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Getting Started 2020 Kia rite - Victoria University
The University offers endless
        opportunities for students,
        and a lot of support as
        well. My advice is to take
        advantage of it.

        Nicole Limos
        Student, Bachelor of Architecture

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Nau mai, haere mai                        3   You have received this booklet because you are new to
                                              Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington and we
Getting prepared                         4    want to welcome you and ensure your experience here is
                                              successful. Coming to a new place can be daunting, so this
The first trimester of your first year   6    booklet provides information about key things you need to
                                              know and do. Included are:
Before you arrive                        8    n   useful checklists to go through—even before you arrive
                                                  at the University
Once you arrive                          10   n   links to further information online
New Students’ Orientation                14   n   advice from current students

Be ready to start classes                16   n   information for specific groups of students
                                              n   contact information for various services if you need
Making connections                       18       advice or support.

Wellington and New Zealand               22   Cover: The kaokao pattern featured represents support,
                                              strength, and unity. This pattern is based on the tukutuku wall
Glossary                                 25   panel inside Te Herenga Waka marae on the Kelburn campus.

Kelburn campus map                       28   Important notice: Victoria University of Wellington uses all
                                              reasonable skill and care to ensure the information contained
                                              in this document is accurate at the time of being made
                                              available. However, matters covered by this document are
                                              subject to change due to a continuous process of review and to
                                              unanticipated circumstances. The University therefore reserves
                                              the right to make any changes without notice. So far as the law
                                              permits, the University accepts no responsibility for any loss
                                              suffered by any person due to reliance (either in whole or in part)
                                              on the information contained in this document, whether direct or
                                              indirect and whether foreseeable or not.
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Getting Started 2020 Kia rite - Victoria University
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 to Te Herenga Waka—Victoria Univesity
of Wellington. You will be part of a supportive community, and
I assure you that we will help you find your way.
We offer 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 our 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 Wellington’s university
community. If you need some advice or run into a problem—
academic, financial, social, or personal—there is always         “You will be part of a supportive
someone who can help.
                                                                 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                             At uni, people want
   during their first few months on campus.                                   to do well and it’s
                                                                            seen as more socially
                                                          Having the
                 There’s more                         opportunity to find
              workload, but it’s far                  and make friends is
               more enjoyable.                           always good.

                                                                                         I grew more
          You have to                                                                    Trimester 1.
          work more
           and push
                                       Differences between
           yourself.                   school and university

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

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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
                                                            is definitely the best
                                                              part of life at the
Using the services
available will really                  Be confident and
  help you get a                       don’t worry about
   better grade.                       what others think.

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

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

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           Get prepared                    February–March                          April

                                              THE FIRST WEEKS
          Follow the                                                                       SIX-WEEK DIP
                                              OF UNIVERSITY LIFE
         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
May                                 June                                       July       your trimester.
                                                                                      n   Confirm your courses for
                                                                                          next trimester.

       SETTLING IN                               EXAMS                                n   Enjoy the break—travel home,
                                                                                          explore Wellington, travel around
                                                                                          New Zealand.
Reality                                R
 n New strategies support a more 			    n    Self-doubt as you hit ‘crunch time’—     PREPARATION AND
   proactive study routine                   final assessments and exams              SUPPORT
 n Excitement about social and 			      n
                                             Stress, pressure, and worry             n   Get course advice from your
   academic life at university          n     Possible health worries                     faculty if you are adjusting your
Preparation and support                 P reparation and support                     n   Enjoy the mid-year break—catch up
n   Keep seeking help/workshops 			     n    Check exam details                           with friends and family.
    if needed                           
                                        n    Attend exam preparation
                                                                                      n   Get mentally ready for next trimester.
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 Student Health and Student
                                             Counselling (Mauri Ora) or
    MID-TRIMESTER BREAK                      Wellington Univerity International
    Time to take stock, catch up,            Think and act positively

    and get sorted for the second
    half. This is not a holiday,
    but time to study without
    lectures and tutorials.

