Returning to study

About study options, admission, support and other considerations when you're returning to study after the age of 20.

Whether you're returning to study or this is the first time you've thought about coming to university, we understand that furthering your education can be a daunting yet exciting prospect.

Balancing work, family, and study commitments is tricky, so we're available and happy to help you get the most out of your time at university. We can offer guidance on admission requirements and entry pathways as well as assisting you to plan your programme of study.

Talk to us about your study options

Our liaison officers provide objective advice to help you make the right decisions when planning your first year of study and can provide assistance with selecting your admission type when you apply to enrol.

Book a course planning appointment for one-to-one advice, email, or call 0800 04 04 04.

Credit for past study

If you've studied at a tertiary institution before, you may be eligible to gain credit into a new qualification. To find out whether this is possible, you will need to contact the relevant faculty office.

Attend orientation

Victoria University of Wellington runs a Mature Student Orientation at the start of every academic year for anyone over the age of 20 starting university for the first time or returning to study after a break.

Study support and preparation courses

If you haven’t studied before, or not for a long time, help is available. Student Learning has information for mature students, including what support is on offer to help you succeed in your studies.

We offer a range of short courses and workshops for students wanting help with study skills. These are run just before the start of Trimester 1 and can be a good way to build your confidence prior to starting your course of study.

Study options

We offer a range of degrees and qualifications, including short courses and non-degree programmes, with part-time study and courses by distance available.