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Getting Started 2019 Kia rite - Victoria University of Wellington
“Take advantage of everything Victoria University
                                      of Wellington has to offer. Get involved—there’s so
                                      much to explore, learn, and achieve at the University
                                      and in Wellington.”
                                      Isacc Patelu
                                      Student, Bachelor of Arts

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Getting Started 2019 Kia rite - Victoria University of Wellington
3     Nau mai, haere mai
4     Getting prepared
6     The first trimester of your first year
8     Before you arrive
10    Once you arrive
14    New Students’ Orientation
16    Be ready to start classes
18    Meeting other students
22    Wellington and New Zealand
25    Glossary
28    Kelburn campus map

You have received this booklet because you are new to
Victoria University of Wellington and we want to welcome         Cover: The kaokao pattern featured represents support,
you and ensure your experience here is successful. Coming        strength, and unity. This pattern is based on the tukutuku
to a new place can be daunting, so this booklet provides         wall panel inside Te Herenga Waka marae on the Kelburn
information about key things you need to know and do.            campus.
Included are:
n    useful checklists to go through—even before you arrive 		   Important notice: Victoria University of Wellington uses all
     at the University                                           reasonable skill and care to ensure the information contained
                                                                 in this document is accurate at the time of being made
n    links to further information online                         available. However, matters covered by this document are
                                                                 subject to change due to a continuous process of review and to
n    advice from current students                                unanticipated circumstances. The University therefore reserves
                                                                 the right to make any changes without notice. So far as the law
n    information for specific groups of students                 permits, the University accepts no responsibility for any loss
                                                                 suffered by any person due to reliance (either in whole or in part)
n    contact information for various services if you need 			    on the information contained in this document, whether direct or
     advice or support.                                          indirect and whether foreseeable or not.

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Getting Started 2019 Kia rite - Victoria University of Wellington

                                      TE ARO CAMPUS

                     KELBURN CAMPUS
Getting Started 2019 Kia rite - Victoria University of Wellington
Being a new student is both exciting and daunting—whether
it’s your first time at university, you’re embarking on
postgraduate study, or you’ve just moved to Wellington.
I warmly welcome you. You will be part of a supportive
community, and I assure you that we will help you find
your way.
Victoria University of Wellington offers a student experience
that is second to none. Wellington is a fantastic city in
which to be a student—it’s safe, vibrant, and welcoming.
It’s home to a capital-city community packed with leaders,
creators, thinkers, dreamers, doers, and lovers of life. The
opportunities here are limitless.
This booklet is designed to help you on the first part of your
journey at the University. It’s full of information about how
to prepare for university life, how to get the best out of
your studies, and how to ensure your time here, inside and
outside the classroom, is rich and rewarding.
You’ve made a great decision to join our University
community. If you need some advice or run into a problem—
academic, financial, social, personal—there is always            “I warmly welcome you. You
someone who can help.
                                                                 will be part of a supportive
                                                                 community, and I assure you that
                                                                 we will help you find your way.”

Professor Grant Guilford

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   We asked our students about their experiences
   during their first few months on campus.                                       At uni, people want
                                                                                   to do well and it’s
                                                                                 seen as more socially

                                                           Having the
                 There’s more                           opportunity to
              workload, but it’s far                     find and make
               more enjoyable.                         friends is always
                                                                                            I grew more
                                                                                            Trimester 1.
             You have to
             work more                  Differences between
              and push                  school and university

                                                                   Much more              I’m responsible for
                                I feel like what I’m              independent               my own success
                               studying is actually                 thought is               now—it’s very
                             leading me somewhere.                   allowed.                   exciting.

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Time management will help
                            you to balance your study,
                             home, and social life at
                            university—it’s not always                           Do not
                           easy, but it doesn’t have to                      underestimate
                                     be hard.                               the workload of
                                                                         studying, but getting
                                                                         to meet new people
Using the services
                                                                         is definitely the best
available will really
                                                                           part of life at the
  help you get a                          Be confident and
   better grade.                          don’t worry about
                                          what others think.

                        Tips from students who have
                         ‘been there and done that’

                   You get back what                       I wish I’d known that
                   you put in. It’s not                   readings were actually
                  always about who is                       very important and
                  smarter—it’s about                       that I needed to stay
                 who is most dedicated                        on top of them.
                 to their own success.

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            Get prepared                  February–March                          April

                                              THE FIRST
          Follow the                                                                      SIX-WEEK DIP
                                              WEEKS OF STUDY
         checklists on
          pages 8–12                  Reality                                    Reality
                                       n New challenges and experiences            n Struggling with the new environment
                                       n Living away from home, new country, 		     Course doubts—can I do this?

