Cost of Studying in New Zealand

Cost of Studying in New Zealand

While New Zealand is a great place to study as an international student, there are several expenses to consider before making the decision of travelling to the country. Indicative of the costs involved are given below.

Tuition fees

Your expenditure on tuition fee depends on the type of qualification and education institution you opt for. For instance, science and medical degrees cost substantially more than other degrees and the tuition fee of a university is higher than to that of a polytechnic or a private training college. The average tuition fees at one of New Zealand’s tertiary institutions ranges between NZD20,000 and NZD30,000 per year.

Study program Average fees Per year (NZD)
Diploma and Undergraduate Bachelor Degree $20,000 – $30,000
Graduate Diplomas $20,000 – $35,000
Postgraduate Diplomas $20,000 – $37,000
Masters $30,000 – $50,000
PhD $6,000 – $7,000

Student visa costs

In order to study in New Zealand , the first step is to secure a valid student visa and that comes with its own costs. Ex: Visa fees, Medical & Air tickets

Further to which, as part of the visa application you need to declare you have purchased an international student insurance coverage that covers you during your time in New Zealand.

Cost of living

If you will be studying in New Zealand for one year or more, you‘ll need to prove that you have at least $15,000 to support yourself for the first year. The primary expenses are for;

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    Thames International describes about accommodation in New Zealand


    You are able to choose from campus hostels, home stays or flats. Accommodation costs vary widely by region and the accommodation type you select approximately NZD 200 – 300 per week

    Thames International Describes about food facility for students in New Zealand


    Estimated weekly food costs for a basic healthy diet for an adult man in 2016 were: Auckland NZD64, Wellington NZD64, Christchurch NZD63, and Dunedin NZD65. Prices vary depending on where you shop.

    Thames International informs about Transport fees in New Zealand

    Transportation Costs

    A lot of universities provide buses for their students. All New Zealand cities and most towns have buses, and some areas offer cheaper bus fares for students. Having your own vehicle is possible after a few months of arriving in New Zealand.


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