Victoria University of Wellington

Student wellbeing

When you study at Victoria University of Wellington, you will have access to many student support services. These are designed to make adjusting to university life easier and to support your learning. 

Some services are also available to Foundation Studies students who have paid the Student Service Levy. 

Student Wellbeing Awareness Team

This team of current students empowers other students to look after themselves by raising awareness and providing education about health and wellbeing. They run regular events and can also support you at The Bubble, a space for students to meet friends or seek advice. Enjoy a free cup of tea or coffee or heat up your lunch in the kitchen

Get some helpful tips, access resources, or attend a course or workshop.

Student Learning

Student Learning provides free workshops, learning opportunities and resources to help international students communicate better, improve their writing and practise study techniques.

Other Victoria University of Wellington Support

All international students can access the University’s main support services, including:

  • Student Health
  • Student Counselling
  • Disability Services
  • Student Finance Advisers
  • Careers and Employment

Student support

New Zealand is the only country in the world with an International Student Wellbeing Strategy, designed to protect our reputation as a safe and welcoming study destination. Here are some of the ways that Victoria University of Wellington supports international students:


International Orientation

This fun two-day session is your chance to receive an orientation pack, take a campus tour and get tips and information on all the services available in your exciting new life.


International Buddy Programme

You will be assigned a buddy, who will be

  • there to show you around and help you adjust to life as a student in Wellington.
  • You can also take part in buddy events throughout the year – have some fun and meet fellow students

Wellington University International – Te Kahupapa

International students have support from a dedicated team at the University who provide personal, academic and cultural support, including student visa renewal, insurance claim support, academic monitoring, International Orientation and student events.