                                         culture, language, and lifestyle          n Pressure, high workload, and
                                       n Being independent                           assignments due
                                       n Meeting new people                         Do I need to upskill?

                                       n Worrying about skills and new courses      Handling new relationships, living

          Go to New                    n Feeling homesick                            situation, and homesickness
           Students’                                                                Possible health issues

                                                                                     Money issues
                                      Preparation and support

          Orientation                 n    Find your way
                                      n    Find out about student services 			    P reparation and support
                                      n    Plan your study routine                n   Take action
                                      n    Check the free Student Learning 			    
                                                                                  n   Get learning advice—tutors, student
                                           workshops available                        learning advisers, and workshops
                                           Check your course outlines             n   Get advice—budgeting, personal,
           Make an

                                      n    Make course changes by the end             and health
        effort to meet                     of the second week                     
                                                                                  n   Remember when you have faced hard
                                          Meet faculty staff                         things before and build on that

                                      n    Have fun and make friends              n   Plan how to use the mid-trimester break
                                      n    Treat your study like a job

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                                                                                      The end of your first trimester
                                                                                      n  Celebrate and/or reflect on
                                                                                         your trimester.
                                                                                      n  Confirm your courses for
                                                                                         next trimester.
May                                 June                                      July    n  Enjoy the break—travel home,
                                                                                         explore Wellington, travel
                                                                                         New Zealand.

       SETTLING IN                              EXAMS                                 PREPARATION AND SUPPORT
                                                                                      n  Get course advice from your
                                                                                         faculty if you are adjusting your
Reality                                R
                                         eality                                         programme.
 n New strategies support a more 			    n    Self-doubt as you hit ‘crunch time’—     n  Enjoy the mid-year break—catch up
   proactive study routine                   final assessments and exams                 with friends and family.
 n Excitement about social and 			      n
                                             Stress, pressure, and worry             n  Get mentally ready for next trimester.
   academic life at university          n     Possible health worries

Preparation and support                 P reparation and support
n   Keep seeking help/workshops 			     n    Check exam details
    if needed                           
                                        n    Attend exam preparation
n   Balance study/work/socialising/		        workshops at Student Learning
    sleep/eating and exercise           n    Take care of yourself—eat,
    Check budget regularly                  sleep, and exercise
                                        n    If stressed, seek confidential help
                                             at Mauri Ora or Victoria International
                                        n    Think and act positively
    Time to take stock, catch up,
    and get sorted for the second
    half. This is not a holiday,
    but time to study without
    lectures and tutorials.

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 Use this checklist to make sure you
 are set up for study at Victoria University
 of Wellington.

 Set your career and study goals.
                                                            Any tuition fees and levies for domestic students are due the
                          Friday before courses start. To avoid a late payment penalty,
                                                            make sure you pay on time, have an approved Student Loan,
       Enrolment                                            or have confirmed your eligibility for the Tertiary Education
 Once your Offer of Study has been accepted, confirm your   Commission to pay on your behalf under the Government’s
 enrolment.                                                 Fees Free tertiary initiative.

                   

 International students complete enrolment during           
 International Orientation.                                 Apply early for a Student Loan. You don’t need to be
                accepted or enrolled to start the process.

                                                            Student Finance advisers can answer your queries.
   KEY DATES                                                
   Key dates for the University are on our website.         International students must pay their fees in full before
                                enrolment is completed and to fulfil visa requirements.

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There is a cost for the meningococcal ACWY, pertussis,
     Accommodation                                            and varicella immunisations. There is no cost for the
Make sure you have arranged your accommodation.               MMR immunisation. If you are not able to have these
                            immunisations before arriving on campus, you can book an
                                                              appointment to have them at Student Health, ideally during
     Campus Coaches                                           New Students’ Orientation.
Connect with other new students through the Campus            
Coaches programme. Find your way around and learn about
the University from current students.                              International Buddy programme
                           Sign up for a buddy and get first-hand information from a
                                                              current university student.
     Disability                                               
Victoria University of Wellington welcomes students with
ongoing or temporary impairments. Contact Disability               Social media
Services early to ensure your needs can be met.               Connect with us on our social media channels to keep up
                                                              with news, events, competitions, and information—follow
                                                              us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.
                                                              Make sure to use #VicUniWgtn on Instagram and Twitter to
     Health                                                   share your student experience with us.
Register online with Student Health to receive free routine
appointments on campus. You can book an appointment at
our Kelburn or Pipitea clinics in person or over the phone.
   04 463 5308                                               You can order all your essential course material from the
                           Vic Books website—enter your course code (e.g. CLAS 101)
                                                              into the ‘Shop Search’ in the top-right corner. You can also
     Immunisations/vaccinations                               look at other sites for your textbooks; you might be able to
                                                              get them second-hand. Textbooks included on your course
Staying healthy and protecting yourself from preventable
                                                              reading lists are also made available for short-term loan at
illness while you are studying is important. We recommend
                                                              the University’s campus libraries.
that all students are fully immunised, including against
measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), meningococcal ACWY,        
and pertussis (whooping cough). The varicella (chicken pox)
immunisation is recommended for students who have not              WGTN Hall
had chicken pox or have not already completed a course of     Sign up to a ‘hall without walls’ for Wellington-based first-
the varicella immunisation.                                   year students who are not living in a hall of residence.

