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Wellington is located on the southern tip of the North Island and is New Zealand’s capital city. Wellington is the seat of New Zealand’s government and the headquarters of national organizations such as the New Zealand Stock Exchange, the Reserve Bank, the Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa), the Royal New Zealand Ballet, the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, and the National Opera.

Well known for a vibrant creative culture fueled by great food, wine, craft beer, coffee, art, events and festivals, Wellington is a cosmopolitan city with a lively personality. A recent survey by Deutsche Bank named Wellington the world’s most liveable city! A magnet for creative and innovative people, Wellington is also home to film director Peter Jackson’s Academy Award-winning Weta Workshop. Other leading industries include information technology, communication, manufacturing, and biotechnology. Wellington is a leading center for creative industries such as film and computer technologies.

Often compared to U.S. cities such as Seattle and Portland due to its climate and culture, Wellington has all of the charms of a smaller European city with the beauty of New Zealand’s flora and fauna. Wellington’s residents take advantage of the close access to the sea – almost all of the city’s population lives within 2 miles of the coastline.

API students have the opportunity to study abroad in Wellington at two of New Zealand’s top universities – Massey University, and Victoria University of Wellington (VUW).

VUW carries the prestigious “triple crown” of business school accreditation (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA), and features comprehensive offerings in subjects such as architecture and design, computer engineering, education, health and humanities, law, natural sciences, social sciences, and much more.

VUW has a strong research focus on meeting the needs of New Zealand and the Pacific Region, focusing on subjects such as sustainability, seismology, biodiversity, development studies, climate change, and indigenous studies. Founded in 1897, VUW has an enrollment of approximately 22,000.

VUW also offers two award-winning service and leadership certificate programs; Victoria Plus helps develop leadership, social responsibility and employability skills. The Victoria International Leadership Program (VILP) will give you an exclusive insight into global issues from an array of practitioners such as diplomats, innovators, and academics. It will also equip you with an international skill set and cross-cultural literacy to address the range of global social challenges facing our world.

Massey features among the world’s elite institutions by being ranked within the top 3% of universities in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) and Times Higher Education. The Business School has both AACSB and AMBA accreditation.

Massey University’s Creative Campus is located in the heart of Wellington’s arts and culture district. The campus has about 3,500 students and is friendly and hip. A great student accommodation complex is close to campus and the city center. This campus offers internationally recognized programs in business enterprise, communication, fashion, design, textiles, sport and exercise science, fine arts, and journalism.

Massey Wellington is home to New Zealand’s most distinguished School of Design and world-class research centers. The campus has new facilities, such as a media and drama lab, and New Zealand’s oldest and most respected School of Communication, Journalism, and Marketing.

All campuses are within 10-20 minutes walking distance from each other and the city center.

“I am extremely glad that I spent a semester abroad with API in Wellington, New Zealand. There are so many opportunities while being abroad that I have had the chance to take that will help further my education as well as further my future career."

Samantha S. University of Georgia
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    Cultural Activities

    • Visit Zealandia Eco-sanctuary
    • Walking tour of Wellington
    • Ziplining
    • Harbour boat tour
    • Art tours
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    API Gives Back

    API students in Wellington have the opportunity to give back to their local community through various volunteer projects, including working at a "free store" for the homeless of Wellington.

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    Things to Do

    Kayak in the harbor

    Take the ferry to the South Island

    Enjoy Wellington's cafe and art culture

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    Whitebait (small fried fish)

    Hokey Pokey (vanilla ice cream with honeycomb)

    Smoked lamb

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    Festivals & Holidays

    Waitangi Day (February)

    World of Wearable Art (September-October)

    New Zealand International Film Festival (July-August)

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    University Highlights

    Victoria University of Wellington is in the top 2% of the world's universities and is ranked 219 in the QS World University Rankings (including 14 subjects in the top 1% of the world's universities). It also bears the triple crown of business program accreditation (AACSB, AMBA, and EQUIS).

    Massey University (Wellington campus) is in the top 3% of the world's universities, and its business programs also have AACSB and AMBA accreditation.

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Karen Dryden

Karen Dryden is the Wellington Resident Director and will be there for you during your stay abroad!