International Students take note

While New Zealand is a great place to study as an international student, it does have tuition costs involved.

  • Fees for arts, Business or social sciences range from NZ$16,000 a year.

  • Courses in science and engineering can cost from NZ$20,000 per year.

  • Dentistry and medicine tend to be the most expensive degrees – NZ$25,000 per year.

  • Also, there are few scholarships available for international students studying in New Zealand, and those that are on offer are for PhD students.

What about part-time work?

  • A student visa is condition on sufficient funds to pay for living and accommodation costs.

  • Being able to work while studying can certainly help finances to stretch a little further.

  • Full-time student are permitted to work up to 20 hours a week but must seek a variation in the conditions of their visa.

  • New Zealand's adult minimum wage is NZ$15.75 per hour starting 1st April 2017.

Here are some approximate costs of those all important student services in New Zealand :

  • Apartment rent, 1 bedroom: NZD120.00 to 240.00 per week on a sharing basis

  • Meal, inexpensive restaurant: NZD 8.00

  • Meal at McDonalds: NZD 8.00

  • Cappuccino: NZD 4.50

  • Coke/Pepsi (0.33 litre bottle): NZD 3.00

  • Water : NZD 2.00

  • Loaf of bread: NZD 2.00

  • Cigarettes: NZD 20.00 a packet

  • One-way ticket local transport: NZD 3.00 one stage for HOP card users

  • Cinema ticket: NZD 11.00 for students

Health and safety

Current medical and travel insurance is a requirement of the Ministry of Education's Code of Practice.

  • Student visa holders are generally not eligible for publicly funded health and disability services. Hence, it is advisable to get an insurance prior to travel.

  • People covered by New Zealand’s reciprocal health agreements with Australia and United Kingdom are entitled to publicly funded health care for immediately necessary medical treatment only.

Helpful links

  • All of the requirements for obtaining a student visa to study in New Zealand, and a checklist of the application process, can be found at Immigration New Zealand.

  • More information can be found in this guide to education in New Zealand.

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