                                                                                                      Getting Started 2019 9
ONCE YOU                                                 This card is not available to international students.
                                                          International students have medical and travel insurance to

                                                          cover the cost of health services while studying in
                                                          New Zealand.


      Activate your University login                         Apply for your tertiary transport
 Once enrolled, you will be given a username. Use this    concession
 to access student computers, Wi-Fi, and printing. Your
                                                          All full-time or limited full-time students studying at
 username is on the top right of your Confirmation of
                                                          Victoria University of Wellington are eligible for a 25 percent
 Study email or form.
                                                          discount off the peak adult Snapper or single 10-trip ticket
 If you are an international student, you will receive    fare on Metlink bus, rail, and ferry services.
 your username after you have completed your
                                                          You’ll need to apply for a concession at the start of each
 enrolment in person during International Orientation.
                                                          year of full-time study—find out how to access your
 To set your password, go to https://password.student.    discount on the University website. and enter your username (the first six
 characters of your surname, followed by the first four
 characters of your first name).                               Check your Blackboard account
 A security code will be sent to the email address you    Blackboard is an online system in which your lecturer
 entered at enrolment. Enter this code on the website     communicates with the class and sets readings. It is very
 and then choose a password.                              important to check this regularly to stay up to date with
 If you have trouble logging in to your account,          your courses.
 phone 0800 842 867 (0800 VICTORIA).                      
                                                               Check your timetable
    Apply for a Community Services                        Log on to myTimetable using your University username and
                                                          password. Note that classes at the Kelburn campus start on
                                                          the hour in the morning and 10 minutes past the hour in the
 You may qualify for a Community Services Card, which
                                                          afternoon. Classes at Pipitea and Te Aro campuses start on
 will make your health services cheaper. The Work and
                                                          the half hour.
 Income website has details of how to apply.

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“Have a timetable up on your
wall with anything you are
committed to during the week.
Check your course outline.”

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as they provide information on course readings and
      Collect your Student ID                                     requirements, tutorials, and assessment due dates.
 Your card will be available when your enrolment is complete
 and applicable fees are paid. It is your library card, as well   
 as your student discount card. From Monday 18 February           
 until Thursday 7 March 2019, you can collect your card
 between 9 am and 4 pm at the Student Lounge (SUB216),                 Set up your email
 Level 2, Student Union building, Kelburn campus. After           The University’s main channel of communication is through
 those dates, go to the Enrolment counter on Level 1 of the       your University email address, which was sent to you when
 Hunter building. If you are a distance student, your card        you enrolled. To access your email account, click on the
 will be posted to you after you have emailed your photo to       email link in myTools. You will need to sign into the mail                                             system with your University username and password.
                                           

      Find all your classrooms                                         Visit Victoria Info Ihonui
 Make sure you know where your lectures and tutorials are         Ask questions and get directions from the friendly staff at
 before your classes begin.                                       the Victoria Info Ihonui locations.
                             

     Note study breaks, assessment due
 dates, and exam times in your diary                                Find your way around Wellington
 or phone                                                           Orient yourself: find your local supermarket, bank,
 Make a note of key dates and check each of your course             and post office; locate your campus; and discover
 outlines for your assessment due dates.                            Wellington’s attractions.
                                          

      Purchase your textbooks
 See page 9.                                                      “Download the campus map on your
                                                                  phone so it looks like you’re just
      Read your course outlines                                   checking your phone when you’re
 Each course has a course outline that is accessible on the
 University website using the course finder. Course outlines
                                                                  completely lost!”
 are also available on Blackboard. Read the outlines carefully,

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Find out more about what to do when you first arrive.

Phoning home
Free SIM cards are provided in your Welcome Bag through
our arrival meeting service, or collect one from Victoria
International. Call your family to let them know you have
arrived safely and advise them of your new contact details.

Open a New Zealand bank account that has an eftpos (debit)
card, as this is the safest way to access your money while
in New Zealand. To open an account, most banks require
a Confirmation of Study, proof of address, a copy of your
student visa, and identification, such as your passport and
your tax identification number (TIN) from your home country.