                                                                                                    Getting Started 2020 7
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                                                                Any tuition fees and levies for domestic students are due the
      GOALS                                                     Friday before courses start. To avoid a late payment penalty,
 Set your career and study goals.                               make sure you pay on time, have an approved Student Loan,
                                        or have confirmed your eligibility for the Tertiary Education
                                                                Commission to pay on your behalf under the Government’s
                                                                fees-free tertiary initiative.
      ENROLMENT                                                 
 Once you have accepted the Offer of Study and met any          
 conditions and requirements, you will receive a confirmation
 of enrolment.                                                  Apply early for a Student Loan. You don’t need to be
                                                                accepted or enrolled to start the process.
 International students complete enrolment during
 International Orientation.                                     Student finance advisers can answer your queries.

                        
                                                                International students must pay their fees in full before
                                                                enrolment is completed and to fulfil visa requirements.

   KEY DATES                                                    

   Key dates for the University are on our website.                  ACCOMMODATION
                                          Make sure you have arranged your accommodation.

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If you are not able to have these immunisations before
     UNI 101                                                     arriving on campus, you can book an appointment to have
Connect with other new students through the UNI 101              them at Student Health, ideally during New Students’
programme. Find your way around and learn about the              Orientation.
University from current students.
                                                                      INTERNATIONAL BUDDY
     DISABILITY                                                       PROGRAMME
Victoria University of Wellington welcomes students with
                                                                 Sign up for a buddy and get first-hand information from a
ongoing or temporary impairments. Contact Disability
                                                                 current university student.
Services early to ensure your needs can be met.

     HEALTH                                                           SOCIAL MEDIA
                                                                 Connect with us on our social media channels to keep up
Register online with Student Health to receive free routine
                                                                 with news, events, competitions, and information—follow us
appointments on campus. You can book an appointment at
                                                                 on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube.
our Kelburn or Pipitea clinics in person or over the phone.
                                                                 Use #VicUniWgtn on Instagram and Twitter to share your
04 463 5308
                                                                 student experience with us.
Staying healthy and protecting yourself from preventable              TEXTBOOKS
illness while you are studying is important. We recommend        You can order all your essential course material from the
that all students are fully immunised, including against         Vic Books website—enter your course code (e.g., CLAS 101)
measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), meningococcal B               into the ‘Shop Search’ in the top-right corner. You can also
and ACWY, and pertussis (whooping cough). The varicella          look at other sites for your textbooks; you might be able to
(chicken pox) immunisation is recommended for students           get them second-hand. Textbooks included on your course
who have not had chicken pox or have not already                 reading lists are also made available for short-term loan at
completed a course of the varicella immunisation.                the University’s campus libraries.
There is a cost for the pertussis and varicella immunisations.   
The MMR vaccine is free for all students. There is no cost for
the meningococcal ACWY (Menactra) vaccine if you are aged             WGTN HALL
between 13–25 years old and are living in a hall of residence.   Sign up to a ‘hall without walls’ for Wellington-based first-
                                                                 year students who are not living in a hall of residence.

