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 Certificate, Bachelor Degree, 1-year Graduate Diploma
|Arts and Social Sciences||NZ $21,475|
|Geography, Music, Psychology||NZ $27,230|
|Computer Science, Maths, Statistics||NZ $25,855|
|Computer Graphic Design||NZ $25,855|
|Teaching Training||NZ $24,700|
|Sport & Leisure Studies||NZ $21,055|
|Maori & Pacific Development||NZ $21,060|
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|
|Computer Science||NZ $28,725|
|Mathematics and Statistics||NZ $26,515|
|Education, Centre Science & Technology Education||NZ $25,715|
|Maori & Pacific Development||NZ $25,715|
|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 $37,640||NZ $31,995|
Maori & Pacific Development
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|
|Computer Science. Mathematics and Statistics||NZ $34,130|
|Maori & Pacific Development||NZ $27,935|
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|
|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|
|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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