Victoria University of Wellington (VUW)

Global Exchange School


Global Exchange School
  • Wellington, New Zealand

Final dates announced on exchange school's website.

Spring Semester

March — June

Fall Semester

July — November

Open to RISD students

Juniors + Seniors. Minimum 3.0+ GPA required.

Eligible RISD Departments
  • Architecture
  • Industrial Design
  • Interior Architecture

Exchange Website
University Website
Fact Sheet
Exchange Handbook
Architecture + Design Handbook
Exchange Courses
Academic Calendar
Housing Information

Academic Credits
Minimum 12 RISD credit equivalency
Instruction Language
  • English

Full English instruction

About VUW

Academic Credits

VUW utilizes the standard for credit hours as defined by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority for coursework. For transfer to RISD, 4 VUW credits = 2 ECTS = 1 RISD credit.

International students must be enrolled in a minimum of 45 credits to meet their student visa conditions of full-time study. Studio courses are typically 15 -30 credits. Courses in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Studies are typically 20 credits.

Course Selection Restrictions

Most courses are available to Study Abroad and Exchange students, but some are restricted, have limited entry, or have earlier application deadlines. More information can be found here.

Apply for Global Exchange & AICAD

The entire application process will be completed using an online application portal. Apply the semester before you plan to attend.

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1:1 Advising Session

Have questions? The RISD Global team is available to meet for a 1:1 advising session. We can give you more information about your study options, help you figure out which program makes sense for you, and assist you with the application process.

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