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Tuition fees guide 2019

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Introduction

This is a guide to help you calculate your fees, understand 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 2019.

Domestic Fees

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

Most domestic students who are new to tertiary education will be eligible for one year of fees-free study at Otago. See www.otago.ac.nz/study/fees-free.html for more information.

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 $7,061.00.

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).

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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)

Undergraduate (excl. Honours)
Arts, Languages, Theology, Mathematics, Education$5,909.00
Commerce, Teaching$5,642.00
Law (excluding Honours)$6,591.00
Computer Science, Design, Geography, Information Science, Music, Science$7,061.00
Physical Education$7,061.00 - $8,163.00
Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Surveying$8,163.00
Dentistry$15,697.00
Medicine$15,697.00
Physiotherapy - Years 2 to 3 inclusive$7,061.00
Physiotherapy - Year 4$8,240.00
Postgraduate Taught
Arts, Languages, Theology, Mathematics, Commerce$8,028.00
Law Honours$7,702.00
Computer Science, Design, Geography, Information Science, Science$9,214.00
Health Sciences$11,206.00
Dentistry - MDS$36,705.00
Postgraduate Thesis & Honours
Arts, Languages, Theology, Mathematics$6,719.00
Commerce$6,478.00
Law (thesis only)$7,265.00
Computer Science, Design, Geography, Information Science, Music, Science$7,845.00
Health Sciences, Pharmacy, Surveying$9,951.00
Medicine$9,951.00
Dentistry thesis (Non clinical)$10,154.00

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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 19218 points0.1500 EFTS$1,059.15
CELS 19118 points0.1500 EFTS$1,059.15
CHEM 19118 points0.1500 EFTS$1,059.15
POPH 19218 points0.1500 EFTS$1,059.15
HUBS 19118 points0.1500 EFTS$1,059.15
HUBS 19218 points0.1500 EFTS$1,059.15
PHSI 19118 points0.1500 EFTS$1,059.15
  
  1.0500 EFTS$7,414.05

Example 2:

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

ECON 20118 points0.1500 EFTS$846.30
ECON 20218 points0.1500 EFTS$846.30
ECON 20618 points0.1500 EFTS$846.30
HIST 21518 points0.1500 EFTS$886.35
HIST 22518 points0.1500 EFTS$886.35
FREN 23218 points0.1500 EFTS$886.35
  
  0.9000 EFTS$5,197.95

Example 3:

A part time BCom student

MART 30118 points0.1500 EFTS$846.30
MART 30318 points0.1500 EFTS$846.30
MART 30418 points0.1500 EFTS$846.30
  
  0.4500 EFTS$2,538.90

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 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.

Below are the compulsory Student Services Fee charges (GST inclusive) for 2019:

CampusFull-yearOne semester only
Dunedin campus$813.74$406.87
Christchurch campus$186.33$93.16
Wellington campus$162.27$81.13
Southland campus$134.00$67.00
Postgraduate students enrolled at Christchurch campus
(studying full time, on campus)
$186.33$93.16
Postgraduate students enrolled at Christchurch campus
(studying part time, on campus)
$40.83$20.41
Postgraduate students enrolled at Wellington campus$40.83$20.41
Summer school (up to maximum of $813.74 when included in a full year of 2019 study)$135.62

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 2019 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$100.00
Plus additional charge per month or part thereof$25.00
Fee for late paper submission$120.00
Fee for late declaration completion$120.00
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
Final Exam Only (per paper)$93.00
Reinstatement of enrolment after cancellation$59.00
Tuition refund fee (for students who withdraw from their entire course)$100.00


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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 2019

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

for by

10 July 2019

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

for by

11 January 2019

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:

Westpac New Zealand Limited

Westpac Moray Place Branch

PO Box 5345, Dunedin 9058

NEW ZEALAND

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

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

2. Western Union Business Solutions payment portal - Globalpay

For International students the University of Otago uses the Western Union Business Solutions payment portal, GlobalPay, for you to pay your tuition, accommodation and insurance fees.

Click here to find out more about paying your fees through the Western Union Business Solutions payment portal, and to log in to make your payment.

