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  • Locations: Wellington, New Zealand
  • Program Terms: Academic Year, Fall, Spring
  • Homepage: Click to visit
  • Restrictions: GT applicants only
  • Estimated Program Costs: Fall, Spring
Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Spring 2020 09/01/2019 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.
Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Program Level: Undergraduate Program Type: University Exchange
Credit Hours: 12 Weeks per term: 16
Language of Instruction: English Academic Disciplines: Accounting, Architecture, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Business Administration, Chemistry, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Economics, Economics and International Affairs, History, Technology, and Society, Industrial Design, International Affairs, Literature, Media and Communication, Mathematics, Music, Music Technology, Philosophy, Physics, Psychology, Public Policy, Sociology
Preferred Participating Majors (Exchange Programs): Housing Type: Homestay, On-Campus Residence Hall, Private Apartment
Advisor: Meg Sonstroem International Service Learning: No
Affiliated with GT Serve-Learn-Sustain: No
Program Description:
 
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Location Information

PROGRAM DATES
Fall semester:  early July – mid November
Spring semester:  mid February – early July

LOCATION
This university is located in Wellington, New Zealand. To learn more about this city and country, please visit:
http://www.state.gov
http://www.lonelyplanet.com

HOST INSTITUTION
Sitting in the 'dress circle' of New Zealand's scenic harbour capital, Victoria's main Kelburn campus enjoys an idyllic setting. Its elevated position commands stunning views, and has the unique dual benefit of removing the University from the hustle and bustle of a thriving inner city, while it remains a few minutes' walk from the city centre. VUW has 4 main campuses, three of which are all within a 15 minutes walk of each other in the middle of the city. Victoria's student population is of similar size to Georgia Tech with 21,000 students. 3,000 of those are international students from over 70 countries. 

HOUSING

There are 15 on-campus student residence halls. VUW reserves places in the halls for international students. However, international students are not required to live on-campus. When you arrive in Wellington, the International Students' Office's free airport meeting service will see you safely to your new home.

Students pay between NZ$400-NZ$800 fee when applying for housing. In addition, if you are only studying at VUW for Trimester 1 (Feb-June), 10% is added to the cost of housing. On-campus housing is much easier to secure for students attending Semester 2 (July - Nov) or for an academic year starting Trimester 1 (Feb - Nov). VUW discourages students from applying for Trimester 1 only because of the difficulty in getting housing for that term. 

Applicants for this program MUST apply for housing directly to VUW. This application is independent of the study abroad application and must be completed by their deadlines.

MEALS

Eligibility
  • Georgia Tech degree-seeking student
  • Good Academic Standing with a 3.0 (or higher) GPA at time of application
  • Undergraduates must have completed at least two full-time semesters of study at GT
  • At least 18 years of age by the program's departure date
  • Be able to stay at the host university for the duration of their semester, INCLUDING through their exam period
  • Be in Good Standing with the Office of Student Affairs and Housing
  • All Non-U.S. Citizens are welcome to apply to participate in an exchange outside of their home country only. This rule applies to all who do not have a U.S. passport, including U.S. Permanent Residents.
  • All study abroad participants are required to have a passport prior to any visa deadline dates, and any needed visas prior to departure date (Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations prior to departure).

Academic Info
COURSE INFORMATION
VUW's course catalog

You may refer to the previous academic year's course catalog if necessary when choosing classes, as the course offerings do not change much from year to year.

Exchange students are allowed to enroll in music performance classes, but must apply to the classes early as they have an audition process.

Architecture and Industrial Design students will need to submit a portfolio (any format - folder, CD, website, etc.) with their application. Please contact the advisor for this program for more information.

VICTORIA INTERNATIONAL LEADERSHIP PROGRAMME
In July 2008, VUW launched VILP (Victoria International Leadership Programme), an academically-oriented extracurricular program featuring the following themes: international leadership, cross-cultural communication, global connectedness, and sustainability. The program is open to full-time students as well as exchange and study abroad students. Exchange and study abroad students may complete the certificate in addition to their regular course load. There is no fee for the program, nor does it bear any credits. A certificate is awarded at the end. Exchange and study abroad students in the program are expected to complete the following requirements: attend two seminars, one of which focuses on New Zealand; attend two speaker events; participate in one New Zealand experiential activity; submit reflective pieces as required by the program. Incoming exchange and study abroad students may apply once they have been accepted to VUW. 

Credit for courses taken as a part of exchange programs is received by transferring the credits back to Georgia Tech. For more information about this, click here. Here you will find the foreign credit approval form, the foreign credit approval form instructions, and a link to the registrar's Equivalency Table.

CREDIT TRANSFER SYSTEM
1 VUW credit = 0.20 GT credit

GRADING SYSTEM
VUW Grade = US Grade
A+, A, A- (75-100%) = A
B+,B, B-(60-74%) = B
C+, C, C- (50-59%)= C
No equivalent = D
D, E, Q (49% or under) = F 
 
  • Complete information about how to apply for or renew a U.S. passport is available here.
  • You must obtain all proper immigration documents, such as an official passport and a visa if required. Students are responsible for securing all required travel documents per the host country’s regulations. For visa information visit the U.S. State Department website here.
Before going to study at Victoria University you will need a Student Visa. When applying for your Student Visa, you will need to show the letter from Victoria confirming your offer of admission as well as a receipt showing you have paid your tuition fees in full. Full details on applying for a student visa can be found on the New Zealand Immigration Services website.
Essential Functions of Study Abroad


OIE is committed to supporting students with disabilities who plan to embark on an international experience. Along with this one of a kind experience comes with the knowledge that there are different cultural viewpoints and legal standards for disabilities throughout the world. Contact your study abroad advisor for additional details about the essential functions of this particular study abroad program. Notify the Office of International Education and the Office of Disability Services about your accommodation needs as soon as possible, but at a minimum, we suggest at least six months before your expected departure. Please note, that depending on your needs, it may take longer to determine if accommodations are in place for the program that you have chosen.
Experiences of Former Students
Want to hear from former study abroad students about the realities of daily life at the host school? Want to see snapshots from around the world - taken by former study abroad participants? Check out these helpful links: Peer Advisors and Study Abroad Photo Contest.

Can't find a student perspective for your particular program? Contact this program's Exchange Abroad Advisor for a list of recent participants who are eager to tell other GT students about studying abroad.
Advisor Information
 
Meg Sonstroem