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Start your application to study for a degree, Certificate, Diploma, Honours degree or Master’s programme.

Fees-free study

If this is the first time you’ve studied at a tertiary level and you studied at a New Zealand high school in 2017 or later, you may qualify for fees-free study. Find out if you are eligible.

Fees-free study applies to the calendar year—if you sign up to courses that begin in January, you could get fees-free study for that year if you are eligible.

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International and Doctoral students

International students or those enrolling in a Doctoral programme have a different application process and cannot apply using this online system.

Master's programmes

You can apply online for most Master's programmes but some need paper applications. Check the application process with your Faculty office before you apply.

When to apply

For course advice or to find out more about your study options, email the Student Recruitment and Orientation team or phone 0800 04 04 04.

Trimester 3 applications are due 27 October 2020. Applications to study in Trimester 1, 2021 will open on 1 October 2020.

Some limited entry, postgraduate, and Teacher Education programmes may have different application dates. If you have any questions, contact your faculty.

See all enrolment dates and deadlines.


All new applicants need to meet one of the admission types to gain entry to Victoria University of Wellington. For postgraduate entry (Honours, Master’s, certificates, and diplomas) and Teacher Education programmes, you’ll also need to meet additional programme specific requirements.

For new students wanting to enrol in Classical or Jazz performance or Music Therapy, an audition is required. Find out about auditions on the Te Kōkī New Zealand School of Music website.

Audition applications are due by 20 July in the year preceding enrolment.

You will normally need to be at least 16 years of age by the application closing date.

Steps to apply

Follow our steps to apply to help you through the application process and get prepared before you start university.

Need help?

If for any reason you can't enrol online, contact the Enrolment Office for help. If you need course advice, book a course planning session or call us on 0800 04 04 04.

For everything to do with your enrolment, we will email the address you give when you register with the online enrolment system. If you haven't received anything, try checking your spam folder first.

What to do next

If you've applied for open-entry courses and programmes only, your Offer of Study should arrive within four weeks after you apply. See accept your Offer of Study to find out the next steps, or check what documentation you must supply.