3. Telegraphic Transfer

If you are not able to use the Western Union Business Solutions payment portal and need to make your payment from an International bank account, you can make payment via telegraphic transfer to the University of Otago bank account:

Bank and address:Westpac New Zealand Limited

Westpac Moray Place Branch

PO Box 5345, Dunedin 9058

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

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. For applications, please visit the StudyLink website:

Website http://www.studylink.govt.nz

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. EFTPOS

EFTPOS is available on the Dunedin campus at the Revenue Management Office – Cashiers, which is located in the Basement of the Clocktower Buidling.

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

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 Fees 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 request form.

The 2019 deadlines for making changes to your course are below:

Adding - by 5pm on:Deletion - by 5pm on:Withdrawing - by 5pm

Summer School Papers

14 January 201914 January 20194 February 2019

First semester papers

1 March 201915 March 20193 May 2019

Full year papers

1 March 201922 March 201913 September 2019

Second semester papers

12 July 201926 July 201913 September 2019

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. See Adding, deleting and withdrawing from papers or Changing your course for more information.

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.

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Refund of fees

A student may be deleted from enrolment in papers up until 5pm on:

Summer School papers14 January 2019
First semester papers15 March 2019
Full year papers22 March 2019
Second semester papers26 July 2019

 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 5pm on:

Summer School Papers4 February 2019
First semester papers3 May 2019
Full year papers13 September 2019
Second Semester papers13 September 2019

 

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.

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:
Revenue Management Office
University of Otago
PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054
New Zealand
Tel 64 3 479 9006
Fax 64 3 479 9035
Email student.finance@otago.ac.nz

 

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 schedule below are a guide and represents the tuition fee for a normal full-time course comprised entirely of papers from the specified subject area.

Download the University of Otago's 2019 tuition fees for international students.

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.
Please refer to the excel file below for the International Tuition fee per paper offered in 2019.

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

Payment of International Tuition Fees

The University of Otago uses the Western Union Business Solutions payment portal, GlobalPay, for you to pay your tuition, accommodation and insurance fees. You can pay from your bank account with a telegraphic transfer, or domestic transfer.

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Five Reasons to use Western Union Business Solutions payment portal

  • It's easy to use and you can make your payment faster and receive your payment receipt sooner.
  • Save money by choosing a telegraphic transfer from your bank. There are no transfer charges from Western Union Business Solutions for this type of payment.
  • You can use your own currency and still be sure that your full payment amount will be made in New Zealand Dollars.
  • Once you make the payment, the exchange rate is locked in for 72 hours, making sure that the full amount is paid.
  • You get peace of mind, knowing that your payment will arrive in full, on time, without any extra charges or delays.

 How to make your payment


1. Log into the international student payment portal to make your payment.
2. Enter your student information.
3. Enter your payment amount in New Zealand Dollars.
4. Select your payment method - telegraphic transfer - choose your country and currency*
5. Enter the details of the person making the payment and print your bank transfer instructions.
6. Complete your payment at your local bank branch or with online banking using the printed instructions.

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

Need help? email studentpaymentsnz@westernunion.com

If you are not able to use the Western Union Business Solutions payment portal and need to make your payment from an International bank account, you can make payment via telegraphic transfer to the University of Otago bank account:

Bank and address:

Westpac New Zealand Limited

Westpac Moray Place Branch

PO Box 5345, Dunedin 9058

NEW ZEALAND

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

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 by10 February 2019
Students registering for second semester study only are required to pay all fees enrolled for by10 July 2019
Students registering for Summer School are required to pay all Summer School fees enrolled for by11 January 2019

A late payment fee of $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 please email student.finance@otago.ac.nz. 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 5pm (NZ time) on:

Summer School papers14 January 2019
First semester papers15 March 2019
Full year papers22 March 2019
Second semester papers26 July 2019

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 $100.00.

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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 with residence visa stamp.

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 visa) must be prior to:

Summer School papers14 January 2019
First semester papers15 March 2019
Full year papers22 March 2019
Second semester papers26 July 2019

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

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
Email international.admissions@otago.ac.nz

2019 domestic and international tuition fees document

 Download the 2019 Domestic and International Tuition Fees