What will I learn?

Gain a new understanding of the world and the people who live in it. The Bachelor of Arts (BA) from Te Herenga Waka—Victoria University of Wellington is ranked first in New Zealand and in the top 1 percent worldwide for Arts and Humanities and for Social Science (2021 QS World University Rankings). This degree will give you insights into cultures, languages, art, history, politics, and societies that will challenge your thinking and expand your view of the world.

Asian Studies

Explore New Zealand's interactions with Asia from a variety of perspectives. Discover how and why Asia is undergoing unprecedented economic and social transformation. You’ll learn about Chinese cinema, Gandhi, Islam in Indonesia, K-pop, Japanese manga, business in Hong Kong, colonialism, communism and more.

Course structure

For this degree you'll need to:

Complete at least 360 points, of which:

  • At least 240 points must be from courses listed for the BA
  • At least 80 points must be from 100-level courses listed for the BA
  • A maximum of 180 points can be at 100 level and
  • At least 180 points must be at 200 and 300 level
    • at least 75 must be from 300-level courses listed for the BA
    • Of the 75 points, up to 15 may come from courses listed for another degree when they are taken to satisfy the requirements of an additional major subject from another degree

In addition to the degree requirements, for this major you'll need to complete:

Two courses at 100 level:

New Zealand and Asia (ASIA 101)

Introduction to Asian Histories and Cultures (ASIA 111)

The following courses at 200 level:

Contemporary Asian Society (ASIA 201)

The following courses at 300 level:

Nation and Nationalism in Asia (ASIA 301)

Future-proof your career

The job-market is changing fast with many current jobs predicted to be automated within 10 to 15 years. Gain skills valuable in any workplace studying for a BA develops your creativity, flexibility and imagination, and teaches you how to think critically and present an argument. You'll also develop research skills and learn to communicate complex ideas in both speech and writing.

Get your degree in a subject you have a genuine passion for and set yourself on a path to a fulfilling career. BA graduates are employed in almost every part of the workforce. Your ability to view things from different perspectives, and skills in research and analysis can be applied in a vast array of careers. At Victoria you'll be encouraged to think about how what you learn can contribute to a progressive, inclusive and internationally connected society.

Which department am I in?

Wellington Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
NZ$29,400.00 (15,26,480) per year
Approximate fee (120 points): NZ $29,400

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 December 2021, 1 May 2022

More details

Start date

28 February 2022, 11 July 2022


Victoria University of Wellington

Kelburn Campus,

Level 2, Easterfield Building, Kelburn Parade,



6012, New Zealand

Entry requirements

For international students

Achieve the International Baccalaureate Diploma, or three GCE Advanced Level passes at C grade, or equivalent.

English language requirements

  • IELTS (Academic): minimum overall score of 6.0 with no sub-score below 5.5

  • TOEFL: minimum overall score of 80 (internet-based test)

  • Pearson Test of English: minimum score of 50 (with a 'Communicative score' of not less than 42)

  • EAP: minimum final scores of 4,4,4,3

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by this university

Victoria University of Wellington offers below pathways course for this subject

About Victoria University of Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington is in the top 1 percent of the world’s 18,000 universities for 20 subjects and in the top 2 percent of universities.

  • 5+ stars from QS Stars Rating of Excellence 2019
  • Among world’s 1% to be triple accredited for business
  • First in New Zealand for intensity of high-quality research
  • Based in New Zealand’s vibrant capital city