ISA Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand

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Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, located on the southern coast of the North Island on the shores of Cook Strait. Along with serving as the center of government, Wellington is the artistic and cultural capital of New Zealand and offers num... read more

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OVERALL RATING 4.7
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A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand
It was very worthwhile. I learned about myself and about how independent I am. I learned SO much about Maori and Kiwi culture. I made some pretty amazing friends that I will definitely keep in touch with. Studying abroad in New Zealand essentially provided me with an amazing break in my college experience from work, work, wo... - Claremont McKenna College View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand
February 29, 2016 A New Home
It may sound cliché, but studying abroad truly did change my life. When I decided to embark on a journey this big, I was essentially choosing to be dropped in the middle of a totally new world. I actually felt more culture shock when I returned to the States after my time in New Zealand. I allowed myself to become immersed in a ... - Endicott College View Entire Review
It was absolutely worthwhile to get immersed in another culture and different perspective. - Brandeis University View Entire Review
I gained so much. The most important thing is the ability to handle challenging situations as a group, and when I was by myself. I travelled alone for a month, including a week of hitch-hiking alone around New Zealand. I had to handle lots of tough situations on my own, and I'm more mature because of it. - University of Colorado - Boulder View Entire Review
How to be self-sufficient, independant, and take in life around me in a completely new perspective - University of Hartford View Entire Review
Yes, very much so! I lived in France for 7 month in high school, but this was completely different. I would love to live and work outside the USA now, and hope to potentially study (maybe even go to grad school) aboard again. - Western Washington University View Entire Review
This is going to sound terrible, but I'm not sure I really gained much from this experience besides some awesome friends and five fabulous months. I have always wanted to travel, but I did realize that it isn't always about the activities you do when you travel. It is about what you see and who you're with that really counts. It... - Kansas State University View Entire Review
The internship in New Zealand exceeded my every expectation. My time at Education New Zealand was a great learning experience. I was exposed to corporate culture for the first time, I learned about the inner workings of a marketing firm and the difficulties associated with the operation of an international business. The time I s... - Western Washington University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with ISA Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand
I want to travel a lot more and I believe I am a go getter anywhere I live. Definitely worthwhile. - Washington State University View Entire Review
I learned a lot while abroad. I was able to travel on my own and experience a new country and culture, which helped with my confidence and feeling like a "true adult." The trip was very worthwhile because I was able to receive a lot of work experience and made life-long friends. - University of Maine - Orono View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with GlobaLinks Learning Abroad: Wellington - Victoria University of Wellington
I can't begin to explain what I gained from this. My sense of self was enforced, and given a new facet. My host country became like my home country, and my friends became family. The breathtaking views alone are enough to leave a poet with a lifetime of imagery. It was so worthwhile. I miss it every single day! - Towson University View Entire Review
I learned priceless insight into my future career and how well I deal with certain situation. I will never forget anything about it. - University of Wisconsin - LaCrosse View Entire Review
YES! I learned a lot about a culture that most Americans know nothing about. New Zealand is a small, but friendly and absolutely breathtaking country. I would return in a heartbeat to "Aotearoa," if only for a few months to say "Kia ora" (traditional Maori greeting) to all of my friends. - Illinois State University View Entire Review
A student studying abroad with Australearn: Wellington - Victoria University of Wellington
It was very worth while! I gained confidence in myself. I was able to bring back more information about New Zealand ( I didn't realize how many people didn't even know where it was) - Cardinal Stritch University View Entire Review
Yes, it definitely was worthwhile. Personally, I grew a lot, and I was able to get out of the experience what I wanted to. It didn't particularly change my academic interests, but it broadened my awareness of indigenous rights and issues with the state, which allowed me to look a bit more closely at the policies and history in t... - Dickinson College View Entire Review

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Wellington is the capital of New Zealand, located on the southern coast of the North Island on the shores of Cook Strait. Along with serving as the center of government, Wellington is the artistic and cultural capital of New Zealand and offers numerous cultural, historical, and entertainment venues to enjoy. Surrounded by rolling, green hills and a beautiful harbor, Wellington brings together the upbeat atmosphere of a large city and the stunning scenery of New Zealand's North Island. A short distance from biking trails, hiking tracks, and vineyards, the city is also home to numerous fine dining venues and boutique shops. Wellington also offers several museums, the most famous of which is the Te Papa Tongarewa, a museum that celebrates the history and culture of New Zealand through interactive, innovative exhibits.
ISA Students studying in Wellington have the option of studying at two amazing universities: Victoria University of Wellington and Massey University, Wellington

Programs in Wellington include:


  • Academic Year: Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines at Victoria University of Wellington OR Creative Arts, Design, Fashion, Communication, and Digital Media at Massey University, Wellington

  • Semester / Trimester: Courses with Locals in Multiple Disciplines at Victoria University of Wellington OR Creative Arts, Design, Fashion, Communication and Digital Media at Massey University - Wellington

  • Summer: New Zealand Expedition and Internship in Communication & Marketing, Creative Expression & Digital Media, or Disaster Rick & Emergency Management

Victoria University of Wellington, a strong research based institute established in the late 1800's. With over 21,000 students, 3,000 of which are international, Victoria University prides itself on its diversity just as much as it's large domestic student body.

