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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

Certificate of Attainment in Foundation Studies NZ $19,080
Certificate of University Preparation *Specific entry criteria apply NZ $9,540

Undergraduate Level

Undergraduate Certificate, Bachelor Degree, 1-year Graduate Diploma

Arts and Social Sciences NZ $21,475
Geography, Music, Psychology NZ $27,230
Tourism NZ $23,905
Computer Science, Maths, Statistics NZ $25,855
Computer Graphic Design NZ $25,855
Education NZ $21,060
Teaching Training NZ $24,700
Sport & Leisure Studies NZ $21,055
Law NZ $25,105
Management NZ $23,905
Maori & Pacific Development NZ $21,060
Science NZ $27,425
Engineering NZ $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 180 point Masters programmes. Your Offer letter will give the specific fees.

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

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

180 point Masters Degree*

(*Students who enrol and complete one of the 180 point Masters Degrees within a calendar year (12 months) will be eligible for a 15% discount)

With 15% discount
Arts and Social Sciences NZ $39,335 NZ $33,435
Geography, Music, Psychology NZ $44,520 NZ $37,840
Education, Centre Science & Technology Education NZ $38,570 NZ $32,785
Computer Science NZ $43,085
NZ $36,620
Management
NZ $37,640 NZ $31,995
Maori & Pacific Development 
NZ $38,570
NZ $32,785
Science NZ $45,860
NZ $38,985

Currently 180 Point Masters Degrees being offered are: Master of Disability and Inclusion Studies, Master of Education Leadership, Master of Education, Master of Sport and Leisure Studies, Master of Electronic Commerce, Master of Management Studies, Master of Media and Creative Technologies, Master of Professional Management.

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

(*International PhD students who are not eligible for Domestic Fees)

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

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

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

Category A: Arts, Education, Humanities, Social Sciences NZ $5,400
Category B: Computer Science, Fine Arts, Music & Performing Arts NZ $5,735
Category C: Engineering, Technology NZ $5,735
Category J: Business, Accountancy, Management, Law NZ $5,512
Category L: Science NZ $5,735

Important: 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.

2014 Non-Tuition Related Fees and Costs

Student Services Levy $408
Building Levy $24.80
Travel/Medical Insurance $585
Textbooks and Stationery (estimated NZ$500 per semester) $1,000
Cost of living (estimated) - accommodation and food for one person $15,000

Study Abroad Fees (Individual paper credits IPC)

(For a maximum of 70 points per semester)

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

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

Certificate of Attainment in English Language (CAEL) - One Block (10 weeks) NZ $4,800
General English (Part Time) 10 hours per week - (min 3 weeks enrolment) NZ $325
General English (Full Time) 23 hours per week - (min 3 weeks enrolment) NZ $455 (1-8 weeks)
 General English (Full Time) 23 hours per week - (min 3 weeks enrolment)
 NZ $380 (9 weeks or more)
Cambridge FCE/CAE/CPE Preparation - 12 weeks NZ $5,430
Cambridge RSA/CELTA - 1 month full time NZ NZ $3,070

Other Charges

Halls Accommodation Deposit NZ $300
Under 18 Designated Caregiver Assessment NZ $200
Non-Refundable Homestay Application NZ $275
Homestay Fees per week (min 4 weeks) NZ $224
Airport Pickup NZ $90
Student Permit Renewal (per application) NZ $165
Immigration Paper Applications Assistance Fee (per application) NZ $70
Credit Assessment Prior to Application NZ $100
Bank Fee (charged when applicable) NZ $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 $2,000 Administration Fee.

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