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Fields of Study: Humanities, Social Sciences, Science, Engineering

Enrolling directly in the university, you’ll choose courses from a wide array of disciplines.

Unique study opportunities

  • Access psychology course, research, and internship opportunities; specialist programs include forensic psychology, cross-cultural psychology, and cognitive and behavioral neuroscience.
  • Observe New Zealand politics in action from within its capital city.
  • Join the Victoria International Leadership Programme of extracurricular seminars, lively debates, speaker events, and activities that focus on international leadership, cross-cultural communication, and sustainability.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of pressing global issues such as economic interdependence, poverty, and human security.


Language of Instruction: English

Language Study: Optional

Foreign language study is available. Check the university course catalog.

Courses and credit

Requirements While Abroad

To successfully complete this program:

  • Take a full-time course of study: Three to four courses for a total of 24 quarter/16 semester UC units each semester or 60 Victoria University of Wellington units per term.

Current Program Courses

You will finalize your study plans and register for classes after arrival with assistance from UCEAP. In addition to regular university courses, independent study and internships for academic credit are also an option in this program. Before you enroll in courses, you’ll review the calendar, restrictions, and prerequisites for all courses to ensure success.

School of Psychology Courses

The School of Psychology offers an excellent program, with specialist programs including Forensic psychology, Cross-Cultural psychology, and Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. Outstanding course and research opportunities are also offered in more traditional areas such as cognitive development, social, and organizational psychology.

You are also invited to undertake a research internship at the Centre for Applied Cross-Cultural Research, located within the School of Psychology.

Catalogs and resources

Academic Culture

To help you acclimate to New Zealand campus life and culture, there are a few key differences and similarities with UC to be aware of:

  • The New Zealand semester is longer and has a slower pace than the UC semester or quarter.
  • Students address local lecturers and tutors informally by their first name.
  • Similar to UC, the main forms of teaching are lectures (50-500+ students), tutorials (10-25 students), seminars (30+ students; half lecture, half tutorial), and labs/practicals.
  • All lectures are recorded—beware of waiting until the last minute to watch them. In New Zealand, students are expected to be independent and show initiative. Instructors won't chase you up if you miss classes or assignments.
  • Assignments tend to require heavy research and critical analysis.
  • You’ll need to use New Zealand English for assignments.


You will earn direct UC credit and grades for all coursework. Most courses will be assessed by a combination of coursework and a final written exam. Most assessment is due toward the end of the semester. In a semester, it is not uncommon to have your first assignment due in Week 6 and not receive any grades back until Week 8. Finals may be very heavily weighted (40-80% of your final grade). There is usually a study week (called swot vac) between the last week of the semester and the start of the exam period.

Grades for the fall semester are typically available mid-January to mid-February, and grades for the spring semester are typically available mid-August to mid-September.