International Orientation and enrolment
Orientation is a mandatory two-day programme for all new
international students and is held on the Kelburn campus.
At Orientation, you will get all the information you need
to complete your enrolment. It will also prepare you for
your life in New Zealand—including getting you set up for
study, familiarising you with Wellington and New Zealand,
                                                               “I needed time to adjust to
and helping you adjust to the cultural differences you may     my new life here at Victoria
experience living here.
                                                               University of Wellington—time
You can also attend other New Students’ Orientation events
to get to know more about the University and your faculty      makes everything easier!”
and to meet other new students.

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NEW STUDENTS’                                                     OWeek—entertainment side of orientation
                                                                   Start your year off with some fun during OWeek, which will

                                                                   be run by the Victoria University of Wellington Students’
                                                                   Association (VUWSA) from Monday 25 February until Friday
                                                                   8 March 2019.
                                                                   Check out as many events as you can, make some new
 Orientation is a week-long series of workshops and sessions       mates, party at our music gigs, have a laugh, and get
 to help you make the most of your time at the University.         involved with university life outside the classroom.
 This is an opportunity to explore and connect with the
 University, find out crucial information about university life,
 and meet awesome new people. Orientation takes place              Orientation fitness membership special
 the week before the trimester begins (two weeks before for
                                                                   Take advantage of Victoria Recreation’s Orientation fitness
 international students). Trimester 1 is our biggest intake of
                                                                   membership special, which is available for two weeks only,
 new students, and a full programme is offered with events
                                                                   from Monday 25 February 2019.
 and information sessions for all students. Specific sessions
 are available for international, Māori, Pasifika, mature,
 postgraduate, and refugee-background students.
                                                                   Social sports
                                                                   Sign up for a social sports league as a team or an individual
                                   from Monday 4 March 2019, or come along to any of our
                     weekly Just Play sessions throughout the year.
 Victoria Info Ihonui
 Once you get on campus, you’ll have lots of questions and         Clubs expos
 will need to find your way. The friendly staff at Victoria Info   The University’s clubs expos provide new students with a
 Ihonui will help you. The Info Ihonui are at these locations:     great chance to find and connect with their club of choice.
 n   Level 2, Library entrance, the Hub, Kelburn Campus            Joining a club is an excellent way to meet new people and
                                                                   have some fun.
 n   Level 1, Hunter Building, Kelburn Campus
 n   Level 4, Murphy Building, Kelburn Campus                      Trimester 1 Clubs Expo
 n   Ground Floor, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus                When             10 am–2 pm, Tuesday 5–Thursday 7 March
                                                                   Where            The Hub, Kelburn campus
 n   Ground Floor, Faculty of Architecture and Design, Te Aro
                                                                   Trimester 2 Clubs Expo
                                                                   When             10 am–2 pm, Tuesday 16–Wednesday 17 July
 n   Level 1, Miramar Creative Centre                              Where            The Hub, Kelburn campus
 n   Level 4, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland premises.

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“In Orientation week, get out and do
anything you can—social events and
preparing for education. It’s good
getting comfortable at uni, so then
it’s easier to relax in class and pay
attention to your work.”

                                    “Come with an open mind and be ready to question
                                    how you know what you think you know.”

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     Sign up for tutorials                                         It’s important that you make any changes before the
                                                                   deadline (the end of the second week of classes for
Most courses at the University consist of two or three 50-minute
                                                                   Trimesters 1 and 2) so that you can get a fees refund,
lectures per week, plus one 50-minute tutorial or lab.
                                                                   if applicable.
Tutorials are small-group teaching sessions led by a tutor
                                                                   Some Trimester 3 courses may have shorter deadlines for
or lecturer to provide the opportunity for discussion,
                                                                   changing or withdrawing—check online or contact your
experiments, project work, and individual assistance.
                                                                   Faculty Student and Academic Services Office to confirm.
Attendance at tutorials may be mandatory to meet your course
requirements—check your course outline for information             
about tutorial requirements for individual courses.
Sign up to your tutorials separately through myAllocator.
Many sign-ups open prior to the trimester starting—check             Consider using myDegree to ensure any changes
Blackboard or your email for notifications.                          you make to your courses will help you complete
                                                                     your qualification.
     Changing your courses
To change or withdraw from a course, you can go online and
select Student Records from myTools. In Student Records,                Get study help
use ‘Add/Drop Courses’ to submit your changes.
                                                                   For general study and academic writing advice, Student
                                       Learning provides workshops, one-to-one appointments,
                                                                   and library help desk sessions. All students are welcome.
Alternatively, you can email or visit your Faculty Student and
Academic Services Office.                                          

                                                                        Join a library tour
                                                                   The University has four libraries, with a range of resources,
 International students should consult with                        facilities, and staff to support your study. Look for library
 Victoria International before dropping                            tours during New Students’ Orientation Week and in the first
 courses, as there may be visa implications.                       week of Trimester 1.
Log in to Wi-Fi                                               “It’s a cliché, but no question is too
All campuses have computers for student use. You can               small, and every bit of help can add
also log in to the University’s free secure Wi-Fi with your
computer or phone by using your University login details.          to your success.”

