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  • Cost of Education in New Zealand: 4 Things to Know

    Cost of Education in New Zealand: 4 Things to Know
    Monday, July 13, 2015

    New Zealand is among the most popular destinations for students looking for tertiary education on foreign shores. There are numerous universities, colleges, polytechnic institutes and private institutions in New Zealand. Many universities in this country are recognised all over the world. International students are expected  to clear the IELTS or the TOEFL examinations before they apply for the New Zealand institutions.

    The cost of education in New Zealand is not as high as its neighbouring country, Australia. Nonetheless, international students should be familiar with the possible expenses when studying in New Zealand. Apart from the tuition expenses, the students have to bear the living expenses and transportation costs.

    Cost of Tuition

    The tuition fee in New Zealand for international students depends upon the course they choose. The university or institute is also an important factor in determining the expenses.

    On an average, international students have to pay a minimum of NZ$ 18,000 for their bachelor’s degree but the costs can also rise up to NZ$ 25,000 approximately. The cost of a postgraduate diploma  can be around NZ$ 15,000 to NZ$ 30,000 per year. Basic diplomas may be a bit cheaper at an yearly expense of NZ$ 10,000 to NZ$ 20,000.

    The type of course you choose will certainly determine the total tuition costs. In general, international students who opt for courses related to health, medicine or dentistry would need to spend significantly more than those who go for courses in engineering or technology. The cheapest options are in arts and pure sciences wherein students can end up paying a yearly amount of NZ$ 20,000.

    Living Expenses

    International students will not face any issues when it comes to living expenses while staying in New Zealand. The total expenses will depend upon the lifestyle of the student. It is possible to spend as little as NZ$ 7,000 on living expenses.

    Accommodation costs will form a significant portion of the living expenses. Students who wish to have a fully catered private hall can expect to spend NZ$ 15,000 on a yearly basis. On the other hand, rooms at student hostels or dormitories will only cost around NZ$ 200 every week. It is possible to get apartments in New Zealand, but they can be an expensive option. The costs of apartments or flats primarily depend on their location.

    Health Insurance

    It is a rule for all international students to have their health insured for the duration of their course in New Zealand. Students can get the health insurance from their native countries as well. Universities and institutions in New Zealand can provide health insurance for their international students upon request. International students can spend NZ$ 399 approximately each year on their health insurance.


    Even though the education costs are lower in New Zealand compared to other popular destinations, the fact remains that students may require financial aid to offset costs. It is possible for international students to apply for scholarships to reduce the costs of their education in New Zealand.

    Some exclusive scholarships  for international students are available, which means that there will be less competition. The Government of New Zealand offers such scholarships for students that hail from eligible regions. The list of such countries is extensive enough to cover most of the world. Certain scholarships are offered by specific universities for international students who have enrolled in their courses.

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