Scholarships for international students in New Zealand
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Scholarships for international students in New Zealand

Scholarships for international students in New Zealand

Do you have a burning desire to study in New Zealand? We don’t blame you! As one of the world’s safest and most beautiful countries, it has become a popular study abroad destination for international students.

Low costs of living, stunning natural settings and outstanding university facilities are just a few reasons that make it so attractive to students.

The New Zealand education system is based on the British education model, and higher education programmes are well-known for high teaching standards and recognised programmes.

The balance of modern city life and gorgeous countryside also make it a great place to live, along with the low crime rates.

If you can’t afford to study there as an international student, or perhaps you’re already there and have excellent grades, you can try applying for a scholarship, available from both the New Zealand government and private universities.

Here are our top picks.

New Zealand International Scholarships 

The local government offers full-board tertiary scholarships at eleven New Zealand universities that international students from several countries qualify for.

The scholarships are open to citizens of selected countries in the Pacific, Africa, Asia, Latin America, Carribbean and some Commonwealth countries.

The schemes cover the full cost of tuition fees, living and establishment allowances, medical insurance, travel insurance, and help with research and thesis costs for postgraduate students.

Not only that, but the scholarships also cover travel costs to and from your country at the beginning and end of the scholarship!

The purpose of this scholarship is to fund the training of citizens from developing countries so they can make a positive impact on their country’s devolopment when they return.

Recipients are encouraged to choose fields of study that are relevant to their country’s development needs such as  renewable energy, agriculture development, disaster risk management and public sector development.

For more information and to apply, please visit the official website.

University of Waikato International Excellence Scholarship


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The University of Waikato in Hamilton, New Zealand, offers scholarships to international students who have demonstrated excellent academic achievements and have the potential to become global ambassadors for the university.

The scholarship covers up to NZ$10,000 towards tuition fees and is available for both undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.

For eligible countries and application requirements, please click here.

UC International First Year Undergraduate Scholarships

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The University of Canterbury offers top-achieving international students a scholarship that covers tuition fees for the first year (values of NZ$10,000, NZ$15,000 or NZ$20,000).

Besides students from Australia and New Zealand, all international students can apply, and up to 25 scholarships are up for grabs.

While 2019 admissions are already closed, the deadline for 2020 applications are open until June. For more details, visit the official website.

Massey Business School International Student Study Award


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This is one for the business students. If you’re a top-achieving international student enrolled in a full-time business programme in either the Palmerston North or Wellington campus of Massey University, you’re eligible to apply.

This scholarship is valued at NZ$5,000 per 120 credits, which normally means NZ$5,000 per year for a full-time course. The maximum amount is NZ$15,000 (NZ$5,000 per year for three years).

For further details and how to apply, click here.

University of Otago Coursework Master’s Scholarship

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Didn’t get the chance to study abroad for your undergraduate programme? You can still get the international student experience in New Zealand if you plan on pursuing a Master’s degree.

Both domestic and international students are eligible for the Master’s scholarship at the University of Otago, as long as they’ve demonstrated high grades in their previous academic studies, a high score on the GMAT test, and have already been offered admission at the university.

To apply, please visit the website.

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