Semester on the North Island, New Zealand

Program Information

Amazing academics and laid-back Kiwi culture in a vibrant city. The semester on the North Island, New Zealand program offers you the best of everything: strong academics, an amazing location, and an affordable price.

Studying abroad on the North Island of New Zealand will connect you to one of the world’s most extraordinary cultures. Wellington is unique because it is the business, commercial, and political capital of the country, yet it is small enough to walk almost everywhere. The atmosphere is sophisticated, yet down-to-earth and youthful.

New Zealand is one of the adventure capitals of the word- Adventure and adrenaline-pumping sports were practically invented here. You can bungee jump with the world’s original bungee company, tandem skydive over the ocean, and learn to surf all in this amazing and beautiful country. 

World-class academics – Study at Victoria University of Wellington, widely regarded as one of the strongest universities in the Southern Hemisphere. It is internationally recognized for its broad range of courses, diverse student body, and elite faculty.

Clubs and student organizations – Ever thought to try your hand at fencing? How about canoeing or kayaking? With clubs and organizations as diverse as the student body, you’ll find something that suits your interests.

Highlights and Excursions

  • Ocean, beaches, and mountains all within a few hours
  • A metropolitan city with more cafés per capita than NYC
  • Extensive adventure opportunities
  • Classes at an internationally acclaimed university
  • A large, diverse student body with over 3,000 international students
  • An innovative curriculum with more than 80 academic degree areas
  • Global Leadership program to enhance your skills


  • University-sponsored shared flats, furnished, w/ shared kitchen and living areas.


Courses include architecture, commerce, design, education, engineering, environmental studies, humanities, law, sciences, and social sciences, among others.

For a complete list of course offerings, please click here.

Campus Setting


Average Course Load

3-4 courses (12-16 US credits)

GPA Requirement


Language of Instruction


Program Dates

Spring 2014*:

Start Date: February 23
End Date: July 5

Fall 2014*:

Start Date: Mid July 
End Date: Mid November

Program Fee


*Cost may change at any time due to the current exchange rate.


  • Full-time tuition & fees
  • Housing
  • Pre-departure and onsite orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • Victoria University of Wellington official transcript
  • Student Union fees
  • Carbon offset of travel & Green Travel Guide

How to Apply

  • Set up an appointment with Frances Weiner,
  • Fill out the CISabroad Online Application
  • Pay the $200 application deposit*

*This is NOT an extra fee, but is a non-refundable deposit applied towards your total program fee. You will be directed to pay this after completing the online application.

Past Students

“The academics in Wellington were great for me because the variety of the classes allowed me to fulfill major, minor and elective requirements. Living in New Zealand is something I wish I could experience over and over again!”

Jenna A.