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Open Day Fri 25th August / Scholarships / Accommodation / new Psychology Degree

Kia ora

We hope Term 3 is off to a good start.


Here at Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington, our team is busy preparing to host our Open Dayalong with course-planning visits to schools. We are looking forward to connecting with your students at these events.


In this newsletter, you’ll find information about our Open Day, scholarship and accommodation applications for 2024, and key dates for the remainder of the year.


As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us.


Ngā mihi

Te Kahupapa | Future Students

Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington

Open Day

We are excited to invite our future students and families to our Open Day on Friday 25 August. We have sent posters out to your school and we hope everyone is excited about the event this year. There will also be hall tours running from24–26 August, A course-planning day will be held at our Pipitea campus on Saturday 26 August.


In addition, we will run an update session for careers advisers in the morning of Open Day so that you can be informed about the latest developments at the University. If you would like to attend this session OR you are a school bringing students with you, please register your attendance using the registration form below.


Register now

School-leaver scholarships 

Applications for the Te Herenga Waka─Victoria University of Wellington school-leaver scholarships are now open and close on 1 September. 


There are seven scholarships available, three of which are new:


Tangiwai Scholarship, which celebrates excellence, both academic and outside the classroom, worth $5,000–$10,000.


Totoweka Scholarship, focused on equity and support, for students who are Māori or Pasifika, come from socio-economically disadvantaged or refugee backgrounds, identify as LGBTQIA+ and takatāpui, or who have a disability, worth $5,000–$10,000 


Raukaraka Scholarship, for leadership outside and inside the classroom, worth $5,000–$10,000


Kahotea Scholarship, for outstanding achievement, worth up to $35,000 over three years.




Pakohe Scholarship—for sustainability which recognises the University’s commitment to supporting students who have demonstrated sustainability qualities that align with our aim to be a global thought leader, by integrating sustainability into all we do.


Scholarships are valued at $5,000 to $10,000 for the first year of study. 


Kahurangi Scholarship—for exceptional Māori students. 


The scholarship package includes full accommodation costs for the first year on the Marino floor in Joan Stevens Hall, where tikanga Māori (Māori cultural practices) and te reo Māori (Māori language) are part of everyday life. There is dedicated pastoral support, plus $5,000 towards tuition fees in the second and third years of study. For students who are not in a hall of residence, a $15,000 fees contribution can be taken evenly across three years


Mana Pasifika Scholarship—for exceptional Pasifika students. 


The scholarship package includes full accommodation costs for the first year in a Victoria University of Wellington hall of residence. There is dedicated pastoral support, plus $5,000 towards tuition fees in the second and third years of study. For students who are not in a hall, a $15,000 fees contribution can be taken evenly across three years.


International students studying at New Zealand secondary schools can apply for the Wellington International Excellence ScholarshipThe New Zealand International School-Leaver Grant is also available.


Full details of the scholarship regulations are available on our website.

2024 accommodation

Applications for our halls of residence open on Tuesday 1 August. We encourage students to get their applications in early, as the halls will start offering places from mid-September. Open Day is a great opportunity for students to visit and tour the halls.


To help students explore their accommodation options, they can use the halls comparison tool on our website. If they are unable to attend open day, they can book a tour of the halls of their choice on our website.


2024 prices can now be found on our website


Learn more

Course planning visits

In Term 3, we will begin visiting schools for course-planning sessions. During these sessions, we will explain how our degrees work, and help students plan their first year of courses. We can also answer questions about online enrolment, accommodation, and scholarships.

Book a course planning visit for your school

New Bachelor of Psychology

In 2024, Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington will launch Aotearoa’s only Bachelor of Psychology (BPsyc). This new degree will give students the skills to be part of positive, transformative change for all New Zealanders, and they’ll learn from staff who are leading voices in areas such as mental health, crime prevention and rehabilitation, cultural psychology, and brain sciences.  


The degree is based around the required Psychological Science major, which is made up of 12 courses covering a broad range of key topics in psychology. The BPsyc will produce graduates that are psychologically literate and critical and creative thinkers. 


They’ll be prepared for a diverse range of careers in fields such as the health sector, government, the justice system, human resources, education, or research.


Sign up for Bachelor of Psychology updates. 

2023 Key dates 

1 August: Applications open for accommodation

25 August: Open Day 

26 August: Course planning day

1 September: Applications close for scholarships

20 September: Course enrolment for 2024 opens


Applications for admission to study in 2024 are now open. Read our steps to enrol here.

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