Tuition Fees & Other Costs

Discover the fees and costs for a Study Abroad experience at Waikato.

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Study Abroad Tuition Fees

Study abroad students pay a flat fee that includes student fees, airport pick-up, official transcript, and tuition for papers to a maximum of 60 credit points. The study abroad fee does not include accommodation, field trips, textbooks, or other costs.

 Study Abroad Fee    Credit
 One (1) Trimester  $13,500 NZD

60 Waikato points 

12-16 US credits

30 ECTS credits


Note: The study abroad fee is a fixed cost per trimester.

Students can study with us for one (1) or two (2) trimesters – the fee for two trimesters is double that of one trimester.

The Study Abroad Fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Student Services Levy
  • Transcript
  • Airport pick-up – from Auckland International Airport or Hamilton Airport.

The Study Abroad Fee does not include:

  • Accommodation
  • Field trips
  • Textbooks
  • Other costs

Exchange students

If you're an exchange student, you pay tuition to your home university. No tuition fees will be paid to the University of Waikato. You will still need to pay for your accommodation, field trips, textbooks, and other costs.

See our list of Exchange partners

Internship Placement: Fees for 2024

  A trimester B trimester
Study Abroad students $1,450 NZD $1,550 NZD
Exchange students $1,450 NZD $1,550 NZD


Learn more about the internship programme


All study abroad and exchange students are required by New Zealand law to purchase student health insurance.

2024 trimester fee: $405 NZD

Studentsafe Insurance and Alternative Policies

Accommodation Costs

Here at Waikato, we provide a range of different accommodation options for our students studying at both our Tauranga and Hamilton campuses. Find out more about our accommodation options on the Accommodation page, as well as some advice and tips about flatting and renting.

Other costs

The cost of studying abroad may seem daunting to begin with, however, we encourage you to add up your normal expenses as if you were to study at home when making comparisons of costs.

Some other costs to think about when planning your studies in New Zealand for one trimester (18 weeks) are:

Items NZD USD Euro GBP
Return International Airfare $3,200 $2,000 €1,800 £1,550
Accommodation and meals (fully catered) $8,200 $5,000 €4,600 £4,000
Accommodation (self catered) $4,700 $2,900 €2,700 £2,300
Meals $2,700 $1,700 €1,500 £1,250
Books and paper supplies $500 $300 €280 £240
Personal expenses and university trips $2,000 $1,250 1,200 £1,000


Note: all costs provided are an estimation only.

Study Abroad and Exchange

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Waikato has some scholarships on offer - check with your university adviser to make sure there are specific scholarships, discounts, or travel funds allocated to your university. Filter by "international students" to quickly discover if there is a scholarship for you.

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Properly plan for your study abroad trip by calculating how much funds you will need to save - be sure to include 'exploration' funds to ensure you can explore New Zealand!

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See if your university is partnered with Waikato as an exchange partner. Being nominated for exchange allows for your tuition to continue to be paid to your home university and impacts which study visa you apply for.

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Waikato has a range of options, from trimester study abroad and exchange, short programmes, internships, science research projects, and gap year experiences, among others!

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Find out how to apply, entry requirements, tuition fees, scholarships, and more.

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