Fees – What they cover, Payment Methods

Not only world-class in quality, the cost of education in New Zealand is very competitive compared to other countries. You will need to pay in advance, because proof of payment is needed to get a student visa or permit. There is usually an application or processing fee that is not refundable, even if your application is not successful.

 Cancellation and Refunds

The Education Amendment Act 1991 protects tuition fees. If you cancel before the course starts, for instance because your visa or visa extension is not granted, or you are transferring to another institution, most or all of your tuition fee will be refunded, except for the registration and processing fees. If you cancel in the first week or so of the course, only part of your fee will be refunded. After that, you probably will not get any refund at all.

 What the Fees cover:

Tertiary study – (NZ$18,000 – $25,000 per annum, contingent on your course. Up to $40,000 for postgraduate courses.)
  • GST (tax)
  • Registration and enrolment
  • Student health and counselling
  • Language support
  • Use of most campus facilities
Additional costs vary according to your age, the course you are taking, and the type of accommodation you choose, so the following estimates are only a guideline. For Tertiary Study:
  • Textbooks and stationery $500 per annum
  • Student ID card  $20
  • Student membership $30
  • Photocopy cards $100
  • Transfer from airport up to $50 (may be included in orientation programme fee)
  • Bus fares $30 – $60 per week
  • Tea-Coffee $1 – $3 per cup
  • Nights snacks $7 per one-course meal
Many international students admire the high standard of living in New Zealand. In general, the cost of living is akin to that in Australia, and less than in Britain. The cost of education, in particular, is highly competitive, which means that in New Zealand, you can afford a world-class education. It costs 45 cents to post a letter within New Zealand. A Big Mac at McDonald’s costs $3.95. Local telephone calls are free. It costs between $8.50-$12.00 to go to the movies. Public transport is more expensive than in countries with greater population density. It is recommended that tertiary students budget for up to $15,000 in living expenses per annum.