- Classes taught in English
- Top business accreditations (AACSB, EQUIS, AMBA)
- Service learning and leadership certificate programs
- Mentorship programs
- Special New Zealand scholarship opportunities available – see the API Scholarships Page!
- 2.7 G.P.A.
- Open to sophomores, juniors, and seniors
- Completed API application
- University contact information form
- Official transcript
- One letter of recommendation
- Some advanced prerequisites and supplemental application materials (portfolio, writing samples, reels) may be required for students studying creative writing, architecture, or music performance
- Entry requirements: valid passport with student visa
Dates & Fees
API students participate in several excursions per session designed to help familiarize them with areas of their host city, country, and surrounding region. The following is a listing of all excursions for API Wellington programs. All excursions and cultural events are subject to change.
HOST CITY (WELLINGTON)
API New Zealand students will begin their program with a 2.5-day arrival orientation in their host city of Wellington. This orientation will provide the opportunity to get to know fellow participants, API and university procedures, and rules, to explore your new host city and to allow for a smoother transition into New Zealand life. Students will spend two nights together in a hotel before moving into their semester housing on day three.
OFF-ROAD HIKING & SIGHTSEEING TOUR
Go beyond the city, experiencing Wellington’s coastline from above as you’re taken on an off-road sightseeing tour along Wellington’s mountainous west coast. After traveling through Terawhiti Station (New Zealand’s largest wind farm), students will get to experience spectacular views of the South Island and Wellington’s leaning lighthouse before heading down to the ocean to visit a native New Zealand Fur Seal Colony.
Midway through the semester API students will fly to Rotorua on the north island for a three-night adventure. This excursion will include opportunities to learn about the Maori culture. In addition to seeing Maori arts and dance exhibitions, students will have the chance to experience some of the area’s natural wonders through zip-line and luge escapades, guided hikes and eco-tours of local jungle, geysers and thermal mud pools.
ADDITIONAL CULTURAL EVENTS AND ACTIVITIES
Semester students will participate in several organized daytrips near the Wellington area. Possible outings may include:
- Matiu / Somes Island – Matiu/Somes Island is a tranquil retreat for wildlife and visitors alike. Maori have occupied this island for generations. In more recent times, Matiu/Somes Island has served as a human and animal quarantine station, an internment camp, and a military defense position. Students will take a ferry boat from Wellington Harbour and have a unique opportunity to volunteer on many important projects, such as assisting with the reintroduction to native plants on the islands.
- New Zealand International Film Festival
- Wellington Kayaking Tour – Students will spend the day exploring their new city via water by kayak with trained guides – what a refreshing experience!
- Zealandia – Zealandia is the first facility fully-dedicated to telling New Zealand’s unique conservation story. The exhibition presents 80 million years of natural history right up to the conservation movement of the present day. See some of New Zealand’s rarest birds, reptiles and insects living wild in their natural environment.