                                                                                                         Getting Started 2020 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.
 Once enrolled, you will be given a username. Use this             APPLY FOR YOUR TERTIARY
 to access student computers, Wi-Fi, and printing. Your            TRANSPORT CONCESSION
 username is on the top right of your Confirmation of Study   All full-time or limited full-time students studying at
 email or form.                                               Victoria University of Wellington are eligible for a 25 percent
 If you are an international student, you will receive your   discount on the peak adult Snapper or single 10-trip ticket
 username after you have completed your enrolment in          fare on Metlink bus, rail, and ferry services. You will need
 person during International Orientation.                     to apply for a concession at the start of each year of full-
                                                              time study—find out how to access your discount on the
 To set your password, go to https://password.student.        University website. and enter your username. Your username is on
 your Confirmation of Enrolment and is usually the first      
 six characters of your surname, followed by the first four
 characters of your first names.                                   CHECK YOUR BLACKBOARD
 A security code will be sent to the email address you
 entered at enrolment. Enter this code on the website and     Blackboard is an online system in which your lecturer
 then choose a password.                                      communicates with the class and sets readings. It is very
                                                              important to check this regularly to stay up to date with your
 If you have trouble logging in to your account, phone        courses.
 0800 04 04 04.
                                                                   CHECK YOUR TIMETABLE
      APPLY FOR A COMMUNITY                                   Log on to myTimetable using your university username and
      SERVICES CARD                                           password. Note that classes at the Kelburn campus start on
 You may qualify for a Community Services Card, which will    the hour in the morning and 10 minutes past the hour in the
 make your health services cheaper. The Work and Income       afternoon. Classes at Pipitea and Te Aro campuses start on
 website has details of how to apply.                         the half hour.
                                   

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COLLECT YOUR STUDENT ID                                          READ YOUR COURSE OUTLINES
 Your card will be available when your enrolment is complete      Each course has a course outline that is accessible on the
 and applicable fees are paid. It is your library card, as well   University website using the course finder, or on Blackboard.
 as your student discount card. From Monday 17 February to        Read the outlines carefully, as they provide information on
 Tuesday 3 March 2020, you can collect your card between          course readings and requirements, tutorials, and assessment
 9 am and 4 pm at the Student Lounge (SUB216), Level 2,           due dates.
 Student Union building, Kelburn campus.
 After that, go to the Enrolment counter on Level 1 of the        
 Hunter building. If you are a distance student, your card
 will be posted to you after you have emailed your photo to            SET UP YOUR EMAIL                                             The University’s main channel of communication is through
                                               your university email address, which was sent to you when
                                                                  you enrolled. To access your email account, click on the
      FIND ALL YOUR CLASSROOMS                                    email link in myTools. You will need to sign into the mail
                                                                  system with your university username and password.
 Make sure you know where your lectures and tutorials are
 before your classes begin.                                       

                                                                       VISIT INFO IHONUI
      NOTE STUDY BREAKS, ASSESSMENT                               Ask questions and get directions from the friendly staff at
                                                                  the Info Ihonui locations.
 Make a note of key dates in your diary or phone and check        
 each of your course outlines for your assessment due dates.

      PURCHASE YOUR TEXTBOOKS                                        FIND YOUR WAY AROUND
 See page 9.                                                         WELLINGTON
                                                                     Orient yourself: locate your campus; find your local
                                                                     supermarket, bank, and post office; and discover
                                                                     Wellington’s attractions.

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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 Wellington
University International. Call your family to let them know
you have arrived safely and advise them of your new contact

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,
and helping you adjust to the cultural differences you may
experience living here.
You can also attend other New Students’ Orientation events
to get to know more about the University and your faculty
and to meet other new students.
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 Orientation takes place the week before the trimester             Trimester 2 Clubs Expo
 begins and will help you make the most of your time at the
                                                                   When         10 am–2 pm, Tuesday 7–Wednesday 8 July
                                                                   Where        The Hub, Kelburn Campus
 Trimester 1 has our biggest intake of new students, and a full    When         10 am–2 pm, Thursday 9 July
 programme is offered with events and information sessions         Where        Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus
 for all students.
 This week of workshops and activities is an opportunity to
 explore university life and study, as well as meet awesome       FACULTY OFFICES
 new people. Specific sessions are available for Māori,
                                                                  Your faculty office is where you can go with questions about
 Pasifika, mature, postgraduate, and refugee-background
                                                                  your degree and courses, academic transcripts, and help
                                                                  with other academic matters.
 A condensed orientation programme is held later in the year
                                                                  It’s the first place you should contact to discuss all queries
 for new students starting in Trimester 2.
                                                                  or concerns related to your study. The staff can give advice
                                      about your degree, majors, and courses, and you can also
                        change your courses there.

