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Introduction

This guide is to help explain how your fees are calculated, the different fees that are charged, and how and when to pay your tuition fees.

The figures supplied will also assist you in making fair cost comparisons between courses and institutions.

Tuition fees increase each year and the fees in this guide are for 2023.

Domestic fees

The tuition fees listed below are for domestic fee paying students only. Tuition fee schedules for international students are in the International fees section of this guide.

Australian students should visit the Australian students section to determine if you are considered a domestic fee paying or international fee paying student.

Most domestic students who are new to tertiary education will be eligible for one year of fees-free study at Otago.

Fees-free study at Otago

Each figure listed in the table below represents the tuition fee for a normal full-time course comprised entirely of papers from the specified subject area. For example, the fee for a normal full-time course made up entirely of papers from Computer Science, Design, Geography, Information Science, Music and Science will be $7,609.00.

Many students will, however, enrol for papers from a range of subject areas, and may enrol for less or greater than 1.0 EFTS (equivalent full time student) in a given year.

As a result, your actual tuition fee is calculated on the basis of fees for each paper that you include in your course. The fee for each paper is calculated according to the fee for its subject area multiplied by its EFTS 'value' (the proportion of 1.0 EFTS it represents).

Tuition fees may change from year to year. If your programme extends beyond a calendar year (January–December), you will be required to pay the tuition fee applicable to each enrolment year.

To make it easier to find out the tuition fees for available papers in 2023, we have compiled all tuition fees by paper code into a document which is available for you to download.

Download the 2023 Domestic and International Tuition Fees (XLSX)

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Tuition fees bands for subject categories

The main fee bands listed below, with associated fees (GST inclusive) are for New Zealand citizens or those who hold a New Zealand residence visa; and are residing in New Zealand for the duration of their programme of study.

Tuition fees for subject categories (per 1.0 EFTS)

Foundation Studies Certificate
Arts, Commerce $5,319.00
Sciences $5,548.00
Undergraduate (excl. Honours)
Arts, Languages, Theology, Mathematics, Education $6,367.00
Commerce, Teaching $6,080.00
Law (excluding Honours) $7,103.00
Computer Science, Design, Geography, Information Science, Music, Science $7,609.00
Physical Education $7,609.00 – $8,796.00
Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Surveying $8,796.00
Dentistry $16,914.00
Medicine $16,914.00
Physiotherapy - Years 2 to 3 inclusive $7,609.00
Physiotherapy – Year 4 $8,879.00
Postgraduate Taught
Arts, Languages, Theology, Mathematics, Education, Commerce $8,651.00
Law Honours $8,299.00
Computer Science, Design, Geography, Information Science, Science $9,929.00
Health Sciences $12,075.00
Dentistry - MDS $39,552.00
Postgraduate Thesis and Honours
Arts, Languages, Theology, Mathematics, Education $7,240.00
Commerce $6,982.00
Law (thesis only) $7,828.00
Computer Science, Design, Geography, Information Science, Music, Science $8,454.00
Human Nutrition (thesis only) $10,491.00
Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Surveying $10,723.00
Medicine $10,723.00
Dentistry thesis (Non clinical) $10,942.00

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Example tuition fee calculations

Example 1:

A first year student enrolling for a Health Sciences first year course (all papers are 18 points)

BIOC 192 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,141.35
CELS 191 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,141.35
CHEM 191 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,141.35
POPH 192 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,141.35
HUBS 191 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,141.35
HUBS 192 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,141.35
PHSI 191 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,141.35
   
    1.0500 EFTS $7,989.45

Example 2:

A student in the second year of a BCom/BA double degree course.

ECON 201 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $912.00
ECON 202 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $912.00
ECON 206 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $912.00
HIST 216 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $955.05
HIST 236 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $955.05
FREN 232 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $955.05
   
    0.9000 EFTS $5,601.15

Example 3:

A part time BCom student

MART 301 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $912.00
MART 304 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $912.00
MART 308 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $912.00
   
    0.4500 EFTS $2,736.00

For detailed paper information please refer to individual papers under their subject headings

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Student Services Fee

The University of Otago is required by Government regulation to ensure a range of support services are available to students. These are funded through the charging of the Student Services Fee.

