Tertiary study – (NZ$18,000-$25,000 per annum, contingent on your course. Up to $40,000 for postgraduate courses.) Bank Loans are easily available for higher studies anywhere in the world. Loans should be preferably taken from a Nationalised Bank. The term & condition for educational loans may vary from Bank to Bank. See below for more details:

Fees Payment Methods In New Zealand

Rates – What they cover, Forms of payment

Not only world-class, the cost of education in New Zealand is very competitive compared to other countries.

You will have to pay in advance, since proof of payment is required to obtain a student visa or permit. Generally, there is a request or processing fee that is not refundable, even if your application is not successful.

Cancellation and refunds

The Education Amendment Act of 1991 protects tuition fees.

If you cancel before the course starts, for example, because your visa or visa extension is not granted, or is being transferred to another institution, you will be reimbursed in full or in full for your registration fee, except for registration fees and processing.

If you cancel in the first week or so of the course, only part of your rate will be refunded. After that, it is likely that you will not get any refund.

What the fees cover:

Tertiary study: (NZ $ 18,000 – $ 25,000 per year, depending on your course, up to $ 40,000 for postgraduate courses).

  • GST (tax)
  • Registration and registration
  • Health and student counseling
  • Language help
  • Use of most campus facilities

Expenses In Addition To Fees In New Zealand

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


Living Costs In New Zealand

Many international students admire the high standard of living in New Zealand. In general, the cost of living is similar to that of 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 first level education.

It costs 45 cents to publish a letter in New Zealand. A Big Mac at McDonald’s costs $ 3.95. Local phone calls are free. It costs between $ 8.50- $ 12.00 to go to the movies. Public transport is more expensive than in countries with higher population density. It is recommended that tertiary students have a budget of up to $ 15,000 in subsistence expenses per year.

It is very important for an international student to master English in order to study in a country whose official language is English. New Zealand is not an exception. A student must award the IELTS and obtain the minimum score required for their particular course established by the chosen University of New Zealand.

This section provides information on the proficiency requirements in English and on IELTS (International English Language Assessment System).

English is the main means of instruction in New Zealand, except in Maori institutions. Therefore, it is important that international students demonstrate their English proficiency in the university with which they wish to study.

The tertiary institutions (studies at the UG level) will request original documents or certified photocopies of one of the following:

  • IELTS score of the total score of the 6.0 band without a band less than 5.5. IELTS is a recognized test for most institutions in countries such as New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada and Australia, whose official language is English. Evaluates your ability to read, write, speak and listen in academic or general training contexts. It was developed and administered by the University of Cambridge, the British Council and IDP Education Australia.
  • One pass in English on the ‘O’ level exam of the GCE (General Certificate of Education)

You will need to have a valid passport and a visa in order to enter New Zealand. Since it can take several months to obtain a passport and all the documentation, start the process as soon as you can. Here you will find information regarding Visa requirements and procedures.

This section gives you details about your Work Permits and employment Opportunity.