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.

Paying your fees

If you are facing difficulties paying your tuition fees on time, contact the Student Fees Advisors via student-finance@vuw.ac.nz. However, to be eligible for the Fee Paying Student Visa, Immigration New Zealand requires:

  1. proof that you have paid your tuition fees, or proof that you have a scholarship or loan that is paying on your behalf
  2. proof that you have sufficient funds to support yourself while you are studying in New Zealand
  3. proof of how you will return home when your studies are complete (such as copies of airline tickets or proof of funds to buy them).

Student who are approved a payment plan with Student Finance have the option to pay their tuition fees in full for one trimester. The visa granted will be for this duration and will require you to renew your visa.

It is not possible to apply for a student visa if you have not paid in full for at least your next trimester of study and without evidence you have sufficient funds to support yourself and proof of how you will return home when your studies are complete.

If you are concerned about meeting the requirements for your visa, contact our International Student Advisor—Visa at Wellington University International, student-visa@vuw.ac.nz as soon as possible to discuss your options.

Find more information on renewing your visa as an enrolled student.

Additional costs

Some courses have additional costs for items such as study materials, equipment or field trips. Some administrative costs are also applicable. A full list of these administrative costs can be viewed in the Fees Policy.

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 2021 (incl gst)

International tuition fee bands for subject categories

Undergraduate Per point ($) Average full time (120 points) ($)
Humanities and Social Sciences 230.93 27,711.60
Education 217.91 26,149.20
Music 276.50 33,180.00
Health and Midwifery 244.04 29,284.80
Commerce 245.19 29,422.80
Law 283.14 33,976.80
Science 264.26 31,711.20
Design 278.87 33,464.40
Architecture 290.42 34,850.40
Engineering 294.90 35,388.00
Postgraduate taught* Per point ($) Average full time (120 points) ($)
Humanities and Social Sciences 252.54 35,388.00
Education 247.60 30,304.80
Music 297.99 29,712.00
Commerce 258.26 30,991.20
Law 293.64 36,652.80
Science 305.44 35,236.80
Design 312.53 36,652.80
Architecture 325.33 37,503.60
Engineering 316.90 39,039.60
Health, Nursing and Midwifery 247.22 38,028.00

Postgraduate taught courses listed above includes Honours and Postgraduate Thesis.

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.

  • students enrolled in 25 points or more, on-campus or off-campus within Wellington region: $843.00 (2021)
  • students enrolled in 25 points or more, off-campus outside of Wellington region or off-campus outside of New Zealand: $421.50 (2021)
  • students enrolled in less than 25 points, on-campus and off-campus within Wellington region: $421.50 (2021)
  • students enrolled in less than 25 points, off-campus outside of Wellington region or off-campus outside of New Zealand: $210.75 (2021).

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.

  • 2021: $28 for all students.

Speak to someone

Student Fees Advisers

Phone: 0800 04 04 04
Email: student-finance@vuw.ac.nz