How to pay your fees

Find out how to pay your fees and what steps you need to complete if you have a scholarship or student loan.

The fees you pay depend on what you’re studying. Your Offer of Place letter will tell you exactly what you need to pay.

On this page you can find information about:

Proof of living expenses for your visa application

You may need to show proof of living expenses for your student visa application.

ANZ Bank allows international students to open bank accounts before they arrive in New Zealand. This is an easy way to deposit money before you arrive in the country. For more information visit the ANZ website

Students from China, India, Philippines and Sri Lanka may also be able to access the Funds Transfer scheme. For more information visit the Immigration New Zealand funds transfer scheme page.

Questions about student visas and proof of living expenses can be directed to Immigration New Zealand.

Students are required to only pay their fees as quoted on the Offer of Place to the University.

How and when to pay your tuition fees

We recommend that you pay your fees at least three months before courses start—you need evidence that you have paid your fees (or have funding for them, like a scholarship or loan) to get your visa, and visas can take up to six weeks to process.

It usually takes between 4-6 business days for your payment to be received. When your payment is received, Victoria International will send you a ‘Summary of Deposit’ letter to the email you provided on your application. You can use this letter as proof that you have paid your fees for your visa application. If you have applied through an agent, they will also receive the Summary of Deposit letter.

How to pay your fees

Your Offer of Place letter will tell you exactly what you need to pay.

All payments must include your Victoria University of Wellington student ID number. You can find your student ID number in your Offer of Place letter. If you do not include your student ID number, we might not be able to track your payment.

You can pay your tuition fees by:

You have to pay your tuition fees in full unless you get an exemption from the fees coordinator.

Pay by bank transfer

Western Union

We have partnered with Western Union Business Solutions to provide you with the option to pay your fees online in your home currency using the international student payment portal. Students, parents and/or sponsors can pay NZD student fees in a currency of choice using this simple and secure payments platform.

The Global Pay for students platform provides convenient payment methods including Ali Pay, Sofort and more.

Benefits for you

  • Intuitive, mobile-friendly interface for a seamless payment experience
  • Pay international fees by bank transfer or online payment options
  • Convenient payment methods including Alipay, UnionPay, Trustly, Sofort and more
  • NO transaction charges from us or Western Union Business Solutions
  • Favourable exchange rates compared to most banks
  • Track your payment online, step by step
  • Peace of mind that your full payment will be received by us
  • Multi language platform: French, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Indonesian, English, Spanish, Hindi, Japanese and Arabic with, more to come
  • Customer support service to help you at every step

How to make your payment

  • Select the country you are paying from, specify how much you need to pay (in NZD) and choose your preferred method of payment
  • Enter your payment details
  • Complete your payment using online banking or in person at your local branch

International banking regulations transactions in some currencies are not available. If your currency doesn’t appear as an option, select an alternative currency such as USD$. If you need help email

It can take a minimum of 4–6 business working days for your payment to arrive in our university account due to bank processing times. When making a telegraphic transfer, a bank fee may be charged and removed from the payment amount by one or both banks.

Pay by Visa or MasterCard

To pay by credit card, you need to give us your credit card details by phone (+64-4-463 5484).

We’ll need your:

  • name
  • student ID number
  • amount to be paid
  • type of credit card (Visa or MasterCard)
  • credit card number
  • expiry date
  • card holder name.

All credit card payments will be converted to New Zealand dollars ($NZ) on the day we receive the payment. Check with your bank that the amount you’re paying isn’t over their transaction limit.

Pay for insurance with your fees

If you’re buying Studentsafe–University insurance, you can pay for your insurance at the same time you pay your fees.

Scholarships and student loans

If you have a scholarship or a student loan (including US private loans or US Veterans Benefits), you don’t need to pay your international tuition fees—your scholarship or loan provider will do this for you.

Send us a scanned or digital copy of your award or scholarship letter to You’ll also use your award or scholarship letter to prove your funding to Immigration New Zealand when you’re applying for your student visa.


If you have any questions about paying your international tuition fees, email