     Saving your work
You will get your own online workspace—a secure disk
space on which you can store personal files. To be safe, you
should save all your files to your H drive and back them up
on a USB.

You can top up and check the balance of your printing
account on any DocuPOS kiosk or by logging in to the
printing portal, accessed via myTools, and clicking on the
‘Cashier’ quick link, or ask at one of the Victoria Info Ihonui.

“Tutorials are the best thing about uni.
You obviously have a common interest
with the people in your class. It’s easy
to start a conversation—you can make
good new friendships at tutorials.”                                 Use myTools to access all your digital tools to
                                                                    help you manage your studies.

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 Campus Coaches                                                    Ramsey House
 Campus Coaches will be on campus to help you with your            Ramsey House, at 8 Kelburn Parade, is the home of Koha
 transition to university. A Campus Coach is an experienced        Coffee, the University’s not-for-profit, student-run café, where
 student who leads faculty-specific group activities and events    you can get top tea and coffee for a koha. Kick back in the
 during your first two weeks on campus. You will have the          Koha lounge, have a quiet muse in the retro-styled library, or
 opportunity to meet other new students in a Campus Coach          come and explore the difference prayer makes to life. Ramsey
 group who study similar subjects to you. Alternatively, you       House is also the home of the chaplains on campus.
 can get a one-off personalised Campus Coach tour to help
 you find your way around during New Students’ Orientation.
                                                                   Pipitea Chaplaincy
                                                                   The chaplains are at Pipitea campus too—find them in Room
                                RH112, Level 1, Rutherford House.

 Chaplaincies                                                      International Buddy programme
 The University chaplains offer pastoral and practical support     Sign up for a buddy and get first-hand information from a
 for all, regardless of belief. They also seek to nurture the      current Victoria University of Wellington student. Your buddy
 spirituality of students and staff at the University, with        will welcome you, help you find out about the University,
 regular events, hospitality, and Christian worship. If you need   provide advice about local customs and living in Wellington,
 someone to talk to in confidence about faith, God, or study,      and take you to special events to meet other buddies and
 or just about life, drop them a line.                             international students.
                                     

 Berrigan House
 Berrigan House, at 4 Kelburn Parade, is a welcoming Catholic
 house of hospitality in the radical tradition of the Catholic         “If you put your mind to it, you
 Worker Movement. Midday mass and lunch are held every
                                                                       will succeed.
                                                                       Akamaroiroi—stay strong.”

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“Take advantage of everything and
anything the University has to offer.
I think knowing that someone
always has your back for anything
and everything makes things way
easier for you to allow time to study,
to work, and to do everything else.”
Leadership programmes                                            “The whanaungatanga provided by
   Challenge yourself, develop confidence, and get involved
   in valuable learning experiences and seminars. Students
                                                                    the University has made me feel like
   who complete the University’s extracurricular programmes         I belong here.”
   receive awards recognising outstanding achievement.


   Māori students
   Nau mai, haere mai ki te Whare Wānanga o te Upoko o te Ika
   a Māui.
   As part of New Students’ Orientation, a pōhiri will be held at
   Te Herenga Waka marae to welcome you and your whānau to
   our community. Come along, meet other students and staff,
   and get connected with the services at the University.
   Whakaarahia ake ngā pou o tō whare—pitch the pillars of
   your own destiny.

   Mature students
   A mature students’ session is held during New Students’
   Orientation. Come along and hear from current mature
   students, pick up study tips, network with other students,
   and find out about our learning services.
                                                                    Muslim prayer rooms
   The Mature Students’ Group is a support network for all
                                                                    Muslim prayer rooms are in the following locations:
   mature students at the University. Members meet regularly
   to chat about study, technology, and everything else to help     n   Kelburn Campus—Rooms KK202A (males) and KK201
   support each other.                                                  (females), Kirk Building

                                                                    n   Pipitea Campus—Room RH501, Rutherford House
                                                                    n   Te Aro Campus—Room VS324.