 CLUBS EXPOS                                                      Find your faculty office early on so you know where it is if
                                                                  you need it.
 The clubs expos provide you with a great chance to find
 and connect with your club of choice. Joining a club is an       
 excellent way to meet new people and have some fun.
                                                                  ORIENTATION FITNESS MEMBERSHIP
  Trimester 1 Clubs Expo
  When         10 am–2 pm, Tuesday 3–Wednesday 4 March
                                                                  Take advantage of University Recreation Wellington’s
  Where        The Hub, Kelburn Campus                            orientation fitness membership special, which is available
  When         10 am–2 pm, Thursday 5 March                       for two weeks only, from Monday 24 February 2020.
  Where        Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus

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Sign up for a social sports league as a team or an individual
from Monday 2 March 2020, or come along to any of our
weekly Just Play sessions throughout the year.

Once you get on campus, you will have lots of questions and
will need to find your way. The friendly staff at the Info Ihonui
will help you. The Info Ihonui are at these locations:
n   Level 2, Library entrance, the Hub, Kelburn Campus
n   Level 1, Hunter Building, Kelburn Campus
n   Level 4, Murphy Building, Kelburn Campus
n   Ground Floor, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus
n   Ground Floor, Faculty of Architecture and Design
    Innovation, Te Aro Campus
n   Level 1, Miramar Creative Centre
n   Level 4, 50 Kitchener Street, Auckland premises.

    Start your year off with some fun during OWeek, which
    will be run by the Victoria University of Wellington
    Students’ Association (VUWSA) from Monday
    24 February until Friday 6 March 2020.
    Check out as many events as you can, make some new
    mates, party at our music gigs, have a laugh, and get
    involved with university life outside the classroom.

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

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For general study and academic writing advice, Student
Learning provides workshops, one-to-one appointments,
and library help-desk sessions. All students are welcome.

The University has four libraries, with a range of resources,
facilities, and staff to support your study. Look for library
tours during New Students’ Orientation Week and in the first
week of Trimester 1.

All campuses have computers for student use. You can
also log in to the University’s free secure Wi-Fi with your
computer or phone by using your university login details.

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 asking for assistance at one of the
Info Ihonui sites on campus.

You will get access to online document storage through
OneDrive, which you can access through Office 365 in myTools.    Use myTools to access all your digital tools
From Office 365 or Outlook, click the ‘Waffle’ app launcher in
                                                                 to help you manage your studies.
the top left corner, and select OneDrive.                        


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 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 have three locations on     current student. Your buddy will welcome you, help you find
 campus.                                                         out about the University, provide advice about local customs
                                                                 and living in Wellington, and take you to special events to
 Berrigan House                                                  meet other buddies and international students.
 Berrigan House, at 4 Kelburn Parade, is a welcoming Catholic    
 house of hospitality in the radical tradition of the Catholic
 Worker Movement. Midday mass and lunch are held every           LEADERSHIP PROGRAMMES
 Monday.                                                         Challenge yourself, develop confidence, and get involved
                                                                 in valuable learning experiences and seminars. Students
 Ramsey House
                                                                 who complete the University’s extracurricular programmes
 Ramsey House, at 8 Kelburn Parade, is the home of Koha          receive awards recognising their outstanding achievement.
 Coffee, the University’s not-for-profit, student-run café,
 where you can get top tea and coffee for a koha. Kick back
 in the Koha lounge, have a quiet muse in the retro-styled
 library, or come and explore the difference prayer makes to
 life. Ramsey House is where the chaplains are based on the
                                                                 MĀORI STUDENTS
 Kelburn campus.                                                 Nau mai, haere mai ki Te Herenga Waka.
                                                                 As part of New Students’ Orientation, a pōhiri will be held at
 Pipitea Chaplaincy                                              Te Herenga Waka marae to welcome you and your whānau to
 The chaplains are at Pipitea campus too—find them in Room       our community. Come along, meet other students and staff,
 RH112, Level 1, Rutherford House.                               and get connected with the services at the University.
                                       Whakaarahia ake ngā pou o tō whare—pitch the pillars of
                                                                 your own destiny.

