Fees for international students

Find out all you need to know about fees if you are an international student.

Important fee information

Tuition fees are calculated on a per point basis. Each course has a number of points associated with it, so the amount charged will vary depending on your choice of courses.

Additional costs

Some courses have additional costs for items such as study materials, equipment or field trips. There are also additional administrative costs when ordering transcripts and replacement student ID cards. A full list of these administrative costs can be viewed in Appendix D of the Fees Statute.

There are substantial extra costs for field trips for the Master of Conservation Biology and the Master of Marine Conservation. These charges are detailed in the science undergraduate or postgraduate prospectus.

Renew or extend your insurance

You must have approved medical and travel insurance for the length of your student visa. If you’re studying in New Zealand for more than a year, you need to renew your insurance.

International tuition fees for 2019 (incl gst)

International tuition fee bands for subject categories

Undergraduate Per point ($) Average full time (120 points) ($)
Humanities and Social Sciences 217.70 26,124.00
Education 205.42 24,650.40
Music 260.66 31,279.20
Health 230.05 27,606.00
Commerce 231.14 27,736.80
Law 266.91 32,029.20
Science 249.12 29,894.40
Design 260.33 31,239.60
Architecture 271.12 32,534.40
Engineering 278.00 33,360.00
Postgraduate taught* Per point ($) Average full time (120 points) ($)
Humanities and Social Sciences 238.07 28,568.40
Education 233.41 28,008.79
Music 286.53 34,383.60
Commerce 243.46 29,215.20
Law 279.55 33,546.00
Science 290.78 34,893.60
Design 291.76 35,011.20
Architecture 303.71 36,445.20
Engineering 301.69 36,202.80
Nursing and Midwifery 233.05 27,966.00

Postgraduate taught courses listed above includes Honours and Postgraduate Thesis.

PhD studies

PhD candidates are charged domestic fees. Tuition fees for Professional and Master's programmes can be viewed in the Fees Statute 2019.

Calculate your fees

You can get an idea of what your fees for the year will be by using the Fees estimator.

We make every effort to ensure the information it presents is accurate, the Fees estimator is indicative only. Your final fees account will be calculated and invoiced by Victoria University of Wellington upon acceptance of your enrolment application.

Other compulsory fees

All students enrolled at Victoria University of Wellington are required to pay the following fees.

Student Services Levy

The levy is a contribution towards student support services delivered by and through Victoria University of Wellington to support and facilitate the best academic outcomes for all students. Refer to Appendix A in the Student Services Levy Policy for a full list of services.

Additional payment may be required to access some goods, services or amenities.

  • Internal students: $790.00 (2019)
  • Distance students: $395.00 (2019)

For details regarding students who qualify for reduced Student Services Levy rates, refer to the Student Service Levy Policy or the Student Services Levy FAQs for a full list of services.

Student Assistance Levy

This levy is used to assist students suffering exceptional financial hardship.

  • 2019: $27.60 for all students