fees & costs
Tuition fees will be the main expense for any international student, followed closely by living costs.
Most overseas students will be required to pay international fees. You must pay your fees in advance, as proof of payment is required for your student visa application.
The annual fee for study can vary depending on your institution and course, but average fees for an undergraduate degree are from NZ$18,500- 25,000 per year and postgraduate degrees can cost up to $40,000. Universities New Zealand has a useful table showing the average fees for different subject areas at each of New Zealand's eight universities.
Polytechnic courses range from around NZ$10,000-15,000 per year.
English Language courses are normally approximately NZ$320-400 per week.
These are just average figures to give an idea of what your tuition fees might be. You should contact your chosen institution for details about their tuition fees.
Financial help and scholarships
International students are eligible for a number of different scholarships offered by New Zealand's government, institutions and private organisations. To find information on the current scholarships available that are suitable for you, please visit New Zealand Educated.
You may also be eligible for scholarships or financial aid from the government or organisations in your own country. You should visit your government's website to see if this is a possibility.
Here are some average costs to give you an idea of living costs (all figures are in NZ$ and are approximate figures):
- Short bus fare - $1.50-3.50
- Taxi per km - $2
Food and householdAn average food bill should be around $50-150 per week, though this will depend on your tastes and what items you buy. Average costs of everyday items:
- Loaf of bread - $3-4
- Toilet roll (4) - around $2.50
- Shampoo - around $3-10
- Milk (1 litre) - around $2.50
- Chicken drumsticks (kg) - around $9
- Fast food burger - around $5
- A café meal - $10-20
- Gas and electricity should cost around $50-150 per month combined, depending on how much you use and how many are sharing
- Internet may cost around $60 per month, but this will be shared with your housemates
- Cinema ticket - $10-15
- Theatre ticket - $10-40
When you arrive in New Zealand you may want to open a bank account. New Zealand currency is the NZ dollar ($), which is divided into 100 cents (c). It is advisable to bring money in the form of traveller's cheques, or arrange a bank transfer once you have set up your New Zealand account, as carrying large amounts of cash can be unsafe.
It is important to tell your current bank that you are going abroad if you intend to use your bank account in New Zealand. Otherwise, they may freeze your account for security purposes.
Opening a bank account
- A passport
- A letter of acceptance from an institution
- Proof of a residential address (for example, a utility bill)
- You may need a deposit