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Study New Zealand

New Zealand is the right destination to study for young Vietnamese to pursue further studies. It is fast becoming a first choice of international students who wish to get quality education at affordable cost.
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Costs to study in New Zealand

New Zealand is the safest and most hospitable island in the South Pacific for student visitors. The ‘Kiwi’ country was named the world’s second most peaceful nation in 2018, and incorporates indigenous Māori beliefs of openness, understanding and respect in its national values.

The predominantly English-speaking island is home to a friendly and inclusive native population, who enjoy a high quality of life and famously low crime rates. International students will also be glad to hear that living and study costs are generally more affordable in New Zealand than Europe. Moreover, all of the country’s 8 universities are placed in the top 3% worldwide.

Locals enjoy a relaxed pace of life with speedy, reliable public routes in the major cities – buses are generally the transport of choice. Visitors are enchanted by its breathtaking scenery and several natural wonders, including the colourful champagne pools and mesmerising Waitomo glowworm caves.

Already feeling the allure of New Zealand? Read on for StudyLink’s specially selected advice on the types of fees and ways to reduce financial pressure when studying abroad. Our guide will help you accurately visualise your time abroad so that you can start planning your dream journey.


New Zealand follows the Southern Hemisphere’s academic calendar. See below for details of the school year for different institutions:

School level

School year dates

Primary schools

Early February to mid-December

Secondary schools

End of January to beginning of December


Late February to end of November

There are 4 semesters each year, and the longest breaks are in July and December.

Note that the school week differs slightly between primary and secondary schools.

Program tuition fees:

  • English programs: about 300 - 500 NZD per week
  • Primary and secondary schools
  • Public schools: from 13,000 to 18,000 NZD / year
  • Private schools: from 25,000 NZD / year
  • University preparation: from 20,000 NZD / year
  • College: from 14,000 NZD / year
  • University: from 22,000 - 32,000 NZD / year
  • Postgraduate: from 26,000 - 37,000 NZD / year
  • Doctorate: from 6,500 - 9,000 NZD / year (for native students)

Note that tuition and living expenses vary depending on your city, university, subject program length, and career aspirations.


It can be common for Vietnamese students to feel apprehensive when applying to study in New Zealand, because they are not sure if living costs will exceed their budget.

Consult the table below to be better informed. Remember that these are based on estimates, and costs depend on where you study and live.


Weekly expenses


334 NZD


256 NZD


308 NZD


268 NZD


282 NZD

Based on data from 2017


Those costs include:

  • Rent for a 3-person apartment: 132 - 202 NZD
  • Food and drink: 63 - 65 NZD
  • Electricity: 13 - 16 NZD
  • Bus card: 17 - 28 NZD
  • Telephone and internet: 12 NZD
  • Other expenses (clothes, personal belongings): 20 NZD

Other costs to consider:

  • Insurance: approximately 500 NZD / year
  • Student visa fee: 295 NZD
  • Air tickets (1 way): 650 - 800 USD