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MATURE STUDENTS                                                      leaders in the Pasifika community at Victoria University of
 A session for mature students is held during New Students’
 Orientation. Come along to find out about services for               We have dedicated staff and services available to help you
 students, pick up or refresh some study tips, hear from              with your studies.
 current mature students, and network with other people.              
                                                                      RAINBOW STUDENTS
 The mature students’ group is an informal, student-led
                                                                      We welcome all rainbow (LGBTQIA+ and takatāpui) students
 network for all mature students at the University. Members
                                                                      of all sexualities, genders, and sex characteristics.
 meet regularly to chat about study, technology, and
 everything else to help support each other. The group also           Come along to a welcome for rainbow students during New
 organises social events.                                             Students’ Orientation and meet the rainbow and inclusion
                                                                      adviser, as well as members of UniQ—a student-led
 Check out the Vic Uni Mature Students Club on Facebook.
                                                                      representative and advocacy group for rainbow students.
 MUSLIM STUDENTS                                                      
 Tahir Nawaz, a staff member in the Wellington Faculty of             
 Education, is available to support Muslim students.
                                                                      REFUGEE-BACKGROUND STUDENTS
                                                                      Salaam, minghala, soo dhowow, vanakkam, merhaba,
 MUSLIM PRAYER ROOMS                                                  marhaba, ahlan wa sahlan, bienvenidos, wilujeng sumping,
                                                                      namaste, kia ora, and a warm welcome to all students from
 Muslim prayer rooms are in the following locations:
                                                                      refugee backgrounds.
 n   Rooms KK202A (males) and KK201 (females), Kirk
                                                                      Staff from the network can connect you to people and
     Building, Kelburn Campus
                                                                      services that can help support your studies and enable you
 n   Room RH501, Rutherford House, Pipitea Campus                     to make the most out of your time in Wellington. They also
 n   Room VS324, Te Aro Campus.                                       run events from time to time throughout the year.
                                          
                                     
                                                                      You are invited to an afternoon tea in Trimester 1 for all new
 Talofa lava, ni bula vinaka, kia orana, mālō e lelei, malo ni,
                                                                      and returning students from refugee backgrounds. Come
 fakalofa lahi atu, halo olgeta, and a warm Pacific welcome to you.
                                                                      and meet other students, as well as members of the Victoria
 New Students’ Orientation is a time to welcome and connect           Network to Support Refugee-Background Students. Later in
 new Pasifika students with each other, our staff, and student        the year, there will be pōhiri at Te Herenga Waka marae.

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You are also encouraged to join the Vic-without-Barriers
student club. The club is run by students and meets
regularly for fun events, peer support, and academic advice.
Check out VUW-RB.Students on Facebook.

We welcome students with families and understand the
challenges of juggling family commitments with study.
Students have access to two early childhood services at
the Kelburn campus, and baby changing and breastfeeding
facilities are available at all campuses.

UNI 101
Student ambassadors will be on campus to help you with
your transition to Victoria University of Wellington. Student
ambassadors are experienced students who lead
faculty-specific group activities and events during your
first two weeks on campus. You will have the opportunity
to meet other new students who study similar subjects to
you. Alternatively, you can have a one-off personalised tour
to help you find your lecture theatres, student services, and
other helpful places to know about on campus.