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Pasifika students                                                 Staff from this network can connect you to people and
                                                                  services that can help support your studies and enable you
Talofa lava, malo e lelei, fakalofa lahi atu, kia orana, ni san
                                                                  to make the most out of your time in Wellington. They also
bula vinaka, halo olgeta, and a warm Pacific welcome to you.
                                                                  run events from time to time throughout the year.
New Students’ Orientation is a time when new Pasifika
students gather to connect with each other, our staff, and
student leaders to build a community. Pasifika Haos is a
                                                                  Students with families
place of belonging for all Pasifika students at the University,
and we have many support staff and services willing to help       We welcome students with families and understand the
you with your studies.                                            challenges of juggling family commitments with study.
                                                                  Students have access to two early childhood services on
                                     the Kelburn campus, and baby changing and breastfeeding
                                                                  facilities across campuses.
Rainbow students
We welcome queer and questioning students of all genders
and sexual identities to the University. Come along to
                                                                  WGTN Hall
a welcome for rainbow students during New Students’
Orientation and meet the rainbow and inclusion adviser and        WGTN Hall is a ‘hall without walls’, giving first-year students
members of UniQ—our representative group for rainbow              who are not living in a hall of residence the chance to
students.                                                         participate in the activities, sports, and academic sessions
                                                                  usually offered by halls. The programme of activities, run by
                                             students for students, is designed to help you get involved
                                      and make the most of your first year at Victoria University of
                                                                  Wellington. WGTN Hall coordinators are senior students who
                                        help provide a supportive environment, run events, and act
                                as mentors.
Refugee-background students
Salaam, minghala, soo dhowow, vanakkam, merhaba,
marhaba, ahlan wa sahlan, bienvenidos, wilujeng sumping,          “The best thing is getting involved in as
namaste, kia ora, and a warm welcome to all students from         much activity around campus as you can.
refugee backgrounds.
You are invited to a lunch held during New Students’
                                                                  The International Buddy programme,
Orientation Week for all new and returning students from          volunteering, and getting involved with
refugee backgrounds. Come and meet other students,
as well as members of the Victoria Network to Support
                                                                  new students are so great.”
Refugee-Background Students.

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 Getting around                                                   Cycling
 Wellington is a multicultural city, full of open and friendly    There are some great areas of Wellington city to cycle
 people. There are some good places to walk around to feel        around, especially on the waterfront. Remember—ride to be
 the vibe of what Lonely Planet called the ‘coolest little        seen, wear a cycle helmet, and obey the road rules.
 capital in the world’.
                                                                  Buses and trains
 Download a map of Wellington to orient yourself and find
 out about the many things to do in Wellington.                   Buses and trains in Wellington are operated by Metlink.

                                            Single tickets can be bought from the driver when getting on
                                                                  a bus. If you plan to use a bus regularly, it’s cheaper to buy
 Walking                                                          a Snapper card and load it up with credit. Tag your Snapper
                                                                  card when you get on and off the bus, and the cost of your
 Wellington is easy to explore on foot, and you’ll get used to
                                                                  trip will be deducted automatically and the fare discounted
 walking up hills. Because Wellington is so small, it’s easy to
                                                                  at a rate of at least 20 percent. Snapper cards can be bought
 find your way around the city without paying for transport.
                                                                  and topped up at many supermarkets and dairies, and at
 There are pedestrian shortcuts from downtown Wellington          kiosks on the Kelburn campus.
 to the Kelburn campus—download maps to explore different
                                                                  These are some of the useful bus routes for students:
 ways to get to campus.
                                                                  n   Between the Pipitea and Kelburn campuses, catch the
                                                                      number 22 bus from outside Rutherford House or the
                                                                      number 37 bus from Lambton Quay. They both stop on
                                                                      Kelburn Parade.
 “In Wellington, you can both                                     n   Between Kelburn and Te Aro campuses, catch the
                                                                      number 18e or number 21 bus.
 experience an urban lifestyle and
                                                                  Bus timetables are free, and you can collect them from
 be close to nature—it’s a very                                   Victoria Info Ihonui.
 walkable city.”                                                  Trains link Wellington with the towns and suburbs to the
                                                                  north of the city. Single train tickets can be purchased at the
                                                                  Wellington railway station or on the train. Return tickets,
                                                                  monthly passes, and 10-trip tickets are also available.

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The best place for up-to-date bus and train timetable and
route information is the Metlink website.
                                                                  Cultural adjustment
                                                                  For students new to Wellington and New Zealand, there
                                                                  is a wealth of information available online about the
                                                                  culture, people, and place to help you adjust to your new
Tertiary travel discount
All eligible full-time or limited full-time Victoria University
of Wellington students will receive a 25 percent discount         
off the peak adult Snapper or single 10-trip ticket fare on       
Metlink bus, rail, and ferry services. Find out how to access
your tertiary concession online.                                  

                          


                                                                  “I enjoy walking around Oriental Bay
                                                                  beach after I have finished studying
                                                                  for the day. It helps me relax.”

                                                                  “I’m so glad I chose Wellington. It’s
                                                                  small, compact, has a really cool
                                                                  atmosphere, and is such a cool city
                                                                  to immerse yourself in.”

