieve the GES, we may waitlist you according to your score and application date. We will offer you a place in your programme as soon as possible.

Victoria University of Wellington is committed to providing pathways to university for under-represented groups. Māori and Pasifika applicants who achieve University Entrance but do not achieve the GES will be admitted with the following conditions:

  • You must attend study and course planning interviews.
  • You must attend the Māori or Pasifika New Students’ Orientation.
  • You must participate in a faculty mentoring programme for Māori and Pasifika students.

Applications from students with disabilities who achieve University Entrance but do not achieve the GES will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.

The GES requirements for domestic students wanting to study in 2021 have been removed.