Tuition Fees, Scholarships and Living Costs

How much will my course cost?

For a list of indicative fees, please see our international prospectus.

Latest International Prospectus.pdf (1,711 KB)

Some programmes will also incur non-tuition fees, and additional costs.

Am I eligible for domestic tuition fees?

The following categories of international applicants are eligible for domestic tuition fees:

  • International students enrolling in a Doctor of Philosophy at a New Zealand university for the first time. This excludes named Doctorates, such as the Doctor of Education, Doctor of Business and Administration and Doctor of Clinical Psychology. The normal international student tuition fee applies for named Doctorates
  • Fullbright and Commonwealth Scholarship students
  • People with consular and diplomatic privileges
  • A child or step-child of a member of a diplomatic mission or consulting post who does not exceed 21 years of age at the date of commencement of the year in which they undertake tertiary education
  • People who are part of a visiting force and their dependants

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What scholarships are available to me?

There are a number of scholarships open to international students. For more information see the scholarships page.

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Am I able to pay my tuition fees per semester

If you are still overseas and coming to Massey for the first time, you will be required to pay one year’s tuition fees in advance.Students who are already in New Zealand or returning for their second year have the option of paying their tuition fees per semester. You will however still need to pay the compulsory non-tuition fees and insurance for the whole year. Please note that your visa will only be valid for the semester that has been paid for.

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How much money do I need for living costs?

It is recommended that you allow for approximately NZ$15,000 - $18,000 for living expenses per year, but the actual costs will vary depending on your lifestyle, type of accommodation and the Massey campus and city in which you will be studying. In general, the cost of living is typically higher in the larger city centres.

Auckland Palmerston North Wellington
Massey University catered accommodation

$393 per week

(3 meals per day)

$210 per week

(1 meal per day)

$316 per week

(3 meals per day)

$210 per week

(1 meal per day)

Not offered
Massey-approved home stay (3 meals/day) $270 per week $245 per week $260 per week
Massey University accommodation (no meals) $240 per week $154 per week $193 per week
Private accommodation (includes utilities but not meals) $160-$250 per week $110-$160 per week $150-$240 per week
Non-tuition fees Varies (e.g. $1500 per year) Varies (e.g. $1500 per year) Varies (e.g. $1500 per year)
Textbooks Varies (e.g. BBS is $1200) Varies (e.g. BBS is $1200) Varies (e.g. BBS is $1200)
Not included - Tuition fees, transport, health, entertainment etc

Notes: 

  • Costs are in New Zealand dollars and are approximate based on 2016 information.
  • Auckland is a major city so costs will be higher than in Palmerston North and Wellington.
  • In Massey catered accommodation students can choose either one, two or three meals per day.
  • Depending upon the option there may be additional costs such as laundry and internet.
  • International students under the age of 18 must live in a Massey-approved homestay, designated caregiver accommodation, or with their parents. 
  • Private accommodation costs are based on results found on Trademe.co.nz

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