Undergraduate tuition Fees

Relevant qualifications

You need to pay undergraduate tuition fees if you plan on studying towards any of the following qualifications at UC. 

Calculate your tuition fees

There is no flat fee for undergraduate qualifications. Your total tuition fees for each year are calculated by the cost of each individual course that makes up your programme of study.

The easiest way to calculate your fees is using the Fees estimator. It lets you add and remove courses to estimate your tuition fees and email the total to yourself for future reference.

Tuition fees are subject to change and are reviewed annually. The University reserves the right to change these published fees before enrolment to reflect any changes in Government or University Council Policy. See Enrolment and Fees Policies and Regulations for more information. 

Fee bands by subject area

Tuition fees vary on the number of points associated with the course based on equivalent full time study (EFTS) and are banded by subject area.

This means the amount charged will vary depending on your choice of courses and subject areas.

The amount charged will also vary depending if you are a domestic or international student.

  • Domestic students 2015
  • International students 2015
Subject areaCost per 15 point course (0.125 EFTS)Estimated total annual tuition fees
(EFTS course load of 120 points)
Band 1
Anthropology
Art History
Art History and Theory
Art Theory
Biosecurity
Chinese
Cinema Studies
Classics
Criminal Justice
Cultural Studies
Development Studies
Diplomacy and International Relations
Education (excluding Teacher Education)
English
European Languages and Cultures
European Studies
European Union Studies
French
Gender Studies
German
Higher Education
History
History and Philosophy of Science
Human Services
Japanese
Journalism
Languages and Cultures
Linguistics
Maori and Indigenous Studies
Maori
Media and Communication
Pacific Studies
Peace Studies
Philosophy
Physical Education
Political Science
Professional Accounting (special MPA fee also applies)
Russian
Social Work
Sociology
South Asia Studies
Spanish
Sport Coaching
Teacher Education
Te Reo Maori
Tertiary Teaching
$697 NZD $5,572 NZD
Band 2
Accountancy
Business Administration
Business Management
Economics
Finance
Finance and Economics
International Law and Politics
Law
Management
Management Science
Marketing
Science and Entrepreneurship
$737 NZD $5,898 NZD
Band 3
Applied Psychology
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Computer Science
Film
Fine Arts Intermediate
Geography
Graphic Design
Mathematics and Philosophy
Music
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Psychology
Sculpture
Theatre and Film Studies
$778 NZD $6,224 NZD
Band 4
Antarctic Studies
Astronomy
Biochemistry
Biological Sciences
Biotechnology
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry
Education (Counselling)
Engineering Geology
Environmental Science
Geology
Hazard and Disaster Management
Health Sciences
Mathematical Physics
Medical Physics
Medical Physics (Clinical)
Microbiology
Physics
Plant Biology
Soil Science
Zoology
$808 NZD $6,460 NZD
Band 5
Bioengineering
Chemical and Process Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Construction Management
Earthquake Engineering
Ecology
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Engineering
Engineering Management
Engineering Mathematics
Fire Engineering
Forestry
Forest Engineering
Human Interface Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Mechatronics Engineering
Natural Resources Engineering
Seafood Sector: Management and Science
Transportation Engineering
$874 NZD $6,994 NZD
Band 6
Information Systems
$763 NZD $6,104 NZD
Band 7
Audiology
Child and Family Psychology
Speech and Language Pathology
$868 NZD $6,945 NZD
Band 9
Art Curatorship
Mathematics
Statistics
$699 NZD $5,598 NZD
Subject areaCost per 15 point course (0.125 EFTS)Estimated total annual tuition fees
(EFTS course load of 120 points)
Band 1
Anthropology
Art History
Art History and Theory
Art Theory
Biosecurity
Chinese
Cinema Studies
Classics
Criminal Justice
Cultural Studies
Development Studies
Diplomacy and International Relations
Education (Bachelor of Arts)
English
European Languages and Cultures
European Studies
European Union Studies
French
Gender Studies
German
Higher Education
History
History and Philosophy of Science
Human Services
Japanese
Journalism
Languages and Cultures
Linguistics
Maori and Indigenous Studies
Maori
Media and Communication
Pacific Studies
Peace Studies
Philosophy
Political Science
Professional Accounting
Religious Studies
Russian
Social Work
Sociology
South Asia Studies
Spanish
Tertiary Teaching
$2,913 NZD $23,300 NZD
Band 2
Accountancy
Business Administration
Business Management
Economics
Finance
Finance and Economics
Management
Management Science
Marketing
Science and Entrepreneurship
 $3,125 NZD $25,000 NZD
Band 3
Applied Psychology
Art Curatorship
Computational and Applied Mathematics
Computer Science
Film
Fine Arts Intermediate
Geography
Graphic Design
Information Systems
Mathematics
Mathematics and Philosophy
Music
Painting
Photography
Printmaking
Psychology
Sculpture
Statistics
Te Reo Maori
Theatre and Film Studies
 $3,450 $27,600 NZD
Band 4
Antarctic Studies
Astronomy
Biochemistry
Biological Sciences
Biotechnology
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry
Engineering Geology
Environmental Science
Geology
Hazard and Disaster Management
Health Sciences
Mathematical Physics
Medical Physics
Microbiology
Physics
Plant Biology
Soil Science
Water Resource Management
Zoology
$3,638 NZD  $29,100 NZD
Band 5
Bioengineering
Chemical and Process Engineering
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Construction Management
Earthquake Engineering
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Engineering
Engineering Management
Engineering Mathematics
Fire Engineering
Forest Engineering
Human Interface Technology
Mechanical Engineering
Mechatronics Engineering
Natural Resources Engineering
Seafood Sector: Management and Science
Transportation Engineering
 $3,450 NZD $37,800 NZD
Band 7
Audiology
Child and Family Psychology
Speech and Language Pathology
 $4,188 NZD $33,500 NZD
Band 10
Education
Physical Education
Sport Coaching
Teacher Education
 $2,913 NZD $23,300 NZD
Band 11
Forestry
$4,188 NZD $33,500 NZD
Band 12
International Law and Politics
Law
$3,450 NZD $27,600 NZD

