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September 18, 2017

It’s been three years since the last one, now all too soon it has rolled around again, and, lucky you, you get to be here in the cosy capital to experience it all. Billboards dot the roadside, mostly blue and red, and the orange smiley man haunts your dreams. I suppose you’re wondering what has […]

August 7, 2017

Cold Feet If you have survived to July in Wellington, congratulations to you! Good news — the worst is over (fingers crossed) as we have put the shortest day behind us and are now sailing towards longer and warmer spring days. Keeping well and warm without drowning yourself in vitamins and busting your electricity bill […]

February 26, 2017

A warm welcome to Victoria University of Wellington! VUWSA-International Students’ Association (V-ISA for short, and no we do not issue visas) is the representative group of all international students at Victoria. V-ISA has two main areas of focus: The first is to speak on issues affecting international students at Victoria University. In 2016, V-ISA actively […]

August 14, 2016

Over the last two weeks, VUWSA International Students’ Association has been campaigning for fair fees and equitable access to scholarships for international students. Not only do international students pay four or five times more than domestic students, our fees increase four to five per cent on average per year. This is in contrast to the […]

May 22, 2016

If you’ve been feeling extremely unmotivated to finish the rest of the trimester, you’re not alone. Someone I know once used being homesick as an excuse to get an extension on their assignment. Procrastination is not the best solution. Why not cope with the struggles of being away from home more positively? For many international […]

May 8, 2016

Over the past week, V-ISA has been actively campaigning against the move to outsource the foundation studies programme to an external education provider. The bomb was dropped on Monday—when we first received information about the school’s proposal. The current foundation programme is run by a team of experienced teachers and administrators who have worked with […]

May 2, 2016

Over the past week, V-ISA has been actively campaigning against the move to outsource the foundation studies programme to an external education provider. The time bomb was dropped on Monday—when we first received information about the school’s proposal. The current foundation programme is run by a team of experienced teachers and administrators who have worked […]

April 17, 2016

Hey! Hope everyone had a great Easter break (even though one week was WAY too short if you ask me). This week, V-ISA is back with a bunch of updates that you wouldn’t want to miss! V-ISA Hour (VUWSA meeting room, Wednesdays 2.00–4.30pm) Thanks to the awesome support from VUWSA, we have started V-ISA hour. […]

April 3, 2016

What? I don’t have to say “professor” and I can refer to my lecturers by their first name? Why do people say thank you all the time? These are some of the many questions I had when I experienced culture shock. Honestly I did not believe that culture shock was real until I experienced it […]