A guide to tuition fees and other costs for international students

International student fees

See below for the latest tuition fees, accommodation fees, and other costs for international students. It is compulsory for all students to have valid health ‭insurance on enrolment.‬‬‬‬‬‬

Find out how to pay your fees

The Auckland Foundation Year (AFY) is available in two lengths of programme: Standard and Intensive, depending on your academic grades and English language level. Not sure which length to choose? View our entry requirements

Tuition fees

Intake Fees (NZD) First payment
(on acceptance of offer)
Second payment
English Language Preparation Programme $6,108 (12 weeks/1 term) - -
AFY Standard Programme January (40 weeks) $27,200 $13,600 -
AFY Standard Programme July (38 weeks) $27,200 $13,600 -
AFY Standard Programme August (35 weeks) $27,200 $13,600 -
AFY Intensive Programme April (31 weeks) $27,200 $13,600 -
AFY Intensive Programme October (31 weeks) $27,200 $13,600 -
Pre-Foundation Programme January (22 weeks) $13,600 $13,600 -
Pre-Foundation Programme July (22 weeks) $13,600 $13,600 -

To make a payment, see How to Pay.

Accommodation and other costs


Accommodation type Price (NZD) 
Accommodation placement fee $330
Designated caregiver accommodation inspection fee* $330
Homestay^+ (includes 16 meals per week) $294 per week
Homestay Central^+ (includes 16 meals per week) $308 per week
Empire Apartments#o From $301 per week

#   Students must be aged 18 years and over.
*   Applies to students under 18 who choose not to use homestay and caregiver service.
^   Students aged under 18 living in a homestay will be invoiced at the time of enrolment for the period until they turn 18. Monthly instalments can be arranged.
+   A fee per week is payable to hold a room if a student is absent from homestay during Holidays.
o   Food, telephone and internet are additional.

All prices include GST (goods and services tax) where applicable

Supplementary costs

Supplement 2019 (NZD)***
Enrolment fee# $335
Stationary and textbooks (approx) $300 - $400
Art kit $350
Airport transfer fee (one way) $160
Living costs per year* (estimated) $15,000
Taylors Extra Care $425 - 3 months
$840 - 6 months
$1,270 - 9 months
$1,410 - 10 months
$1,690 - 12 months

#   Compulsory, non-refundable fee included with initial payment.
*   This is a guide only. Actual costs may vary slightly from those listed above.
‭***   Prices subject to change without notice.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Health insurance

Health insurance is compulsory for all AFY students. Without insurance, you will not be able to enrol.

StudyCare Insurance

StudyCare is an insurance policy that has been created especially for international students. It includes essential health and travel insurance for the duration of your studies.

StudyCare insurance will be included on your ‭invoice unless you provide details of an alternative ‭policy. For further details, please contact the Admissions Centre or your local representative.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Duration Cost (NZD)*
up to 1 month $89
up to 2 months $132
up to 3 months $166
up to 4 months $206
up to 5 months $255
up to 6 months $306
up to 7 months $357
up to 8 months $407
up to 9 months $456
up to 12 months $607
up to 13 months $655
up to 14 months $708

‭*   Prices subject to change without notice.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Find out more about StudyCare insurance.