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24 Victoria University of Wellington
GLOSSARY                                                         same time. Students must maintain a B– grade average each
                                                                 year to remain in a conjoint programme. The degrees are
                                                                 awarded together.
                                                                 corequisite (C): A course that must be taken at the same
(1/3): A first-trimester course that runs from February until
                                                                 time as, or before, another course.
                                                                 course: A block of work in a field of study which has a points
(1+2/3): A course that runs for the first two trimesters, from
                                                                 value assigned to it, for example, ACCY 111 is worth 15 points
February until November.
                                                                 (see ‘points’).
(2/3): A second-trimester course that runs from July until
                                                                 course code: Each course has a code of four letters
                                                                 and three numbers. The letters show the subject, and
(3/3): A third-trimester, or summer, course that runs from       the numbers show the level. For example, CHEM 113 is
either November until December, January until February, or       a Chemistry course at 100 level; ENGL 234 is an English
November until February.                                         Literature course at 200 level.
admission: This describes the process where your eligibility     course outline: Information about assessment, course
to attend Victoria University of Wellington is assessed. There   learning objectives, and assignments—found online through
are different admission types depending on your previous         the course finder or available on Blackboard.
qualifications. You need to ensure you apply by the due
                                                                 course reference number (CRN): A number that identifies
dates and satisfy any other specific degree requirements.
                                                                 each course offering. Not the same as a course code, as it
Bachelor’s degree: A first or undergraduate degree. We also      also identifies the stream (see ‘stream’). A CRN can be three,
use the terms ‘degree programme’ or ‘programme of study’         four, or five digits long and is always preceded by the letters
to refer to the overall programme you are studying.              CRN; for example, CRN 2166.
Blackboard: Many lecturers put lecture notes and other           cross credit: A course is cross credited when it counts
important information on Blackboard, which is accessed           towards more than one degree—this applies to students
online.                                                          studying for conjoint degrees. Talk to your Faculty Student
                                                                 and Academic Services Office about cross crediting.
bridging course: A course to help prepare you for university
study.                                                           degree: A qualification gained by completing certain
                                                                 requirements, including the number of points, level of study,
Certificate of Proficiency: You can enrol in a Certificate of
                                                                 and subject combinations. Sometimes referred to as a
Proficiency if you want to do a course without counting it
                                                                 programme. A Bachelor’s degree takes at least three years of
towards a Victoria University of Wellington qualification. You
                                                                 full-time study.
still need to gain admission to the University.
                                                                 degree programme: See ‘programme of study’.
conjoint degree programme: A specialised programme in
which you study courses for two Bachelor’s degrees at the        diploma: A qualification that can be at undergraduate or
                                                                 postgraduate level.

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direct entry: If you have excellent academic results from          limited entry: A course or programme where a limit is
 school, you may be able to skip some 100-level courses and         placed on numbers of students. Limited-entry courses have
 be admitted to 200-level courses by direct entry.                  earlier application dates than open-entry courses, and entry
                                                                    is normally based on selection.
 Discretionary Entrance: A form of admission for students
 wanting to enrol at university directly from Year 12,              major: The field of study you specialise in and take to
 students making an application following an exchange to an         300 level. You can also do a double major, specialising in
 overseas secondary school, or students who wish to enrol           two fields of study within the same degree.
 in preparatory courses at the University during the summer
                                                                    minor: A smaller concentration in one field of study than a
 trimester before their entrance results are available.
                                                                    major, made up of 60 points at 200- and 300-level courses.
 double major: When you are enrolled in two majors within           You can do minors in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of
 the same degree.                                                   Commerce, Bachelor of Design Innovation, Bachelor of
                                                                    Health, and Bachelor of Science.
 enrolment application: The process of applying (usually
 online) to study at the University.                                myAllocator: A tool to sign up to tutorials and labs and plan
                                                                    your timetable.
 faculty: A unit within a university, comprising a number of
 schools. Victoria University of Wellington has eight teaching      myDegree: A degree planning tool.
 faculties: Architecture and Design; Education; Engineering;
                                                                    myTimetable: Your online timetable, including your lectures,
 Health; Humanities and Social Sciences; Law; Science; and
                                                                    tutorials, and labs.
 Victoria Business School. Each teaches and administers a
 range of programmes.                                               myTools: An online space where you can access a number of
                                                                    your digital tools, including Blackboard, emails, myAllocator,
 first-year student: A student who has never studied at a
                                                                    myDegree, and myTimetable.
 New Zealand university.
                                                                    Offer of Place: Victoria University of Wellington’s response
 full-time student: For Student Allowance/Student Loan
                                                                    to international students’ enrolment application, informing
 purposes, a full-time student is one studying at least 96
                                                                    you that you have been accepted to study your programme of
 points in a full year (that is, over Trimesters 1 , 2, and 3) or
                                                                    choice at the University. This Offer will confirm any conditions
 at least 48 points in a half year. Part-time students do fewer
                                                                    you must meet before you apply for your student visa and will
 than 96 points a year.
                                                                    confirm the documentation you must bring to New Zealand
 Guaranteed Entry Score (GES): The rank score you need              to complete your enrolment. Accepting an Offer of Place does
 to be accepted automatically into a Victoria University of         not confirm your enrolment—international students complete
 Wellington degree.                                                 their enrolment during International Orientation.
 lab: See ‘tutorial’.                                               Offer of Study: Victoria University of Wellington’s response
                                                                    to domestic students’ enrolment application, informing you
 lecture: A university class where all students enrolled in
                                                                    of the qualification(s) and courses in which the University
 a course are taught by a lecturer. Lectures can include as
                                                                    is offering you a place and how much this will cost you.
 many as 350 students.