The Student Services Fee is compulsory; however, there are certain exemptions that may apply. Please refer to the University of Otago website for more information on the exemptions and for a more detailed overview of the Student Services Fee.

Student Services Fee page

The Student Services Fee for students enrolled at the Dunedin campus is calculated on the number of EFTS in an academic year a student is enrolled in, based on $10.15 per 0.01 EFTS or $1,015.00 per 1 EFTS. This is capped at 1.05 EFTS of on-campus study per academic year.

Below is a table showing the 2023 Student Services Fee charges (GST inclusive) based on various EFTS a student may be enrolled for at the Dunedin campus:

EFTS enrolled Dunedin Campus Student Services Fee Amount
0.15 $152.25
0.30 $304.50
0.45 $456.75
0.50 $507.50
0.60 $609.00
0.75 $761.25
0.90 $913.50
1.00 $1,015.00
≥1.05 $1,065.75

 

Below are the compulsory Student Services Fee charges (GST inclusive) for 2023, for students who are not enrolled at the Dunedin campus:

Campus Full-year One semester only
Christchurch campus $298.00 $149.00
Wellington campus $225.85 $112.92
Southland campus $153.69 $76.84
Postgraduate students enrolled at Christchurch campus
(studying full time, on campus)
$298.00 $149.00
Postgraduate students enrolled at Christchurch campus
(studying part time, on campus)
$45.91 $22.96
Postgraduate students enrolled at Wellington campus
(studying full time, on campus)
$225.85 $112.92
Postgraduate students enrolled at Wellington campus
(studying part time, on campus)
$45.91 $22.96

Students enrolled for courses taught entirely at a distance are not charged the Student Services Fee.

The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) membership is voluntary in 2023 and there is no charge for membership.

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Administration fees

The following non-refundable fees (GST inclusive) may be charged (where applicable):

Final Exam Only (per paper) $93.00
Fee for late declaration completion $120.00
Fee for late payment of fees $100.00
Plus additional charge per month or part thereof $25.00
Tuition refund fee (for students who withdraw from their entire course) $100.00
Fee for late paper submission $120.00
Reinstatement of enrolment after cancellation $59.00
Application for Special admission $93.00
Application for Discretionary Entrance $93.00
Application for Admission ad eundem statum $93.00
Credit for study elsewhere $93.00

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Payment of fees 

The University issues your invoice via the ‘My Account’ page in eVision with all the information you need to organise payment. Once your fees have been paid and you’ve completed course enrolment, you’re officially enrolled.

Fees should be paid, or student loan arrangements finalised, before you begin your studies.

Note: Tuition fee invoices are displayed in a student’s eVision portal, the University of Otago does not post printed invoices to students.

Tuition fee due dates

Please see below for the due date for payment of tuition fees:

Students registering for study at the start of the academic year are required to pay all fees enrolled for by

10 February 2023

Students registering for semester 2 study only are required to pay all fees enrolled for by

10 July 2023

Students registering for Summer School are required to pay all Summer School fees enrolled for by

13 January 2023

A late payment fee of $100.00 will be charged if accounts are not paid by the due date.

If a student increases their programme of study during the year by adding one or more papers, the additional tuition fee for those papers is payable 20 days from when the change of course is registered.

Method of payment

Fees must be paid in New Zealand Dollars and can be paid by any one of the following means:

1. Internet banking (NZ bank account holders)

Internet banking via Bill Pay is possible from all major New Zealand Banks.

Bank and address: ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited
ANZ Auckland Branch
203 Queen Street, PO Box 62, Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Bank Account Name: University of Otago - Student Tuition
Bank Account Number: 01-1839-0944124-01
SWIFT Code: ANZBNZ22 (for payments outside New Zealand)

Please ensure you add your name and student ID as the payment reference.

2. Convera

For International students we recommend using Convera’s payment portal, for you to pay your tuition, accommodation and insurance fees. Convera offers a simple and secure way to pay your fees online and allows for you to track your payment.

