Tuition fees

From postgraduate degrees to short-term English language courses, there’s a qualification to suit you. Tuition fees for international students vary depending on the type of course, where you study and how long you study for.

School fees

Annual fees for state schools start at about $11,000 for primary schools and $13,000 for secondary schools. Annual fees for private primary and secondary schools start at about $25,000.

Diplomas/Certificates

Choose a course to suit your budget. For example, study for a two-year New Zealand Diploma in Engineering for $18,500 or a one-term Certificate in Computing for $12,425.

Bachelor’s degree

Fees range from about $22,000 to $32,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science. Many bachelor’s degrees can be completed in three years.

Postgraduate degree

Fees range from about $26,000 to $37,000, with higher fees for subjects such as medicine and veterinary science.

PhDs

International PhD students pay the same as New Zealand PhD students, which is about $6,500 to $9,000 per year for most subjects.

English language courses

Choose a course to suit your budget. For example, study a general English course for $300 per week, or a Cambridge English exam course for $5,100 for 12 weeks.

Cost of living

As part of your student visa application, you must provide evidence that you can cover your living expenses while studying in New Zealand. 

If you will be studying in New Zealand for more than one year, you‘ll need to prove that you have at least $15,000 to support yourself for the first year. If you’re studying for less than a year, you must have at least $1250 for each month of study to contribute to your living expenses. 

Living costs will depend on your lifestyle and which part of the country you live in. Some costs vary by region. 

You may be able to offset some of your costs by working. Most student visas enable you to work up to 20 hours per week, or full-time in the holidays.