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Tuition fees guide 2017

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This is a guide to help you calculate your fees. The figures supplied will also assist you in making fair cost comparisons between courses and institutions.

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 $6,787.00

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).

The examples show how fees are calculated for a selection of typical courses.

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Tuition fees bands for subject categories

The main fee bands are listed below, with associated fees (GST inclusive) for New Zealand citizens or those who hold a New Zealand residence visa.

Tuition fees for Subject Categories (per 1.0 EFTS)

Undergraduate (excl. Honours)
Arts, Languages, Theology, Mathematics, Education $5,679.00
Commerce, Teaching $5,423.00
Law (excluding Honours) $6,335.00
Computer Science, Design, Geography, Information Science, Music, Science $6,787.00
Physical Education $6,787.00 - $7,846.00
Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Surveying $7,846.00
Dentistry $15,087.00
Medicine $15,087.00
Physiotherapy - Years 2 to 3 inclusive $6,787.00
Physiotherapy - Year 4 $7,920.00
Postgraduate Taught
Arts, Languages, Theology, Mathematics, Commerce $7,717.00
Law Honours $7,403.00
Computer Science, Design, Geography, Information Science, Science $8,856.00
Health Sciences $10,771.00
Dentistry - MDS $35,279.00
Postgraduate Thesis & Honours
Arts, Languages, Theology, Mathematics $6,458.00
Commerce $6,226.00
Law (thesis only) $6,983.00
Computer Science, Design, Geography, Information Science, Music, Science $7,540.00
Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Surveying $9,565.00
Medicine $9,565.00
Dentistry thesis (Non clinical) $9,760.00

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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 $1,018.05
CELS 191 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,018.05
CHEM 191 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,018.05
HEAL 192 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,018.05
HUBS 191 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,018.05
HUBS 192 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,018.05
PHSI 191 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $1,018.05
    1.0500 EFTS $7,126.35

Example 2:

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

ECON 201 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $813.45
ECON 202 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $813.45
ECON 206 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $813.45
HIST 207 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $851.85
HIST 225 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $851.85
FREN 232 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $851.85
    0.9000 EFTS $4,995.90

Example 3:

A part time BCom student

MART 301 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $813.45
MART 303 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $813.45
MART 304 18 points 0.1500 EFTS $813.45
    0.4500 EFTS $2,440.35

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

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Student services fees

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

In 2017 the Student Services Fee (GST inclusive) for Dunedin on-campus students is $739.00.

Students whose course is delivered at the other University of Otago campuses, Wellington are charged a Student Services Fee of $163.00 and Christchurch are charged a Student Services Fee of $169.00, Southland campus students are charged $134.00. Postgraduate students at these campuses are charged a Student Services Fee of $41.56.

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

Student Services Fee for Summer School $123.17

These fees are compulsory however there are certain exemptions that may apply. Please refer to the University of Otago website for details.

The Otago University Students' Association (OUSA) membership is voluntary in 2017 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):

Fee for late payment of fees $100
Plus additional charge per month or part thereof $25
Fee for late paper submission $120
Fee for late declaration completion $120
Application for Special admission $93
Application for Discretionary Entrance $93
Application for Admission ad eundem statum $93
Credit for study elsewhere $93
Final Exam Only (per paper) $93
Reinstatement of enrolment after cancellation $59
Tuition refund fee (for students who withdraw from their entire course) $100

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Payment of fees

Once Course Enrolment is complete, the final phase of your Enrolment at Otago is paying your 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.

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

Students registering for study at the start of the academic year are required to pay all fees enrolled for by 10 February 2017. Students registering for second semester study only, must pay fees by 10 July 2017. Summer School fees are payable by 5.00pm on 13 January 2017.

A late payment fee of $100 will be charged if accounts are not paid by the due date.

If a student increases his or her 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. Cash, cheque or eftpos

Cash, cheque or eftpos (subject to individual bank limits) paid directly to Revenue Management Office - Cashiers in the basement of the Clocktower.

2. Personal or bank cheque

Personal or bank cheque made out to the "University of Otago" and post to:

Revenue Management
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054

3. Internet banking or Telegraphic Transfer

Internet banking via Bill Pay is possible from all major New Zealand Banks or Telegraphic Transfer to the University of Otago bank account:

Westpac New Zealand Limited
Westpac Moray Place Branch
PO Box 5345, Dunedin 9058

Bank Account Name: University of Otago - Student Tuition
Bank Account Number: 03-0175-0660238-01
SWIFT Code: WPACNZ2W (for payments outside N.Z.)

Please don't forget to add your name and student ID to the transfer.

4. Government Student Loan

The Ministry of Social Development administers the Student Loan Scheme. For applications, please visit the StudyLink website:


Please take care to authorise the payment of your tuition fees directly to the University. As soon as your loan has been approved, Studylink will contact the University to confirm payment of fees by loan and to request details of your course of study. Once you have course approved, the University will confirm your details with Studylink to allow payment of fees to proceed. You do not need to contact the Revenue Management Office as Studylink will do this directly.

You must apply for your student loan before the due date for payment of fees to avoid the late payment fee of $100. If you have applied before the due date and you receive an account with a late payment fee charged, please return your account with written evidence from Studylink of the date of application of your student loan. Please also note that your student loan will not cover any late fees incurred.

5. Scholarship or Third Party Payments

a) If your tuition fees are to be covered by a University of Otago scholarship and you receive a fee account it means that the internal processing has not yet been completed. Please contact the Scholarships Office via to ensure there are no problems.

b) If your tuition fees are to be paid by an external scholarship, trust fund, employer etc and you receive a fee account, please ask the third party concerned to contact the Fees Office for information on how to pay.

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Changes of course

Changing papers after a student's course has been finalised, requires fresh course approval. If a student wishes to add or drop one or more papers he or she must collect a Change of Course form from the Student Information Centre.

The closing dates for adding new papers are at 5.00pm on:

  • 16 January 2017 Summer School papers
  • 3 March 2017 first semester paper and full year papers
  • 14 July 2017 second semester papers

The closing dates for dropping papers, without financial penalty (excepting the $100.00 Tuition Refund fee if all papers are dropped), are at 5.00pm on:

  • 16 January 2017 Summer School papers
  • 17 March 2017 first semester 
  • 24 March 2017 full year papers
  • 28 July 2017 second semester papers

If you change your course after enrolment, any additional fees incurred become liable for payment as soon as the change of course is registered.

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Refund of fees

A student may be deleted from enrolment in papers up until 5.00pm on:

  • 16 January 2017 Summer School papers
  • 17 March 2017  for first semester papers
  • 24 March 2017  for full year papers
  • 28 July 2017  for second semester papers.

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:

  • 7 February 2017  Summer School papers
  • 5 May 2017  for first semester papers
  • 15 September 2017 for second semester and full year papers

'Exceptional circumstances' are defined as circumstances, which are beyond the control of the student, and include illness supported by a medical certificate.

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.

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.

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Fee enquiries

For further information about fees, contact:
Revenue Management Office
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
Tel 64 3 479 9006
Fax 64 3 479 9035

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International fees

There is a different table of fees for international students.

Further information on courses and fees for international students is available elsewhere in this website.

Information is available directly from:
The International Office
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
Tel 64 3 479 8344
Fax 64 3 479 8367

Further information for international students is available elsewhere in this website.

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.

2017 domestic and international tuition fees document

Download the 2017 Domestic and International Tuition Fees (290 KB in XLSX format)