Pay your fees with Convera

3. Telegraphic Transfer

If you are not able to make your payment through Convera, you can make payment via telegraphic transfer to the University of Otago bank account:

Bank and address: ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited
ANZ Auckland Branch
203 Queen Street, PO Box 62, Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Bank Account Name: University of Otago - Student Tuition
Bank Account Number: 01-1839-0944124-01
SWIFT Code: ANZBNZ22 (for payments outside New Zealand)
Please ensure you add your name and student ID as the payment reference.

4. Government Student Loan - StudyLink

The Ministry of Social Development administers the Student Loan Scheme.

Visit the StudyLink website for applications

Please apply for your Student Loan early. After your loan is pre-approved, StudyLink contacts the University to request your enrolment and tuition fee information provided you have selected the ‘Pay fees’ option in your application. These details can be confirmed to StudyLink once you have completed Course Declaration.

StudyLink will pay the tuition fees from an approved Student Loan directly to the University. It is important that you keep track of your application via your MyStudyLink and make sure that your Student Loan is finalised by the time you commence study.

Note: Student loan does not cover administration fees such as Admission fees, late fees and Final Exam Only fees. This means that you will personally need to arrange payment for any of these fees incurred.

5. Payment at AskOtago (Dunedin campus only)

Payment by EFTPOS and Credit Card is available on the Dunedin campus at the AskOtago Counter located in the Link (by the Central Library).

Please note payment by Credit Card will incur a non-refundable 2% surcharge

Each bank has a set daily transaction limit for the amount that can be processed by EFTPOS per day. To find out more about daily transaction limits please contact your bank.

Please note that the University of Otago can no longer process a cash payment for tuition fees on campus. If you wish to pay your tuition fees with cash you will need to go to a ANZ branch to deposit your payment into the University of Otago Tuition bank account.

 

6. Scholarship

If your tuition fees are to be covered by a University of Otago scholarship and it has not been applied to your fee account, it means that the internal processing has yet to be completed.

7. Third party payments

If you receive a tuition fee account and your invoice should be directed to a third party such as your employer; please contact the Student Finance Office for assistance.

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Changes of course

If you wish to add, drop, or change papers, and have completed the course approval declaration, you will need to complete a change of course.

Visit the Changing your course page

The 2023 deadlines for making changes to your course are below:

  Adding - by 11:59pm on: Deleting - by 11:59pm on: Withdrawing - by 11:59pm on:

Summer School Papers

11 January 2023 15 January 2023 6 February 2023

Semester 1 papers

3 March 2023 17 March 2023 5 May 2023

Full year papers

3 March 2023 24 March 2023 15 September 2023

Semester 2 papers

14 July 2023 28 July 2023 15 September 2023

Foundation Studies Intake – February

3 March 2023 17 March 2023 5 May 2023

Foundation Studies Intake – June

30 June 2023 14 July 2023 1 September 2023

Foundation Studies Intake – October

27 October 2023 10 November 2023 22 December 2023

If you add a paper to your enrolment, any additional fees incurred are payable 20 days from when the change of course is registered.

If you delete a paper from your course of study by the due date you will be entitled to a refund of tuition fees for that paper, (excepting the $100.00 Tuition Refund fee if all papers are deleted).

If the last day to delete has passed, you can withdraw from a paper. However, there is no refund of fees for withdrawn papers, and your liability for any unpaid fees will remain.

For more information, see:

The deletion and withdrawal deadlines for non-standard date papers shall be one-third and two-thirds of the way through the paper respectively, normally calculated based on the start date and end date of the paper.

See the paper database for these dates in relation to a specific non-standard date paper

Deletions or withdrawals after the deadlines noted above will be permitted only in exceptional circumstances which are beyond your control and which prevent you from completing your course.

Learn about withdrawing under exceptional circumstances

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Refund of fees

A student may be deleted from enrolment in papers up until 11:59pm on:

Summer School papers 15 January 2023
Semester 1 papers 17 March 2023
Full year papers 24 March 2023
Semester 2 papers 28 July 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – February 17 March 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – June 14 July 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – October 10 November 2023

If a student deletes in full and has completed the Course Approval process, tuition fees paid will be refunded in full, less a Tuition Refund fee of $100.00.