WGTN Hall is a ‘hall without walls’, giving first-year students
who are not living in a hall of residence the chance to
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.
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 CULTURAL ADJUSTMENT                                             Cycling
 For students new to Wellington and New Zealand, there is        There are some great areas of Wellington city to cycle
 a wealth of information available online about the culture,     around, especially on the waterfront. Remember—ride to be
 people, and city to help you adjust to your new environment.    seen, wear a cycle helmet, and obey the road rules.
                                                                 Buses and trains
 GETTING AROUND                                                  Buses and trains in Wellington are operated by Metlink.
 Wellington is a multicultural city, full of open and friendly   Single tickets can be bought from the driver when getting on
 people. There are some good places to walk around to feel       a bus. If you plan to use a bus regularly, it’s cheaper to buy
 the vibe of what Lonely Planet called the ‘coolest little       a Snapper card and load it up with credit. Tag your Snapper
 capital in the world’.                                          card when you get on and off the bus, and the cost of your
 Download a map of Wellington to orient yourself and find        trip will be deducted automatically and the fare discounted
 out about the many things to do in Wellington.                  at a rate of at least 20 percent. Snapper cards can be bought
                                                                 and topped up at many supermarkets and dairies, and at
                                                                 kiosks on the Kelburn campus.
 Wellington is easy to explore on foot, and you will get used
 to walking up hills. Because Wellington is so small, it’s
                                                                    Register your Snapper online to protect
 easy to find your way around the city without paying for           your balance in case it gets lost or stolen.
 transport. There are pedestrian shortcuts from downtown            
 Wellington to the Kelburn campus—download maps to
 explore different ways to get to campus.

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Travelling from the Pipitea campus or the central city to the
Kelburn campus:                                                      Download the Metlink Commuter App
n   The number 22 bus from stop C at Wellington Railway              from your app store.
    Station goes to stop B at the University’s Kelburn campus.
n   The number 37 bus from stop C on Brandon Street goes
    to stop B at the University’s Kelburn campus (departs         Tertiary travel discount
    every 30 minutes between 4.28 pm and 5.48 pm).                All eligible full-time or limited full-time Victoria University
Travelling from the Kelburn campus to Pipitea campus or the       of Wellington students will receive a 25 percent discount
central city:                                                     on the peak adult Snapper or single 10-trip ticket fare on
n   The number 22 bus from stop A at the University’s Kelburn     Metlink bus, rail, and ferry services. Find out how to access
    campus goes to Wellington Railway Station stop D.             your tertiary concession online.
n   The number 37 bus from stop A at the University’s             
    Kelburn campus goes to Lambton Central (departs from
    Karori Mall between 6.40 am and 7.55 am).
Travelling from Te Aro campus to Kelburn campus:
n   The number 18e bus and the 21 bus from Ghuznee Street
    both stop at the University’s Kelburn campus
Travelling from the Kelburn campus to Te Aro campus:
n   The number 18e bus and the 21 bus from the University’s
    Kelburn campus both stop at Ghuznee Street. The Te Aro
    campus is a short walk from there.
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 at the
railway station.
The best place for up-to-date bus and train timetable and
route information is the Metlink website.

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

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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 Innovation; Business and
                                                                       myTimetable: Your online timetable, including your lectures,
 Government; Education; Engineering; Health; Humanities
                                                                       tutorials, and labs.
 and Social Sciences; Law; and Science. 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
                                                                       you that you have been accepted to study your programme of
 96 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.

26 Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington
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 15 or
                                                                 large numbers of students. The same course may be taught at
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 2020, this is from 1 October       you have completed into a Victoria University of Wellington
2019 until 20 January 2020. All students intending to study      degree. Check with your Faculty Student and Academic
during Trimesters 1, 2, or 3 in 2020 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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                                                                                                                                                                                     Accessible route                          Bike rack

                                        WR                             Mount Street                                                                                         1        Gate                                      Info Ihonui
                                                                                                                                                                           (MS)      Building code                             Health services

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                                                                                                                                                                                     Café                                      Automatic external defibrillator

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                                                                                            15                                                                                       Information centre                        Early childhood centre
            Campus Safety (Security)               04 463 5398
            Te Herenga Waka—­                 04 472 1000
                                                                                                                                 To city via The Terrace                             Lecture theatre                           Money machine
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