Massey Wellington is home to New Zealand's most prestigious arts school, the College of Creative Arts, where students can grow their skills and creativity with top professors and state-of-the-art equipment.

Program Type(s):
Study Abroad
Program Length(s):
  • Fall
  • Summer
  • Spring
  • Academic Year
Instruction Language(s):
  • English
Language Requirement(s):
  • English
Relevant Study Subject(s):
  • Fashion / Apparel Design
  • Visual and Performing Arts
  • Religion / Religious Studies
  • Psychology
  • Pacific Area Studies
  • History
  • Geography
  • Fine Arts, Studio Arts
  • Finance, Financial Services
  • Film, Video, Photographic Arts
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Design
  • Engineering
  • Education
  • Economics
  • Earth Science
  • Digital Arts
  • Design and Applied Arts
  • Crafts, Craft Design
  • Computational Science
  • Communication and Media Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Architecture
  • Accounting
Minimum GPA:
2.7
Year Founded:
1897
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International Studies Abroad / ISA Scholarships

In pursuit of its goals of enhancing cultural awareness and providing students with the independence and language skills necessary for the workplace, The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship seek to help those who may not otherwise be able to study abroad. As a testament to his early struggle and lifelong pursuit of academic excellence, ISA offers USD 58,000 annually in scholarships to be used towards ISA programs in memory of Dr. Castañeda. The Dr. Carlos E. Castañeda Memorial Scholarship are both merit and financial need-based scholarships that assist students from affiliated universities with the expenses of studying abroad. Scholarship awardees will have the opportunity to participate in the Correspondent Internship, which gives students the chance to add content to ISA’s Student blog. The student may also be given an opportunity to be part of ISA’s offices abroad based on the need of the particular office.

12 x $2000 for Fall Programs; 12 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Fall-start) Year Programs; 2 x $2,500 for (Spring-start) Year Programs

Deadlines:
Fall (and Fall-start): April 30th Winter/Spring (and Winter-start): October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Attend an ISA-affiliated university. See our list of Affiliated Universities for more information. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. (Courses must appear on official transcript.) • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the Eligibility Requirements and Application for more information on eligibility, scholarship availability, and application instructions.

ISA offers USD 8,000 worth of scholarships annually dedicated to the memory of Michaela Farnum. Michaela was a junior studying International Business and Spanish at Seattle University and was a participant in the ISA program in Chile. Her experience was tragically cut short when she lost her life in a hiking accident in the mountains of La Campana National Park in Chile. ISA hopes that this scholarship will help aspiring study abroad students and will do so in memory of Michaela who only began to realize her dream of study abroad. The scholarship is both merit and financial need-based scholarships for the study abroad expenses for the summer term of the student awardees

8 x $1,000 for Summer Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA Summer study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Have completed at least one year of college level foreign language or the equivalent. Courses must appear on official transcript. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. • Be on financial aid. FAFSA Student Aid Report (SAR) and home university Award Letter/form required. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

The ISA Diversity Scholarships aim to encourage students of a broader cultural make-up to participate in ISA programs by offering funds to assist with the expenses of studying abroad. The scholarship amounts to USD 14,000 in awards and is to be used towards ISA programs.

2 x $1,000 for Summer Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Fall Programs; 3 x $2,000 for Winter/Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Summer: February 28th Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA study abroad program or an applicable ISA Internship or Service-Learning program. • Have at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation. **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

ISA is offering 2 USD 1000 scholarships starting in 2016 to students who embody idea of the phrase “Live Like Ally”. Allison Willen, a Junior at Eckerd College whose life tragically ended during a hiking trip in Mt. Aspiring National Park on ISA’s semester study abroad program in New Zealand. Ally had a contagious love for life, nature, community service, and adventure. Ally was a passionate volunteer in her community, always doing what she could to make the world a better place. Students who believe they Live Like Ally and also share similar interests such as a passion for volunteering, a love for nature and hiking, and zest for life are encouraged to apply.

1 x $1,000 for Fall Programs; 1 x $1,000 for Spring Programs

Deadlines:
Fall: April 30th Winter/Spring: October 30th

Guidelines/Requirements:
• Be accepted to an ISA semester or year program in New Zealand.** • Have at least a 3.25 cumulative GPA. • Be enrolled in second or third year of undergraduate education at a U.S. university/college at time of ISA program participation.* **Please refer to the ISA scholarship page for more information on guidelines/requirements.

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