A student may withdraw after these dates, and may receive up to a 50% refund of tuition fees in exceptional circumstances only (sundry and administration fees are non-refundable). In these cases, withdrawal must be completed by 11:59pm on:

Summer School Papers 6 February 2023
Semester 1 papers 5 May 2023
Full year papers 15 September 2023
Semester 2 papers 15 September 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – February 5 May 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – June 1 September 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – October 22 December 2023

Withdrawal under exceptional circumstances refers to withdrawal after the usual deletion or withdrawal deadlines, in the event that you are prevented from successfully completing a paper or papers due to unexpected and exceptional circumstances such as sudden and significant illness.
Learn about withdrawing under exceptional circumstances

If you elect to use a Government Student Loan to pay your University fees, and those fees are paid by StudyLink to the University out of your student loan, and you subsequently become eligible for a refund of all or part of your University fees, the University will make the refund directly to StudyLink (to be credited against your student loan balance). This is consistent with the provision in your student loan contract with StudyLink.

Note: If you are enrolled in a programme and the University has incurred costs on your behalf for external clinical placements, then these additional costs must be met by you, and will be deducted from any refund.

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Fee enquiries

For further information about fees, contact:
Email student.finance@0539hd.com

Revenue Management Office
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
Tel +64 3 479 9006

 

Australian students

Australian citizens and permanent residents pay the same fees as New Zealand citizens if they are studying in New Zealand. If they are studying distance learning papers from outside of New Zealand they will need to pay international fees. They are also not eligible to apply for the New Zealand Student Loan or Allowance unless they have been living in New Zealand for at least three years and are normally living in New Zealand.

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International fees

International Students studying at Otago pay international tuition fees.

The figures listed in the fees schedules are a guide only and represent the tuition fees for a normal full-time course comprised entirely of papers from the specified subject area.

Many students will, however, enrol for papers from a range of subject areas. Your actual tuition fee is calculated on the basis of fees for each paper that you include in your course.

Tuition fees may change from year to year. If your programme extends beyond a calendar year (January–December), you will be required to pay the tuition fee applicable to each enrolment year. Tuition fees for students continuing their existing programme of study may only increase by a maximum of 5% per annum.

The tuition fees do not include the student services and administration fees. Information on these fees is available in the sections above.

The tuition fees do not include insurance costs. International students should refer to the international office information on insurance:

Medical and Travel Insurance – International students

International tuition fees for each division

Payment of International Tuition Fees

The University of Otago proudly partners with Convera to offer you a simple, secure, and smart way to pay your fees online. Convera’s platform is trusted by 800+ institutions worldwide to enable payments in 140+ currencies across 200+ countries and territories.

Pay your fees with Convera

Convera and logos of payment methods, denoting compatability with Convera. These payment methods include: Alipay, China Pay, WeChat Pay, Trustly, Sofort, Poli, Visa, Mastercard, JCB, Union Pay, and iDeal.

How to make your payment

  1. Go to Convera
  2. Enter details
    • Choose the country you are paying from and enter the details about your payment
    • Choose your preferred payment method
    • Enter student details and confirm who is making the payment
  3. Make payment
    Complete your payment transaction:
    • Bank transfer: receive payment instructions for online banking or paying direct through your bank
    • In person: receive payment instructions for an in-person transfer
    • Online: select from a variety of providers
      (please note that some online payment options may not be available)
  4. Track it
    • Track your payment status by email and SMS

Due to international banking regulations, transactions in some currencies are not available. If your currency does not appear as an option for telegraphic transfer, please select an alternative currency such as USD$.

Please note that Convera does not process payments to, from or involving residents of Iran, North Korea, Cuba and the Crimea, Luhansk and Donetsk provinces of Ukraine. More information about sanctions and potential restrictions payments that can be processed is available through the Convera Website.

Need help?

