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Tuition fees: International students

International students are required by Immigration New Zealand to pre-pay one year’s tuition fees to the University of Waikato in order to be granted a student visa.

During each year of study, you will enrol in a number of papers, each of which has a points value. Your total annual fees are calculated on a per-paper basis and will vary depending on the number, subject area, and points value of the papers you select at the time of enrolment.

Fees for each paper are detailed in the Catalogue of Papers.

Most papers at undergraduate level are worth 15 or 20 points and a standard full-time load is 120 points per year.

In addition to tuition fees, all students are required to pay an annual fee for a number of university services. (eg. Building Levy and Student Services Levy). The actual amount you pay depends on your enrolment, but most full-time students will be required to pay approximately NZ$450 per year. This fee is paid at the time of enrolment.

To help you estimate your annual fees and costs, set out below are the approximate fees and other costs you are likely to incur if you are enrolled in 120 points. Students who enrol in more than 120 points will pay additional tuition fees.

All fees are quoted in New Zealand Dollars ($NZ) and include New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST). Tuition fees are set annually by the University. Fees are subject to change.

2014 International student tuition fees

The following approximate annual tuition fees are based on 120 points (full-time study)

Foundation and pre-degree level

Programme Tuition fee ($NZ)
Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies $19,080
Certificate of University Preparation* $9540

*Specific entry criteria apply

Undergraduate level

The following approximate annual tuition fees are based on 120 points (full-time study)

Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor Degree, 1-year Graduate Diploma

Degree area Tuition fee ($NZ)
Arts and Social Sciences $21,475
Geography, Music, Psychology $27,230
Tourism $23,905
Computer Science, Maths, Statistics $25,855
Computer Graphic Design $25,855
Education $21,060
Teaching Training $24,700
Sport & Leisure Studies $21,055
Law $25,105
Management $23,905
Maori & Pacific Development $21,060
Science $27,425
Engineering $29,880

Postgraduate level

The following approximate annual tuition fees are based on 120 points (full-time study). Please note that fees will be different for accelerated Masters programmes which are outlined below.

Bachelor (Honours), 1-year Postgraduate Diploma, Masters Degree, Masters Thesis

Degree area Tuition fee ($NZ)
Arts and Social Sciences $26,225
Geography, Music, Psychology $29,680
Tourism $25,095
Computer Science $28,725
Mathematics and Statistics 26,515
Education, Centre Science & Technology Education $25,715
Law $27,370
Management $25,095
Maori & Pacific Development $25,715
Science $30,575
Engineering (Postgraduate) $32,770
Engineering (Masters Thesis) $31,705

Accelerated Masters Programmes

The accelerated masters programmes allow you to complete your qualification in less than 1.5 years, in some cases even within a year of full-time study.

Degree area Tuition fee ($NZ)
Completion in 12 months
Tuition fee ($NZ)Study extends over 12 months
Arts and Social Sciences $33,435 $39,335
Geography, Music, Psychology $37,840 $44,520
Education, Centre Science & Technology Education $32,785 $38,570
Computer Science $36,620
$43,085
Management
$31,995 $37,640
Māori & Pacific Development 
$32,785
$38,570
Science $38,985 $45,860

Accelerated Masters Programmes offered at the University of Waikato include: Master of Arts, Master of Business Management, Master of Cyber Security, Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies, Master of Education, Master of Educational Leadership, Master of Electronic Commerce, Master of Management Studies, Master of Māori and Pacific Development, Master of Media and Creative Technologies, Master of Professional Management, Master of Science, Master of Social Sciences, Master of Sport and Leisure Studies and Master of Teaching and Learning.

Find out more information about Accelerated Masters Programmes.

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

All new international PhD students, studying full-time, may be eligible to pay domestic New Zealand annual tuition fees.

Degree area Tuition fee ($NZ)
Category A: Arts, Education, Humanities, Social Sciences $5400
Category B: Computer Science, Fine Arts, Music & Performing Arts $5735
Category C: Engineering, Technology $5735
Category J: Business, Accountancy, Management, Law $5512
Category L: Science $5735

International Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) domestic fees entitlement:
International Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students enrolled in recognised research programmes at New Zealand universities may qualify for domestic student status. To hold domestic student status, international Doctor of Philosophy students must be resident in New Zealand during their study, except for temporary absences for the purposes of their research (conducting research and fieldwork appropriate to their course of study). The University defines a 'temporary absence' as no more than 12 months in total during the period of their candidature. A student enrolled in a New Zealand university but remaining resident overseas does not have domestic student status.

Master of Philosophy (MPhil), Doctor of Education (EdD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)*

(*International PhD students who are not eligible for domestic fees)

Degree area Tuition fee ($NZ)
Arts and Social Sciences $28,480
Geography, Music, Psychology $33,145
Tourism $26,500
Computer Science. Mathematics and Statistics $34,130
Education $27,935
Law $29,275
Management $26,500
Maori & Pacific Development $27,935
Science $32,715
Engineering $34,850

Study abroad fees (Individual paper credits IPC)

(For a maximum of 70 points per semester)

  Tuition fee ($NZ)
All undergraduate courses (1 semester enrolment) $12,115
All undergraduate courses (1 academic year enrolment) $24,230

English Language Study, IELTS Testing, English Teacher Training, Groups

Programme Tuition fee ($NZ)
Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) - one block (10 weeks) $4800
General English (part-time) 10 hours per week - (min 3 weeks enrolment) $325
General English (full-time) 23 hours per week - (min 3 weeks enrolment) $455
(1-8 weeks)
General English (full-time) 23 hours per week - (min 3 weeks enrolment)
$380
(9 weeks or more)
Cambridge FCE/CAE/CPE Preparation - 12 weeks $5430
Cambridge RSA/CELTA - 1 month full-time NZ $3070

2014 non-tuition related fees and costs


  ($NZ)
Student Services Levy $408
Building Levy $24.80
Travel/medical insurance $585
Textbooks and stationery (estimated $500 per semester) $1000
Cost of living (estimated accommodation and food for one person) $15,000

Other fees and charges

  ($NZ)
Halls accommodation deposit $300
Under 18 designated caregiver assessment $200
Non-refundable homestay application $275
Homestay fees per week (min 4 weeks) $224
Airport pickup $90
Student permit renewal (per application) $165
Immigration paper applications assistance fee (per application) $70
Credit assessment prior to application $100
Bank fee (charged when applicable) $25

International students refund administration charge

International students who withdraw their application or their enrolment before the start date of their programme will receive a 100 percent refund of pre-paid tuition fees less a $500 Administration Fee. Students who withdraw their application or their enrolment after the start date of their programme but during the period for deletion of papers (refer to Clause 12 of the Change of Enrolment Regulations), will receive a 100 percent refund of pre-paid tuition fees less a $2000 Administration Fee.

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