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Study in New Zealand: Tuition Fees and Scholarships

All higher education in New Zealand requires you to pay per academic year of study. Fees in New Zealand are relatively low compared to those of other developed countries.

Mar 22, 2017
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All higher education in New Zealand requires you to pay per academic year of study. Fees in New Zealand are relatively low compared to those of other developed countries.

  • Fees for undergraduate study can cost about NZ$22,000–$32,000 (US$16,000-$23,000) per year. Costs vary depending on your course.
  • Postgraduate courses can cost between NZ$26,000-$37,000 (US$19,000-$27,000) per year.
  • Living costs across much of New Zealand normally come to at least NZ$15,000 (US$11,000) per year.

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In order to be granted a student visa, you will have to prove that you can not only pay the university/school fees during your time of study, but also that you can support yourself during that time. If you aren’t able to cover the costs through private means, you do still have some possibilities:

  • It’s possible to be granted an extension on your visa for part-time work up to 20 hours per-week in term time and full-time during holidays. You will however have to prove that you can pay your way even without the job.
  • Any government grants, scholarships or loans granted from your home country can be counted towards the threshold. 
  • The New Zealand government grants certain international scholarships, for both undergraduate and postgraduate study. You can find more information on these here.

If you’re intending to stay for longer than six months or are intending to work, you will require an IRD number. This is your individual tax number supplied by the Inland Revenue Department (IRD). The reason you need this number, even if you are not working, is that, if you have money in a New Zealand bank, resident withholding tax (RWT) will be withdrawn from any interest you earn. Without an IRD number, this tax will be deducted at a higher non-declaration rate.

As for scholarships, New Zealand has plenty on offer. You can find a list here. Your home country might also offer scholarships for study abroad in New Zealand.

Study in New Zealand

Over 30,000 international students choose New Zealand as their study abroad destination every year. Click here to learn why.

Education in New Zealand

The New Zealand education system is currently ranked as number 3 in the world. It reflects their unique and diverse society, open to different abilities, religious beliefs, ethnic groups, income levels, and ideas about teaching and learning.

Student Visas

In most cases, if you are studying for longer than three months you will need a student visa in New Zealand. Learn more about the processes and documents you may need to enter the country.

Housing & Living Costs

Most New Zealand institutions will be happy to help you to find accommodation before you arrive. Here you'll find information about the types of accommodation on offer in New Zealand.

Language & Culture

New Zealand has three official languages. Find out more about what the country offers in terms of language, culture, cuisine, and more!

Application Process

Applications for higher education in New Zealand are made directly through the school in question. Here you'll find more information about what you need to apply to a New Zealand university.


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