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New Zealand’s average education fees

2020-03-27 17:30:17
Studying in New Zealand has its perks. From the beautiful landscapes and hidden trails to modern cosmopolitan cities with world-class universities, it’s no surprise why many international students are flocking to New Zealand. If you’re thinking about studying in New Zealand, the first thing you’ll probably think about is cost. Well, here they are

New Zealand has several types of higher education institutions: universities, colleges, private institutions and polytechnics.


There are 8 universities in New Zealand, which all offer high-quality education. All 8 of these universities are ranked within the QS World University Ranking top 500.


1) University of Auckland

2) Auckland University of Technology (AUT)

3) University of Waikato

4) Massey University

5) Victoria University of Wellington

6) University of Canterbury

7) Lincoln University

8) University of Otago


New Zealand uses the New Zealand Dollar ($NZD) as its currency.


Institutions in New Zealand are permitted to set their tuition fees. This means that what you pay will be different depending on your institution of choice. Domestic students are charged tuition fees at a different rate to international students.


International students can expect to pay between $20,000 to $32,000 for a bachelor’s degree; between $26,000 to $37,000 for a postgraduate course. However, costs also vary according to your course and speciality. If you choose a course such as medicine, engineering or veterinary science, your fees are likely to be higher.


On average, an international student can expect to pay NZ$20,000 (£10,499) (all figures from now are in New Zealand dollars) for an arts and social sciences undergraduate degree, $25,000 (£13,124) for science and engineering and $75,000 (£39,372) for a dentistry and medicine degree.


For example, at the University of Auckland, a typical international undergraduate student pays $27,592 (£14,485) for most BA courses and up to $72,896 (£38,267) for medicine degrees beyond the first year. Postgraduate degrees at the University of Auckland are between $32,392 (£17,004) and $46,787 (£24,561) per year.


Therefore an international student studying at the University of Auckland would spend $82,776 (£43,454) for a three-year bachelor’s degree.


Other school fees

Many bachelor’s degrees can be completed in three years. Apart from the tuition fees, some institutions also required additional fees such as graduation fee, student services fee, orientation fee, general fee, administration fees, etc. As such, students must also remember to factor in the relevant cost into their budget.


Financing tuition fees

There are scholarships available for international students at all levels, including students wanting to gain a PhD. These scholarships are offered by the institutions themselves, or the government. 


Full-time students are also allowed to work up to 20 hours a week but it is important to check the terms of your visa, and the visa authorities may need to be contacted should you choose to work. The adult minimum wage in New Zealand is $13 (£6.30 per hour).


More Information

The full list of tuition fees and a comparison of costings are available on the Te Pōkai Tara site, which represents all universities in New Zealand.


For more information about the cost of your specific course, please refer to the below link of your preferred institution.


University of Auckland:



Auckland University of Technology (AUT)



University of Waikato



Massey University



Victoria University of Wellington



University of Canterbury 



Lincoln University



University of Otago