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.

Semester 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 cultural 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.

One of the adventure capitals of the world - 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, an internationally recognized institution with a highly accredited business school. A broad range of courses, elite faculty, and modern facilities make VUW an ideal choice!

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


  • Ocean, beaches, and mountains all within a few hours
  • A metropolitan city with more cafeĢs per capita than NYC
  • Extensive adventure opportunities
  • Classes at an internationally acclaimed university with over 3,000 international students
  • An innovative curriculum with more than 80 academic degree areas
  • Global Leadership program, including activities such as diplomatic dialog seminars with speakers and experiential activities


  • University-sponsored single rooms in shared flats, furnished with a shared kitchen and living areas. You may have a Kiwi Mate as a roommate as well!


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

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Program Fee

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

Compare a semester at JU versus a semester in New Zealand.

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  • Explore Wellington through a walking tour orientation
  • Get to know a "Kiwi Mate", your New Zealand native who will be partnered with you to help you adjust to life in your new country as well as get the most of the New Zealand culture and activities!
  • Student Union fees/gym membership
  • Housing
  • JU Credit
  • Victoria University of Wellington official transcript
  • Pre-departure/On-site orientation
  • Airport pick-up
  • Medical & accident insurance
  • Alumni Ambassador program: find out more

How to Apply

  • This program is managed by our sister organization, CISabroad.  All students should submit an online application to CISabroad here.
  • Pay a $200 deposit to CISabroad.
  • Submit a copy of your official transcript.

What the Students Say

“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!”

Jena A.