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Your Offer of Study is usually conditional on your meeting       schedule: A list of courses that are offered for a particular
certain requirements, such as supplying documentation and        qualification. Degree schedules and full degree regulations
meeting admission requirements (e.g. when your results are       are in the University Calendar at
available). You must accept your Offer of Study by the due
                                                                 Special Admission: A form of admission, usually for
date in order to be enrolled fully.
                                                                 applicants 20 years or older who have not met other
points: Every course is worth a certain number of points.        university admission requirements.
Each course you pass gives you points towards the total
                                                                 stream: Some courses are taught in streams to accommodate
required for your degree. Most courses are worth either
                                                                 large numbers of students. The same course may be taught at
15 or 20 points.
                                                                 different campuses or at different times of the week.
postgraduate: Study done at a higher level after you have
                                                                 studio: See ‘tutorial’.
completed an undergraduate degree.
                                                                 transfer of credit: If you have already started a degree or
prerequisite (P): A course that must be passed before you
                                                                 have done some study at degree level (at another tertiary
can take another particular course, usually at a higher level.
                                                                 institution), you may be able to transfer some of the points
primary enrolment period: For 2019, this is from 1 October       you have completed into a Victoria University of Wellington
2018 until 20 January 2019. All students intending to study      degree. Check with your Faculty Student and Academic
during Trimesters 1, 2, or 3 in 2019 should apply during this    Services Office about regulations.
                                                                 transferring student: A student whose most recent enrolment
programme of study: The overall group of courses you             was at another New Zealand university. Transferring
enrol in for your degree—including the required courses          students are subject to the Academic Progress Statute.
for the major(s), minor(s), or specialisation(s) you wish to
                                                                 trimester: The University has three trimesters. Trimester 1
                                                                 is from February until July, Trimester 2 is from July until
qualification assessment: If you have qualifications from        November, and Trimester 3 (the summer trimester) can
another tertiary institution or from outside New Zealand,        be either November to December, January to February, or
your qualification may be assessed for admission to Victoria     November to February. The trimesters are often written as
University of Wellington.                                        1/3, 2/3, and 3/3.
restricted course (X): A course that is so similar to another    tutorial: A university class led by a tutor (teacher) where
course that you cannot enrol in both.                            a small group of students discuss topics from their course
                                                                 and get individual help. Students studying some sciences
restricted enrolment: The requirements under the
                                                                 and ‘hands on’ subjects such as Architecture or Design will
Academic Progress Statute that restrict or limit students’
                                                                 also have practical classes, called labs or studios. In some
enrolment if they are not making adequate progress.
                                                                 courses, attendance at tutorials is mandatory to meet
returning student: A student whose most recent enrolment         course requirements.
was at Victoria University of Wellington.
                                                                 undergraduate degree: A Bachelor’s, or first, degree.

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                                                                                     Memorial Theatre                                                                                                               Public transport stop
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Information centre
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      14        12         10           6     WR                                               Union

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                                                                                                                                                             Student hall of residence                              Motorcycle parking

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                                        WR                                     Mount Street
                                                                                Cemetery                                                                     Gate                                                   Bike rack

                                                                                                                                                    (MS) Building code                                              Victoria Info Ihonui
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                                                                                                                                                             Café                                                   Health services

                                                                         McKenzie Terrace                                                                    Library                                                Automatic external defibrillator

                                                                                                                                                             Public transport stop                                  Disability Services
                                                                                                                                                             Information centre                                     University Pharmacy
                                                                                         To city via The Terrace
                                                                                                                                                             Lecture theatre                                        Early childhood centre
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                                                                                                                                                             Parking (permit holders only)                          Money machine
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