Special programmes

The following programmes of study have set costs for the entire programme and have varying EFTS.


Name of programme
Domestic student programme fee 2015International student programme fee 2015
Graduate Diploma in Early Childhood Teaching $6,970 NZD $24,000 NZD
Graduate Diploma in Teaching and Learning Primary $7,666 NZD $25,000 NZD
Graduate Diploma in Teaching Learning Secondary $5,576 NZD $24,000 NZD

Annual review of fees

  1. The fees quoted are for 2015 and are reviewed annually. Students undertaking a programme of more than one year’s duration should be aware that fees may increase in subsequent years.
  2. All fees are set and invoiced in New Zealand Dollars. To check current exchange rates, please consult a currency conversion site such as Oanda (University of Canterbury does not guarantee these rates).
  3. The New Zealand Goods and Services Tax (GST) is included in the fee total.
  4. Fees quoted are for an average course load. The actual tuition fee to be paid varies depending on the courses selected, and is calculated by adding up the fees for the individual courses taken. To work out what fees you will pay, see Qualifications and courses or the Guide to Enrolment (PDF, 4MB).
  5. The tuition fee must be paid in full before or at enrolment.
  6. Some subjects have extra costs associated with them in addition to tuition fees (textbooks, materials, field trips, etc). Thesis publication fees are also additional to the tuition fees quoted.
  7. International PhD students pay tuition fees at the domestic rate (in 2015, NZ$6,298 to NZ$ 7,587 per year, depending on the subject area), provided that the students reside in New Zealand and study under a New Zealand student visa. This domestic rate applies to enrolment in the PhD thesis only - enrolment in non-PhD courses will be charged at the full international postgraduate rate.
  8. Please note that an application for admission is not an application for funding. If granted admission, students need to arrange funding to cover tuition fees, living expenses and other costs. An offer of a place is issued for admission purposes and does not imply or guarantee funding for studies.
  9. Many graduate diplomas attract an undergraduate rather than a postgraduate fee. Please enquire for details.
  10. Enrolment and Fees Policies and Regulations (including refund policies). The University reserves the right to change these published fees before enrolment to reflect any changes in Government or University Council Policy.