Email studentsupport@convera.com

If you are not able to make your payment through Convera, you can make payment via telegraphic transfer to the University of Otago bank account:

Bank and address: ANZ Bank New Zealand Limited
ANZ Auckland Branch
203 Queen Street, PO Box 62, Auckland 1010
New Zealand
Bank Account Name: University of Otago - Student Tuition
Bank Account Number: 01-1839-0944124-01
SWIFT Code: ANZBNZ22 (for payments outside New Zealand)

Please ensure that you add your name and student ID as the payment reference.

Note: International students from sanctioned jurisdictions should see additional information on information sharing for the purpose of processing payments.

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Tuition Fee Due Dates

Please see below for the due date for payment of tuition fees:

Students registering for study at the start of the academic year are required to pay all fees enrolled for by 10 February 2023
Students registering for semester 2 study only are required to pay all fees enrolled for by 10 July 2023
Students registering for Summer School are required to pay all Summer School fees enrolled for by 13 January 2023

A late payment fee of NZ$100.00 will be charged to accounts not paid by the due date.

If a student increases their programme of study during the year by adding one or more papers, the additional tuition fee for those papers is payable 20 days from when the change of course is registered.

How to obtain a tuition fee receipt for student visa purposes

Tuition fee receipts are not automatically generated. To request a tuition fee receipt for student visa application purposes, contact:

Email student.finance@0539hd.com

Tuition fee receipts cannot be issued until your payment has been received into the University of Otago bank account. Due to this we encourage new students to make payment well in advance of their student visa application deadline to allow the Revenue Management Office time to supply a receipt.

Tuition fees for International PhD students

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students are eligible to pay tuition fees at the New Zealand domestic level. International PhD students must be resident in New Zealand during their study, apart from approved temporary absences overseas for the purposes of doctoral research, to be classified as domestic fee paying students.

Dependants of Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) students will be treated as New Zealand domestic students for the purposes of fee payment at primary (approximately 5–12 years of age) and secondary (approximately 13–18 years of age) schools.

Refund Policy for International Students

If the University withdraws an offer of a place or is unable to provide the course, all tuition fees paid are fully refundable. If, however, an offer is withdrawn on the basis of incorrect or incomplete information supplied by the student, the University reserves the right to retain up to 10% of the course fee.

A student who has received a conditional offer of a place but fails to meet the conditions of the offer will have the course deposit and any tuition fees refunded in full.

A student who has not been required to secure his/her place with a deposit, must provide written notice of withdrawal from courses by 11:59pm (NZ time) on:

 

Summer School papers 15 January 2023
Semester 1 papers 17 March 2023
Full year papers 24 March 2023
Semester 2 papers 28 July 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – February 17 March 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – June 14 July 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – October 10 November 2023

If a student deletes in full and has completed the Course Declaration process, tuition fees paid will be refunded in full, less a Tuition Refund fee of NZ$100.00.

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Fee Protection Policy

The University is governed by the Public Finance Act, the Education Act, and University Council regulations in regard of student fees. An individual fee account is maintained for each enrolled student. In the event that the University is not able to offer an academic programme for the semester intake indicated on the student's Offer of Place, all funds will be refunded to the student. Further information on the University's refund policy for international students can be found above.

Change of Status

International students who are granted New Zealand residency while enrolled may be eligible to pay domestic fees for the current and subsequent years (see below). Proof of change of residential status can be demonstrated only by presenting an original passport and letter confirming eVisa approval.

To be considered for a refund of fees to the equivalent domestic fee level, the date of award of the residence visa (as printed on the eVisa approval letter) must be prior to:

Summer School papers 15 January 2023
Semester 1 papers 17 March 2023
Full year papers 24 March 2023
Semester 2 papers 28 July 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – February 17 March 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – June 14 July 2023
Foundation Studies Intake – October 10 November 2023

Award of the residence visa after these dates will mean ongoing charging at the international tuition rate for the duration of the paper(s). New and current international students with pending New Zealand residency are advised to seek advice from the University about their situation:

New students:
Email international.admissions@0539hd.com

Returning students:
Email student.finance@0539hd.com

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2023 domestic and international tuition fees document

Download the 2023 Domestic and International Tuition Fees (XLSX)